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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

My Y Story – Adam

My Y Story – Adam

At just 19 Adam got a wake-up call that changed his life. His doctor shared that due to his current lifestyle, he was at high risk for developing diabetes. “It really scared me!” he said because just 3 years earlier when he was 16, his father passed away due to diabetes. “His blood sugars were too high and it killed him…I didn’t want it killing me.” At that moment Adam decided to make a change by controlling his food portions and working out at the YMCA 5-6 times a week. After almost two years of focused dedication, Adam has lost 108 pounds and is no longer at a high risk for diabetes. He enjoys coming to the Y to work out because the staff are so encouraging and are always there to help. Adam found a place that would be supportive and helpful where he could achieve his health goals. He loves being an example for others who may be in the same situation he was in to show...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Sports |

2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting at the Lincoln Center this week! While at the meeting we reviewed the 2016 Annual Report, recognized our Community Partner Award Winner, Washington Trust Bank, and highlighted staff and volunteer award winners. Below are some photos from a fun morning that featured wonderful people making a difference in the Spokane...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Brad Bushy is the Membership & Wellness Director at our South Y. Brad is from Spokane and attended the University of Idaho to study sports medicine and played rugby. His athletic ability does not stop there, Brad played competitive hockey from 8-16 years-old and even played in Europe! After college, he moved to Arizona and worked his way up to fitness club management. He met his wife, Rosalie, in Phoenix and they have 4 children.  He loves the relationships he builds by helping people with their fitness and health goals. Brad says “the gym is my temple to help nourish my mind, body, and soul. I believe it is an honor to work with an organization who takes pride in building a stronger community.” Well Brad, we think it’s an honor to work with you, too. If you see Brad say Hello! Favorite place in Spokane (other than the YMCA)? Browne’s Addition You can only listen to one musical artist for the rest of your life, who is it? Tech N9ne...

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Membership, Social Responsibility, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

YMCA voted “Best Health Club”

YMCA voted “Best Health Club”

A huge thank you to all of our members for voting us “Best Health Club” in The Inlander‘s 2017 Best of the Inland Northwest issue. We believe we are much more than a health club and this quote rings true for so many of our members (via The Inlander)  “Yes, the YMCA was historically pitched at young men looking for a fun place to stay when they’re new in town. But the biggest strength of the “Y” is how great it is for the whole family. It’s not unusual to see dad lifting weights, mom swimming in the pool, your sister in a Zumba class, and the baby in daycare. The YMCA is a jack of all trades, and a master of all of them. ” Programs like Early Learning, Camp Reed, Membership for All, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, Act Six and many others help us have a positive impact on a broad spectrum of people in our community. So once again, thank...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Healthy Living, Membership, Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Annual Campaign Celebration

Annual Campaign Celebration

Last night we hosted over 100 people at Hugo’s On the Hill to say thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers for working on the Annual Campaign. It was a night filled with friends, fun and food! YMCA of the Inland Northwest CEO Steve Tammaro gave a couple shout-outs to some of the best fundraisers including those that had the most donors, new donor money raised and overall money raised. Currently we are at 88% of our goal to help fund the most crucial programs for people in our community. To learn more about our Annual Campaign of if you would like to help us make our $500,000 goal, please...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

My Y Story – Omid

My Y Story – Omid

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun in the wilderness at Fan Lake. Omid wrote a letter about his Camp Reed experience. “Last year I had the chance to attend YMCA Camp Reed. Camp was one of my best weeks ever. I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I liked my counselor, Corduroy, and my Junior Counselor, Mac. It was their first...

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