YMCA of Snohomish County News

  • November is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Are You One of the 86 Million Americans with Prediabetes?
    11/2/2017

    During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Snohomish County is encouraging residents of Snohomish County to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Snohomish County residents know they are at risk

    EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 2, 2017 – During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Snohomish County is encouraging residents of Snohomish County to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease. 

    Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (86 million people) have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

    “As one of the leading community-based charities committed to building a community of integrated health across the country, the Y wants residents of Snohomish County to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps they can take to prevent developing type 2 diabetes,” said Lynnette Monpas, Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Rising diabetes rates cost the nation $245 billion annually for a disease that is preventable with simple lifestyle changes like eating better and getting more physical activity.”

    Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight, and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

    If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

    You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%.

    This program has a rolling open enrollment process. As soon as there are enough people for a class, one will be held. Classes are offered at all six YMCA of Snohomish County family branches.

    Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

    • Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
    • Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.
    • Aim for whole grains with every meal.
    • Be moderately active, getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
    • Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
    • Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight. 

    To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Lynnette Monpas, Healthy Living Director at 360 453 2190 or lmonpas@ymca-snoco.org.  

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

     

     

    Contact:

    Lynnette Monpas
    Healthy Living Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    360 453 2190
    lmonpas@ymca-snoco.org

  • YMCA Celebrates Anniversary of its Casino Road Community Center
    9/28/2017

    EVERETT — At an English class in Everett, Minerva Villanueva heard about GED help through the Casino Road Community Center. Villanueva, the daughter of a field worker and a seamstress, enrolled in the GED program. “Eight months later, I had my diploma in my hand,” she said.


  • YMCA celebrating 10 years in Monroe
    9/25/2017

    he Monroe Family YMCA is in the middle celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Its doors opened off Fryelands Boulevard just more than a decade ago on Sept. 1, and thousands of people have been through them since to seek out services.


  • YMCA of Snohomish County receives $1.5M grant award from The Norcliffe Foundation
    9/21/2017

    The Norcliffe Foundation recently awarded the YMCA of Snohomish County a $1.5M grant in support of the Everett Family YMCA capital campaign. This gift represents the full amount of the YMCA Norcliffe request and is the second largest gift to the campaign (only behind the State of Washington grant). The grant award brings the total amount raised to $8.6M on a $15M campaign fundraising goal.

    YMCA of Snohomish County receives $1.5M grant award from The Norcliffe Foundation

    EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 21, 2017 – The Norcliffe Foundation recently awarded the YMCA of Snohomish County a $1.5M grant in support of the Everett Family YMCA capital campaign. This gift represents the full amount of the YMCA Norcliffe request and is the second largest gift to the campaign (only behind the State of Washington grant). The grant award brings the total amount raised to $8.6M on a $15M campaign fundraising goal.

    “We are thankful to The Norcliffe Foundation for its generosity,” said Steve Miller, Everett YMCA Capital Campaign Co-chair. “The endorsement of this foundation gives us tremendous lift and momentum which in turn can inspire new and renewed conversations supporting our project.”

    In addition, The Floyd and Delores Jones Foundation announced a charitable challenge match of $1M in support of the campaign. To receive the matching funds, the YMCA must collectively reach a total of $1M in new gifts and pledges by Dec. 31, 2017.

    “We are extremely grateful for the generous support offered on behalf of the Everett YMCA Capital Campaign,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “A campaign of this magnitude requires the support of many generous donors and supportive advocates. This is an exciting time and these two significant investments will inspire others to make meaningful contributions as well.”

    The new Everett Family YMCA will offer needed space and amenities to better serve youth, teens, families, adults, and seniors and will expand the people served by the branch from 12,700 to more than 32,000.

    • Thousands of youth in our community come to the Y seeking a safe place and meaningful relationships. The new Everett YMCA will provide more space to encourage interactions between people of all ages and backgrounds.
    • The Y is the place to go to improve health, no matter what your age or ability. The new Everett YMCA will better meet the health and wellness needs of our increasingly diverse and growing community.
    • The current YMCA facility is difficult to access for people with physical challenges or diverse abilities. The new Everett YMCA will be more accessible with elevator access, wider hallways, and a safer more inclusive design.
    • By providing permanent mentoring space, our valued collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County will connect a broader community to the lasting impact of mentorship. It will be a safe place for “Bigs” and “Littles” to enjoy healthy activities together.

