Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog en Support Challenger Programs at Special Day at the K https://kansascityymca.org/blog/support-challenger-programs-special-day-k <span>Support Challenger Programs at Special Day at the K</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/carolineknechtkansascityymcaorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caroline Knecht</span></span> <span>August 16, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/specialday.jpg?itok=ociSxXHb" width="350" height="350" alt="Special Day at the K logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Royals and Rex and Jennifer Hudler's <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/edsjdc/ud30fd/6m6atl">Team Up for Down Syndrome</a> are hosting their annual Special Day at the K Sunday, September 29, 2019 honoring the YMCA Challenger program!  </p> <p>Sponsorships are available for the pre-game picnic sponsored by the Salty Iguana and will include a short program and a live and silent auction. To discuss details call Michelle Ford at 816.360.3304.</p> <p>Purchase your tickets at <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/edsjdc/ud30fd/mf7atl">Royals.com/SpecialDay</a> and a portion of your ticket will support our special needs community. Plus, our Challenger friends Raegan Schurr and Michelle Ford will be the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat honorees at the game! </p> </div> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:14:58 +0000 Caroline Knecht 23106 at https://kansascityymca.org Olathe Family YMCA Launches Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program https://kansascityymca.org/blog/olathe-family-ymca-launches-mobile-pantry-food-distribution-program <span>Olathe Family YMCA Launches Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program</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>August 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-08/0027317_2560x2163.jpg?itok=UYXGnFZ9" width="500" height="423" alt="Nutrition Programs at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><strong>Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program<br /> Every 1st Wednesday<br /> 2-3:30 p.m.<br /> Olathe Family YMCA</strong></p> <p>Did you know 1 in 6 children in the metro area don’t know where their next meal is coming from? The Y is working to fill this gap with our year-round food programs, including the Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program at the Olathe Family YMCA.</p> <p>Through a partnership with Harvesters Food Network, Olathe Medical center and KVC Health Systems, The Y has established this program to help ensure that our community has access to fresh, nutritious food.</p> <p>On the first Wednesday of every month, Harvesters will deliver perishable food to the Olathe Y parking lot where volunteers will organize and distribute the food directly to vehicles from 2-3:30 p.m. The mobile distribution will be open to any community member in need of food and portions are determined by household size. For more information about the program, call 913.393.9622. </p> <h4>YOU CAN HELP US FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES IN KANSAS CITY</h4> <p>Spread the word to families you know that may benefit from the Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program. You can also support hunger relief through the Y <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/volunteer">by volunteering</a>. More than 2,600 volunteers perform countless duties across our organization, ensuring that men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life have the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.</p> <p>To volunteer for the Olathe Mobile Food Pantry Distribution Program, <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/585">click here</a>.</p> <p>Support is also welcomed <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/share-cause">through donations</a>. You can select the Y center or program nearest you to direct your support.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:30:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23071 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, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/water.jpg?itok=jkO_UCqX" 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>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> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18277 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us for Cheers for Challenger https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-cheers-challenger-1 <span>Join Us for Cheers for Challenger</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 15, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/challenger_email_header_images.jpg?itok=qmFqyd_6" width="500" height="406" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us for Cheers for Challenger to help make a difference in the lives of children with diverse abilities and support the Y’s Challenger program. We want this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever, so we’re celebrating our Challenger MVPs at the home of the NFL’s MVP, Arrowhead Stadium. Enjoy great food, beverages and live and silent auctions, which will feature fabulous Chiefs items. There will also be entertainment, celebrity appearances and some exciting new surprises this year!</p> <h4>EVENT DETAILS</h4> <p>Thursday, September 26, 2019<br /> 5:30-10 p.m.</p> <p>Tower Club East, Arrowhead Stadium<br /> One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129</p> <h4>EVENT SCHEDULE</h4> <ul><li>5:30 p.m. Reception/Silent Auction</li> <li>7:30 p.m. Program</li> <li>8 p.m. Live Auction with auctioneers the Nigro Brothers</li> <li>9-10 p.m. Social/Live Music</li> </ul><h4>TICKETS</h4> <p>Cost is $75 per person.