Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en Ribbon Cutting Celebration Marks Opening of Kirk Family YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ribbon-cutting-celebration-marks-opening-kirk-family-ymca <span>Ribbon Cutting Celebration Marks Opening of Kirk Family YMCA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 21, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-10/img_6993.jpeg?itok=63dya7mc" width="500" height="333" alt="Kirk family uses large scissors to cut red ribbon at ribbon cutting ceremony. Family is surrounded by representatives from donors, Y leadership and community leaders. Members of the audience are seated, many taking photos on their cell phones.. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y celebrated a new chapter in history with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kirk Family YMCA on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The event marked the return of a full-service YMCA to downtown Kansas City for the first time since 1981.</p> <p>The community gathered on the front steps of the building at 222 W. 11th Street in Downtown Kansas City, Mo., for a short program emceed by Lara Moritz from KMBC 9 News. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III, Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, offered a devotion. In addition, the program included remarks from President and CEO John Mikos, Chief Volunteer Officer John Passanisi, longtime Y supporter and volunteer Frank Kirk, and Mayor Quinton Lucas.</p> <p>“The process to bring a Y to downtown Kansas City began 10 years ago. We have looked forward to this moment for many years, and I’m proud to be here to celebrate it with all of you,” said John Mikos, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>The increasing number of individuals and families who live or work downtown will be able to come to the Y for:</p> <ul><li><strong>Evidence-based programs</strong> to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart disease</li> <li><strong>Swim lessons</strong> to help eliminate drowning in our community</li> <li><strong>Youth programs</strong> to educate and build confidence from sports to volunteer activities and leadership development opportunities for teens</li> <li><strong>Family programs </strong>for quality time and opportunities to make connections</li> <li><strong>Volunteer opportunities </strong>to give back and make our downtown community stronger</li> <li><strong>Healthy living activities, </strong>from nutrition and cooking classes to exercise</li> <li><strong>Community space</strong> for meetings, social gathering and celebrations</li> </ul><h4><strong>The Kirk Family Legacy</strong></h4> <p>The Y is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, which is now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre to complete plans to revitalize the west side of downtown.</p> <p>Phil’s brother Frank Kirk, a longtime Board member of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, has provided leadership and championed the downtown YMCA project over many years. He spoke on behalf of the family.</p> <p>“Dad always said, put back more into the community than you take out. And we still believe that,” he said.</p> <p>He thanked donors and Y leaders for bringing the project to fruition. </p> <p>“Dad, mom and Phil, who are all smiling down today, and from the Kirk family - thank you,” Frank said.</p> <h4><strong>New Opportunities for Youth </strong></h4> <p>In his remarks, Mayor Quinton Lucas recalled 25 years ago in the summer when he would go with his mom downtown. While she was at work in an office building, he would walk around and see everything from small retail stores to surface parking lots. But nothing for youth. </p> <p>Lucas said it was vital to invest in downtown “being a true neighborhood, an atmosphere that was welcoming to all, and perhaps an atmosphere where a 12-year-old instead of walking by surface lots and wig stores could go inside an exciting and dynamic community center,” Lucas said.</p> <p>The new Y addresses the need to provide positive activities for youth downtown.</p> <p>“I am so excited that we have young people here who can come to dream each and every day,” Lucas said.</p> <p>The opening of the Kirk Family YMCA is a highlight of the past 18 months for the Mayor. </p> <p>“There are tough days in this job. Over the last 18 months, more tough ones than happy ones. But this is one of the happiest ones that I’ve had, because I know the impact that this YMCA will have on so many for years to come,” Mayor Lucas said. </p> <h4><strong>Thank You</strong></h4> <p>Thank you to the following individuals and businesses that made significant contributions to make the Kirk Family YMCA possible. </p> <ul><li>Sunderland Foundation </li> <li>Tom and Jean McDonnell </li> <li>The Illig Family Foundation </li> <li>William T. Kemper Foundation </li> <li>The Kirk Foundation Trust </li> <li>SS&amp;C Technologies </li> <li>Ann and Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation </li> <li>Kansas City Southern </li> <li>Mabee Foundation </li> <li>Victor E. Speas Foundation </li> <li>JE Dunn Construction Company </li> <li>Americo </li> <li>Jim and Annabel Nutter Family</li> <li>Sherman Family Foundation </li> <li>Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation </li> <li>Evergy </li> <li>The Hearst Foundations </li> <li>Frank and Nancy Kirk </li> <li>Midland Properties </li> <li>Barnett and Shirley Helzberg </li> <li>Mark One/Privitera Family </li> <li>Tom and Jill McGee </li> <li>Alan and Mary Atterbury </li> <li>Stinson LLP </li> <li>Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation </li> <li>Natalie Kirk and JC Welch </li> <li>Allen and Libby Blair </li> <li>Charles and Judy Kahn </li> <li>Ron and Nancy Jones </li> </ul><p>Special thanks to our financing partners: </p> <ul><li>The Missouri Development Finance Board </li> <li>The 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District</li> </ul><p>Project Partners:</p> <p>Design and Construction | BNIM Architects, JE Dunn Construction, Structural Engineering Associates, Henderson Engineers, Antella, Taliaferro &amp; Browne, New Horizons, Land3 Studio, Larkin and FSC</p> <p>Development | Broadway Square Partners, Downtown Council and MC Realty</p> <p>Financing | Country Club Bank, Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City Missouri, Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Lathrop GPM, Columbia Capital Management LLC, Gilmore &amp; Bell</p> <h4>Photos and More</h4> <p><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/jnFCuocSFk7AnMEK7 ">View more event photos in our online album.&gt;&gt;</a>  </p> <p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">Learn more about the Kirk Family YMCA.&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=0c8Be03B 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=eJ4XCdKF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=0c8Be03B 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=w0bJxDop 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=eJ4XCdKF" alt="President and CEO John Mikos; Chief Financial Officer Kelli McClure; Board member and donor Frank Kirk; Chief Operating Officer Mark Hulet stand together by the large Y logo monument sign in front of the Kirk Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=r-1Jnmca 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=SEWW31TN 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=r-1Jnmca 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=861O1-2v 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=SEWW31TN" alt="Kirk family, surrounded by donors, Y leaders and community leaders, cut the ribbon" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=AvuV_g22 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=Y1OgIa1d 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=AvuV_g22 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YYKdrUtY 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=Y1OgIa1d" alt="Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks. Seated are Lara Moritz, KMBC 9; John Mikos, president and CEO; Frank Kirk, Board member and donor; John Passanisi, Chief Volunteer Officer; Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III, Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church," typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 02:48:12 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27906 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Chiefs host Challenger Fantasy Camp with visits from KC Wolf, cheerleaders and players https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-chiefs-host-challenger-fantasy-camp-visits-kc-wolf-cheerleaders-and-players <span>Kansas City Chiefs host Challenger Fantasy Camp with visits from KC Wolf, cheerleaders and players</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 21, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-10/challenger_chiefs_fantasy_camp.jpg?itok=xdODLO9i" width="500" height="250" alt="Left Photo: Challenger Athlete with football; Center Photo: Challenger Athlete and Volunteer; Right Photo: Two Challenger Athletes with Volunteer" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A big thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs for hosting a <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/photos/photos-chiefs-flag-football-ymca-challenger-fantasy-camp#3469c522-3c07-49d4-a81e-d22148e8b697">fantasy camp</a> for YMCA of Greater Kansas City Challenger athletes, volunteers and families! Athletes participated in a series of Play60 drills on the field, led by the Chiefs Rookie Club. They also each received personalized jerseys at the end of camp.