    If fundraising goals are met, construction on the new Everett location will begin in the summer of 2018, and it will open late 2019.

    To learn more about the project contact Ted Wenta, Senior Vice President Operations at 425 374 5717 or twenta@ymca-snoco.org or visit theneweverettymca.org.

    To learn more about the challenge match, contact Jennifer Willows, Vice President/Chief Development Officer at 425 374 5745 or jwillows@ymca-snoco.org.

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

    About The Norcliffe Foundation
    The Norcliffe Foundation is a private nonprofit family foundation established in 1952 by Paul Pigott for the purpose of improving the quality of life of all people in the community by the application of financial and human resources. Succeeding generations of the family have continued to support The Foundation in this tradition. Grants are given to nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code that are located in the Puget Sound Region. Areas of support include education, health, social services, civic improvement, religion, culture and the arts, the environment, historic preservation, and youth programs.

     

     

     

    Contact:

    Scott Washburn
    President & CEO
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5709

  • YMCA of Snohomish County Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week
    9/18/2017

    This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 18–24, 2017, the YMCA of Snohomish County will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and vary by branch location.

    EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 18, 2017 - This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 18–24, 2017, the YMCA of Snohomish County will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and vary by branch location.

    “At the YMCA we believe all of our communities are stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Tami Farber, VP of Equity, Advancement and Global Engagement, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values – all for a better us.”

    During Welcoming Week, the YMCA’s branch locations will host events to strengthen community by celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion by building bridges between new Americans and their neighbors.

    “Communities recognize the benefits of being welcoming and ensuring that everyone can fully contribute to a community’s prosperity,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week events are a powerful way to promote cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between new and long-time residents, which results in stronger communities for all.”  

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

    About Welcoming Week

    Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 15-24 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.

    Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.
    Contact:

    Tami Farber
    VP of Equity, Advancement & Global Engagement
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5770

  • A Message to Our Members and Community
    9/13/2017

    With heavy heart, we find ourselves, once again, needing to reflect on who we are as an organization and reaffirm the YMCA is a safe haven for our community and our continuing commitment to be for all. We have been witness to outright demonstrations of hate, racism, white supremacy, Anti-Semitism, and most recently the threat of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program coming to an end which may impact upwards of 800,000 individuals, 17,000 of whom live in the state of Washington. 

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program established by President Obama in 2012, granting a form of temporary protection from deportation known as “deferred action” to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, resided in the U.S. since June 2007 and met other requirements. DACA has brought hundreds of thousands of young people out of the shadows allowing them an opportunity to go to school, work, and to be able to live a life without constant fear and worry of the future and their American Dream. These young people, known as Dreamers, have contributed greatly in countless ways to our country.

    It is a stark reality that many families and individuals who are members of our Y, program participants, and our very own staff may be impacted. Many in our community are facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty and fear. It is times like these that undocumented young adults and entire families are at risk of losing dreams and are in risk of greater vulnerability. 

    As an organization deeply committed to the principles and practices of equity and inclusion we have a critical role to play in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. We have an obligation to stand with, for, and behind all who need our support. At this divisive time, the YMCA wants to make it clear that we must work tirelessly, purposefully, and intentionally for those who may become victimized by the loss of the DACA promise. We can start with making sure we keep ourselves and our members informed with correct information and the knowledge that the YMCA is here to help. 

    As Kevin Washington, CEO of Y-USA stated, “I believe deeply in the power of the Y’s mission and cause, and in our collective capacity to move the country forward by giving voice to the marginalized and underserved and promoting community cohesion.”

    In the days ahead, continue to provide assurances of support to our community, members, and staff. We will continue to provide updates, resources, and additional supports to our branches to ensure we can proactively offer help and hope where it is needed most. Let us continue to affirm the YMCA of Snohomish County will always be a welcoming and inclusive organization committed to everyone’s full humanity. We have pledged to create community through connection and engagement, to be a Y without walls, to build together, and to be developers of human potential. 

