Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en 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. </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>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> <li>More to come! </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/31162">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> <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> <h4><strong>Thanks to Our Sponsors</strong></h4> <p>This event has been made possible thanks to our generous sponsors. We couldn’t do it without you.</p> <ul><li>Harrah's Kansas City</li> <li>Arkema Inc.</li> <li>Jeffrey Bennett Law Firm</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </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 Now Hiring: Attend Our On-Site Recruitment Events https://kansascityymca.org/blog/now-hiring-attend-our-site-recruitment-events <span>Now Hiring: Attend Our On-Site Recruitment Events</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 1, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-08/unnamed.gif?itok=lKcMHg3n" width="500" height="281" alt="Find a fun and fulfilling role at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">is hiring</a>! As the leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is looking for talented associates to help us make our community stronger. All employees have the opportunity to learn and grow through training opportunities.</p> <p>Please attend an upcoming Hiring Event to learn more about opportunities with the Y:</p> <ul><li> <p><strong>Tuesday, July 6</strong> -  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the <strong>Platte County Community Center North Y</strong>, 3101 Running Horse Rd, Platte City, MO 64079, or at the <strong>North Kansas City Y</strong>, 1999 Iron St, North Kansas City, MO 64116.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Wednesday, July 7 </strong>- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the <strong>Paul Henson Family Y, </strong>4200 W 79th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Thursday, July 8 </strong>- 9:30 a.m. to - 3 p.m. at <strong>Sunrise Point Elementary School, </strong>15800 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS 66224.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Thursday, July 8 </strong>- Time TBD at <strong>Thomas Roque Head Start, </strong>3800 E 51st St, Kansas City, MO 64130.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Tuesday, July 20</strong> - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at <strong>Cottonwood Point Elementary School, </strong>10521 W 129th St, Overland Park, KS 66213.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Wednesday, July 21 -</strong> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the <strong>Olathe Family Y, </strong>21400 W 153rd St, Olathe, KS 66061.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Thursday, July 22 -</strong> 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the <strong>Rosehill Elementary School, </strong>9801 Rosehill Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Saturday, July 24 -</strong> 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the <strong>Paul Henson Family Y</strong>, 4200 W 79th St, Prairie Village, KS 66208.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Tuesday, August 10 -</strong> Time TBD - Blue Valley area.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Wednesday, August 11</strong> <strong>-</strong> Time TBD at the <strong>Platte County Community Center North Y, </strong>3101 Running Horse Rd, Platte City, MO 64079 or at the <strong>Platte County Community Center South Y, </strong>8875 Clark Ave, Parkville, MO 64152.</p> </li> </ul><p>Our association currently has needs in the following areas across the metro:</p> <ul><li><strong>Full-Time, Part-Time and Seasonal </strong></li> <li><strong>Y Club - </strong>Site Supervisors, Learning Coaches and Youth Leaders, Summer Camp Counselors</li> <li><strong>Aquatics</strong> - Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Swim Coaches</li> <li><strong>Head Start</strong> - Teachers and Teacher Assistants</li> <li><strong>Center Operations </strong>- Group Exercise Instructors, Member Engagement Representatives, Building Monitors</li> <li><strong>Personal Trainers</strong></li> <li><strong>Youth Sports Officials</strong></li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">Click here to view all job opportunities at the Y.</a></p> <p>Here's what you can do to prepare:</p> <ol><li>Check out current job openings at <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">KansasCityYMCA.org/Jobs</a></li> <li>Complete the online application for the position(s) you are interested in. </li> <li>Attend any of our on-site interview sessions. Be prepared to tell us more about why you are interested in working for the Y, your interests and skills.  </li> </ol><p><strong>Safety Protocols</strong> - The Y will observe all safety protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing. We will have masks available or you may bring your own.</p> <h4>OUR JOBS MEAN MORE </h4> <p>Being a part of the Y team is so much more than customer service, sales, or childcare. It’s about fostering achievement, relationships and belonging.