</p> <h4>TICKETS</h4> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-for-challenger/32770">Purchase tickets online</a><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-for-challenger/20337">,</a> or contact Michelle Ford at <a href="mailto:MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org">MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or 816.360.3304.</p> </div> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 4676 at https://kansascityymca.org Work for Y Club - $200 Hiring Bonus https://kansascityymca.org/blog/work-y-club-200-hiring-bonus <span>Work for Y Club - $200 Hiring Bonus</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 10, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/ourjobsmeanmore.jpg?itok=Xmxv2wu5" width="500" height="380" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Working at the YMCA is a job that means MORE.</p> <p>MORE because of the Y culture and the great people you'll work with. MORE because of on-going training on topics like leadership, diversity and inclusion, and other skills that you need for your future.</p> <p>Join the Y’s Before and After School Y Club team! Full- and part-time positions available with flexible schedules that include weekday mornings (7-8:30 a.m.) and (3-6 p.m.) shifts.</p> <p>Come learn more about Y Club job opportunities and apply in-person at one of our upcoming open interview hiring fairs throughout July and early August. A $200 hiring bonus is available to all qualified new associates! Stop by one of our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/events-list?event_type_id=1531#view-programs">upcoming open interview sessions</a> and $200 hiring bonus for new associates!</p> </div> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:43:37 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22896 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA of Greater Kansas City Announces Appointment of New CEO https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ymca-greater-kansas-city-announces-appointment-new-ceo <span>YMCA of Greater Kansas City Announces Appointment of New CEO</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 8, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-07/JohnMikos2%20%281%29.jpg?itok=kZYqwXQH" width="500" height="700" alt="John Mikos - President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City today announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously selected John Mikos, former chief operating officer and acting interim president and CEO, to fill the role of chief executive officer. Mikos succeeds the previous CEO and President David Byrd, who accepted a new position with the YMCA of the USA in March.</p> <p>CiCi Rojas, who leads the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Board of Directors as chief volunteer officer, said she is excited about the future of the Y in Kansas City under the leadership of Mikos. </p> <p>“John has led many progressive developments with the Y in Kansas City in his previous role, bringing focus to innovative integrated health programs, fostering the Y’s vision for our downtown core along with building great relationships with health and community partners across the region” said Rojas, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. “He’s passionate about the Y becoming an even greater presence to support our communities in the future.”</p> <p>Chris Kurtz, current board member and past chief volunteer officer, was appointed by the board chair to lead the national search committee, partnering with the Y of the USA and Kansas City-based EFL Associates. “The Y is in a strong position and we were very thoughtful in our process to find the right person, at the right time to take us to the next step,” said Kurtz. </p> <p>Mikos started his career at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as COO in December 2013, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience with YMCAs across the country. Prior to his role in Kansas City, he served as the chief operating officer for the YMCA of Western North Carolina in Asheville and for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.</p> <p>While in his positions in Kansas City, Mikos has been focused on developing a new strategic vision and sustainable viability of the Y’s mission to support youth development, health and wellness and social responsibility.</p> <p>During his tenure, the Y broke ground on the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center at the former Lyric Theatre building in November 2018, partnered with the community to expand and renew facilities including the Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center and the Linwood Family YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center in 2017 and partnered with the city of North Kansas City to transform its facility into one of the area’s most vibrant community centers.</p> <p>“I am incredibly excited to assume this new role and for the future of the Y in Kansas City,” Mikos said. “The Y provides so many opportunities to lift up, support and strengthen youth and families in our communities. I want to see our Y become an even greater collaborator, advocate, and leader throughout our entire region, helping to bridge the opportunity gap for all.”