</p> <p>Thanks to Chiefs Rookies Trey Smith, Devon Key and Dicaprio Bootle, KC Wolf and the Chiefs Cheerleaders for helping make this such a memorable day for our Challenger program participants.</p> <p>Highlights from the event are included on <a href="https://youtu.be/s0tYS_kX4dE">episode 7 of "The Franchise."</a> You can watch the episode in the video player below.</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS |</strong> <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/photos/photos-chiefs-flag-football-ymca-challenger-fantasy-camp#3469c522-3c07-49d4-a81e-d22148e8b697">Challenger Athletes at Chiefs Fantasy Camp</a></p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City Challenger Programs</strong></p> <p>Throughout the Y, programs are designed to be inclusive and accessible, to ensure all have the opportunity to be active and belong. Individuals with disabilities of all ages have the opportunity to build skills, stay active and connect with friends through <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger">YMCA Challenger adaptive sports and social events</a>. Activities are led by volunteers and provide important opportunities for new experiences. Sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, flag football, and soccer. Young Adult social events range from outings to visit attractions around Kansas City to dance parties at the Y.</p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH US | </strong>For the latest announcements, photos and news, follow the fun and excitement of YMCA Challenger activities and events <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAChallenger/">on Facebook</a>!</p> </div> <div> <section class="container video" > <h2>The Franchise Episode 7: More Than Ready | Presented by GEHA</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s0tYS_kX4dE?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:26:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27901 at https://kansascityymca.org IT Career Training as Benefit to a Job with the Y https://kansascityymca.org/SnapIT <span>IT Career Training as Benefit to a Job with the Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 21, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/snapitsolutions_fulllogo_gradient.png?itok=tSbSrywM" width="500" height="176" alt="SnapITSolutions partners with YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><strong>Earn While You Learn – A Job with Y Club Could Lead to a New Career in IT</strong></p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City and SnapIT are partnering to offer IT education opportunities to those working in the Y’s Before and After<br /> School Y Club programs.</p> <p>This partnership between the YMCA and SnapIT now makes it possible for those working for the Y’s Youth Development Services, supporting kids in elementary schools throughout the metro, to access training through SnapIT to help become career-ready for high-demand IT jobs while they work for the Y.</p> <p>SnapIT classes will be offered between morning and afternoon Y Club shifts, during evenings and on-demand. Benefits include:</p> <ul><li>Cost-free Tech Training for Before and After School Y Club associates hired on or after September 30, 2021. (Up to the first 50 associates.) </li> <li>Part-time IT apprenticeships available while still working for the Y</li> <li>Free laptops</li> </ul><p>Getting the right training for high-demand IT Jobs, with IT jobs starting at $38,000, can now be achieved while working for the Y.  This partnership prepares people for the jobs of today and tomorrow in roles such as:</p> <ul><li>IT Support Services</li> <li>Project Management</li> <li>Software Development - Java, C+, JavaScript</li> <li>Cyber Networking and Security</li> <li>Salesforce</li> </ul><p><strong>A Great Job and Career Training Together</strong></p> <p>Youth Development jobs with the Y offer fulfilling roles as youth leaders, providing mentoring and supportive care for the children in Greater Kansas City, as well as a needed and valued service for parents and families.  Working with Y Club provides the flexibility to work in Before and After care roles that allow time to attend trainings around shifts.</p> <p>This opportunity is ideal for people looking for a career change and not currently planning to attend college or vocational school, but would like to be on the fast track to learning skills for a career in IT. Don’t miss an opportunity to get paid to provide a needed and fulfilling role with the Y while also earning the skills you need to build a career.</p> <p>If you would like more information on open positions with the YMCA’s Y Club that qualify to access the SnapIT training services, simply complete our <a href="https://forms.gle/HGrTyv7BB4sseNaV9"><strong>Interest Form</strong></a> and we’ll reach out to you immediately.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/careers" hreflang="en">careers</a></div> </div> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 16:54:11 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27841 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrate Kirk Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting on October 14 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/celebrate-kirk-family-ymca-ribbon-cutting-october-14 <span>Celebrate Kirk Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting on October 14</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 20, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/kirk-lobby-image.jpg?itok=SCFE3Q-o" width="500" height="269" alt="Photo of the lobby of the new Kirk Family YMCA. Shows restored lobby of the historic Lyric Theatre. In the center is the white welcome center desk with a Y logo on it." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us as we celebrate the transformation of the historic Lyric Theatre building into the new <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/icie3e/yg46gd/ai9gls">Kirk Family YMCA</a>, poised to revitalize the core of downtown with life-strengthening programs.</p> <p>We will gather on the front steps of the building for a short program and ribbon cutting. Come inside for a tour after the ceremony to see how the Y will provide a welcoming environment to help all ages improve their well-being and reach their fullest potential. </p> <p><strong>You're Invited: Ribbon Cutting Celebration</strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday, October 14, 2021</strong><br /><strong>10:30 a.m. </strong><br /><strong>Kirk Family YMCA</strong><br /> 222 W. Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>Details</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/icie3e/yg46gd/qaahls">RSVP online</a>. For more information, contact us at <a href="mailto:events@kansascityymca.org?subject=Kirk%20Family%20YMCA%20Ribbon%20Cutting">Events@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>. </li> <li>If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the gymnasium on the third floor.</li> <li>Parking is available in several nearby garages. Limited street parking may be available.</li> <li>We look forward to gathering in person. To maintain a safe environment, we will follow health orders in place at the time of the event.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-set-open-downtown">Learn more about the opening of the Kirk Family YMCA</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 21:38:37 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27856 at https://kansascityymca.org Staying Healthy at Every Age: Active Older Adult Social Club at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/blog/staying-healthy-every-age-active-older-adult-social-club-linwood-ymcajames-b-nutter-sr <span>Staying Healthy at Every Age: Active Older Adult Social Club at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4761" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hilary Hedges</span></span> <span>September 17, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/0018595_2560x1706.jpg?itok=ZBqLT90g" width="500" height="333" alt="Man and woman doing leg exercises while sitting." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>We’re committed to making sure every member of our community has access to the resources they need to incorporate exercise into their daily routine for a healthier, happier lifestyle. That's why we offer a variety of Active Older Adults programs designed to keep seniors active and as they grow in mind, spirit and body.</p> <p>We invite Y members to join us for the Active Older Adults social club at the <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/linwood">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a>. The AOA Social Club is a place where you can socialize with those who are interested in trying new things. You'll find a variety of activities to spark your interest, such as board games, card games, sports activities, and much more.</p> <p><strong>Tuesdays and Thursdays<br /> 10 a.m. to noon</strong><br /> Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center<br /> 3800 E. Linwood Boulevard<br /> Kansas City, MO 64128</p> <p>No registration is required for Y members.<br /> For more information, please call the Welcome Center at 816.923.5675.</p> </div> Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:44:30 +0000 Hilary Hedges 27826 at https://kansascityymca.org JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-celebrating-new-americans-during-welcoming-week-1 <span>JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 8, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/welcoming_week_2.jpg?itok=VM26qWn3" width="500" height="500" alt="Belonging Begins With Us - Welcoming Week: September 10-19" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>This Welcoming Week, taking place September 10-19, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of the country. The event is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.</p> <p>Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include open house events, resource seminars, <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/forever-welcoming-join-us-support-new-americans-welcome-center-nkc-ymca">a New Americans Welcome Center Equity and Inclusion Luncheon and Naturalization Ceremony</a> and other activities that celebrate cultures from around the world. </p> <p>The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. </p> <p>Welcoming Week shows that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.</p> <p>For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.</p> <p>We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. The Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.</p> <p>Please contact your local Y about specific activities in your center. <a href="http://kansascityymca.org/locations"><u>Find a location near you.</u></a> </p> <p><strong>About Welcoming Week</strong></p> <p>Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 13-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.</p> <p>Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future.<a href="https://www.welcomingamerica.org/"> <u>www.welcomingamerica.org</u></a>.</p> </div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 17:10:14 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27821 at https://kansascityymca.org Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center to distribute COVID-19 Testing Kits https://kansascityymca.org/blog/atchison-family-ymcacray-community-center-distribute-covid-19-testing-kits <span>Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center to distribute COVID-19 Testing Kits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 30, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/welcome-back_illustration_rgb.jpg?itok=C3iazYfg" width="500" height="500" alt="Illustration" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center is partnering with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to distribute COVID-19 oral saliva test kits to the community. Pick up a kit now so you are prepared in the event you need a test. Each kit includes instructions on how to complete the test.</p> <p>Kits will be distributed the following dates and times in the Community Room at the Atchison Y, located at 321 Commercial, Atchison, KS 66002. Visitors should enter through the southwest door to access the distribution event.</p> <ul><li>Thursday, August 5, from 3-7 p.m.</li> <li>Tuesday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to noon</li> <li>Thursday, August 12, 3-7 p.m.</li> </ul><p>For more information, contact Jennifer Kiehl at 913.367.4948.</p> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 23:41:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27781 at https://kansascityymca.org Cheers! Fundraiser to Benefit Adaptive Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/cheers-fundraiser-benefit-adaptive-programs <span>Cheers! Fundraiser to Benefit Adaptive Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 29, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/cheersinviteheader.jpg?itok=4WjGi0AD" width="500" height="281" alt="It&#039;s time to explore - Cheers! Adventure Edition" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y's popular Cheers fundraiser is back to benefit the YMCA of Greater Kansas City's adaptive programs for people with disabilities. It will be the first event in the new Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City, Mo.</p> <h4>Save the Date</h4> <p><strong>Cheers! The Adventure Edition</strong><br /> Thursday, October 7, 2021<br /> 6-9 p.m.<br /> Kirk Family YMCA<br /> 222 W. 11th Street<br /> Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>Co-Chairs | </strong>Mark Moberly and Kerri Stowell</p> <p><strong>H</strong><strong>onorary Co-Chairs</strong> <strong>|</strong> Frank and Nancy Kirk</p> <h4>DISCOVERY AWAITS</h4> <p>You'll have the unique opportunity to explore indoor and outdoor spaces at the new <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">Kirk Family YMCA</a> in the heart of downtown KCMO before it opens to the public. Enjoy delectable eats and drinks, bid on great auction items and see firsthand how your support offers boundless opportunities for people with disabilities. </p> <h4><strong>BENFITING ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS</strong></h4> <p>Proceeds benefit the <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/challenger">YMCA of Greater Kansas City's adaptive programs</a>, which provide youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and educational opportunities, including sports, swim lessons, social events, Head Start, and before and after school programs. </p> <h4>BUY TICKETS</h4> <p>Individual Ticket $75 - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition/42060">Purchase Ticket Now</a></p> <h4><strong>BECOME A SPONSOR</strong></h4> <p><strong>Presenting Sponsor - $15,000</strong><br /> Email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>20 Tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>10 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as a Presenting Sponsor on all promotional materials including program, email, social media and website</li> <li>Opportunity to welcome guests to the event during the program</li> <li>8 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations including Kirk Family Y</li> <li>Opportunity to provide party favors for guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Discovery Sponsor - $10,000</strong><br /> Email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>16 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>8 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as a Discovery Sponsor on all promotional materials including program, email, social media and website.</li> <li>4 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations including Kirk Family Y</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests  </li> </ul><p><strong>Quest Sponsor - $5,000</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-quest-sponsor-2021/42064">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>12 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>6 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as Quest sponsor on promotional materials including program, email, social media and website</li> <li>2 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Expedition Sponsor - $2,500</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-expedition-sponsor-2021/42063">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>8 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>4 valet parking tickets</li> <li>Listed as Expedition sponsor in program and on website</li> <li>1 banner at a YMCA Membership Center/Program location</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Supporting Sponsor - $1,500</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-supporting-sponsor-2021/42062">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>6 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>Listed as a Supporting Sponsor in program and on website</li> <li>1 banner at a YMCA Membership Center/Program location of your choice</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Partner Sponsor - $250</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-partner-sponsor-2021/42061">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>2 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>Recognition in program and on website</li> </ul><h4>HEALTH AND SAFETY</h4> <p>Our event will follow local health and safety guidelines in effect at the time of the event.