</p> <h4><strong>Plus:</strong></h4> <p><strong>Free Y membership:</strong> When you work for the Y, you’ll enjoy the perks of being a Y member including access to all 11 Y centers and discounts on programs, childcare and summer day camp.</p> <p><strong>Flexible Schedules:</strong> Part-time and full-time positions are available, making jobs at the Y ideal for students and non-students alike.</p> <p><strong>The best co-workers ever:</strong> In our Y centers and Before and After School Y Clubs, you’ll work among others who share a mission of creating a welcoming, safe family atmosphere for children and families in our communities. Plus, it’s a great place to make new friends who share a desire to make our community a better place.</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 01 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26236 at https://kansascityymca.org Healthy Kids Day 2021: The Recipe for a Healthy Kid https://kansascityymca.org/blog/healthy-kids-day-2021-recipe-healthy-kid <span>Healthy Kids Day 2021: The Recipe for a Healthy Kid</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>April 24, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-04/healthy-kids-day-recipe-2021.jpg?itok=WrOIjgSp" width="500" height="500" alt="Healthy Kids Day, Get the Recipe for a Healthy Kid: 1. Start with a tummy full of healthy food. 2. Stir in a cup of physical activity. 3. Add a tablespoon of laughter. 4. Mix in a pinch of curiosity. 5. Sprinkle with a dash of fun!" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Do you have the ingredients for a healthy kid? The Y's annual #HealthyKidsDay on April 24—a day to celebrate what makes a healthy kid—is going virtual this year. These fun family resources help build the recipe!</p> <p><strong>1. </strong>Encourage <strong>healthy eating habits</strong> by involving kids in the kitchen. <a href="https://www.ymca.net/afterschool-meal-program">Try our favorite kid-tested recipes</a>.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Set aside at least 60 minutes for <strong>physical activity</strong> every day. Get started with this <a href="https://youtu.be/-ifWJKhw0hE">YMCA Challenger football clinic</a> led by former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Shawn Barber.</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> <strong>A good laugh</strong> can lift your spirits all day. <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/camp">Y Summer Day Camps</a> are a great way to keep kids laughing, learning and growing all summer.</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> <a href="https://www.ymca.net/STEM">Check out these fun experiments</a> for kids of all ages. Together we can <strong>inspire</strong> the next generation to love STEM!</p> <p><strong>5. </strong>Spend family time together by taking a walk. <strong>Add to the fun</strong> <a href="https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/nature/article/neighborhood-adventure">with these neighborhood adventure bingo cards</a> from National Geographic Kids!</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 24 Apr 2021 14:15:30 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27341 at https://kansascityymca.org 3 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas and More Tips https://kansascityymca.org/blog/3-healthy-lunch-box-ideas-and-more-tips <span>3 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas and More 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>April 8, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/IMG_0508.JPG?itok=COxKyU_B" width="500" height="375" alt="Healthy Lunch Ideas" title="Healthy Lunch Ideas" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Want to pack a school lunch for your child that you both can agree on? The Y is here to help with some ideas for healthy, tasty and kid-friendly midday meals.</p> <p>Savanah Standifer, Senior Director of Program Development for YMCA Youth Development Services, is trained in the <a href="http://www.ymca.net/hepa/">Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards</a>. The standards are based on years of research with key partners, and are one way the Y is helping youth develop healthy habits.</p> <p>Standifer pulled together these yummy lunches that provide lots of flavor - and lots of nutrients, too.</p> <h4>HEALTHY LUNCH MENUS</h4> <ul><li><strong>Turkey wrap with spinach and swiss cheese, popcorn, red grapes and cucumber slices.</strong> Use a whole wheat tortilla, which offers more nutrients than a white flour tortilla. Fill with sliced roasted turkey, several leaves of spinach and a slice of swiss cheese. Choose a white cheese made with 1 percent milkfat, such as swiss or mozzarella, which is a healthier alternative to cheddar. Slice the wrap into bite-sized pieces for easy and fun eating. For the popcorn, try the low-cal, lightly salted kind without butter that you can buy in a large bag and put into single servings in plastic snack bags. The grapes and cucumber slices provide colorful fruit and veggie options. <p>  </p></li> <li><strong>Bean and cheese quesadilla, avocado, lime and strawberry slices.