On May 24, nearly 150 people attended the YMCA of Snohomish County’s annual My Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition and Scholarship Banquet. Students from all six YMCA of Snohomish County family branches represented the My Achievers Program.
- The Y Keeps Kids Safe Before and After School
EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 2, 2018 – 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, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.
As families are transitioning 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.
“School-Age Care at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are safe before and after school,” said Scott Washburn, President & CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “In addition, they are receiving additional support, continued learning, and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”
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.
The Y helps kids reach their potential and thrive in a safe, trustworthy setting and offers a curriculum that aligns with the school day and supports growth in literacy, math, and science while infusing the arts, physical activity, and fun. The curriculum appeals to kids and teaches confidence, encourages self-expression, and enriches social development. Providing youth with the support, encouragement, and positive role models they need, will not only increase their ability to succeed in school, but in life.
The YMCA of Snohomish County offers affordable pricing based on income. DSHS subsidies are welcome. Multi-child discount for families with more than one child from the same household.
For more information about before and after school care, visit ymca-snoco.org/sacc or contact your local YMCA of Snohomish County branch.
- At This Conference, Kids Run the Country
At the conference in Olympia, teens from all over Washington form a full youth government: governor, senators, representatives, pages, press corps, lobbyists, sergeant at arms, members of the governor’s cabinet — any role is open.
YMCA Elects Officers and Board Members for 2018-19
EVERETT, Wash., June 28, 2018 –The YMCA of Snohomish County Board recently elected trustees and officers for 2018-2019. The Association Board, comprised of community leaders as well as the chairpersons from each of the branch boards, oversees the operations and strategic planning of the organization.
New Trustees for the class of 2020 include: Kristin Meadows, Director, Individual Market Strategy, Premera Blue Cross; Dr. Robin Fenn, Superintendent, Verdant Health Commission; Dr. Aric Coffman, CEO and Market President, The Everett Clinic; Louis Harris, Financial Service Specialist, DSHS and VP, Snohomish County NAACP; Toraya Miller, AVP, First Financial Northwest Bank; Brian Baird, VP Aircraft Materials & Structures, Supplier Management, The Boeing Company; and Kathy Coffey, Executive Director, Leadership Snohomish County.
Returning Trustees include: Andrew Ballard, Marketing Solutions Inc.; Bob Dobler, Gamut360 Holdings, LLC; Brian Evans, Madrona Financial Services, LLC; Jeret Garcia, Valley Electric; John Haarlow, Snohomish County PUD; Renee Jensen, Evergreen Health Monroe; Ken Kettler, Tulalip Resort Casino; Carol Klein, Klein Honda; Jaxon Kronberger, The Boeing Company,; Leslie Lauer, Community; Troy McClelland, Cambridge Technology; Josh O’Connor, The Daily Herald/Sound Publishing Inc.; Dan Ollis, Vibe Coffee Group; Darren Redick, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Fred Safstrom, Housing Hope; and Mike Zubovic, Aviation Partners Boeing.
The following members were elected as Board Officers for 2018-19: Vice Chair – Matt Reinhard, Rhino Ventures, LLC; Vice Chair – Phyllis Turner-Brim, Starbucks Coffee Company; Secretary – Lacey Harper, Snohomish County Executive Office; Treasurer – Monti Ackerman, Fortive; Vice Treasurer – Toraya Miller, First Financial Northwest Bank; Immediate Past Chair – Scott Forslund, Providence Institute for a Healthier Community.
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, Chuck Pilon, Pilon Management Company; Mill Creek YMCA, Craig Connell, Click Accounting, LLC; Monroe/Sky Valley YMCA, Martha Dankers, Community; Mukilteo YMCA, Dr. Tom Gaskin, Community; Stanwood-Camano YMCA, Rose Olson, Community; and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Debbie Cobb, Chicago Title.
For a complete list of the YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees visit ymca-snoco.org/about.
- MAP Scholarship winners Head of to Colleges
- YMCA honors outstanding volunteersEVERETT, Wash., June 14, 2018 – The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and financial development volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 13 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 2017-2018.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 2,450 committed volunteers who donated a total of 42,112 hours of valuable assistance with policies, programs, and activities in 2017.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 2017-2018 YMCA of Snohomish County Volunteers of the Year:
Everett Family YMCA
Policy Volunteer: Brad Cattle, Anderson Hunter Law Firm
Program Volunteer: Kimmy Formon, Lumen Bioscience
Youth Volunteer: Jasmine Wilson-Burks, Everett High School
Financial Development Volunteer: Amy Heape, Community
Marysville Family YMCA
Policy Volunteer: Steven J. Kukull, Steven J. Kukull, CPA Inc. PS
Program Volunteer: George Zartuche, Community
Youth Volunteers: Jerahmy Umayam, Marysville Getchell High School; Roewyn Umayan, Marysville Getchell High School; Myles Redden, Marysville Getchell High School
Financial Development Volunteer: Kim Kron, Community; Chad Kvangnes, Community
Mill Creek Family YMCA
Policy Volunteer: Dave Fisher, Retired Boeing
Program Volunteer: Elena Rengli, Retired Military
Financial Development Volunteer: Tomoko Bryant, Mill Creek YMCA; Kaylene Brewer, Mill Creek YMCA
Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA
Policy Volunteer: Martha Dankers, Retired
Program Volunteer: Mike Bickley, Boeing; Margo Smith, Retired
Youth Volunteer: Jason Acuna, Sky Valley Education School
Financial Development Volunteer: Michael Berg, Monroe Digital Copy Center
Mukilteo Family YMCA
Policy Volunteer: Simon Bai, Puget Sound Bank
Program Volunteer: Rafael Martinez & Janna Isaeva, Community Transit
Youth Volunteer: Camille Martin, Oak Heights Elementary
Financial Development Volunteer: Herb Fox, Community
Policy Volunteer: Rose Olson, Community, Board Chair
Program Volunteer: John Lecoq, City of Renton, Firefighter
Youth Volunteer: CJ Cook, Port Susan Middle School
Financial Development Volunteers: Ted McCammant, Cascade Natural Gas
YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees
Policy Volunteer: Andrew Ballard, Marketing Solutions, Inc.