</p> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:12:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22616 at https://kansascityymca.org 22nd Annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run/Walk https://kansascityymca.org/21st-annual-amelia-earhart-2k8k-runwalk <span>22nd Annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run/Walk</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 25, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AmeliaEarhartRun.jpg?itok=xjKF_nnC" 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 20, for Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center's annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run!</p> <h3>AWARDS</h3> <p>All medals will be given out after the races are completed, in front of the Y. Medals will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group and gender for each event.</p> <h3>AGE GROUPS</h3> <p>Male and Female groups for 14 &amp; under, 15-24, 25-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+.</p> <h3>REGISTRATION</h3> <ul><li>2K and 8K $25 through June 30. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $30 July 1 – July 19. T-shirt based on availability.</li> <li>2K and 8K $35 July 20 (race day) T-shirt based on availability.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/atchison-amelia-earhart-fun-run-walk-2k/29967">Click here to register for the 2K race.</a><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/atchison-amelia-earhart-fun-run-walk-8k/29968">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>Friday, July 19 from 5 a.m.-5 p.m., and</li> <li>Saturday, July 20 from 6-7:15 a.m.</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.</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 rather hilly.</p> <h3>ADDITIONAL DETAILS</h3> <p>For more information about the festival go to <a href="http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/">VisitAtchison.com</a>. 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><a href="/blog/category/events" hreflang="en">events</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/history" hreflang="en">history</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/atchison" hreflang="en">atchison</a></div> </div> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:10:13 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18389 at https://kansascityymca.org Head Start Enrollment https://kansascityymca.org/blog/head-start-enrollment <span>Head Start Enrollment </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 17, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/HeadStart.jpg?itok=9R_EXGLn" width="500" height="167" alt="Head Start - YMCA of Greater Kansas City" title="Head Start - YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>We are holding several application days for <a href="/programs/early-education/head-start">YMCA Head Start</a>! Please stop by on one of these dates and locations at any time to meet with an intake specialist:</p> <p>Burlington Head Start<br /> 2701 Burlington, Kansas City, MO 64116<br /> Tuesday, July 9 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Columbus Park Head Start<br /> 1100 E 4th Street<br /> Tuesday, August 6 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Northland Head Start<br /> 3100 NE 83rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64119<br /> Tuesday, June 18 or Monday, July 1 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Park Hill Head Start<br /> 8100 N Congress, Kansas City, MO 64153<br /> Monday, July 15 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Thomas Roque Early Head Start<br /> 3800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64130<br /> Tuesday, July 16 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>We are accepting applications from families with children up to age five. Walk-ins or appointments are available. Call 816-841-3382 or send an email to <a href="mailto:marcheadstart@marc.org">marcheadstart@marc.org</a> for more information. Walk-ins accepted until 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>The following documents are required to apply: If you have these items, please bring them:</p> <ul><li>Proof of income for 12 months - Insurance or Medicaid card for</li> <li>Proof of child support, TANF, or SSI your child</li> <li>Pell grant or scholarship information - Child’s current shot/vaccination</li> <li>Proof of residency for Jackson, Clay, record or Platte counties - IFSP (individual family service</li> <li>Proof of birth plan) or IEP (individualized Education plan)</li> </ul></div> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:17:33 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22321 at https://kansascityymca.org Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives https://kansascityymca.org/blog/fathers-day-reminder-important-role-dads-play-childrens-lives <span>Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives</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 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AdobeStock_68801066%20-%20Copy.jpeg?itok=igt8R5ho" width="500" height="591" alt="Father&#039;s Day" title="Father&#039;s Day" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Over 100 years ago, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. Dodd was one of six children being raised by a single father, and she felt her father and others deserved to be honored. </p> <p>After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.  </p> <p>On Sunday, June 16, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. </p> <p>Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.   </p> <p>Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.  </p> <p>On Father’s Day, the Y celebrates dads and all male adult role models as we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with men who are committed, responsible and involved.