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  • What is Your Passion, Ted Wentas is This Place and The YMCA

    In his office, Ted Wenta keeps a framed drawing his wife Teresa made as a girl. It’s a second-grader’s sketch of the YMCA in downtown Everett, a century-old brick building that’s not quite     as off-kilter in real life as it is on paper. But the building does have its quirks.

  • Free Swim Lessons Making a Big Splash 

    Students are gleefully diving into a new effort to teach water safety — one third-grade class at a time. The Make a Splash program, in its first year in the Stanwood-Camano area, provides a week of free swimming lessons to all third-grade students in the district.

  • Know Your Risk: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

    EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 1, 2018 – During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Snohomish County is encouraging everyone to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

    “Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are preventable conditions, but many people don’t know they are at risk, let alone the steps to take to avoid the disease,” said Lynnette Monpas, Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Snohomish County. “Fortunately, the Y is here to help, as developing type 2 diabetes not only puts a tremendous strain on our health care system but impacts the lives of millions of people and their families each year.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Lynnette Monpas, Healthy Living Director at 425 374 5777 or healthyliving@ymca-snoco.org.

  • YMCA Monroe part of effort to assist immigrant population

    “We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good,” according to the national YMCA.

  • Employees Community Fund of Boeing supports new Everett YMCA –
    EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 12, 2018 – In mid-August, Jennifer Willows, VP/Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of Snohomish County received the phone call she’d been hoping for. The Employees Community Fund of Boeing agreed to fund the new Everett YMCA in the amount of $500,000 – the full amount of the strategic grant request submitted.The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, known as ECF, is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed more than $600,000,000 to local Puget Sound nonprofits.ECF grants enable local Health & Human Service agencies to purchase much-needed equipment, renovate their facilities, and build new construction that directly benefit their clients. Over the years, the Employees Community Fund has funded $845,300 in direct grants to the YMCA of Snohomish County.“The Boeing Company has been, and continues to be, a wonderful community partner in many ways. What makes this support especially meaningful is that it comes directly from the Boeing Employees Community Fund.” said Willows. “The endorsement of Boeing employees living in and working throughout our community is representation of their collective spirit of generosity and stewardship.”“The Employees Community Fund is proud to support the YMCA of Snohomish County’s new Everett facility, which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of our neighbors,” said Patricia Meissner, 2018 ECF Board President. “The Boeing employees who give to ECF know that their combined dollars make a significant difference. By giving together we build stronger communities, and that’s what it’s all about. We are excited to see this project come to completion and be a vibrant center for our community!”

    The new Everett YMCA will open fall 2019. More than $15.7 million has been raised so far for the $33 million project. 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

    To learn more about the project visit, theneweverettymca.org or contact Ted Wenta, Senior Vice President, Operations at 425 374 5717 or twenta@ymca-snoco.org. To support the campaign, contact Jennifer Willows, VP/Chief Development Officer at 425 374 5745 or jwillows@ymca-snoco.org.

  • Everett Community College Student Building a Base to Build a Career on
    Fatima Al-Mayyahi, 18, graduated this year from Mariner High School. She is working at Boeing and has volunteered with the Mukilteo YMCA. She plans to study aviation maintenance at Everett Community College.
  • Y Gives Casino Road Kids Free Swim Lessons
    The YMCA of Snohomish County recently partnered with Crystal Spring apartments on Casino Road for a second year to offer free swim lessons.
  • 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

    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.

  • YMCA honors outstanding volunteers
    EVERETT, 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 YMCAPolicy 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, CommunityMarysville Family YMCAPolicy Volunteer: Steven J. Kukull, Steven J. Kukull, CPA Inc. PSProgram 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, CommunityMill Creek Family YMCAPolicy Volunteer: Dave Fisher, Retired Boeing
    Program Volunteer: Elena Rengli, Retired Military
    Financial Development Volunteer: Tomoko Bryant, Mill Creek YMCA; Kaylene Brewer, Mill Creek YMCAMonroe/Sky Valley Family YMCAPolicy 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

    Stanwood-Camano YMCA

    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 twenta@ymca-snoco.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.”
  • Focus: Local Y raises $101K in annual campaign; Marcella Larson celebrates 100th birthday

    Each year YMCA of Snohomish County conducts an annual fundraising campaign to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility programs offered through its six branch operations and a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate.

  • 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.
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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.
  • 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
    2/18/18

    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.
  • Five Things to Know about Stanwood Swimmer Sam Grant 
    2/14/18The senior will compete at the WIAA 3A state championships this weekend.
  • 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.

  • Way to Go
    1/29/2018

    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.

  • Philanthropist Floyd Jones who gave much of his money away
    1/16/2018

    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.