Program Volunteer: Lamanda Barr-Finch, Student, University of Washington
Financial Development Volunteer: Sean King, PLC Insurance
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Policy Volunteer: Clint Diehm, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Program Volunteer: Myke Corley, Matrix Financing & Accounting
Youth Volunteer: Tyrell Burke, Meadowdale Middle School
Financial Development Volunteers: Julie Gill, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
In addition, distinguished service awards were presented to four retiring members of the YMCA of Snohomish County Board of Trustees:
Judge Eric Lucas, Snohomish County Superior Court
Dr. Jeff Bissey, Community
Dr. Paul Pitre, Washington State University, North Puget Sound at Everett
Don Whitfield, Leavitt Northwest (will remain as Emeritus board member)
“We define social responsibility as giving back and providing support to our neighbors,” said Scott Washburn, YMCA of Snohomish County President/CEO. “Volunteers embody the spirit of giving without expecting anything in return. This is social responsibility at its finest.”
- Everett YMCA Breaks Ground for New Facility
EVERETT — After nearly 100 years, the Everett Family YMCA is getting an upgrade. The organization broke ground Saturday on a building that will serve two to three times more people, as well as be easier to access for people with disabilities, said Scott Washburn, CEO of the YMCA of Snohomish County.
Everett YMCA to break ground on new facility
EVERETT, Wash., May 30, 2018 – June 9, 2018 will be an historic day as the Everett Family YMCA breaks ground on a new facility at 4730 Colby Avenue from 10 am-1 pm.
Hear from community leaders, passionate volunteers, and supporters of the project as they share the vision of this new community asset being built to serve generations to come. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the community.
Parking will be limited at the event site and is available at the southern parking lot of Frontier on Colby. Shuttles will be available every ten minutes to take people to the event site beginning at 9:30
The Everett YMCA has been on the same block since 1901. When the original building burnt down in 1920, a fundraising campaign ensued and the community raised $157,000 in one week to build new YMCA – the brick building currently on corner of Rockefeller and California. Expansions in 1960 and 1980 increased program space to meet community needs.
“It was an emotional decision to transition out of the downtown core,” said Ted Wenta, Senior Vice President, Operations. “The current building has outlived its usefulness. It’s too old and not accessible to many members. In addition, as we look at the evolution of the Everett, the population center of the city has shifted south.”
New construction was an important decision that enables the Y to continue serving its current members and community while also providing opportunity to grow and serve the changing needs of the community with enhanced accessibility and quality programming.
The new Y will be open and inviting and encourage community connections. The multi-story building will be 60,000 square feet and will include:
- State-of-the-art aquatic center that will include two pools: The competition pool will be 25 yards in length with diving blocks and a timing system to support high school swim meets. The leisure pool will have a zero depth entry for easy accessibility, warm water therapy pool, and a lazy river.
- Full-size gym
- Wellness and group exercise studios
- Indoor track
- Intergenerational program space for teens and seniors
- Drop-in child care while you workout
- Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring center
- Healthcare program partner space
The YMCA is donating the southernmost acre of property at the home of the new Everett YMCA to the City to use as a neighborhood park. This is the first and only park in the Glacier View neighborhood, making it a significant asset to the community in this park-deficit area. The City is working to open the park by the end of 2020, and is currently in the master plan process. The park will include a playground, an interpretive rain garden, and walking path.
In addition, through an agreement with the City of Everett, the YMCA will provide a minimum of 74.5 hours of pool access per week for non-YMCA member Everett residents.
“We take moving seriously and our members, supporters, and community care about how we transition out of the current location,” said Wenta. “We want to show great care and sensitivity as generations of families have grown up in our YMCA.”
More than $13.6M has been raised so far for the $33M Everett YMCA project. For more information about the project visit theneweverettymca.org or contact Ted Wenta, Senior Vice President, Operations at 425 374 5717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Program will offer third graders free swim
Every third-grader can get free swim lessons next school year. Local Windermere agents, owners and the Windermere Foundation raised $10,000 to pay for Make a Splash, a new initiative started by the USA Swimming Foundation which aims to save children’s lives through swimming lessons.
