YMCA of Snohomish County News

  • 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.


  • Kids Stay Safe This Summer Thanks to YMCA Swim Programs
    5/19/2017

    As the season turns from winter to spring, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages children and parents in Snohomish County to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.

    EVERETT, Wash., May 19, 2017 – As the season turns from winter to spring, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages children and parents in Snohomish County to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives. 

    “Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career.”

    As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:

    • Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
    • Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
    • Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 
    • Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
    • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.

    In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.

    As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The YMCA of Snohomish County continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

    To learn more about YMCA swim programs, contact any of our six facility branches or visit our website at YMCA-SNOCO.ORG/SWIM.   

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    Everett Family YMCA

    2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett

    425 258 9211

     

    Marysville Family YMCA

    6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville

    360 653 9622

     

    Mill Creek Family YMCA

    13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208

    425 337 0123

     

    Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

    14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe

    360 805 1879

     

    Mukilteo Family YMCA

    10601 47th Place West, Mukilteo

    425 493 9622

     

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA

    7213 267th St. NW, Stanwood

    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:

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

  • Editorial: YMCA effort will help county’s new arrivals
    5/15/2017

    Spend more than a few minutes inside one of the six Snohomish County locations of the YMCA, and it’s clear there’s more going on than open swims, pickup basketball games and treadmills.


  • City of Everett, YMCA mull partnership on new pool
    5/9/2017


  • YMCA of Snohomish County Helps Youth Experience Their Best Summer Ever
    5/3/2017

    Parents need not fear as the YMCA of Snohomish County is making sure that children have their best summer ever thanks to a variety of programs and activities that stimulate both mind and body. “It’s important for children to have an outlet to play and learn throughout the summer,” says Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “From summer camp to swim lessons, the Y supports all children in the community and helps them discover their potential.

    EVERETT, Wash., May 3, 2017 – When the final bell of the school year rings, children run home, eagerly anticipating the freedom of summer. A week (sometimes even days) later, parents hear the dreaded two-word phrase: “I’m bored.”

    Parents need not fear as the YMCA of Snohomish County is making sure that children have their best summer ever thanks to a variety of programs and activities that stimulate both mind and body. “It’s important for children to have an outlet to play and learn throughout the summer,” says Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “From summer camp to swim lessons, the Y supports all children in the community and helps them discover their potential.

    YMCA camp programs offer youth and teens fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

    A wide range of summer programs are available for campers ranging in age from preschool through high school.

    • Ready, Set, Go! camp focuses on educational enrichment and social skills, getting younger children ready for the school year.
    • The YMCA offers full-day licensed enrichment programming and care for school-age children during summer months. Activities include crafts, games, sports, swimming, and weekly field trips.
    • A variety of mini camps provide younger campers with social interaction, hands-on activities, exploration and fun.
    • Sky-Y camp provides campers an outdoor day camp experience held at Hole in the Sky Park.
    • The Y partners with experts to provide a number of exciting specialty camps: art, theatre, jump rope, cooking, science, and magic.
    • Other specialty camps include horseback riding, skateboarding, and sports camps.
    • During teen camps, youth will join friends and ride, slide, explore, and climb their way through summer.
    • Xtreme Adventures overnight camping trips provide a week of fun with opportunities for hiking, river rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and outdoor camping. 

    Here are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:   

    1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymca-snoco.org/camp for details.
    2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and overnight camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
    3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
    4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
    5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

    Camp offerings vary by branch and prices vary by camp. For more information on YMCA of Snohomish County summer programs or to reserve your space online, please visit our web site at ymca-snoco.org/camp or contact your local YMCA family branch.

    Don’t be left out this summer, sign up early for the camp you want.

    Everett Family YMCA

    2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett

    425 258 9211

     

    Marysville Family YMCA

    6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville

    360 653 9622

     

    Mill Creek Family YMCA

    13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208

    425 337 0123

     

    Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

    14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe

    360 805 1879

     

    Mukilteo Family YMCA

    10601 47th Place West, Mukilteo

    425 493 9622

     

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA

    7213 267th St. NW, Stanwood

    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:

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

  • Commentary: Help your community prevent child sexual abuse
    4/24/2017

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and youth-serving organizations across the country have been working this month to raise awareness and understanding about a topic that needs more attention in more communities: child sexual abuse.