    For additional support and guidance, please contact Tami Farber, VP of Equity, Advancement and Global Engagement at tfarber@ymca-snoco.org or 425 374 5770.

    In gratitude,

    Scott Washburn
    President/CEO

    Contact:

    Tami Farber
    VP of Equity, Advancement & Global Engagement
    425 374 5770
    tfarber@ymca-snoco.org

  • Cascade High junior keeps busy setting a good example
    9/4/2017

    Isrrael “Izzy” Munoz, 16, is starting his junior year at Cascade High School. He volunteered as a leader at Code Teen at the YMCA this summer. Code Teen is a free afternoon camp with a focus on college and careers.


    Contact:

    Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @rikkiking.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA celebrates its first year
    9/2/2017

    A celebration is planned to mark the end of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA’s first full year.


    Contact:

    Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA celebrates one year anniversary
    8/29/2017

    The Stanwood-Camano YMCA is celebrating its one year anniversary and the community is invited to join in the festivities.

    The celebration will take place on Sept. 3 from 11 am-2 pm at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA located at 7213 267th St. NW, Stanwood 98292. The event is free and open to the community and there will be prize drawings throughout the day. For participants age 7 and older (and able to pass the green band swim test), bring your swimsuit as the Y will be unveiling something new and cool in the pool.

    EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 29, 2017 – The Stanwood-Camano YMCA is celebrating its one year anniversary and the community is invited to join in the festivities.

     

    The celebration will take place on Sept. 3 from 11 am-2 pm at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA located at 7213 267th St. NW, Stanwood 98292. The event is free and open to the community and there will be prize drawings throughout the day. For participants age 7 and older (and able to pass the green band swim test), bring your swimsuit as the Y will be unveiling something new and cool in the pool.

     

    A special one day join fee promotion will offer a $0 join fee if people join the Stanwood-Camano YMCA on Sept. 3. This offer is only good in-branch.

     

    As the one-year anniversary approaches, Mary Bredereck, Executive Director, is reflecting on how the facility has exceeded expectations. “The Y has been an important resource for this community and we continue to grow. We now have more than 4,000 members, with roughly 1,200 of those being seniors,” said Bredereck.

     

    “We are an active, health-minded community and we continue to see strong usage of our pools, studios, and gym. As we approach the new school year, we are excited to offer licensed before and after school child care for both the Camano Island and Stanwood communities, and continue to provide middle school and teen programs at the branch.”

     

    Bredereck continued, “Last year, the branch averaged 50-85 young people at the Y after school and we are hoping to continue that trend – since youth development is one of our guiding principles – there is clearly a tremendous opportunity to connect and positively impact the youth in our community.”

     

    The 47,000 square foot YMCA is a community gathering place designed to provide something for everyone.

     

    Facility highlights include:

     

    • A fully-accessible aquatic facility offering skill-building, recreational, water safety, and competitive swim programs for people of all ages and abilities
      • Zero-entry family fun zone
      • Lazy river and instructional warm water pool
      • 6 lane lap/competition pool
      • Spa/Hot Tub
    • Healthy Living Center with state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility featuring Precor, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength equipment
    • Exercise studios for group classes and indoor cycling
    • Community space to serve teens and seniors
    • Family wing with a lounge area, Child Watch, Adventure Zone, and community kitchen
    • Full-size gymnasium
    • Locker rooms and private changing and shower areas

     

     

    To learn more about the Stanwood-Camano YMCA visit www.ymca-snoco.org/sc or call 360 629 9622.

     

     

     

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

     

     

    Contact:

    Mary Bredereck
    Executive Director
    Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    Mbredereck@ymca-snoco.org
    425 923 5621

  • September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
    8/24/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County wants families to understand how adopting healthy habits can help reduce childhood obesity

    EVERETT, Wash., August 25, 2017 – September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their families’ habits with the ultimate goal of being a healthy weight. That’s why the YMCA of Snohomish County — a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health—wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity has remained stable at about 17 percent and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents. Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers.

    “Successfully lowering obesity rates in children requires the whole family to change their eating and physical activity habits,” said Lynnette Monpas, Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Kids learn healthy habits at home, and many parents or caregivers don’t realize how the choices they make affects those who look up to them.”