</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers ranging from Parent/Child swim lessons to Adventure Guides to family nights at local Ys. </p> <p>In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. </p> <p> </p> </div> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:38:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 12646 at https://kansascityymca.org El YMCA está trabajando para darle de comer a los niños este verano https://kansascityymca.org/blog/food-programs-espanol <span>El YMCA está trabajando para darle de comer a los niños este verano</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/carolineknechtkansascityymcaorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caroline Knecht</span></span> <span>June 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/background-images/YClubMeals.jpg?itok=3e3ELSA9" width="500" height="281" alt="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" title="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>¿Sabías que 1 en cada 6 niños no saben de dónde vendrá su próxima comida? El YMCA está trabajando para llenar este vacío con nuestros programas de alimentos durante todo el año.</p> <p>Para algunos niños, la escuela es el único lugar que les ofrece una comida segura. El YMCA está tratando de cambiar eso con el programa de comidas y bocadillos que se ofrecen durante el verano cuando no hay clases, después de clases durante el año escolar, y hasta en los fines de semana.</p> <p>El YMCA tiene varias oportunidades de ofrecer comidas y bocadillos este verano, disponible para todos los jóvenes de 19 años para abajo.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="/locations/cleaver">Cleaver Family YMCA</a> </strong>- 30 de Junio al 10 de Agosto, cada Martes y Jueves de 5-6 p.m. y los Sábados de 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Patrocinados por Harvesters.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/linwood">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Community Center</a> </strong>- 10 de Junio al 2 de Agosto, Lunes a Viernes de 2-3 p.m. Patrocinados por Total Man.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/north-kansas-city">North Kansas City Family YMCA</a> </strong>- 10 de Junio al 2 de Agosto, Lunes a Viernes de 8:30-9:30 am. y de 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Los Sabados de 9-10 a.m. Pratocinados por Total Man.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> </strong>- 1 de Junio al 10 de Agosto, cada Lunes y Miércoles de 5-6 pm, y los Sabados de 9-10:30 am. Patrocinados por Harvesters y Treat America.</li> <li><strong><a href="/programs/summer-camps">Campamento de Verano Matutino del YMCA</a> </strong><strong>-</strong> del 3 de Junio  al 26 de Julio, bocadillos diarios son proveídos para aquellos que estén inscritos en el campamento matutino en las escuelas primarias Comanche Elementary y Crestview Elementary. Patrocinados por El Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission.</li> </ul><h3>TÚ NOS PUEDES AYUDAR A ALIMENTAR A LOS NIÑOS (AS) CON HAMBRE EN KANSAS CITY</h3> <p>Corre la voz a todos los niños(as) y familias que conozcas que se puedan beneficiar de las comidas este verano. Tú también puedes ayudar a combatir el hambre siendo un voluntario. Más de 2,600 voluntarios hacen inmensas tareas a lo largo de la organización, asegurando que hombres, mujeres y niños de todas edades y caminos de la vida tengan los recursos y apoyo que necesitan para estar sanos, tengan confianza, estén conectados y seguros.</p> <p>También puedes dar apoyo por medio de donaciones. Tú puedes elegir la localidad del YMCA o programa al cual te gustaría beneficiar.</p> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 20:15:14 +0000 Caroline Knecht 22296 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y is Working to Feed Hungry Kids This Summer https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-working-feed-hungry-kids-summer <span>The Y is Working to Feed Hungry Kids This Summer</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 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/background-images/YClubMeals.jpg?itok=3e3ELSA9" width="500" height="281" alt="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" title="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know 1 in 6 children don’t know where their next meal is coming from? The Y is working to fill this gap with our year-round food programs.</p> <p>For some kids, school is the only place they are sure to get a meal. The Y is working to change that with meals and snack programs when school is out in the summer, after school throughout the year, and even on weekends.</p> <p>The Y has several meal and snack opportunities this summer, available to all youth 19 and younger.</p> <ul><li><a href="/locations/cleaver"><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong></a> - June 30 through August 10, each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm and Saturday from 11 am-Noon.  Support provided by Harvesters.</li> <li><a href="/locations/linwood"><strong>Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Community Center</strong></a> - June 10 through August 2, weekdays from 2-3 pm.  Support provided by Total Man.</li> <li><a href="/locations/north-kansas-city"><strong>North Kansas City Family YMCA</strong></a> - June 10 through August 2, weekdays from 8:30-9:30 am, Noon-1:30 pm,and Saturdays from 9-10 am.  Support provided by Total Man.</li> <li><a href="/locations/providence"><strong>Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</strong></a> - June 1 through August 10, each Monday and Wednesday from 5-6 pm, and Saturday from 9-10:30 am.  Support provided by Harvesters and Treat America.</li> <li><a href="/programs/summer-camps"><strong>YMCA Summer Day Camp</strong></a> – from June 3 through July 26, weekly snacks provided for those enrolled in day camp at the Comanche Elementary and Crestview Elementary schools.  