</strong> Beans provide an excellent source of protein and fiber - just be sure to get low-sodium and fat-free canned refried beans. Black beans are another option. Choose white cheese, such as mozzarella, made with 1 percent milk for a healthier option. Spread the beans and cheese in half of a wheat tortilla, and then fold the other half of the tortilla over to cover the beans and cheese. Warm the quesadilla in the oven or microwave before school. Wrap it in foil to keep it warm for lunch. Or serve cool if your child prefers. Sliced fruits, versus whole, can make it more likely your child will eat them. <p>  </p></li> <li><strong>Whole-wheat bagel chicken sandwich, cottage cheese with pineapple slices, and baby carrots.</strong> Try mini bagels to make it easier for younger children to eat. Fill with sliced roasted chicken and a slice of white cheese. Stock the pantry with canned or sliced pineapple in 100 percent juice, and make a tasty combo by adding it to cottage cheese made with 1 percent milkfat. Rather than buying single serving bags of carrots, buy the large bag and repackage into single servings to save money.</li> </ul><p>Drink water with each meal, and keep some of that summer fun by adding fresh fruit for extra flavor, such as slices of strawberries, lime, blueberries and oranges. Another healthy beverage option is 1 percent milk.</p> <h4>CREATE YOUR OWN</h4> <p>Want to get creative on your own? <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/ymca-ynet-prod/files/healthy-living/HEPA-Infographic.pdf">Download the standards</a> that the Y follows in our programs and recommends to families. </p> <p>The standards include:</p> <ul><li>Provide a fruit or vegetable - fresh, frozen, dried or canned in their own juice</li> <li>Offer whole grains - such as whole wheat bread or whole wheat tortillas</li> <li>No fried foods</li> <li>No foods with transfat</li> <li>Watch the sugar - the first three ingredients shouldn’t be sugar, and there should be less than 8 grams of sugar total</li> </ul><p>Unsure where to start? Standifer said try just one thing, such as including a fruit or vegetable at every meal.</p> <p>“Starting with one new habit is much more manageable than trying to include all at once,” she said. “Then you’ll be more likely to be successful before you try to make another change.”</p> <p>Also, include your kids in the process.</p> <p>“Giving them an opportunity to make choices and help pack the lunches helps them learn to make healthy choices for themselves and increases the likelihood that they’ll actually eat their lunch,” she said.</p> </div> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:55:45 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 13396 at https://kansascityymca.org Fast Twitch Fitness: New Speed and Agility Class for Youth Athletes https://kansascityymca.org/blog/fast-twitch-fitness-new-speed-and-agility-class-youth-athletes <span>Fast Twitch Fitness: New Speed and Agility Class for Youth Athletes</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>April 5, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-04/0001166_2560x1706_sm_0.jpg?itok=2o9QJSYX" width="500" height="333" alt="Two teen athletes talk with a coach" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A new program for youth athletes who want to improve their speed and agility is launching June 7 at Platte County Community Center South.</p> <p>Fast Twitch Fitness is a sports performance group training for youth ages 12 to 18. It focuses on sprint mechanics, both front side and backside, proper force absorption and force production and change of direction that applies in all sports.</p> <p>The course is taught by Dante Edwards, a Nationally Accredited Personal Trainer with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Strength and Conditioning.</p> <p>Monthly sessions are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is required for each session. Spots are limited.</p> <p>To learn more and register, <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=twitch&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">click here</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:18:39 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27251 at https://kansascityymca.org New Kirk Family YMCA Begins First Phase With Summer Day Camp https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-begins-first-phase-summer-day-camp <span>New Kirk Family YMCA Begins First Phase With Summer Day Camp</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>March 30, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/downtownyemailimage.jpg?itok=t_ACeKw2" width="500" height="290" alt="Exterior photo of Kirk Family YMCA at 222 W 11th Street in Downtown Kansas City, MO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The new <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkcy">Kirk Family YMCA</a> in downtown Kansas City will open in phases, beginning with enrollment for a <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/camp">summer day camp program</a> scheduled to start June 7. </p> <p>The camp will support working families and help kids who have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic by giving them an opportunity to continue to learn throughout the summer.