    “Additionally, if families don’t know how to get started, reaching out to your health care provider or organizations like the Y that provide support are great first steps.”

    The following tips are some great ways to incorporate healthier eating habits and more physical activity and into your daily family routine:

    • Eat & Drink Healthy: Make water the drink of choice and encourage everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables by offering two or three colorful options at every meal. As a family choose a new fruit and veggie every week to taste together.  Place a full pitcher of water on the table during meals, and allow children to pour their own water.
    • Play Every Day/Go Outside: Children should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outside (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity. Join your children in games that get your hearts pumping and bodies moving.
    • Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible. Involve kids in meal planning, preparation and clean up. In addition, adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-to-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
    • Reduce Recreational Screen Time: Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours or less per day. Make a family plan to reduce screen time at home (i.e. turn off screens during meals, go for a walk after a meal, set a timer to remind you to power down the screen).
    • Sleep Well: Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule; unwind together in the evenings by reading a book or listening to soft music to ensure the body is preparing for sleep. Kids are growing and need 10-12 hours of healthy sleep per night and seven to eight hours for adults.

    To address the youth obesity epidemic, the YMCA of Snohomish County offers ACT!, a nutrition, activity, and self-improvement program for youth ages 8-11 and teens ages 12-14 and their parents. This is a community-based program for youth who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. A YMCA Health & Well-Being Team teaches fun ways to be active, eat, and create healthy lifestyles for the whole family. To be involved in ACT!, one adult family member or guardian must participate.

    Fall ACT! classes will be offered starting in September at the following YMCA of Snohomish County branches:

    Everett Branch

    September 27-December 20

    Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm

    English and Spanish

    Mill Creek Branch

    September 25-December 18

    Mondays 6:30-8 pm

    English

    Monroe/Sky Valley Branch

    September 27-December 20

    Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm

    English and Spanish

    Stanwood-Camano Branch

    September 26-December 19

    Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm

    English

     

    ACT! is presented in partnership with the YMCA of Snohomish County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Everett Clinic, and Providence Physicians Group. ACT! offers well-established nutrition and exercise principles that your family can put into action right away. These new habits will enhance your child’s health and strengthen family bonds. With parents taking the lead, families get motivated and enjoy results together. Research has shown that parents are often their children’s most important role models. When kids see their parents enjoying healthy foods and being active, they are more likely to do the same.1

    1 Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

     

    To register contact the YMCA ACT! Program Manager at 360 453 2190 or visit our website for a program brochure, information on how to enroll, and the physician referral form: www.ymca-snoco.org/act.

    In addition to being healthy at home, there is a need to maintain healthy habits while attending out-of-school programs. To create healthy environments for all children the YMCA of Snohomish County is implementing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in our before and after school programs. Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for your child while he or she is in our care.

    To foster your child’s health, the Y strives to:

    • Provide a fruit and/or vegetable at all meals and snacks.
    • Only provide low-fat milk and water as beverages.
    • Serve meals and snacks family-style.
    • Set limits on screen time.
    • Provide daily physical activity (outdoors when possible).
    • Promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for infants.
    • Adults model healthy food and beverage choices and active play.
    • Provide parent/caregiver education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

     

    Contact:

    Lynnette Monpos
    Healthy Living Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    lmonpas@ymca-snoco.org
    360 453 2190

  • After School, Kids Discover Their Potential at the Y
    8/10/2017

    As children transition from summer to fall, the YMCA of Snohomish County is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Snohomish County to keep youth active, busy, and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

    EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 10, 2017 – A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised from 3 to 6 pm according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.

    As children transition from summer to fall, the YMCA of Snohomish County is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Snohomish County to keep youth active, busy, and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

    “One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an important time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Ka’ ohe Wong, Senior Program Director, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning, and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”

    The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the Y’s afterschool program youth receive homework assistance, healthy snacks, physical activity, and enrichment opportunities.

    Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. In addition, DSHS subsidies are welcome and there is a multi-child discount for families with more than one child from the same household.

    The YMCA of Snohomish County employs Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in our afterschool programs that help build a healthier future for our nation’s children by encouraging healthy eating habits, limiting screen time and providing physical activity to keep every child healthy.

    For more information about before and after school child care, visit ymca-snoco.org/sacc or contact your local YMCA of Snohomish County branch.