- YMCA and City collaborate for community health and wellness
EVERETT, Wash., May 11, 2018 – The YMCA of Snohomish County and the City of Everett have been in discussions regarding a recreational partnership since spring of 2016. In a 7-0 vote on May 9, the Everett City Council approved the agreement to bring a neighborhood park to central Everett and provide pool access to Everett residents.The YMCA is donating the southernmost acre of property at the home of the new Everett YMCA to the City to use as a neighborhood park. This is the first and only park in the Glacier View neighborhood, making it a significant asset to the community in this park-deficit area.The City is working to open the park by the end of 2020, and is currently in the master plan process. The park will include a playground, an interpretive rain garden, community meeting spaces, and an interior walking path system.The City is providing $2.5 million in funding over four years for the YMCA project. In exchange, the YMCA will provide a minimum of 74.5 hours of pool access per week for non-YMCA member Everett residents.The creative financing arrangement is a benefit to residents and the City. It allows residents to access the aquatic center. Entrance fees paid by residents will go back to the City, allowing the City to redirect the dollars for other recreation amenities in Everett. The opportunity will exist for 25 years once the pool is open.The amenities that this new facility and park will offer appeal to residents and visitors alike. The aquatic center will provide a unique recreation option allowing local residents to swim at the Y instead of needing to travel elsewhere.“I sincerely thank the YMCA team for partnering with us on this unique opportunity,” said Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “The YMCA is an incredible asset for our community and we’re excited for the aquatic center and all of the amenities the new facility will provide. I’m also thrilled to begin work on a beautiful new neighborhood park for our residents to enjoy.”“This is the first collaboration of this type for our YMCA,” said Ted Wenta, Senior VP, Operations, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Both the YMCA and the City of Everett have been serving and supporting this community for more than 100 years. This partnership serves as an example of how the concept of community wellness can be enhanced when two trusted organizations join forces. The Y would like to thank Mayor Franklin, Everett City Council members, city staff, and former Mayor Ray Stephanson for making this collaboration possible.”
- Cascade Football Player Overcomes Rough Childhood to Thrive
Chris Rabideau credits his adopted parents, his Big Brother and football for helping turn his life around.
- Take 5 Days of Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse
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- YMCA Annual Campaign Raises $1,565,870
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 responsibilityAs of the March 22, 2018 Campaign Victory celebration, a total of $1,565,870 was raised, the most ever in the history of the annual campaign.The YMCA 2018 Annual Campaign was led by the following community volunteer leaders:
Branch/Affiliate Raised Campaign Chair Everett Family YMCA $220,500 Heather Barnhart, Community Marysville Family YMCA $207,115 Jayne Joyner, Everett Community College Mill Creek Family YMCA $189,077 Andrew Siguenza, Crane ELDEC Corporation
Chris Robinson, Providence Hospice Foundation
Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA $180,010 Martha Dankers, Community Mukilteo Family YMCA $195,787 Mike Gilson, Community Stanwood-Camano YMCA $101,000 Ted McCammant, Cascade Natural Gas Big Brothers Big Sisters $84,221 Debbie Cobb, Chicago Title
Clint Diehm, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
YMCA of Snohomish County
Board of Trustees
$387,160 Dr. Jeff Bissey, Seattle Children’s Hospital YMCA of Snohomish County $1,565,870 Sean King, PCL Insurance.
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 Chris R., an energetic “Little” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program. A natural public speaker, Chris shared his personal story of six years ago at the age of 10, not knowing what would happen when CPS entered into his life and removed him from his mother. Two years ago Chris was adopted and also connected with Clint Diehm, his “Big” in the BBBS program. Chris now speaks with poise and confidence, the traits he admired in Clint when they were first matched. He was once ashamed to tell his story, but now proudly uses his past as motivation, and hopes he can help others.
“The YMCA empowers youth, improves health, and strengthens the community,” said Sean King, PCL Insurance, Campaign Chair for the association-wide YMCA campaign. “The Annual Campaign is an annual sustaining fundraising campaign that provides scholarship dollars for people in need of access to YMCA programs. Every dollar raised is an investment in our community and our future.”
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 Access For All program, supported by contributions to the Annual Campaign, provided $2.36 million in direct financial assistance to more than 10,000 individuals during 2017.
In addition, $3.73 million was provided in youth and family program subsidies, ensuring the presence of caring adults to nurture the potential of 24,626 children and teens across Snohomish County.
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 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.
- YMCA Celebrates its Foundation of Faith at Annual Breakfast
EVERETT — The YMCA of Snohomish County continued a Good Friday tradition with its 58th annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Speakers looked to the past and future of an organization that will soon break ground on a new headquarters.
- YMCA man to pull his way for disabled at Draggin Dumbbells Challenge Fundraiser
Scott Ballenger, Quinton Morris and Nic Trout warm up for the annual Draggin’ Dumbbells for disabilities at the Marysville YMCA gym. This year for the first time, Morris will have friendly competition from Ballenger, and possibly Trout, as they pull their weight in one of several fundraisers in the YMCAs annual campaign throughout Snohomish County.
- Innovators Honor Philanthropist Within the Community Innovation, change and caring. Community leaders who take those three words to heart gathered Friday morning, Feb. 23, at the Camano Center to share a meal and recognize a few individuals in the collective group for their philanthropic actions in 2017.
- YMCA, City of Monroe Team up for Free Passes
Monroe and Sky Valley Family YMCA doors are opening a little wider for Monroe residents who struggle to afford memberships.