</p> <p>The Kirk Family YMCA, located at 222 W 11th Street in the former Lyric Theatre building, was created to support those who live and work downtown. The Y plans to open the full facility by the end of the year when more workers return to downtown, and more individuals and families are ready to return to a community center. </p> <p>“As a nonprofit, charitable organization, the best use of resources right now is to open for camp this summer, which will address an important need to provide learning and social opportunities for youth and to support working parents,” said John Mikos, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Because the rest of the facility will open at a later date, the camp will have access to spaces throughout the building providing a unique opportunity and an exciting summer day camp experience.”</p> <p>Camp activities will take advantage of building amenities including the indoor pools, gym and an outdoor artificial turf field behind the building. The camp will follow the curriculum of Y camps throughout the metro, with each week featuring a unique theme and activities that promote physical movement, social interaction, educational opportunities, leadership, personal growth and creativity.</p> <p>Registration is open now for the camp at the Kirk Family YMCA and camps throughout the metro. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/summer-camps/explore-camps/youth-day-camp">Learn more and register</a>.</p> <h4><strong>About the Kirk Family YMCA</strong></h4> <p>The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project was funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, additional funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board, as well as 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 62,000-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 42,000-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><p>For more information about the project, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkcy">DowntownKCY.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 18:51:21 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27196 at https://kansascityymca.org North Kansas City YMCA & Tohi Wellness Beverages Celebrate Food Pantry Re-Opening https://kansascityymca.org/blog/north-kansas-city-ymca-tohi-wellness-beverages-celebrate-food-pantry-re-opening <span>North Kansas City YMCA &amp; Tohi Wellness Beverages Celebrate Food Pantry Re-Opening</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>March 12, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/070a6951_sm.jpg?itok=7bsZImKg" width="500" height="333" alt="Shari Coulter Ford, Tohi Beverages, and Tina Weaver, North Kansas City YMCA Executive Director, hold cans of Tohi Beverages at the Marketplace Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Marketplace Outreach Pantry at the North Kansas City YMCA has reopened. To celebrate and help fight growing food insecurity in our community, local brand Tohi Ventures donated 10,000 cans of Tohi Wellness Beverages ($30,000 retail value) to assist with re-stocking the pantry’s shelves and to support the Y's mobile food pantries. </p> <p>The food pantry closed during the stay-at-home order that began in March 2020 and had remained closed since then because of capacity limits in the facility and other safety precautions. During that time, the center adjusted to offer a drive-through food pantry. <br />  <br /> The food pantry hours will be 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Appointments will be required to limit the number of guests at a time to allow for physical distancing. As part of a new partnership with the Y, volunteers with Easterseals will staff the food pantry. For more information and to set up an appointment, contact the North Kansas City YMCA at 816.300.0531. The North Kansas City YMCA is located at 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO, 64116.</p> <h4>Hunger Prevention</h4> <p>The pantry opened in 2019 to address food insecurity to provide healthy foods to anyone in the community in need of food. It’s located inside the main entrance of the Y.</p> <p>Prior to the pandemic, one in eight people in the greater Kansas City region faced food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal would come from or whether they would have enough food for their household. One in five children didn’t know where their next meal was coming from.</p> <p>More people are now at risk of food insecurity as a result of the challenges of COVID-19, including loss of income and lack of access to school meal programs when schools are in virtual learning. It is estimated that one in seven people in the greater Kansas City region, and one in four children, are now at risk of hunger.</p> <h4>Healthy Options</h4> <p>The pantry offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plus other items that will vary from time to time such as grains, whole wheat pastas, beans, healthy drinks (including almond milk and 100% juices), healthy snacks (such as granola, energy bars and nuts), and healthy condiments (such as olive oil mayonnaise).