    Everett Family YMCA

    2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett – 425 258 9211

     

    Marysville Family YMCA

    6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville – 360 653 9622

     

    Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

    14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe – 360 805 1879

     

    Mukilteo Family YMCA

    10601 47th Place West, Mukilteo – 425 493 9622

     

    Mill Creek Family YMCA

    13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208 – 425 337 0123

     

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA

    7213 267th St. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292 – 360 629 9622

     

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

    Contact:

    Ka’ ohe Wong
    Senior Program Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    360 804 2167
    kwong@ymca-snoco.org

  • Volunteers Bring Fun to Children to Get Them Outside
    7/28/2017

    MARYSVILLE — They bring books and dodgeball to the kids.

    This is the second summer that volunteers from the Marysville YMCA and Marysville School District have come to apartment complexes to encourage children to play in the sun, and offered books and snacks in the shade.


  • Monroe Asked to Bring Back YMCA Contributions
    7/24/2017

    In the spirit of partnership to better the community, the Monroe Y has asked the City Council for funding assistance. Martha Dankers, the board chair for the Monroe Y, made the pitch to City Council at its July 11 meeting, but did not propose a dollar amount. The request is to revive a partnership that was halted by the Great Recession and meet to discuss figures and programs. Community funding, Dankers said, helps with swim lessons for low-income members and their families.


  • YMCA Brings Free Swim Lessons to Casino Road Families
    7/24/2017

    EVERETT — Thanks to the YMCA, about 20 children on Casino Road are more comfortable in the pool this year.

    For the second summer, the Y has offered free swimming lessons at south Everett apartments to reach more families. The effort started after 9-year-old Ariel Jasso-Aranda drowned in a pool in June 2016.


  • Mayoral candidates appear on same page at Casino Road forum
    6/27/2017

    EVERETT — Voters who’ve been waiting to see the political differences among Everett’s mayoral candidates heard mostly similar answers from them Monday night.


  • Mayoral candidates to address concerns in south Everett forum
    6/24/2017

    A public forum for Everett’s mayoral candidates is planned Monday night. The forum is led by the Casino Road Academy, which has been working closely with immigrants for input.


  • MAP scholarship winners named
    6/23/2017

    Nearly 150 people attended the YMCA of Snohomish County’s annual My Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition and Scholarship Banquet on June 1. Scholarships were awarded to 12 students thanks to the generosity of the EverTrust Foundation and American Distributing Company.


  • Y Elects Officers and Board Members for 2017-18
    6/19/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County Trustee Board recently elected new officers for 2017-18. The Trustee Board, comprised of community leaders as well as the chairpersons from each of the branch boards, oversees the operations and strategic planning of the entire Association.

    EVERETT, Wash., June 19, 2017 – The YMCA of Snohomish County Trustee Board recently elected new officers for 2017-18. The Trustee Board, comprised of community leaders as well as the chairpersons from each of the branch boards, oversees the operations and strategic planning of the entire Association.

    The following members were elected as Board Officers for 2017-18:

    Chair, Dr. Gary Cohn, Everett Public Schools

    Vice Chair, Matt Reinhard, Rhino Ventures, LLC;

    Vice Chair, Phyllis Turner-Brim, Starbucks Coffee Company

    Secretary, Dr. Jeff Bissey, Community

    Treasurer, Monti Ackerman, Fortive

    Assistant Treasurer, Darren Redick, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

    Past Chair, Scott Forslund, Providence Institute for a Healthier Community

    New Trustees include Josh O’Connor, The Daily Herald/Sound Publishing and Dan Ollis, Vibe Coffee Group.

    Each branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of approximately 15-25 community members who are dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

    Representing Branch Boards as Board Chairs are: Everett YMCA, Danen Barnhart, The Boeing Company; Marysville YMCA, Debbie Barger Smith, Windermere Real Estate; Mill Creek YMCA, Craig Connell, Grant Aviation, Inc.; Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA, Martha Dankers, Community; Mukilteo YMCA, Greg Abbey, Central Market; Stanwood-Camano YMCA, Kenneth Kettler, Tulalip Resort Casino, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Scott Comey, ReMax Elite.