- Craig Chambers to Take Over as Monroe YMCA Executive Director in March
The soon-to-be former Stanwood-Camano YMCA senior director has a dozen years of YMCA experience, according to a Feb. 15 news release. He’s worked as the teen director in Marysville, and started out in the camp and childcare programs in Seattle.
- Film to Feature Band for Developmentally Disabled
A documentary is in the works to highlight Voices of the Village, a band that brings together musicians with developmental disabilities along with friends, family and guest performers.
- Monroe Residents Eligible for Free Passes to Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA
MONROE, Wash., Feb. 16, 2018 – The City of Monroe and the Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County, have partnered to provide City of Monroe residents with free “mini” passes.The passes will provide residents access to the pool for seven hours each week during designated times: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm, Fridays 9-10 am, and Sundays noon-5 pm.In addition, Monroe city residents will receive “Facility Member” pricing for YMCA programs. This includes swim lessons, youth sports, summer programs, and child care.The passes are provided on a first-come-first-served basis in six month increments. To receive a pass, residents must visit the Monroe YMCA and provide photo identification as well as a utility bill showing their home address.“We are excited to again be working with the City of Monroe,” said Craig Chambers, incoming Executive Director, Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA. “This is a great example of community collaboration and inclusion. Increasing access to the YMCA for all Monroe residents will allow them to engage in healthy activities, which in turn increases the health of the community.”The Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA is located at 14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe 98272. For questions regarding the passes call 360 805 1879.
- Gang Activity on Upswing in Everett
City leaders and neighborhood activists search for answers to violence.
- Monroe − YMCA deal opens public pool time
City residents will get limited, but free, access to the Y on Fryelands Boulevard under a new public pass program approved last week.
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YMCA of Snohomish County to sponsor its 58th annual Community Prayer Breakfast
Find Inspiration — Give Thanks — Help Bring the Community Together
EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 5, 2018 – More than 600 community members and business/religious leaders are expected to gather on March 30 for the 58th 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 Angel of the Winds Arena at 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett WA 98201.
This year’s guest speaker is Jamie Winship. Winship was born in Washington, DC in 1959 and upon graduating from high school, attended Radford University where he graduated with a double-major in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Jamie then joined the Fairfax County Police Department where he was named Police Officer of the Year and promoted into the Criminal Investigations Section in his second year of service.
After five years of service, Jamie left the Police Department to begin work in the Islamic world using Identity Exchange as a means to counter terrorist movements and enhance educational initiatives in high conflict areas.
For tickets or event information visit YMCA-SNOCO.ORG/PB or call 425 374 5732. Reservation deadline is March 9, or upon sellout.
The YMCA of Snohomish County hosted a community Zumbathon on Jan. 13 and raised $2,000 for the YMCAs in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. More than 75 people and 18 instructors from all six YMCA branches participated in the event, which took place at the Marysville YMCA.
Floyd Jones was an unusual multimillionaire in our 1 percent times. He and his late wife, Delores, were giving away their fortune. Mr. Jones, a successful Seattle stockbroker, died Jan. 5 at age 90.
Among the couple’s gifts $10 million was toward the construction of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA
When Everett’s Dr. Art Grossman was diagnosed with ALS, the debilitating neurological condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, he told his wife he wouldn’t be making a bucket list. He liked his life just as it was.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free community event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long
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.
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.
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.
Cory Armstrong-Hoss sees leadership as the ability to influence others toward achieving a common vision.
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.
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.
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 YMCA of Snohomish County is now about halfway to its fundraising goal for its new Everett location.
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 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.
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.
SWYM members warm up at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA during their Masters Swim practice.
EVERETT — Thanksgiving is one of the happiest days of the year at the Everett Family YMCA.
STANWOOD — Steven Jones has been working out at the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA a few times a week.
Stanwood girls swimming beat Everett 124-49 at the Spartans’ home opener Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in the new Stanwood Camano YMCA.
From the beginning, Seattle stockbroker and active philanthropist Floyd Jones has been a generous contributor of both philanthropic leadership and financial resources. By the grand opening of the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA on September 3, the Floyd & Delores Jones Foundation had committed a total of $10 million to the construction of the new Y.
Families play in the lazy river, test exercise equipment, visit with fellow Y advocates.
After six years of planning, fundraising, building and waiting, the Stanwood-Camano YMCA opened its doors Saturday at 7213 267th St. NW in Stanwood, Wash. In addition to exrcise rooms and gymnasium, the 47,000-square-foot Y includes two pools: a six-lane lap pool and a second with a shallow area for kids and a lazy river.
STANWOOD — After six years of planning, fundraising, building and waiting, the Stanwood-Camano YMCA is set to open its doors Saturday.
EVERETT — It looked like fun and games. The women, nearly a dozen of them, had words pinned to their backs. “Coffee.” “Bear.” “Tire.” “Toothbrush.” “Cup.” “Pencil.” “Bee.”
Public ceremony, festivities planned
EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 29, 2016 – The long-awaited dream of a YMCA will be realized when the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA cuts the ribbon and opens its doors this weekend. A branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County, a Stanwood-Camano YMCA community grand opening celebration will take place on Sept. 3 from 10 am-2 pm at 7213 267th Street NW, Stanwood.