  • YMCA of Snohomish County Invites Families to YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, April 29
    4/24/2017

    Free community event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long

    EVERETT, WA, April 24, 2017 – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 am-1 pm, the YMCA of Snohomish County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. 

    The event features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, safety demonstrations, and active living tips to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  

    YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,600 Ys across the country by more than 1.2 million participants, works to get kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long.  When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically – this summer learning loss is more pronounced among students from low-income families. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.

    “When a child is healthy, happy, motivated, and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result,” says Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”

     

    Events will take place at all six YMCA of Snohomish County branch locations. [Activities vary by 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

    For more information visit www.ymca-snoco.org/hkd

    In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

    • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
    • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
    • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
    • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
    • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

    All kids deserve the best summer ever, and Delta is proud to be the national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day, which kicks off a healthy, active and engaged summer for kids throughout the country.

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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

  • Kindness, courage endure 2 years after devastating accident
    4/10/2017

    With a weight lifter’s grimace, Todd Duitsman focused on exercising his arms. Like most everyone else using the Marysville Family YMCA’s fitness equipment Wednesday, he was hard at work.

    But Duitsman isn’t like everyone else. The Stanwood man is a quadriplegic.


  • YMCA Annual Campaign raises $1,552,536
    4/3/2017

    As of the March 23, 2017 Campaign Victory celebration a total of $1,552,536 was raised, the most ever in the history of the annual campaign.

    EVERETT, Wash., April 3, 2017 – Each year the YMCA of Snohomish County, through its six branch operations and Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate, conducts its Annual Campaign to raise funds that strengthen the foundation of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility

    As of the March 23, 2017 Campaign Victory celebration a total of $1,552,536 was raised, the most ever in the history of the annual campaign.

    The YMCA 2017 Annual Campaign was led by the following community volunteer leaders:

     

    Branch/Affiliate

    Raised

    Campaign Chair

    Everett Family YMCA

    $220,297

    Heather Barnhart, Community

     

    Marysville Family YMCA

    $200,359

    Jayne Joyner, Everett Community College
    Steve Muller, Raymond James
    Chad Kvangnes, Judd & Black

     

    Mill Creek Family YMCA

    $150,169

    Andrew Siguenza, Crane ELDEC Corporation
    Chris Robinson, Providence Hospice Foundation

     

     

    Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

    $170,151

    Sherry Weatherby, Community

    Mukilteo Family YMCA

    $186,057

    Tom Gaskin, Community

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA

    $137,042

    Carolyn Klein, Community

     

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

    $85,161

    Scott Comey, Re/Max Elite

    Debbie Cobb, Chicago Title

     

    YMCA of Snohomish County
      Board of Trustees

     

    $403,300

    Monti Ackerman, Fortive

    YMCA of Snohomish County

      $1,552,536

    Darren Redick, Providence Regional Medical Center - Everett


    The evening was filled with stories of how the YMCA positively impacts the lives of our members and the community.

    One of those stories was from Todd Duitsman, a Marysville YMCA member who shared how his life was immediately changed two years ago during a tragic surfing accident in Hawaii. He was paralyzed from the neck down. “My whole world was rocked,” said Todd. “You can’t even scratch your face.”

    Todd continued to share how the YMCA has been his place of community and was there for him when the insurance and physical therapy ran out. Marysville YMCA adaptive trainer Scott Ballinger invited Todd to the Y. “I met friends – they have special challenges,” said Todd. “I’m staying positive because someone always has it worse.”

    “The Y is so much more than just a swim and gym, and these stories of impact are life-changing and truly change your perspective,” said Darren Redick, Campaign Chair. “Our community never fails to support this important campaign, and because of this more people can benefit from the essential services provided by our YMCA – especially those who cannot afford them.”