  • Philanthropist Floyd Jones dies at 90
    1/16/2018

    Among the couple’s gifts $10 million was toward the construction of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA

  • Everett Doctor Diagnosed with ALS Didn’t Need a Bucket List
    1/3/2018

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Snohomish County residents know they are at risk
    11/1/2016
  • Philanthropist Floyd Jones gave $10M for new Stanwood YMCA
    9/19/2016

    STANWOOD — Steven Jones has been working out at the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA a few times a week.

  • Girls Swimming: Everett at Stanwood
    9/19/2016

    Stanwood girls swimming beat Everett 124-49 at the Spartans’ home opener Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in the new Stanwood Camano YMCA.

  • YMCA of Snohomish County makes fundraising history
    9/16/2016

    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.

  • YMCA Opening Attracts Hundreds
    9/13/2016

    Families play in the lazy river, test exercise equipment, visit with fellow Y advocates.

  • Gallery: Stanwood Camano YMCA Grand Opening
    9/7/2016

    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-Camano YMCA opens its doors Saturday
    9/2/2016

    STANWOOD — After six years of planning, fundraising, building and waiting, the Stanwood-Camano YMCA is set to open its doors Saturday.

  • Casino Road Adult Academy Helps Immigrants Learn English
    8/30/2016

    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.”

  • YMCA to Open Sept. 3
    8/30/2016

    Public ceremony, festivities planned

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA Grand Opening Celebration Sept. 3
    8/29/2016

    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 Girls Swimming Practice at the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    8/25/2016

    Stanwood Spartan practiced at the new Stanwood Camano YMCA for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA Pool
    8/24/2016

    Mitchel Roberts and Michael Sobotta broke the surface of Stanwood-Camano YMCAs pool for the first time Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23.

  • Getting Ready – Water Goes in Pool
    8/11/2016

    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.

  • Two man running team supports YMCA youth obesity program
    7/22/2016

    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.

  • Construction coming to a close on Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    6/13/2016

    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.

  • Construction coming to a close on Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    6/13/2016

    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.

  • United Way to Distribute $2 Million to Groups Fighting Poverty
    6/9/2016

    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.

  • YMCA honors outstanding volunteers
    6/9/2016

    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.

  • YMCA center on Casino Road gets new name
    6/3/2016

    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.

  • YMCA Casino Road Youth Development Center changing name to YMCA Casino Road Community Center
    5/25/2016

    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.”

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA on schedule to open in September
    5/16/2016

    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.

  • YMCA of Snohomish County Helps Youth Experience Their Best Summer Ever
    5/12/2016

    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.

  • YMCA annual campaign raises $127,00 for Mill Creek
    5/9/2016

    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

  • Many resources for veterans at Everett YMCA open house
    4/25/2016

    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.

  • YMCA sets record fundraising in annual campaign
    4/25/2016

    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.”

  • YMCA Annual Campaign raises $1,405,846
    4/22/2016

    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®
    4/19/2016

    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.

  • JJ Frank came home to serve his community
    4/13/2016

    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.

  • Casino Road Adult Education Academy will serve thousands of adult students in the community
    4/12/2016

    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.

  • Learn how to take action when you see child abuse.
    4/2/2016
  • To our community
    4/1/2016
  • Medicare Proposal Takes Aim at Diabetes
    3/24/2016

    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.

  • Partnerships help combat alarming obesity increase among youth
    3/10/2016

    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.

  • Healthy relationships the topic at Y’s prayer breakfast
    3/4/2016

    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.

  • Classes vital for cancer survivors
    2/28/2016

    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.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA Studio Memberships For Sale
    2/23/2016

    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.

  • The YMCA of Snohomish County to sponsor its 56th annual Prayer Breakfast
    2/16/2016

    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 and raze (editorial)
    2/14/2016

    Praise to the Marysville YMCA for opening its doors to help the homeless.

  • Spartan swimmers ‘excited’ to see YMCA pool take shape
    2/2/2016

    A few members of the Stanwood boys and girls swim teams toured the YMCA pool area under construction last week.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA kicks off fundraising activities Saturday
    1/29/2016

    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.

  • Soroptimists, YMCA team up for girls
    1/27/2016

    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 gives dinner, showers, haircuts to homeless, families in need
    1/25/2016

    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.

  • Edmonds teens Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day “on”
    1/21/2016

    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.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA Kicks-off Community Capital Campaign
    1/21/2016

    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.

  • Teens volunteer around county for MLK Day of Service
    1/19/2016

    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.

  • http://komonews.com/news/local/ymca-gives-free-memberships-to-everett-fire-victims
    1/17/2016

    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 Week
    1/11/2016

    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.

  • Mukilteo YMCA offers free memberships to fire victims
    1/5/2016

    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.

