YMCA of Snohomish County News

  • Everett Family YMCA Selects General Contractor for New Facility
    3/20/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees recently ratified the selection of Puyallup-based Absher Construction Company as general contractor for the new Everett Family YMCA on the property located at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett.

    EVERETT, Wash., March 20, 2017 – The YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees recently ratified the selection of Puyallup-based Absher Construction Company as general contractor for the new Everett Family YMCA on the property located at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett.

    The YMCA secured ownership of the 8-acre parcel in November 2015; the site of the former Everett Public Schools administration offices.

    “The YMCA is central to a healthy and connected community, and we’re honored to be a part of the team to build the Everett Branch,” said Curt Gimmestad, Corporate Executive for the YMCA project and Director of Operations, Absher. “This project is an excellent opportunity to fulfill our core purpose at Absher, ‘To create and build community through teamwork, leadership, and experience.’”

    Absher will work with the YMCA of Snohomish County and BCRA Architects to provide preconstruction services including cost estimating, value engineering, constructability review, subcontractor procurement and community outreach, as well as providing safety management, quality control, and commissioning during the construction phase.

    “We are pleased to be working with Absher Construction,” said Darren Redick, Board Member, YMCA Board of Trustees. “We completed a very detailed RFP process and Absher demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the project and presented a very thorough proposal.”

    Absher has experience with other large recreation and aquatic venues including the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup, the Snohomish Aquatic Center, Great Wolf Lodge, and the Boardman Recreation Center in Oregon. 

    The new facility 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 ymca-snoco.org/watchusgrow.

     

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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 Absher Construction Company

    With headquarters in Puyallup, WA, Absher Construction Company is a diverse construction organization, providing a complete range of preconstruction and construction services to private and public clients in the recreational, government, multi-family housing, educational, commercial, and healthcare markets. For more information, please contact Dan Absher at 253 845 9544 or visit www.AbsherCo.com.

     

     

     

     

    Contact:

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

  • YMCA recruits ‘Love Does’ author to speak at prayer breakfast
    3/10/2017

    Bob Goff has practiced law, opened schools and safe houses for children in far-flung places, and written a best-selling book. Its title, “Love Does,” describes his approach to life.


  • YMCA of Snohomish County to sponsor its 57th annual Prayer Breakfast
    2/15/2017

    More than 600 community members and business/religious leaders are expected to gather on April 14 for the 57th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County.

    EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 15, 2017 – More than 600 community members and business/religious leaders are expected to gather on April 14 for the 57th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County.

    The Prayer Breakfast is a community event designed to bring the community together in a nondenominational setting to give thanks and seek guidance for the year. It is not a fund-raising event. The event will be held at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the XFINITY Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett WA 98201.

    This year’s guest speaker is Bob Goff. Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Love Does,” as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church, and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner.

    For tickets or event information visit YMCA-SNOCO.ORG/PB or call 425 374 5732. Reservation deadline is March 24, or upon sellout.

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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:

    Jeff Judy, Chair
    Prayer Breakfast Taskforce
    jeff-judy@olivecrest.org

  • YMCA half way to fundraising goal for new Everett facility
    2/3/2017

    The YMCA of Snohomish County is now about halfway to its fundraising goal for its new Everett location.


  • MAP students sample soup, jobs
    2/2/2017


  • Everett YMCA is one step closer to building new facility
    1/31/2017

    On Dec. 29, 2016 the City of Everett granted the YMCA of Snohomish County approval of a special property use permit to allow construction of the new full facility Everett Family YMCA on the property located at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett.

    EVERETT, Wash., January 31, 2017 – On Dec. 29, 2016 the City of Everett granted the YMCA of Snohomish County approval of a special property use permit to allow construction of the new full facility Everett Family YMCA on the property located at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett.

    The YMCA secured ownership of the 8+ acre parcel in November 2015; the site of the former Everett Public Schools administration offices.

    The Everett Family YMCA worked diligently during the past year on community outreach and held multiple neighborhood informational meetings both at the homes of nearby property owners as well as at the current building on the property. The YMCA invited representatives from the City of Everett; Gibson Traffic; and BCRA Design, the architect for the new facility to address questions property neighbors had with traffic, lighting, and facility design.