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 29 Jul 2021 18:24:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27766 at https://kansascityymca.org New Kirk Family YMCA Set to Open Downtown  https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-set-open-downtown <span>New Kirk Family YMCA Set to Open Downtown </span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 27, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/kirk-downtown-monument-sign.jpg?itok=JBKE-gbw" width="500" height="334" alt="Photo of monument sign outside the Kirk Family YMCA. Include black logo on white background, with Kirk Family YMCA engraved on stone base" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The new Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City will open October 11, followed by a ribbon cutting celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 14. </p> <p>The Kirk Family YMCA, at 222 W 11th Street in the former Lyric Theatre building, has been opening in phases. In May, it began serving 50 children a week in a YMCA summer day camp program, which will run through August 13, addressing an important need to provide learning and social opportunities for youth while supporting working parents.</p> <p>After the grand opening in October, all of the programs and amenities at the Kirk Family YMCA will be open and the center will be able to serve members and program participants who live or work downtown, as well as host community events. </p> <p>“We’re looking forward to welcoming members and the community to the new Kirk Family YMCA in October,” said John Mikos, president and CEO. “Traffic and energy is increasing downtown, and the new Y will be open to support the increasing number of workers returning downtown.”</p> <p>Tours will be available from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Fridays beginning in August, leading up to the opening.</p> <p>The Y also will serve the increasing number of young professionals, families and empty-nesters who call downtown home. The 65,000 square-foot facility features  community rooms, a teaching kitchen, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two indoor pools, gymnasium and an outdoor synthetic turf field, delivering a much-needed community health and wellness center in the heart of Kansas City’s downtown. </p> <p>“The community is craving opportunities to connect with one another in a safe environment, and the Y looks forward to offering that as we continue to come together and move forward beyond the pandemic,” Mikos said.</p> <p>The Y is now hiring for 75 part-time positions at the Kirk Family YMCA, plus 185 full- and part-time positions at other locations throughout the metro. Hiring events will begin at the Kirk Family YMCA in August. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/careers">KansasCityYMCA.org/Careers</a> for more information and to apply.</p> <p>For more information about tours or to learn more about a Corporate Wellness partnership with the Y, email <a href="mailto:kirk@kansascityymca.org">Kirk@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p>For more information and the latest updates, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">KansasCityYMCA.org/Downtown</a>.</p> <h4><strong>About the Kirk Family YMCA</strong></h4> <p>The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project was made possible by public and private funds, including charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.</p> <p>The Y is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, which is now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre.</p> <p>Features of the new 65,000-square-foot Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Preservation of the facade and lobby of the historic building including the original marble floors, ornate ceiling finishes and more to become the new Y entrance.</li> <li>A 45,000-square-foot section of new construction built on the north side of the lobby featuring a contemporary design. Behind the building, there is an outdoor space for events and youth sports. </li> <li>Dramatic two-story windows in the new limestone walls along Central Street bringing natural light into the space and creating a contemporary, eye-catching look for the building’s exterior. The limestone came from the same quarry that provided the limestone for the original Lyric building.</li> </ul><p>Amenities inside the new Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Three community rooms for a variety of activities, including one with a teaching kitchen for healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes. </li> <li>An indoor activity pool and lap pool for swim lessons, exercise and recreational opportunities.</li> <li>A gymnasium that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other sports.</li> <li>A large health and wellness area offers a space for guests to improve their health through cardiovascular exercise and strength training featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment.</li> <li>Three studios for group exercise.</li> <li>A suspended indoor walking and jogging track that will offer views of the lower levels of the center.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:52:24 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27776 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Area Organizations Unite to Address Food Insecurity https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-area-organizations-unite-address-food-insecurity <span>Kansas City Area Organizations Unite to Address Food Insecurity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 22, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-08/food-distribution-illustration-orange.jpg?itok=Olz1ziNK" width="500" height="516" alt="Illustration of bag of food including milk, bread and broccoli" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><a href="https://www.harvesters.org/">Harvesters–The Community Food Network</a>, <a href="https://www.humana.com/">Humana Inc.</a>, <a href="https://www.kckcc.edu/">Kansas City Kansas Community College</a>, <a href="https://www.providencekc.com/">Providence Medical Center</a> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> are teaming up to offer free nutritious food to the community.</p> <p>The collaborative effort launched June 28 and takes place at 12 p.m. on the fourth Monday each month at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 6565 State Ave. Proof of residency or income is not required to receive food. The first distribution served over 125 families in the area.</p> <p>“We are proud to partner with these other community organizations in providing free nutritious food to individuals and families in our area,” said Karen Orr, RN, MSN, MBA, Providence Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Addressing food insecurity and hunger in our community will have lifelong impacts to overall health and well-being.”</p> <p>The initiative helps to fight food insecurity ­– an issue that all of these partners are committed to addressing. A lack of access to nutritionally adequate foods contributes to poor health, lower productivity and higher medical costs. The Kansas City metro area has seen an increase in food insecurity since the COVID-19 pandemic started.</p> <p>"The Y is working to eliminate hunger in our community through mobile food distribution sites and other food programs throughout the metro area. The program addresses a growing need for those unsure where their next meal will come from,” said Matt Eaves, Executive Director of Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center.</p> <p>“Our collaboration with these partners helps bring mobile food distribution to areas with unmet needs,” said Jeremy Gaskill, Humana’s regional president for Medicare in Kansas. “This joint community effort addresses the demand for emergency and supplemental food to fight hunger in the Kansas City metro area.”