Stanwood Spartan practiced at the new Stanwood Camano YMCA for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Mitchel Roberts and Michael Sobotta broke the surface of Stanwood-Camano YMCAs pool for the first time Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23.
The aquatic center at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA comprises a six-lane Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, lazy rive, and a two-lane leisure pool with a zero-depth entry for easy access.
Hahn and Fouard aren’t just running to run, they are running for a cause and want to raise a minimum of $25,000 for the YMCA’s Actively Changing Together (ACT!) youth obesity program. “Children are our future and their health should be our top priority in all things,” said Jean-Michel Fouard.
The 47,000-square-foot building is quickly taking shape at 7213 267th St. NW. Construction is expected to finish Aug. 9 and a grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 3.
The 47,000-square-foot building is quickly taking shape at 7213 267th St. NW. Construction is expected to finish Aug. 9 and a grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 3.
YMCA of Snohomish County received $191,616 for four programs: the Casino Road Adult Education Academy, Casino Road Scholars, Early Childhood Education and School Age Child Care.
The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and financial development volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 8 at the Everett Golf & Country Club.
This week brings a new name for what had been the YMCA Casino Road Youth Development Center. It’s now the YMCA Casino Road Community Center.
With guidance from key volunteer groups, including the Casino Road Advisory Group, the Mukilteo YMCA Board of Directors, and Embajadores Latinos de la YMCA (Latino leadership group), it was decided to change the name of the Y Casino Road Youth Development Center to more accurately reflect its daily activities. Effective June 1, 2016, the new name will be “YMCA Casino Road Community Center.”
As the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA gets closer to completion and opening, the opportunity to join as a Charter Member and benefit from the 100% joining fee waiver is running out. Mary Bredereck, Executive Director of the Stanwood-Camano Y reports record numbers of area residents are taking advantage of becoming Charter members.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is offering summer camp to give kids and teens in Snohomish County an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
Each year the YMCA of Snohomish County, through its 5 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
Marine Corps veteran Dan Hults served in Vietnam in 1965 and ’66. He has type 2 diabetes, one of many diseases the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes as being linked to exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
EVERETT — The YMCA of Snohomish County has raised an all-time record $1.4 million in donations during its annual fund-raising campaign.“Last year was just shy of $1.4 million,” said CEO Scott Washburn. “By going over $1.4 million, that’s a new high water mark for us.”
As of the March 31, 2016 Campaign Victory celebration a total of $1,405,846 was raised, the most ever raised in the history of the annual campaign.
YMCA of Snohomish County Aims to Bring Out the Wow! Factor in Local Kids During Annual Healthy Kids Day®
On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA of Snohomish County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.
On April 21, The Herald Business Journal will announce the 2016 recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award. This week and next, we are profiling 12 finalists, who were chosen by a panel of judges from among dozens of nominees.
A Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed to formalize a coalition among Seattle Goodwill Industries, Edmonds Community College, and the YMCA of Snohomish County. The coalition will be known as the Casino Road Adult Education Academy.
The Obama administration plans on Wednesday to propose expanding Medicare to cover programs to prevent diabetes among millions of people at high risk of developing the disease, marking the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with the prospect of a new benefit, federal officials said.
The YMCA of Snohomish County takes an active role in improving children’s health, and wants families to understand the role weight perception plays in childhood obesity and ways to combat that through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.
Parrott, who with his wife Leslie Parrott has co-written many books on relationships, will be in Everett this month as the featured speaker for the 56th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County. It’s scheduled for 7 a.m. March 25 at Xfinity Arena’s Edward D. Hansen Conference Center.
I wanted to write a letter of thanks to the YMCA Livestrong Program in Snohomish County. I was lucky enough to take the 12-week Livestrong Class in the Fall of 2015. I can’t say enough positive things about our class and our wonderful couches, Carrol Bailey and Ryan French. It was just a great experience.
The Stanwood-Camano YMCA will begin offering classes at its new studio location, 7009 265th Street NW, Ste. 105 in Stanwood. Enjoy classes for all ages and abilities including Zumba®, Step, Circuit Training, Dance Fitness, Yoga, and more.
More than 600 community members and business/religious leaders are expected to gather at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center on March 25 for the 56th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County.
Praise to the Marysville YMCA for opening its doors to help the homeless.
A few members of the Stanwood boys and girls swim teams toured the YMCA pool area under construction last week.
STANWOOD — The YMCA of Snohomish County has entered the final stretch of its six-year effort to launch programs and build a club for people who live in Stanwood and on Camano Island.
On Jan. 30 local girls in high school will be able to get career support at the “If You Can Dream It, You Can Be It!” event.
The Soroptimist International of Marysville and the Marysville YMCA are co-sponsoring the event.
YMCA member service personnel Amanda Knight and Melissa Willet helped coordinate the event, the first of its kind for the Marysville Y, and are already planning for follow-up events on the Sundays of Feb. 28 and March 20. Dinner again is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. and showers and haircuts running from 5:30-7 p.m.
On Jan. 18, 228 teen and adult volunteers chose to make this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day “on” rather than a day “off” in Snohomish County.