    While revenues from membership and programs keep the YMCA operating, it’s financial gifts to the YMCA Annual Campaign that assure the Y advances programming and services that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in our county.

    As a leading nonprofit organization in Snohomish County, the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program, supported by contributions to the Annual Campaign and United Way, provided $2.4 million in direct financial assistance to more than 10,000 individuals during 2016.

    In addition, $3.91 million was provided in youth and family program subsidies, ensuring the presence of caring adults to nurture the potential of 36,700 children and teens across Snohomish County.

    Last year, charitable gifts from YMCA donors made it possible for 24,283 kids to have a safe place to learn and play; for one-in-three Snohomish County teens to gain self-confidence and academic guidance; and 56,458 adults to participate in healthy living activities.

    Ninety four cents of every Annual Campaign dollar contributed provides direct financial assistance to low-income families and support to programs such as child care, youth development, teen services, water safety, mentoring, and summer camp. These funds together with grants from the United Way of Snohomish County, corporations, and foundations subsidize a variety of enriching programs for individuals of all ages.

    It’s not too late to donate and have an immediate impact. Help us strengthen the foundation of our community. Donate online today at ymca-snoco.org/donate.

    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.

     

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    Contact:

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

  • The YMCA of Snohomish County: A Place For All
    3/31/2017

    For more than 115 years, the YMCA of Snohomish County has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of our County. Our country has changed dramatically along the way. There have been times of peace and times of conflict, times of unity and times of discord. Through it all, our democracy has persevered, and our YMCAs have been safe, welcoming places for people from all backgrounds.

    For more than 115 years, the YMCA of Snohomish County has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of our County. Our country has changed dramatically along the way. There have been times of peace and times of conflict, times of unity and times of discord. Through it all, our democracy has persevered, and our YMCAs have been safe, welcoming places for people from all backgrounds.

    Engaging and supporting all segments of society comes naturally to us, as a global organization with an inclusive mission and enduring core values. Whether you are new to this country or have lived here your entire life, our Ys want to help you reach your full potential. This always has been and always will be an essential part of our promise to people and communities.

    The recent election has served as a near-constant reminder of the growing divisions in our country. A polarized republic may be our present, but it need not be our future. At the Y, we know unity is possible. We know people can find common ground. We know communities can be safe, vital, and cohesive, because we have seen it happen -- indeed, we have helped make it happen, by respecting all people and creating welcoming environments. 

    Our Ys are leading the way to a brighter future by acting on our belief that we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all.  

    The YMCA of Snohomish County continues to build out our work to support immigrant and refugee communities by establishing New American Welcome Centers (NAWC). These Centers provide both direct and referral services to meet the specific needs of immigrant and refugee communities. Some of the ways in which we do this is:

    • English Language Classes: seven different options at three sites, with free child care provided.
    • Spanish-Language GED Classes: at our Y Casino Road Community Center.
    • Embajadores de la YMCA: Key volunteer leadership guiding our Y to better serve our Spanish-speaking communities.
    • My Achievers Program: Dedicated to supporting youth of color and first-generation youth to set and achieve academic and career goals.
    • Women-to-Women Swim for Muslim Women: At the Everett YMCA.
    • Countywide Forums: to address the needs and concerns of new immigrants, in partnership with local community colleges and nonprofits.

    In addition, last year our Y provided $2.475 million in youth and family financial assistance, so that all people, regardless of income, can participate in Y Programs and Membership.

    We know that we must continue to work with our community to ensure that our policies, practices, and programs advance our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants, in partnership with our colleagues at Ys across America and in 120 countries. We must ensure all people -- across all dimensions of diversity -- feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.

    The road ahead may not always be smooth, but I am proud to walk it with you, in the name of our great organization and our great County. Together, we will build a stronger community.

    Scott Washburn

    President/CEO
    YMCA of Snohomish County

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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

  • Cory Armstrong-Hoss: Making YMCA part of fabric of county
    3/30/2017

    Cory Armstrong-Hoss sees leadership as the ability to influence others toward achieving a common vision.


    Contact:

    Jim Davis
    Herald

  • 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.


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