</p> <p>Kansas City is one of 16 Humana Bold Goal communities focusing on social determinants of health and the health-related social needs of Humana members and communities. Humana and its many partners pay special attention to food security and social connection, with the intent of improving holistic health and health-related quality of life. Humana in May unveiled its <u><a href="https://populationhealth.humana.com/2021-bold-goal-progress-report/">2021 Bold Goal Progress Report,</a></u> which details the company’s progress with its ambitious <u><a href="https://populationhealth.humana.com/">population health strategy</a></u> launched in 2015 to improve the health of the communities it serves.</p> <p lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en"><strong>About Harvesters—The Community Food Network</strong></p> <p>Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 141,500 different people each month. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit <u><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.harvesters.org/__;!!IfVdvpvC!Fqhveh0JcV2IFeM7FAAa8SFeEi8nivUZzW9F20snuG_hs-pIAHX-0cfAHqmW$">www.harvesters.org</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>About Humana</strong></p> <p>Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.</p> <p>To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.</p> <p>More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at <u><a href="https://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.humana.com&amp;esheet=52230074&amp;newsitemid=20200603005723&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=www.humana.com&amp;index=1&amp;md5=85254b6e26c31c93365a3668311bd3b2">www.humana.com</a></u>, including copies of:</p> <ul><li> <p>Annual reports to stockholders</p> </li> <li> <p>Securities and Exchange Commission filings</p> </li> <li> <p>Most recent investor conference presentations</p> </li> <li> <p>Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls</p> </li> <li> <p>Calendar of events</p> </li> <li> <p>Corporate Governance information</p> </li> </ul><p><strong>About Kansas City Kansas Community College</strong></p> <p>Kansas City Kansas Community College, the third largest community college in Kansas by enrollment, is a centrally located public two-year institution in northeast Kansas. KCKCC is committed to ensuring that all students have a positive and successful post-secondary experience, and its multiple locations provide endless learning opportunities.</p> <p><strong>About Providence Medical Center</strong></p> <p>Committed to excellence and award-winning patient care, Providence Medical Center, located near I-435 and Parallel Pkwy. Kansas City, Kan., offers an extensive array of diagnostic and medical care. Key services include nationally recognized cardiovascular care, critical care, surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary services, spine and joint centers, 24/7 emergency services, wound care center and an accredited sleep disorders center. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a member of Prime Healthcare.</p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></p> <p>Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:58:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27786 at https://kansascityymca.org Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat https://kansascityymca.org/ys-open-as-cooling-centers-during-excessive-heat <span>Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 16, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/water.jpg?itok=6mcsWRQH" width="333" height="375" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to the community 1-4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. Anyone may come cool off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive. </p> <p>Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit unaccompanied by an adult.</p> <p>Activities vary by location. Call ahead for more information. <a href="/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p>As part of our COVID-19 health and safety protocol, face coverings are recommended for anyone who is unvaccinated. </p> <p>The Y offers cooling centers as a part of our commitment to social responsibility and helping neighbors in a time of need.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/social-responsibility" hreflang="en">social responsibility</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/operations" hreflang="en">operations</a></div> </div> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18277 at https://kansascityymca.org Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Ages 12+ https://kansascityymca.org/blog/free-covid-19-vaccines-available-ages-12 <span>Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Ages 12+</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 29, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-06/ymca_vaccine_ad_v2.jpg?itok=kNZohM5m" width="500" height="500" alt="Getting Your Vaccine is Easy. Vaccines provided by TMC/University Health. Woman with bandaid on arm making &quot;ok&quot; sign with hand." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City in partnership with Truman Medical Centers/University Health (TMC/UH) is providing COVID-19 vaccines at the Cleaver Family YMCA starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021. </p> <p>Call 816-404-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment time. Appointments are available during the following times.</p> <ul><li>Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.</li> <li>Thursdays 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</li> <li>Fourth Saturday of the month 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Vaccinations are available for anyone age 12 and older. Those 12-17 years old will need consent from a parent or guardian prior to receiving vaccine. <a href="https://res.cloudinary.com/dpmykpsih/image/upload/truman-site-261/media/caa9b7d1e900442a8b7a7c66ce055234/covid-19-pfizer-vaccine-consent-51021.pdf">Please download the consent form</a> and obtain a parent or guardian's signature.</p> <p>Truman Medical Centers/University Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses 21 days apart. If you make an appointment for Dose 1, you must plan to be available for Dose 2.</p> <h4>Appointment Details</h4> <ul><li> <p>Masks are required for your visit.</p> </li> <li> <p>You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and registered on site.</p> </li> <li> <p>Please bring your ID and insurance card.</p> </li> <li> <p>The federal government covers the cost of the vaccine itself and Truman Medical Centers/University Health will bill your insurance to cover the administration of the vaccine. You will not receive a bill. If you do not have insurance, you will still receive the vaccine at no cost to you.</p> </li> <li> <p>Once you receive the vaccine, you will be monitored for 15 minutes for any reactions.</p> </li> <li> <p>If possible, please print, complete and bring the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form to your appointment. <a href="https://res.cloudinary.com/dpmykpsih/image/upload/truman-site-261/media/caa9b7d1e900442a8b7a7c66ce055234/covid-19-pfizer-vaccine-consent-51021.pdf">Download the consent form now.</a> Otherwise, allow time to complete the form on site.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you have any questions regarding your health conditions and whether you should receive the vaccine (pregnant, breastfeeding, auto-immune disease, etc.), please contact your physician.</p> </li> <li> <p>Vaccinations will take place at the Cleaver Family YMCA, 7000 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64131.</p> </li> <li>Please enter the main entrance of the building where a TMC/UH employee will greet and assist you.</li> </ul><h4>Registration Info</h4> <p>Call 816-404-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment time.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 17:15:53 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27686 at https://kansascityymca.org Forever Welcoming: Join Us to Support New Americans Welcome Center at NKC YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/forever-welcoming-join-us-support-new-americans-welcome-center-nkc-ymca <span>Forever Welcoming: Join Us to Support New Americans Welcome Center at NKC YMCA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 18, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-06/nkc-nawc-group-2021.png?itok=MDPQ8wro" width="500" height="375" alt="group of people each holding small American flags at naturalization ceremony" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us during Welcoming Week for a luncheon highlighting the work of the New Americans Welcome Center (NAWC) at the North Kansas City YMCA and how it’s part of the Y’s efforts to create an equitable community where all can thrive. We'll also be hosting naturalization ceremonies that will welcome more than 300 new American citizens.</p> <p>Friday, September 17, 2021<br /> 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. <br /> Harrah’s Casino<br /> 1 Riverboat Drive<br /> North Kansas City, MO 64116</p> <p>The NAWC is one of several across the country designed to help immigrants fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. In the metro, seven percent of residents are immigrants.