January 30 will mark another major milestone for the Stanwood-Camano YMCA. The Y will celebrate the official kick-off of its Community Capital Campaign together with a Studio Open House. Both events will take place at the former Studio Z location at 7009 265th Street NW, Ste. 105 in Stanwood from 2-4 pm.
EVERETT — Friends since middle school, Harneet Grewal, Jocelyn Ramirez and Mckayla Mueller spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday together. They didn’t see a movie. They didn’t shop. With heavy gloves and gardening tools, they volunteered for the MLK Day of Service.
MUKILTEO, Wash. — A bright yellow poster in Cory Armstrong-Hoss’s office at the Mukilteo YMCA is a reminder of a very dark moment for dozens of kids.
“This is signed by the kids in the shelter,” Armstrong-Hoss said. “It says ‘Thank you YMCA’ and a couple of specific notes from kids who are going to be able to come here from now on.”
Try the Y free January 17-23 at any YMCA of Snohomish County family branch (Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mukilteo) with full facility access. Photo ID is required.
The Mukilteo Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County, will offer free YMCA family memberships to those people displaced by the New Year’s Eve fire at The Bluffs apartment complex on Casino Road in Everett. The free membership will be good through 2016.
The year 2015 in Stanwood area largely reflects global and national issues, with hot-headed weather systems and down-trodden individuals.
Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Snohomish County will offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA classes beginning in February at all five family branches.
ACT! is 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.
The walls are going up in the gym area, teen center and multipurpose room of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA at 7213 267th St. NW in Stanwood and the pools are beginning to take shape.
YMCA of Snohomish County Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose
The YMCA of Snohomish County is for social responsibility. So it only makes sense that we’ve joined #GivingTuesday to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
EVERETT — The city’s Planning Commission is looking over amending city zoning code to allow community centers to be added to the list of facilities, such as hospitals, churches and clinics, that can exist in residential areas using a special permit.
If approved, the door would be open to have facilities like YMCA centers located in residential zones as well as commercial ones.
A second item, a request to initiate consideration of an amendment to the zoning code to allow alternative uses in churches located in residential zones through the Special Property Use permit process, was unanimously approved for consideration by the commission at its Tuesday, Oct. 20 meeting.
Anthony’s Seafood Grill at the Alderwood Mall is donating proceeds from Santa Breakfast to Mukilteo YMCA
On Saturday December 5 and December 12 from 8–10:30 am, Anthony’s Seafood Grill at the Alderwood Mall will open early for two “Breakfast with Santa” events to support the Mukilteo Family YMCA Casino Road Youth Development Center. The morning will include breakfast, cookie and ornament decorating, as well as photos with Santa.
The YMCA of Snohomish County on Friday finalized its purchase of Everett Public Schools’ former Educational Service Center at 4710 Colby Ave.
These nonprofit groups provide services and help to children, families, seniors, students and service members — and in turn they depend on you. This holiday season, consider donating or becoming a volunteer.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is excited to announce it is the new owner of the property located at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett, closing today on the purchase and sales agreement with Everett Public Schools that was approved by the School Board in July. This 8+ acre parcel will be the home of a new and expanded Everett Family YMCA.
The YMCA of Snohomish County helps the families of military personnel maintain their health and well-being while their loved ones serve overseas
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the YMCA of Snohomish County is encouraging residents to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.
The YMCA of Snohomish County recently hired Dan Powell as its new Vice President of Membership Development and Engagement.
The Monroe YMCA hosted the Monroe Chamber of Commerce last week, inviting chamber members to see the facility and learn more about the Y’s mission. Membership director Jamie Williams gave a presentation highlighting the Y’s history, its role in the Monroe community and two special October events.
Mariner High School senior Tommy Khem credits his involvement in the Mukilteo YMCA with helping him discover the importance of staying on track in school. He’s thinking about college, joining the National Guard and a career in law enforcement.
The Marysville Family YMCA Board of Directors recently selected JJ Frank as its new Executive Director, replacing Mary Bredereck who left to take the position of Executive Director of the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA, scheduled to open late summer 2016.
The Y’s mission is to serve everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As our community changes, we often find ourselves in the unfamiliar, but remain committed to creating a culture focused on safety and inclusivity.
To a casual onlooker, the future YMCA doesn’t look like much. A flat spot of dirt crossed with excavator tracks. Trenches and concrete and rebar spiking the horizon like a World War I front.
Construction has officially begun on the new Stanwood-Camano Family YMCA, located at 7213 267th St. NW in Stanwood.
The YMCA of Snohomish County wants families to understand how a child’s weight affects their health – and how to adopt healthy habits.
The YMCA of Snohomish County wants families to understand how a child’s weight affects their health – and how to adopt healthy habits
The YMCA of Snohomish County is offering its Diabetes Prevention Program at the Mill Creek Family YMCA from 2-3 pm beginning October 14.
YMCA of Snohomish County teaming up with Cocoon House to add five new Safe Place sites around the county.
Mary Bredereck has been named executive director of the newest branch of YMCA of Snohomish County. She will manage the Stanwood-Camano YMCA.
Praise to the Marysville YMCA for 20 years of service.
YMCA’s Livestrong classes can help cancer survivors get back into exercise and find a community of people with similar experiences.
Mary Bredereck has been named the new branch Executive Director of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County.