</p> <p>The beverages donated by Tohi are have ingredients to boost the immune system. Tohi, a Kansas City-based healthy lifestyle brand, has a line of four Aronia Berry-based functional beverages. Aronia boasts a high micronutrient profile and total antioxidant measures that are four times that of blueberries and twice that of acai. Antioxidants are widely studied and are believed to improve heart, bone, immune and brain health by inhibiting the oxidation of free radicals in the body that can lead to inflammation and chronic disease. </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/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=4uyB0717 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=w2_l9XV1 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=gb6H08Lr 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=4uyB0717 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=WqHV-fdR 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6943_sm.jpg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=gb6H08Lr" alt="Can of Tohi beverage donated to the Marketplace Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=zMIeb1r0 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=0CeOFhC6 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=15ojfBnQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=zMIeb1r0 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=E9eEkART 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-03/070a6934_sm.jpg?h=3b9fa228&amp;itok=15ojfBnQ" alt="A woman picks up a can of Tohi wellness beverage at the North Kansas City YMCA Marketplace Food Pantry" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:59:19 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27201 at https://kansascityymca.org Why Pronouns Matter https://kansascityymca.org/blog/why-pronouns-matter <span>Why Pronouns Matter</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>March 10, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-03/logo-for-social-post-green.jpg?itok=eOAVonRD" width="500" height="328" alt="Logo - The Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As a community organization for all, committed to advancing equity and inclusion for all, the Y encourages inclusive language. One way to be inclusive is through the use of pronouns.</p> <p>Including pronouns is a first step toward respecting and affirming people’s gender identity, working against assumptions, and engaging people of all genders, including those who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender non-binary.</p> <p>In English, pronouns are used frequently in speech and writing in the place of someone’s name. When referring to someone in the third person, these pronouns have a gender implied. </p> <p>To decide what pronoun to use, people often make an assumption about the gender of someone based on appearance, name, mannerisms, clothing or other expressions of gender. These associations are not always accurate or helpful.</p> <h4><strong>The Importance of Pronouns</strong></h4> <p>Using someone’s correct pronouns is a way to show respect, create an inclusive environment and interact with people as unique individuals. Gender can be very important to someone’s sense of self. To incorrectly gender someone can cause the person to feel disrespected, alienated, or dysphoric (or a combination of the three). </p> <p>It is very important to know that you cannot visually tell someone’s gender. This means that you can also not visually tell if someone is transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, gender-variant, etc. Asking what pronouns someone uses in that specific space can prevent emotional distress from happening, and sets an example of respect and inclusion.</p> <h4><strong>Examples</strong></h4> <p>People may choose to use a variety of pronouns. Pronouns are interchangeable. For example, someone may use he and they. </p> <p>Below are some examples. </p> <ul><li>He, Him, His, Himself</li> <li>She, Her, Hers, Herself</li> <li>They, Them, Their, Theirs, Themselves</li> <li>Ze, Hir, Hirs, Hirself</li> <li>Ze, Zem, Zirs, Zirself </li> <li>Ey, Em, Eirs, Eriself</li> </ul><h4><strong>How Do I Know What Pronouns to Use?</strong></h4> <p>If you’re not sure what pronouns someone uses, it’s a good practice to ask. </p> <p>Asking for pronouns can depend on the setting. When speaking to a member, camper, coworker, or other community member to whom you introduce yourself, it is best to ask for their pronouns. Some ways to do this might be:</p> <ul><li>“What pronouns do you use?”  </li> <li>“What pronouns should I use for you in this space?”</li> <li>“My name is Dan, and my pronouns are he and him. What about you?” </li> </ul><p>If you aren’t sure of someone’s name or pronouns but you have already asked or met the person, it is okay to ask for them again or later. Someone may use different pronouns in different spaces. Asking what pronouns to use in a specific space makes room for people to be affirmed and express themselves in a variety of ways, including if the person does not want to out themselves in certain spaces. People may not be out everywhere and may not want to be out elsewhere or with others.