  • Progress, sadness in 2015
    1/5/2016

    The year 2015 in Stanwood area largely reflects global and national issues, with hot-headed weather systems and down-trodden individuals.

  • LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA classes beginning soon
    12/21/2015

    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! (Actively Changing Together) Classes begin soon
    12/21/2015

    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.

  • Y launches community phase of capital campaign
    12/15/2015

    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
    11/27/2015

    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 zoning change would allow for more community centers
    11/25/2015

    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
    11/24/2015

    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.

  • Sale of Everett schools’ Colby building to YMCA finalized
    11/23/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County on Friday finalized its purchase of Everett Public Schools’ former Educational Service Center at 4710 Colby Ave.

  • How to support nonprofits that help our community
    11/22/2015

    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.

  • Everett Family YMCA one step closer to a new home
    11/20/2015

    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.

  • YMCA Supports Local Military Families During Military Family Month
    11/2/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County helps the families of military personnel maintain their health and well-being while their loved ones serve overseas

  • During National Diabetes Awareness Month the YMCA of Snohomish County Focuses on Prevention
    10/29/2015

    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.

  • YMCA hires new Vice President of Membership Development & Engagement
    10/26/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County recently hired Dan Powell as its new Vice President of Membership Development and Engagement.

  • Monroe YMCA hosting fun run, free weekends
    10/22/2015

    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 senior listens to mentors, refocuses on his future
    10/19/2015

    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.

  • Marysville YMCA names JJ Frank as Executive Director
    10/7/2015

    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.

  • A Message to Our Members and Community
    10/6/2015

    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.

  • YMCA foundation forms well underway,walls soon
    9/22/2015

    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 begins on new Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    9/16/2015

    Construction has officially begun on the new Stanwood-Camano Family YMCA, located at 7213 267th St. NW in Stanwood.

  • YMCA helps families to focus on childhood obesity
    9/16/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County wants families to understand how a child’s weight affects their health – and how to adopt healthy habits.

  • Improving Healthy Habits during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
    9/9/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County wants families to understand how a child’s weight affects their health – and how to adopt healthy habits

  • YMCA offers Diabetes Prevention class
    9/9/2015

    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 partnership brings Safe Place to 5 branches
    9/9/2015

    YMCA of Snohomish County teaming up with Cocoon House to add five new Safe Place sites around the county.

  • Bredereck named director of local Y
    9/8/2015

    Mary Bredereck has been named executive director of the newest branch of YMCA of Snohomish County. She will manage the Stanwood-Camano YMCA.

  • Praise and raze (Editorial)
    9/6/2015

    Praise to the Marysville YMCA for 20 years of service.

  • YMCA classes help cancer survivors
    9/2/2015

    YMCA’s Livestrong classes can help cancer survivors get back into exercise and find a community of people with similar experiences.

  • Mary Bredereck named new Executive Director for Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    8/27/2015

    Mary Bredereck has been named the new branch Executive Director of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County.

  • ‘Safe Place’ helps local teens in crisis
    8/26/2015

    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.

  • Smiley faces everywhere at M’ville YMCA’s 20th anniversary event (slide show)
    8/25/2015

    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.

  • Get informed. Be ready. The YMCA offers free community emergency preparation and safety events.
    8/24/2015

    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.

  • The Marysville Family YMCA – Uniting communities for 20 years
    8/21/2015

    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.

  • MOVIES UNDER THE MOON FRIDAY NIGHT IN MONROE
    8/21/2015

    (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
    8/20/2015

    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.

  • ACT! (Actively Changing Together) Classes begin soon
    8/18/2015

    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 classes beginning soon
    8/18/2015

    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.

  • YMCA of Snohomish County supports safe place for youth
    8/17/2015

    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.

  • Walmart contributes thousands to local non-profits
    8/4/2015

    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.
    8/3/2015

    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.

  • YMCA gets OK to buy surplus Everett school building
    7/24/2015

    The Everett School Board approved the sale of one of its former administration buildings to the YMCA of Snohomish County on Thursday.

  • Snohomish County YMCA buys land for new home
    7/24/2015

    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.

  • Snohomish County YMCA buys land for new home
    7/23/2015

    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.”

  • YMCA of Snohomish County named a Global Center of Excellence
    7/13/2015

    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.

  • YMCA of Snohomish County to receive $3.2 million in state funding
    7/9/2015

    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.

  • Y Elects Officers and Board Members for 2015-2016
    7/3/2015

    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.

  • A sunny day for the Y
    6/30/2015

    The official ground breaking for the long-anticipated YMCA took place Saturday to loud cheers and more than a few fist pumps.

  • MAP scholarship winners recognized
    6/29/2015

    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.

  • Breaking Ground. Building Community.
    6/23/2015

    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.

  • Celebrating Fathers – a Tradition Started at the YMCA
    6/21/2015

    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.