Teens in crisis will have another local resource to get immediate help as the YMCA of Snohomish County is partnering with Cocoon House’s “Safe Place” program.
MARYSVILLE – With a name like Smiley, you have to figure he’s a happy man.
David Smiley, who will be 84 in October, really is happy. That’s one of his secrets for being so healthy so late in life.
September is National Preparedness Month. The YMCA wants to educate and empower people to prepare for, and respond to, all types of emergencies, both large scale and smaller local events.
This summer marks the 20th year the Marysville Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County, has been positively impacting the Marysville community at its current location.
(MONROE, WA.) — Come out to Lake Tye Park Friday night Aug. 21st and enjoy “Movies Under the Moon” on a new and bigger screen..
When the School Day Ends, Learning and Nurturing Continues at the YMCA of Snohomish County’s Afterschool Program
To help nurture and inspire kids to discover their potential, the YMCA of Snohomish County is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children through its five family branches in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, and Mukilteo.
Fall ACT! classes will be offered starting in September at all five YMCA of Snohomish County family branches in Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, and Mukilteo.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Snohomish County will offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA classes beginning in September at all five family branches.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is supporting the Cocoon House Safe Place program, designed to facilitate access to supportive resources for young
peo¬ple in crisis.
For Walmart co-manager Ben Allen, working for the Monroe Walmart has given him far more than just a paycheck. It’s given him the opportunity to become entrenched in the Monroe community through volunteerism and giving back.
RediClinic Donates $40,000 to YMCAs Serving Greater Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington D.C.
CAMP HILL, Pa., Aug 03, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — RediClinic announced today donations totaling $40,000 to eight YMCAs serving the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Seattle areas. RediClinic, which opened convenient care clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in each market earlier this year, is making the donation as part of its continued commitment to the health and well-being of the communities they serve.
The Everett School Board approved the sale of one of its former administration buildings to the YMCA of Snohomish County on Thursday.
On Thursday, the YMCA agreed to a deal with the Everett School District to buy its old administration building south of downtown for $3.3 million.
EVERETT, Wash. — In addition to a series of gymnasiums, pools and workout rooms, the Snohomish County YMCA has its own ghost named “George” and a series of “ghost rooms.”
The YMCA of Snohomish County was recently recognized by the YMCA national office (YMCA of the USA) as a Global Center of Excellence (GCE). A GCE model is an intentional operational approach designed to strengthen a Y’s mission impact and capacity to serve diverse constituencies at home and abroad.
As the long State Legislative Session finally came to a close, with it came good news for the YMCA of Snohomish County. The Y will receive $3.2 million as part of the state’s capital budget signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The YMCA of Snohomish County Trustee Board recently elected new officers for 2015-2016. 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 official ground breaking for the long-anticipated YMCA took place Saturday to loud cheers and more than a few fist pumps.
On May 27, nearly 200 people attended the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 15th annual Minority Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition and Scholarship Banquet. MAP aims to motivate and support young people of color, immigrant youth, and those from lower socioeconomic status, ages 11-19, to achieve higher education and career goals.
A community groundbreaking celebration for the Stanwood-Camano YMCA is scheduled for June 27 from 1-4 pm at the building site located at 7213 267th Street NW, Stanwood.
More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. 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.
The YMCA of Snohomish County honored its outstanding policy, program, youth, and financial development volunteers at a special recognition breakfast June 10 at the Everett Golf & Country Club.
The YMCA of Snohomish County recently honored five Mukilteo volunteers for their outstanding community service.
The Y held a special recognition breakfast June 10 at the Everett Golf & Country Club to honor the contribution of more than 33 volunteers during 2014-2015 who support the YMCA of Snohomish County.
EVERETT — Summer is just around the corner and with it brings warm, sunny days to get outside. Below you’ll find a summertime to-do list to keep you busy during the day or kick back in the evening. Whatever you choose, there is something for everyone.
As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while learning safety skills that can save lives.
A community groundbreaking celebration for the Stanwood-Camano YMCA is scheduled for June 27 from 1-4 pm at the building site located at 7213 267th Street NW, Stanwood.
“We might as well stop calling it Resilience Fitness,” said Scott Sadler, vice president and chief development officer for YMCA (now called the Y) of Snohomish County.
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 going to college; these students reflect and are examples and role models to our younger MAP students.
EVERETT — The Everett school board has approved a plan to sell its former administration building to the YMCA of Snohomish County.
Wulfric Mangkornkeo bounced on his toes as he waited for his chance on the climbing wall. When it was his turn, the sixth-grader and member of the Mukilteo YMCA’s Minority Achievers Program helped tie the knot to his climbing harness and started up the wall at New Life Church in Everett.
The YMCA of Snohomish County reminds kids and adults about the importance of swim lessons, water safety, and the health benefits of swimming
The YMCA of Snohomish County has submitted an offer of $3.325 million for the school district property at 4730 Colby Avenue in Everett. At the May 26 school board meeting, the Everett Public Schools superintendent will ask the board for authorization for facilities and planning staff to complete a purchase and sales agreement with the YMCA of Snohomish County to purchase this property.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors
Funds raised will help residents of Snohomish County learn, grown, and thrive
MARYSVILLE — Marysville YMCA staff agreed, when it rains in Western Washington, you have to have a “Plan B.”