</p> <h4><strong>Respecting Boundaries</strong></h4> <p>While it is important to take an active role in being inclusive – whether it is through educating yourself, checking in if a person’s name or pronouns have changed, or correcting yourself and others who make mistakes – it is also important to do this at the comfort level of the person with whom you are interacting. </p> <p>Do not ask about a person’s body, their potential former names, their gender, why or how they know they are a certain gender, their sexual practices, or any other questions that are invasive unless the person invites you to ask.</p> <h4><strong>More Information</strong></h4> <p>For more information about pronouns and why they matter, check out these resources.</p> <ul><li>Website - <a href="https://www.mypronouns.org"><u>mypronouns.org</u></a> </li> <li>Guide from Y-USA - <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/Gender-Pronouns-and-Why-They-Matter.pdf">Gender Pronouns and Why They Matter</a></li> </ul></div> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:02:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27086 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA Partnership with Riverside Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/ymca-partnership-riverside-community-center <span>YMCA Partnership with Riverside Community Center</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>March 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2014-06-25_AOF_12498_RGB.jpg?itok=Fal8jd2i" width="500" height="333" alt="Group Exercise Class - Zumba" title="Group Exercise Class - Zumba" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know that the YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers group exercise classes at the Riverside Community Center? Y members are eligible to participate in a variety of free classes.</p> <p>In addition to the group exercises, Y members also have free access to pickle ball on the following days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required for pickle ball. Please call the Welcome Center at 816.741.4172 to sign up.</p> <p>Through the Healthy Citizens Initiative, Riverside residents are eligible for a discounted rate at the Riverside Community Center and the Platte County Community Centers operated by the YMCA in Parkville and Platte City. Residents will only have to pay 25% of the membership fee, the City of Riverside will cover the other 75%. For more information on the Healthy Citizens Initiative, click <a href="http://www.riversidemo.com/recreation/page/healthy-citizens-initiative">here.</a></p> <p>Riverside members can visit any of the <a href="/locations">11 area YMCA of Greater Kansas City</a> locations.</p> <p>Visit the <a href="http://www.riversidemo.com/recreation/page/group-exercise-schedule">City of Riverside website</a> to download the latest version of the group exercise schedule. For questions, please email <a href="mailto:Riverside@KansasCityYMCA.org">Riverside@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or call 816.741.4172.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:19:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18339 at https://kansascityymca.org KC Chiefs Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation with Gift to the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kc-chiefs-chris-jones-launches-sack-nation-foundation-gift-y <span>KC Chiefs Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation with Gift to 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>February 23, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/sack-nation-foundation.jpg?itok=MAT5m4pQ" width="437" height="444" alt="Sack Nation Foundation logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones announced that the first official partner for his new charitable organization, Sack Nation Foundation, will be the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>Jones made the announcement about his new foundation and its first donation through a virtual appearance at the Columbus Park YMCA Head Start on February 23, 2021. The donation will provide flag football programs for 300 YMCA Head Start kids and their siblings.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Fezi1bDQw&amp;feature=youtu.be">Watch the full announcement here</a>, including remarks from Jones, questions for Jones from kids at the Columbus Park Head Start program, questions from the media, and remarks from John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>Jones, the Chiefs star defensive tackle and fan favorite #95, founded Sack Nation Foundation to improve the health and well-being of young people in underserved communities. </p> <p>“The YMCA of Greater Kansas City focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Jones. “It’s a perfect fit for Sack Nation Foundation, especially for kids in vulnerable communities."</p> <p>During the announcement, Jones spoke about the challenges he had growing up.</p> <p>“I was actually one of those kids in a poverty community — that I wasn’t able to play sports early on in my early age because of a financial standpoint," he said.</p> <p>He said the foundation will give him an opportunity to give back after the Chiefs took a chance on him to get to this point.