</p> <p>Proceeds from the event will help make the Y accessible to all, support resources for new Americans, provide programs that build stronger individuals and support food distribution programs to fight food insecurity. </p> <p>This informative and transformational event includes:</p> <ul><li>Naturalization ceremonies that will welcome 300 new American citizens</li> <li>COVID vaccinations for the New Americans provided by North Kansas City Hospital </li> <li>Voter registration for new Americans completing the naturalization ceremony</li> <li>Lunch featuring foods from many cultures</li> <li>Local and national guest speakers including Toni Kayumi, CEO Ann Arbor YMCA; Rodrigua Ross, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; and Justine Gelbolinga, local youth activist</li> <li>HUGO Latin Movement Latin Dance</li> </ul><h4><strong>Tickets and Sponsorship</strong></h4> <p>Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available.</p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/nkc-ymca-new-american-welcome-luncheon/42176">Purchase Tickets Online&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p>For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call 816.300.0531 or email <a href="mailto:nkc@kansascityymca.org">NKC@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Thank you to Belonging Sponsors:</strong></p> <p>This event has been made possible thanks to our generous sponsors. We couldn’t do it without you.</p> <ul><li>Arkema Inc.</li> <li>Harrah's</li> <li>Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law</li> <li>Law Office of Jessica Piedra</li> <li>Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>North Kansas City Business Council</li> <li>TranSystems</li> <li>Synergy Services</li> <li>Clay County Public Health Center</li> <li>Robin Winner and Friends</li> <li>Tico Sports</li> <li>Letts Van Kirk</li> <li>Reese Nichols</li> <li>Jan Kauk and Friends</li> <li>Tri County Mental Health</li> <li>Andrea Allison-Putman</li> </ul><h4><strong>About the New Americans Welcome Center and Outreach at the Y</strong></h4> <p>The YMCA’s NAWCs help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—integrate into American society and help communities be welcoming and inclusive. This is achieved through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents.</p> <p>Through the NAWC and other efforts, the North Kansas City YMCA has:</p> <ul><li>Organized more than 20 regional bridge-building and welcoming week events</li> <li>Helped more than 50 people graduate from the English as a Second Language program</li> <li>Helped immigrants pursue their dreams of becoming American citizens including hosting a naturalization ceremonies</li> <li>Supported new Americans and others in our community through food distribution programs, helping to prevent hunger for those unsure of where their next meal will come from. So far in 2021, the North Kansas City YMCA has distributed 125,594 pounds of food to a total of 9,978 individuals to help fight hunger.</li> <li>Promoted inclusion, dignity and equality throughout all of our programs</li> </ul><p>Your support of this event helps continue these much needed programs and services to create a stronger community where all can thrive.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=WnUIeDct 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=PO7j95F8 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=WnUIeDct 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=U5rPJvi7 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=PO7j95F8" alt="Harrah&#039;s North Kansas City, Synergy Services logos" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:48:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27636 at https://kansascityymca.org Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 17 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/run-atchison-amelia-earhart-2k8k-run-saturday-july-17 <span>Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 17</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 15, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AmeliaEarhartRun.jpg?itok=_vjlWd_F" width="500" height="315" alt="Amelia Earhart Run" title="Amelia Earhart Run" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Get active and join us Saturday, July 17, at 7:30 a.m. for the Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center's annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run/Walk!</p> <h3>AWARDS</h3> <p>All participants will receive finisher medals. Overall top 3 prizes in both 8K/2K races</p> <h3>AGE GROUPS</h3> <p>Male and Female ages 19 &amp; under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+</p> <h3>REGISTRATION</h3> <ul><li>2K and 8K $25 through July 16. Price increases after July 16.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=457693">Click here to register for the 2K race.</a><br /><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=457692">Click here to register for the 8K race.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Packet Pick Up Dates at the Atchison Y:</strong></p> <ul><li>Details coming soon.</li> </ul><h3>PARKING</h3> <p>Parking is not permitted on the 300 block of Commercial during race time.</p> <p>Parking is available on the street and in nearby lots.</p> <h3>RACE START/FINISH</h3> <p>The race will begin and end in front of the Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center.</p> <h3>COURSES</h3> <p>Maps are available at the Welcome Center. Race begins and ends in front of the Atchison Y. The 2K course is mostly flat with only one hill up and one hill down. The 8K course is hilly.</p> <h3>ADDITIONAL DETAILS</h3> <p>For more information on the race or to become a sponsor contact the Atchison Y at 913.367.4948.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/runs" hreflang="en">Runs</a></div> </div> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:05:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27601 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y Feeds Kids https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-feeds-kids <span>The Y Feeds Kids</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 3, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-08/food-group.jpg?itok=Bg-AZ-0M" width="500" height="333" alt="Photo of youth eating healthy foods around a table" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>One in six children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from.</p> <p>The summer is a particularly vulnerable time for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but for many, the needs continue year-round. </p> <p>At the Y, we know that children who receive daily nutrition are set up to succeed. That’s why we’re helping kids reach their full potential by providing free access to healthy snacks and meals when school’s out for summer, year-round after school, and even on weekends.</p> <p>See our list below of food programs open to any youth in the community. </p> <p><strong><a href="/locations/cleaver">Cleaver Family YMCA</a></strong><br /><strong>June - August</strong><br /> Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to noon - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe (kids under 18)</p> <p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/north-kansas-city"><strong>North Kansas City YMCA</strong></a><br /><strong>Year-Round</strong><br /> First Friday of every month 2-3:30 p.m. - Mobile Pantry Distribution in partnership with Harvesters (all ages)</p> <p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/olathe"><strong>Olathe Family YMCA</strong></a><br /><strong>Through August 13, 2021</strong><br /> Every Friday from 1-6:30 p.m. - Weekend snack pack with Harvesters BackSnack Program (kids under 18)</p> <p><strong>Year-Round</strong><br /> First and third Wednesday of every month 2-3:30 p.m. - Mobile Pantry Distribution in partnership with Harvesters (all ages)</p> <p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/paul-henson"><strong>Paul Henson Family YMCA</strong></a><br /><strong>June - August</strong><br /> Mondays and Wednesdays noon to 1 p.m. - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe (kids under 18)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-north">Platte County Community Center North</a> </strong><br /><strong>June 1 - August 19</strong><br /> Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6 p.m. - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe (kids under 18)</p> <p><strong><a href="/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a><br /> Through October 25, 2021</strong><br /> Fourth Monday of every month, noon to 2 p.m. - Mobile Pantry Distribution in partnership with Harvesters (all ages). *Distribution event takes place at the KCKCC TEC Building, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, KS, 66102.