    “Because of the upfront efforts to connect with the local community by the Everett YMCA staff and volunteers, there was no one in attendance at the hearing speaking in opposition to the request for the permit,” said Steve Miller, YMCA volunteer and Co-Chair of the Everett YMCA Capital Campaign Steering Committee. “This speaks volumes to the fact that the Y wants to be a neighbor of choice and the community is excited to have the Y in their neighborhood.”

    “This is an exciting time for our YMCA,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “We’ve been in this community since 1901 and this new facility will allow us to expand our reach and multiply services, positively impacting more people in our community.”

    The new facility 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.

    The Everett Family YMCA is currently in the lead gifts phase of its capital campaign, identifying investments of $100K and greater. To date, nearly $6 million has been raised. If everything goes as planned, construction will begin in summer 2018 with grand opening in fall 2019.

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

    Contact:

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

  • 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.


  • Coming Together for the Greater Good this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    1/15/2017

    The Y’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion advances its mission and is critical to building support and inspiring action throughout Snohomish County. On Jan. 16, local YMCA teens will participate in a Day On, volunteering for multiple projects throughout the county. This is their way to celebrate community by helping others and improving the community we live in.

    Contact:

    Tami Farber, Vice President of Equity, Advancement & Global Engagement,
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    tfarber@ymca-snoco.org

  • Learning about job options while sampling soup
    1/12/2017

    On Jan. 6, a group of teens from the Mukilteo YMCA’s My Achievers Program (MAP) based at Mariner High School toured the local Campbell’s Stockpot factory.

    Learning about job options while sampling soup
    YMCA youth tour Campbell’s Stockpot factory in Everett

    EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 12, 2017 – On Jan. 6, a group of teens from the Mukilteo YMCA’s My Achievers Program (MAP) based at Mariner High School toured the local Campbell’s Stockpot factory. 

    MAP was developed as an effort to eliminate the achievement gap for students who face daily challenges due to racial/ethnic barriers, immigration status, and socio-economic factors. MAP is unique among the Y’s program offerings in that academic success and college readiness are the main focus for the program, along with developing leadership skills, empathy, social consciousness, and service to others.

    During the tour, Quality Control Manager Scott Swanson and his team talked to the students about different career opportunities and how to get a job at Stockpot. The company has positions for all education levels, and Jorge Resendiz told his story of being an immigrant from Mexico, without a high school diploma, and working his way up to mechanic.

    The YMCA has a strong partnership with Campbell’s Stockpot. Stockpot employee volunteers make meals once a month for the kids served by the YMCA Casino Road Community Center. In addition, the Campbell Soup Foundation awarded the Everett YMCA a $10K grant in 2016 to expand its Make a Splash program, a free program providing swim lessons and water safety skills to third graders.

    Jorge Resendiz and Blanca Rivas, both longtime Stockpot employees, also serve as volunteers as Embajadores de la Y, or Ambassadors for the Mukilteo Family YMCA and Casino Road Community Center.

    For more information about the YMCA’s My Achievers Program or the Casino Road Community Center, contact Cory Armstrong-Hoss at 425 493 2414 or visit 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.

    Contact:

    Cory Armstrong-Hoss
    Associate Executive
    Mukilteo YMCA
    425 493 2414

  • YMCA's Masters Swim group swims for exercise and fun
    12/27/2016

    SWYM members warm up at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA during their Masters Swim practice.


  • Earn that extra slice of pie in a free class at the Y
    11/23/2016

    EVERETT — Thanksgiving is one of the happiest days of the year at the Everett Family YMCA.


  • As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Snohomish County residents know they are at risk
    11/1/2016

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Andrea Weiler
    Healthy Living Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    360 453 2190
    aweiler@ymca-snoco.org

     

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

     

    EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 1, 2016 – During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Snohomish County and its six facility branches 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 Andrea Weiler, 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-snoco.org/preventdiabetes. 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.

     

    The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered during 25 sessions over a 12-month period. 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 Diabetes Prevention, please contact Andrea Weiler, Healthy Living Director, at 360 453 2190.

     

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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.

     


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