    For a complete list of the YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees visit ymca-snoco.org/about.

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

     

     

    Contact:

    Scott Washburn
    President & CEO
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5709
    swashburn@ymca-snoco.org

  • Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives
    6/16/2017

    Over 100 years ago, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.

    Over 100 years ago, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. 

    On Sunday, June 18, the YMCA of Snohomish County joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.  

    Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. 

    “On Father’s Day, we celebrate dads and all male adult role models as we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with men who are committed, responsible, and involved,” said Colleen Temple, Director of Marketing & Communications, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Dads need support to be the best parents, caregivers, and mentors they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”

  • YMCA honors outstanding volunteers
    6/14/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and financial development volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 14 at the Everett Golf & Country Club.

    EVERETT, Wash., June 14, 2017 – The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and financial development volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 14 at the Everett Golf & Country Club.

    This community event honors the wonderful contribution of volunteers who support the YMCA of Snohomish County. More than 120 members of the community, board members, friends of the Y, and staff were on hand to celebrate the volunteer accomplishments achieved during 2016-2017.

    The named honorees, as identified by each YMCA of Snohomish County branch, BBBS affiliate, and the Board of Trustees, represent the best of more than 2,168 committed volunteers who donated a total of 37,766 hours of valuable assistance with policies, programs, and activities in 2016. Policy volunteers lead various boards and committees, while campaign volunteers lead our annual fundraising efforts. Program and youth volunteers serve in such activities as youth sports, teen programs, mentoring activities, child care, and special events.

    In recognition of outstanding service, the following individuals were recognized as the 2016-2017 YMCA of Snohomish County Volunteers of the Year:

    Everett Family YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Gary Doughty, Community
    Program Volunteer: Wanda Bolerjack, Everett Housing Authority
    Youth Volunteer: Mariama Darboe, Everett High School
    Financial Development Volunteer: Jeff McClellan, Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

    Marysville Family YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Debbie Barger Smith, Windermere Real Estate
    Program Volunteer: Rob Russell, Community
    Youth Volunteers: Micah Hoot, Student, Marysville Getchell High School and Amelia Knapp, Student, North Lake Middle School
    Financial Development Volunteer: Jayne Joyner, Everett Community College

    Mill Creek Family YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Leann Burke, Community
    Program Volunteers: Ian Heusser, Venture General Contracting and Robin Hjellen, Community
    Youth Volunteer: Aidan Carpenter, Student, Homeschool
    Financial Development Volunteer: Chris Robinson, Providence Hospice & Home Care Foundation of Snohomish County

    Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Sue Skillen, Monroe Public Schools Foundation
    Program Volunteer: Erin Lewis, Community
    Youth Volunteer: Micah Watson, Student, Hidden River Middle School
    Financial Development Volunteer: Sheila Benson, Community

    Mukilteo Family YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Michael Gilson, Attorney
    Program Volunteer: Veronica (Vero) Torres, Community
    Youth Volunteer: Camille Martin, Student, Oak Heights Elementary
    Financial Development Volunteer: Maggie Deacon, Community

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    Policy Volunteer: Laura Byers, Coastal Community Bank
    Adult Program: Gary Evans, Community
    Youth Program: Ryan Otero, Community
    Youth Volunteer: Alex Stallings, Student, Stanwood High School
    Financial Development Volunteers: Renae Kettler, RE/MAX Associate Brokers and Leonard Kelley, City of Stanwood

    YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees
    Policy Volunteer: Monti Ackerman, Fortive
    Financial Development Volunteer: Darren Redick, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

     

    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Policy Volunteer: Debbie Cobb, Chicago Title
    Program Volunteer: Magalie LaFont, Boeing
    Youth Volunteer: Lauren Porter, Student, Jackson High School
    Financial Development Volunteers: Steve Myers, Boeing & Keri Myers, The Split End Salon

    "Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and what the Y mission is built on,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Volunteers embody the spirit of giving without expecting anything in return. This is social responsibility at its finest.”

     

    Photo: YMCA of Snohomish County Volunteers of the Year – Mike Dunn Photo

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

    Contact:

    Scott Washburn
    President/CEO
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5709
    swashburn@ymca-snoco.org

  • Helping you live better: Pedaling for Parkinson's
    6/13/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County now offers its Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at three facility branches: Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek.