</p> <p><strong>Year-Round</strong><br /> Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. - Shelf-stable meals in partnership with Harvesters Kids Cafe (kids under 18)<br /> Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m. - Breakfast</p> <p>--</p> <p>In addition, healthy meals and snacks are provided for youth registered in programs such as <a href="/programs/early-education">Early Education and Head Start</a>, and <a href="/programs/before-and-after-school-y-club">Y Club before and after school</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:28:14 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18541 at https://kansascityymca.org STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 175 YEARS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/strengthening-communities-over-175-years-brief-history-y <span>STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 175 YEARS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 2, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-06/founders_day.jpg?itok=VLJvC7Y2" width="500" height="500" alt="STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 175 YEARS. Founder&#039;s Day is June 6." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>On June 6, the YMCA marks 177 years as a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves:</p> <p>1. American Institutions: Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.</p> <p>2. Summer Camp: The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1885 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.</p> <p>3. Innovating &amp; Inventing: From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and what would eventually become volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is credited with inventing the term “body building.”</p> <p>4. A Nobel Peace Prizewinner: YMCA leader John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the Y's groundbreaking role in raising global awareness and support and for the organization’s humanitarian efforts.</p> <p>5. Furthering Education: The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.</p> <h3>The Y Today</h3> <p>The effects of COVID-19 reached across the country, closing the doors to every single one of the 2,650 YMCAs across the country. However, the Y was able to do incredible work over the past year, thanks to our staff and volunteers.</p> <p>When schools and childcare centers first closed their doors, the Y offered emergency childcare services to essential workers at nearly 1,400 locations. As seniors felt the effects of social isolation, the Y provided wellness checks and connection to our most vulnerable. As unemployment rose hunger increased, the Y answered the call by providing food—through grocery boxes and prepared meals for the whole family—at over 1,300 locations. And as schools transitioned to remote schedules in the fall, forcing parents and caregivers to juggle child care and work, the Y stepped in again and established virtual learning centers to provide children with a safe place to learn.</p> <p>Here in the metro, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/our-impact">faced 2020’s challenges head on</a> and supported 2,401 students in full-day in-person virtual learning spaces and before and after school programs, vaccinated more than 8,300 people at clinics to serve communities disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of the pandemic and provided more than 94,800 meals and snacks to prevent hunger for individuals and families not sure where their next meal will come from.</p> <p>A lot has changed since George Williams and 11 other young men gathered in London in 1844, but the heart of the Y’s work remains the same. We’re one of the oldest nonprofits in the United States and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/donation-form">rely on members and donors to continue our work</a>. Thank you for your continued support!</p> </div> Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:04:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27536 at https://kansascityymca.org NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-health-and-safety-guidelines <span>NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 14, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-05/welcome-back_illustration_rgb.jpg?itok=mLV1SZxA" width="500" height="500" alt="Illustration of heart surrounded by graphics representing Y activities" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3><strong>UPDATED 5/28/2021</strong></h3> <p>Based on the recent updates to guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has updated our health and safety policies.</p> <p> <strong>Face Coverings </strong><br /> Face coverings are no longer required at YMCA membership centers. If you are unvaccinated, face coverings and social distancing are recommended. Anyone is welcome to wear a face covering at any time and to social distance.</p> <p>Vaccinated Y associates at membership centers will no longer be required to wear face coverings beginning June 1, 2021.</p> <p>At all other YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations, we continue to monitor guidance from local health departments and will adjust our practices as local health orders change.</p> <p><strong>Temperature Checks</strong><br /> We will no longer check your temperature when you enter any of our Y membership centers, but we do continue to ask that you monitor your health. Please stay home if:</p> <ul><li>You have been exposed to COVID-19</li> <li>You are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19</li> <li>You are experiencing any symptoms of other contagious illnesses</li> </ul><p><strong>Outdoor Activities</strong><br /> Face coverings are no longer required for participants and associates at YMCA of Greater Kansas City outdoor activities, including Youth Sports, Bitty Sports and Challenger programs.</p> <p><strong>Amenities and Programs</strong><br /> Regular programs and amenities will be available at all YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations, including basketball. Saunas and steam rooms will reopen by Monday, May 17. Check with your Y for more information. </p> <p><strong>Summer Day Camp, Before &amp; After School Programs, Y Learning Academies, Pre-K Programs</strong><br /> Because our programs are in different cities, school districts and counties, guidelines may vary slightly from site to site. At this time, associates and participants will continue to follow current safety protocol. <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/campfaq">Visit our Camp FAQs page</a> for more information about health and safety procedures for summer day camp.</p> <p><strong>Head Start</strong><br /> Head Start programs will continue to follow the guidance of the schools and local program authorities. At this time, associates and participants will continue to follow current safety protocols. </p> <p><strong>Guests</strong><br /> Beginning June 1, all YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to guests.</p> <p><strong>Vaccines </strong><br /> If you need a vaccine, the following links provide information on vaccine locations and appointments.</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.vaccinekansascity.com/schedule-your-vaccine?gclid=CjwKCAjwv_iEBhASEiwARoemvGI44bDPa6TIUK-OqBUY3B6z5W5FSKyPGcGGDz-8N9S563M_SzcKlhoChnwQAvD_BwE">Kansas City, Mo. Vaccine Scheduler</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/160/Find-My-Vaccine">Kansas Resident Vaccine Finder</a></li> <li><a href="https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/find/">Missouri Resident Vaccine Finder</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Thank You! </strong><br /> Thanks for your cooperation with our health and safety protocol and for your commitment to the Y. We appreciate you being part of our Y family, and we look forward to seeing you soon.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/healthandsafety">Visit KansasCityYMCA.org/HealthandSafety</a> for the latest updates and details for your Y.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 14 May 2021 22:08:41 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27411 at https://kansascityymca.org 5K at Arrowhead Will Benefit YMCA of Greater Kansas City https://kansascityymca.org/blog/5k-arrowhead-will-benefit-ymca-greater-kansas-city <span>5K at Arrowhead Will Benefit YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 10, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-05/chiefs-5k_0.jpg?itok=4ySaMMyx" width="500" height="333" alt="GEHA Field at Arrowhead 5K" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead Events, the club's special events arm, are hosting the eighth-annual GEHA Field at Arrowhead 5K at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>For the first time, the event will be a hybrid run/walk race, allowing participants the option to run in-person at the stadium or run virtually via the RaceJoy app on a route of their choice.