  • Sno. Co. YMCA honors outstanding volunteers
    6/17/2015

    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.

  • YMCA honors Snohomish County volunteers
    6/17/2015

    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.

  • Plenty to do this summer in Everett
    6/10/2015

    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.

  • Learn water safety at the Y this summer
    6/10/2015

    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.

  • Community celebration for new Stanwood-Camano YMCA
    6/9/2015

    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.

  • Making way for the Y
    6/2/2015

    “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.

  • YMCA Celebrates Scholarship Recipients
    5/29/2015

    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 schools approve sale of building to YMCA
    5/28/2015

    EVERETT — The Everett school board has approved a plan to sell its former administration building to the YMCA of Snohomish County.

  • Mountaineers program introduces kids to the joys of climbing
    5/24/2015

    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.

  • Learn Water Safety at the Y this Summer
    5/21/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County reminds kids and adults about the importance of swim lessons, water safety, and the health benefits of swimming

  • YMCA of Snohomish County set to buy former Everett Public Schools Education Service Center
    5/15/2015

    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.

  • Take action in the fight against cancer
    5/6/2015

    LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors

  • YMCA Annual Campaign raises $1,356,321
    5/5/2015

    Funds raised will help residents of Snohomish County learn, grown, and thrive

  • Healthy Kids Day finds unique ways to keep kids active
    5/3/2015

    MARYSVILLE — Marysville YMCA staff agreed, when it rains in Western Washington, you have to have a “Plan B.”

  • YMCA Yankee Doodle Dash supports cancer survivor program
    4/30/2015

    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
    4/15/2015

    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.

  • YMCA announces fundraising challenge
    4/14/2015

    Floyd Jones offers additional $500,000 in matching funds

  • Stanwood, YMCA may swap permit costs for services
    4/11/2015

    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.

  • Community gathers for YMCA’s annual Good Friday celebration
    4/10/2015

    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.

  • The Brands We Love
    4/10/2015

    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.

  • YMCA of Snohomish County Invites Families to YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, April 25
    4/7/2015

    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.

  • Stanwood-Camano YMCA Fundraising Success Continues
    4/7/2015

    Annual Campaign supports local programs and a $500,000 matching gift is offered for the new facility

  • Praise and raze (Editorial)
    4/5/2015

    Praise to Quinton Morris for raising money for the Marysville YMCA.

  • YMCA sponsors 55th annual Community Prayer Breakfast
    3/26/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County is hosting the annual Snohomish County Prayer Breakfast.

  • A Summer to Remember: Register now for YMCA Summer Programs
    3/25/2015

    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®
    3/24/2015

    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.

  • Morris raises money for disability services
    3/18/2015

    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.

  • Support YMCA’s good works in county
    3/16/2015

    “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.”

  • CREATING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES
    3/15/2015

    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.

  • Physical challenges can’t stop man from making his push for YMCA
    3/12/2015

    MARYSVILLE — Push, push, push. About once per second, Quinton Morris gripped the top of his wheelchair’s push rims with gloved hands.

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    3/11/2015

    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.”

  • YMCA of Snohomish County Launches 2015 Annual Campaign to Support Community Needs
    3/9/2015

    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.

  • Fundraiser for the Y
    3/3/2015

    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.

  • Marysville YMCA goes green
    2/18/2015

    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.

  • Everett Clinic, foundation give $500K to YMCA
    2/18/2015

    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.

  • Clinic gives YMCA $500,000
    2/17/2015

    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 honored by YMCA
    2/17/2015

    Snohomish Representative Hans Dunshee (D-44) was honored February 11, 2015 with the Washington State Alliance of YMCA’s Legislative Champion award.

  • Super Kid: Camilla Mejia, Jackson High School
    2/16/2015

    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.

  • New home for YMCA office
    2/10/2015

    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.”

  • Marysville YMCA receives grant for solar project
    2/6/2015

    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.

  • YMCA hopes new facilities spur a resurgence
    2/2/2015

    The YMCA of Snohomish County is at a critical point in its 100-year history.

  • Edmonds teens make MLK Jr. Day of Service a day “on”
    1/29/2015

    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.”

  • Monroe-area teens make a difference on MLK Day
    1/27/2015

    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.

  • Support Y’s building projects
    1/26/2015

    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.

  • Students from Lakewood, Arlington, Marysville take ‘a day on, not a day off’ for MLK Day
    1/21/2015

    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.

  • Teens serve their community on King holiday
    1/20/2015

    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.

  • YMCA targets Diabetes
    1/20/2015

    The YMCA is not just about swimming pools and activities for kids.

    The YMCA strengthens communities in other ways as well — including healthy living.

  • Five people honored for saving 24-year-old’s life
    1/7/2015

    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.