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Posted on 1/16/18 2:18 PM by Samantha Savran
NEW: We are launching Humans of the Y, a series of stories about our members, from our members. At the Y, we are all about building strong communities, and we think it's important to recognize the people who make up those communities!
Our first story comes from Jessica, a member of the Farmington Valley YMCA, who was a Y member, left to go to another gym for several years, and then came back last December:
Posted on 7/19/17 4:05 PM by Robin Messerli
Annual YMCA Internacional Fiesta
August 5th, 5-7pm
Camp Chase YMCA
Posted on 7/10/17 2:44 PM by Samantha Savran
Ramping Up Our Training
With a day off on Tuesday last week, Monday was a perfect day for a tough workout. Eleven of our race4chasers cranked out some running hill repeats followed by an easy endurance run. The week’s focus was to start building endurance, and that focus will continue into this week.
Posted on 6/23/17 7:57 AM by Eric Hutchinson
When you experience something amazing, it’s only natural you want to share it with the people closest to you. When Corina Mora came to Camp Jewell YMCA from Caracas, Venezuela in 2011 she didn’t realize the impact it would make on her life. Looking for an experience in the U.S. and an opportunity to practice her English, she sought a job as a camp counselor. What she found was an opportunity to impact others’ lives as well as her own. This year she’s back for her fourth summer, along with her fiancé, Daniel Caceres, whose first few weeks at camp have already exceeded his expectations.
“Living at camp for three months is life changing,” Corina said. “The amount of time you invest and the reward you get from that effort is awesome. By the end of the summer, people have changed and you’ve become part of a family.”
Corina’s finance, Daniel, was intrigued by her camp stories and is excited to be here with her this summer. “Last year I really encouraged her to return to camp to work as a coordinator, and when she returned home I wondered why I hadn’t gone as well. So this year we have come together.”
Posted on 5/3/17 9:16 AM by Danielle Trubia
Healthy Kids Day brought together families and organizations from all over NE Connecticut for a fun day of learning and community building. Hale YMCA hosted over 30 health, safety, youth and education groups to offer vision screenings, sports activities, face painting, nutrition information, dancing, snacks and so much more!
Posted on 4/12/17 4:15 PM by Alexander Thomas
Through the eyes of our youth, you can see the world just a little bit different. Read on!
Posted on 2/16/17 10:50 AM by Eric Hutchinson
Meet Saeed Shakir, a member of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. Saeed is 27 years old and will be turning 28 on March 29th of this year. Two and a half months ago, Saeed started coming to the Glastonbury Family YMCA. Motivated by his children, he decided that he needed to lose weight before his upcoming birthday. When he signed up for his membership, Saeed weighed in at 376 lbs. Since then, he has been coming to the Glastonbury Y for 30-60 minutes a day and using the treadmill, elliptical, and bikes. In just 2 and a half short months, Saeed has already lost 40 lbs and is feeling amazing! And he’s not done yet. Follow Saeed’s amazing story right here. Then stop in and start your own Y story.
Posted on 8/9/16 12:37 PM by Natalie Zembrzuski
"This is my story and experience with the Wilson-Gray YMCA and their staff. I am still at awe on how well I was treated and the positive experience I received at the Y.
My grandson loves, and I mean loves playing soccer. However he doesn't get to play often, so when I come to town, from Kansas, I take him to his favorite place...The Wilson-Gray YMCA. This time when we went to check-in my grandson's membership was expired. I held my breath and asked what I needed to pay...these days a retirement income does not go very far, but I was going to make the sacrifice for my grandson.
Posted on 6/4/16 12:28 PM by Scott Woodaman
Take a look at Jennifer's experience with our YMCA!
"We approached Camp Chase with quite low expectations and high anxiety. However after reaching out to camp director ahead of time and working with him to ensure he understood Jennifer’s personality and provided him with her IEP we were willing to give it a shot, and we were so glad we did." Read her full story here!
Posted on 3/1/16 11:45 AM by Natalie Zembrzuski
In a time when youth and teens are ordinarily plugged into technology and have little peer interaction beyond their home communities, the weekend of December 11th to the 13th proved to be out of the ordinary for forty-two New England teens. Each year, in early December, teens from various communities are invited to participate in Teen Wide World at YMCA Camp Woodstock, a weekend funded entirely by donation dollars from Camps Annual Campaign. The weekend is designed to promote diversity and inclusion, bringing teens together from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds within the region. From Friday through Sunday, the teens explore diversity, discuss social problems, and are challenged with various team-building initiatives. The goal of the weekend is to expose teens to a variety of people and backgrounds in a safe setting, and to build character and leadership skills in each participant.
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