    EVERETT, Wash., June 13, 2017 – The YMCA of Snohomish County now offers its Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at three facility branches: Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek.

    More than one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease with nearly 60,000 new diagnoses each year. There is no known cure for the disease, and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increases with age.

    Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, slowly progressive movement disorder caused by the loss of nerve cells in part of the brain that produces the chemical, dopamine, which controls body movements. Symptoms, which develop when about 80% of dopamine has been lost, including tremors, stiffness or slowing of muscle movement, loss of balance, and soft or slurred speech. Symptoms worsen as the disease progresses.

    PEDALING FOR PARKINSON’S

    Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.

    Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.

    We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

    Pedaling for Parkinson’s is now offered at the Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek Family YMCAs. Registration is required prior to starting the class. This is an ongoing program offered at no cost for the first eight weeks. Financial assistance is available and SilverSneakers® and other insurance programs are accepted.

    A healthcare provider referral is required to enroll (may be a doctor, registered nurse, or any licensed healthcare provider.) Classes are held in the Cycle Studio on individual stationary bikes.

    For more information about Pedaling for Parkinson’s, visit YMCA-SNOCO.ORG/PFP or call your local YMCA:

    Everett Family YMCA
    2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett
    425 374 5703
    Gael Gebow

    Marysville Family YMCA
    6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville
    360 651 1605
    Carrol Bailey

    Mill Creek Family YMCA
    13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208
    425 357 3033
    Lisa Salsbery

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

     

     

    Contact:

    Gael Gebow
    Senior Program Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5703
    ggebow@ymca-snoco.org

  • YMCA Celebrates Scholarship Recipients
    6/9/2017

    On June 1, nearly 150 people attended the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 17th annual My Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition & Scholarship Banquet. Students from all six YMCA of Snohomish County family branches represented the My Achievers Program.

    EVERETT, Wash., June 9, 2017 - On June 1, nearly 150 people attended the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 17th annual My Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition & Scholarship Banquet. Students from all six YMCA of Snohomish County family branches represented the My Achievers Program.

    The banquet is designed to honor, recognize, and celebrate MAP students, volunteers, staff, and supporters and to award scholarships to graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership and full participation in the program. The student scholarship recipients are graduating from high school and headed to college. Each of these students has been in a learning and development process to successfully complete high school and transition to higher education.

    The MAP mission is to motivate and support young people of color, native and immigrant youth, most of whom are from lower socioeconomic status, ages 11-19, to achieve higher education and career goals.

    Omar Marquez from Everett Community College was the keynote speaker. “Education will not get rid of all your problems,” said Marquez. “But it will prevent certain doors from shutting in your face.”

    This year, 12 students received scholarships, thanks to the generosity of the EverTrust Foundation and American Distributing Company.

    Congratulations to the following MAP scholarship recipients:

    Mukilteo YMCA: Veronica Kaneko, Rodrigo Huerta, Jessiann Jordan, Cynthia Hernandez, Britha Bokmeto, Ceilakha Srey.
    Stanwood YMCA: Shelby Waters.

    Marysville YMCA: Nolan Mongar, Rosa Palma Hernandez, Esmeralda Carrazco, Alicia Campos.
    Everett YMCA: Kaddijatou Darboe.

    Many MAP participates shared personal testimonials of the positive impact MAP has had on their life which included having a safe place to hang out after school to encouraging them to pursue college.

    Brenda Baltrusch, Senior Vice President, and Andrew Riddell, Northern Washington Business Banking Manager, with Wells Fargo, presented a $20,000 check from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the My Achievers Program. “We believe in investing in our communities to make them diverse, strong, and vibrant,” said Baltrusch.

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    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.


    Contact:

    Tami Farber
    VP of Equity, Advancement & Global Engagement
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5770
    tfarber@ymca-snoco.org

  • How Patients Are Using Cycling to Slow Down Parkinson’s
    5/24/2017

    Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are finding that cycling is helping patients stop the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and can even do something that medicine can’t do.


  • Volunteers honor Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service
    1/17/2017

    Volunteers from the YMCA My Achiever Program worked alongside adult mentors to cover trails at the park.


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