</p> <p>Runners and walkers who choose the in-person option will navigate their way through the parking lots around GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium before the race route will take them inside the home of the Chiefs to run through the concourse and around the field.</p> <p>The virtual option gives participants throughout Chiefs Kingdom and around the world the ability to choose their own racecourse to complete the 5K by running or walking in their neighborhood, in a local park, on a nature trail, in their local gym or on their own treadmill.</p> <h4>Registration</h4> <p><strong>Registration is now open at <a href="http://www.chiefs.com/arrowhead5k">www.chiefs.com/arrowhead5k</a> </strong>with two early registration discount periods available. Use code YMCAGKC5K for $5.00 off registration. There will not be any on-site registration the day of the event.</p> <ul><li>Early-bird registration, which is open now through Monday, May 31 is $30 for Chiefs Season Ticket Members and $35 for the public.</li> <li>Pre-event registration will run from Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, June 18 and is $35 for Chiefs Season Ticket Members and $40 for the public.</li> </ul><p>Participants will be asked to select either the in-person or virtual race option at the time of registration. Virtual registrants will have race packets shipped via USPS on Wednesday, June 2, while in-person packet pick up will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. Participants may change their race method at any point up until race packets are shipped. All participants will receive a 2021 GEHA Field at Arrowhead 5K t-shirt and bib as part of their race packet.</p> <p>The post-race celebration will be virtual, with all participants encouraged to upload all their photos, videos and race results to the RaceJoy app and their social media accounts using #GEHAFieldatArrowhead5K to celebrate their completion of the race.</p> <h4>A Unique Experience</h4> <p>Celebrating its eighth year in 2021, the GEHA Field at Arrowhead 5K run/walk is designed to give fans the opportunity to experience a run/walk event that offers something no other race event in Kansas City offers – the chance for runners to race inside the stadium. Whether you run or walk, come in first or just run for fun, the GEHA Field at Arrowhead 5K is designed for everyone to enjoy.</p> <p>For more information about the 5K, please visit <a href="http://www.chiefs.com/arrowhead5k">www.chiefs.com/arrowhead5k</a> or contact Chiefs Fan Experience at 816.920.4237 or <a href="mailto:fanexperience@chiefs.com">fanexperience@chiefs.com</a>.</p> <h4>Join Us as a Volunteer</h4> <p>Volunteers are needed for packet pick-up and race day support.  <strong>All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt </strong>to wear the day of the event and/or volunteer assignment. You will receive additional information once you have registered to volunteer.   </p> <p><strong>Pre-Race Packet Pick-up Volunteers</strong></p> <ul><li>Thursday, June 17, 12-7 pm</li> <li>Drive-thru Packet Pick Up at Arrowhead Stadium </li> <li>Register <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/df9ppd/tr5b74/x28sgh">here</a>.</li> </ul><p><strong>Race Day Volunteers </strong></p> <ul><li>Saturday, June 19, 8 am-1 pm</li> <li>Possible Race-Day Volunteer Assignments include scanning registration codes, handing out packets at drive-thru pick up, trash/water stations, cone pick-up and YMCA booth.   </li> <li>Register to volunteer <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/df9ppd/tr5b74/dv9sgh">here</a>.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 May 2021 20:22:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27481 at https://kansascityymca.org 5 Tips for Healthy Aging https://kansascityymca.org/blog/5-tips-healthy-aging <span>5 Tips for Healthy Aging</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 6, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-05/healthy-aging.jpg?itok=6sz6DE5T" width="500" height="333" alt="Trainer leads woman sitting on exercise ball in arm exercise" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>May is Older Americans Month, and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is emphasizing the importance of developing behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging.</p> <p>Many older adults have been staying home to stay healthy this past year because of the risk of COVID-19. As the community reopens and vaccinations increase, the Y is here to help you find ways to eat healthy, get active and stay connected socially—all keys to healthy aging. </p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes can help older adults live better.</p> <p>Here are some tips to live healthier as you age.</p> <ol><li><strong>Have fun with your food.</strong> Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients. </li> <li><strong>Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt.</strong> As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.     </li> <li><strong>Get active.</strong> Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. </li> <li><strong>Tweak your routine.</strong> To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can reach to hold something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods. </li> <li><strong>Get social. </strong>Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!</li> </ol><p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/aoa">Learn more about the Y's programs for Active Older Adults.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 06 May 2021 19:05:48 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27391 at https://kansascityymca.org Important Water Safety Tips https://kansascityymca.org/important-water-safety-tips <span>Important Water Safety Tips</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 3, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/WaterSafetyTips.jpg?itok=sACVYvEs" width="500" height="334" alt="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" title="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As part of the Y’s commitment to eliminate drowning, the Y encourages you to always make safety your first priority as you enjoy the various benefits of swimming.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old, and the leading cause of unintentional death for ages 1 to 4. </p> <h3>Water Safety Tips</h3> <p>Take an active role in your child’s safety. Practice these safety tips in and around the water:</p> <ul><li>Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. Never swim alone.</li> <li>Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. That means avoid distracting activities such as texting, talking on the phone, reading and drinking alcoholic beverages.</li> <li>Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. </li> <li>Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.</li> <li>Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.</li> </ul><h3>Look for Signs of Distress</h3> <p>Be vigilant and look for swimmers showing signs of distress before it progresses to a serious situation or drowning.</p> <p>Real-life drowning doesn't look like it does in the movies where someone is splashing and screaming in the water. The signs of someone struggling are actually very different.</p> <p>Look for these signs to identify a swimmer in distress:</p> <ul><li>Mouth at water level</li> <li>Head tilted back as the person tries to float</li> <li>Eyes glassy or closed</li> <li>Quiet voice, with no talking or screaming, as the swimmer struggles for air</li> <li>Bobbing up and down in the water but not making any forward progress</li> </ul><p>What should you do if you see if you see a swimmer in distress? Reach out to them with a pool noodle, another flotation device or a towel that they can grab, and pull them to safety. </p> <h3>Learn to Swim at the Y</h3> <p>To help make sure everyone can be safe in the water, the Y offer swim lessons for all ages. Children as young as 6 months old can begin in Parent/Child classes, and group lessons begin for ages 3 and older. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/youth-swim/youth-swim-lessons">Take our swim assessment</a> to determine which level is the best fit for your child, or our check out our <a href="/programs/adult-swim/adult-swim-lessons">Adult Swim Lessons</a> for yourself. </p> <p>Thanks to generous donations, the Y is able to offer financial assistance to individuals and families unable to pay the stated fees.</p> </div> Mon, 03 May 2021 16:40:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18274 at https://kansascityymca.org