</p> <p>"It’s always been a part of me to give back, and they put me in a position to reach the opportunity to give back to others, and I’m just trying to fulfill that,” Jones said.</p> <p>The foundation will help the Y deliver its mission. </p> <p>“We’re looking forward to partnering with Chris Jones and Sack Nation Foundation to give hundreds of kids the opportunity to learn and grow from sports,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “We’re grateful for the shared commitment to nurturing the potential of youth and making sports accessible to kids of all backgrounds and abilities.” </p> <p>Watch the video below for more on how Jones makes a difference on and off the field.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-medium-red" > <h2>Chiefs&#039; Chris Jones Launches Sack Nation Foundation</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/Qh8Q5bI0z7c?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 22:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26991 at https://kansascityymca.org Y Partners with Walmart and City of KCMO to Offer Vaccines https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-partners-walmart-and-city-kcmo-offer-vaccines <span>Y Partners with Walmart and City of KCMO to Offer Vaccines</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>February 23, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-02/0062353_1200x1200.jpg?itok=jPVoL4x2" width="500" height="500" alt="Medical symbol" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Walmart Inc., and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City announced a COVID-19 vaccine partnership beginning Thursday, February 26, and occurring each week for the next six weeks, which will vaccinate more than 3,500 eligible Kansas Citians in zip codes with lowest life expectancy.</p> <p>Walmart will host these vaccination clinics at a Kansas City YMCA, utilizing a vaccine allotment provided directly to Walmart by the federal government. These vaccines do not pull from, nor will alter, Kansas City’s weekly vaccine allotment from the State of Missouri.</p> <p>Eligible Kansas Citians will be notified of this vaccination opportunity by the Kansas City Health Department. For safety and security reasons, the particular YMCA location will be disclosed only to those eligible to receive a vaccine through this partnership. Due to a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, walk-ups will not be accepted.</p> <p>“As my office and the City continue our work to ensure equitable vaccine distribution, I am proud this vaccine allotment through our partnership with Walmart will be getting to Kansas Citians who need vaccines the most,” said Mayor Lucas. “The Kansas City Health Department has identified and has begun notifying eligible Kansas Citians of this opportunity via email and phone call, to ensure those without regular access to internet who need a vaccine will not be skipped over. As we continue vaccine rollout, we will not leave anyone behind. I thank Walmart, the YMCA, and our COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for their quick and diligent work, and I look forward to continued partnerships such as this moving forward.”</p> <p>“We have two goals as we administer vaccines: first, to get as many shots in eligible arms as possible so we can start the process of reopening our country, and second, ensuring equitable vaccine access across the communities we serve,”<strong> </strong>said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Executive Vice President, Health &amp; Wellness, Walmart. “We will continue finding new ways to increase vaccination access for our customers as we work towards the eventual end of the pandemic.”</p> <p>"The Y is proud to partner with the task force to provide vaccines in vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19," said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. "Offering our space to improve vaccine equity is one way the Y can deliver on our mission to make sure all in our community have access to the resources they need to thrive."</p> <p>“The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is pleased to assist in the coordination of this multi-week mass-vaccination event,” said Renita Mollman, chair of the Kansas City COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. “Our Task Force was charged with helping ensure efficient and equitable vaccine rollout, and this event is but one example of ways the community can come together to protect our most vulnerable. We appreciate Walmart’s partnership and look forward to more events in the future.”</p> <p>Kansas Citians interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should complete the City’s online interest form in <a href="https://hipaa.jotform.com/210117358088152">English</a> or <a href="https://form.jotform.com/210187080190145">Spanish</a>, or call 311. The Kansas City Health Department continues to utilize this list as it works to pair interested Kansas Citians with vaccines. To date, more than 4,800 Kansas Citians who have filled out this online form have been paired with a vaccine.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 21:30:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27001 at https://kansascityymca.org