An annual community event and a healthy way to start the day, the 16th Annual Everett Family YMCA Yankee Doodle Dash Family Fun Run will take place July 4, 2015.
YMCA of Snohomish County’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 25 Aims to Help Kids Stay Active and Keep Learning
On Saturday, April 25, the YMCA of Snohomish County is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as summer learning resources, information on nutrition and raising healthy kids, safety demonstrations, health screenings, community resources, and information to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
Floyd Jones offers additional $500,000 in matching funds
STANWOOD — With the YMCA preparing to build a new center here, city officials are working on an agreement that waives permitting costs for the project in return for some free public services at the building.
More than 300 guests gathered at the Everett Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the XFINITY Arena on April 3 for the 55th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County.
As residents of the Pacific Northwest, we love our morning lattes. We love our sports teams. We love reading on our tablets and listening to music we bought online through our smartphones while we commute to work in our down jackets. And we love the brands that make these things possible.
On Saturday, April 25, 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.
Annual Campaign supports local programs and a $500,000 matching gift is offered for the new facility
Praise to Quinton Morris for raising money for the Marysville YMCA.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is hosting the annual Snohomish County Prayer Breakfast.
Spring has sprung and summer is following closely behind. That means it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do with the kids this summer. Open registration for YMCA of Snohomish County Summer Camp begins March 25. Camps are offered through all five YMCA family branches: Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, and Mukilteo as well as in the Stanwood-Camano community.
Working Together to Help One Million More Americans Know Their Risk for Type 2 Diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®
Tuesday, March 24, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Snohomish County wants residents of Snohomish County to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
Quinton Morris used to require a power wheelchair to move around, but thanks to rigorous training at Marysville’s YMCA he is able to move his own wheelchair.
“Throughout Snohomish County, countless people know the YMCA. However, there’s so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Kelly Shepherd, campaign chairwoman. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”
Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body, and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual, and spiritual strength.
MARYSVILLE — Push, push, push. About once per second, Quinton Morris gripped the top of his wheelchair’s push rims with gloved hands.
MARYSVILLE — “It only looks like a torture device,” Scott Ballenger laughed, as he chained the large wooden box to Quinton Morris’ wheelchair. “But it’s really training technology.”
With a combined 2015 campaign goal of $1,381,000 the YMCA Board of Trustees, five YMCA facility branches (Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe/Sky Valley, Mukilteo), Stanwood/ Camano YMCA initiative office, and Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate are excited about the opportunity to provide Y programs and activities to thousands of people in our communities, giving our children the opportunity to become confident kids today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow.
Krista Kelly, Renae Kettler; Carolyn Klein, Theresa Metzger and Dawne Wentworth gather Feb. 19 for a fundraiser benefitting the Stanwood-Camano YMCA’s annual campaign at Wink Lash Boutique, hosted by Krista Van Moos with Renae Kettler of RE/MAX Associate Brokers.
The Marysville YMCA recently completed installation of multiple solar panels, which also marks the beginning of their environmental education program that debuts later this year.
The YMCA of Snohomish County has received a $500,000 donation from the Everett Clinic and Everett Clinic Foundation to support the organization’s capital campaign.
To support YMCA of Snohomish County’s development plans, The Everett Clinic Foundation will give $150,000 and The Everett Clinic will give $350,000 over five years for a total gift of $500,000.
Snohomish Representative Hans Dunshee (D-44) was honored February 11, 2015 with the Washington State Alliance of YMCA’s Legislative Champion award.
MILL CREEK — Camilla Mejia is a senior at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. She is working to organize a support group for Hispanic students at her school. Mejia, 17 hopes to study communications and political science next year at Western Washington University. She hopes to advocate for human rights as a career.
Just in time to launch its annual fundraising campaign, Stanwood-Camano YMCA has settled into a new home — at 9031 271st St. NW in Stanwood.
“It’s not the capital campaign kick off,” said Dawne Wentworth, the local manager. “This is the annual fundraising campaign for programs.”
Installation is complete on a new solar energy system at the Marysville/N. County Family YMCA. As part of its focus on social responsibility, the Marysville YMCA is committed to exploring ways to maximize energy efficiency, reduce waste production, and minimize its carbon footprint.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is at a critical point in its 100-year history.
On Jan. 19, over 300 teen and adult volunteers chose to make this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day “on” rather than a day “off.”
Rather than taking the day of, more than 300 teen and adult volunteers spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering. Monroe area students volunteered at 14 service projects across Snohomish county, and locally at the Matthew House Thrift Store, where they sorted and organized donations.
As the YMCA of Snohomish County builds new facilities in the next few years for the Stanwood-Camano Island area and for Everett, expect to see the building of healthier communities at the same time.
MARYSVILLE — Lakewood High School senior Kalan Knott had never volunteered for community service during Martin Luther King Jr. Day before, and had never volunteered at a food bank before, but this year, he wanted to get involved.
LAKE STEVENS — On Jan. 19, teens across Snohomish County went out into their communities on a day off from school to give back in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The YMCA is not just about swimming pools and activities for kids.
The YMCA strengthens communities in other ways as well — including healthy living.
EVERETT — Training came in handy for a few YMCA employees and friends who helped save a man’s life on an otherwise mundane November afternoon.