Support provided by the Shawnee Mission School District.</li> </ul><h3><strong>You can help us feed hungry kids in Kansas City</strong></h3> <p>Spread the word to kids and families you know that may benefit from meals this summer. You can also support hunger relief through the Y by <a href="/volunteer">volunteering</a>.  More than 2,600 volunteers perform countless duties across our organization, ensuring that men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life have the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.</p> <p>Support is also welcomed through <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/share-cause">donations</a>. You can select the Y center or program nearest you to direct your support.</p> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:31:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22261 at https://kansascityymca.org Sprint Center Discounts Available to Y Families https://kansascityymca.org/blog/sprint-center-discounts-available-y-families <span>Sprint Center Discounts Available to Y Families</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 5, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/Sprint%20Center.png?itok=i3b2haWK" width="300" height="300" title="Sprint Center" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Sprint Center is offering friends of the Y special discounts to select events:</p> <ul><li>US Gymnastics Championships - August 8-11</li> <li>Banda MS - August 23</li> <li>Jurassic World Live Tour - November 29-December 1</li> </ul><p>For complete information, please see the <a href="/sites/default/files/2019-06/Sprint%20Center%20Offers-June.pdf">informational flier</a>.</p> <p>To purchase tickets, <strong><a href="http://www.tiny.cc/sprintcentersavings">click here</a></strong> and enter the promo code <strong>YMCAKC</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/events" hreflang="en">events</a></div> </div> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:52:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21336 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrating the Y's 175th Birthday https://kansascityymca.org/y-s-history-building-better-us <span>Celebrating the Y&#039;s 175th Birthday</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 4, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-06/175thBirthday.jpg?itok=vqWVtQcP" width="500" height="380" alt="Happy 75th Birthday to the YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>On June 6, 2019 the YMCA marks 175 years as more than a place, it is a nonprofit organization that offers 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> <ol><li><strong>American Institutions:</strong> Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.</li> <li><strong>Summer Camp:</strong> The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 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.</li> <li><strong>Innovating &amp; Inventing:</strong> 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 “bodybuilding.”</li> <li><strong>A Nobel Peace Prizewinner:</strong> 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.</li> <li><strong>Furthering Education:</strong> The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. </li> </ol><h4>How the Y is relevant in 2019</h4> <p>Today, the Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at over 2,700 locations across all 50 states. Here are three ways “community” continues as the Y’s number one cause:</p> <ol><li><strong>Nurturing the Potential of Our Kids:</strong> When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Nationwide, the Y helps over nine million youth to close gaps in hunger, health, learning, water safety and safe spaces while providing a place to stay healthy, build friendships, and achieve more – all while having fun! Each program demonstrates the Y’s unwavering commitment to ensuring children are on track for a successful education, especially those in underserved communities. </li> <li><strong>Improving the Nation’s Health:</strong> More than a place to work out, the Y offers programs that help individuals and families improve their health and enact changes that strengthen their community and society. From working with people who are trying to find ways to improve health, but don’t know how, to preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and helping people recover from serious illnesses like cancer, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country with the size and influence that can effectively reach millions of people. Ys are also active in the community, creating communal gardens, increasing access to farmers markets and ensuring children have a safe route to school. </li> <li><strong>Support for All Our Neighbors:</strong> As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y's social services and volunteer programs help more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping newcomers and immigrants adjust to new communities to member-led community service projects through the Togetherhood program, every effort helps to make a difference. </li> </ol><p>For more information on how the Y strengthens communities across the country, visit <a href="ymca.net/forabetterus">ymca.net/forabetterus</a>.</p> <p>Learn more about our local impact at <a href="/donate/share-cause">KansasCityYMCA.org/ShareTheCause</a>. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>175 Years of History</h2> <div class="carousel"> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=Jo4x_qXf 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=SFu46igU 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=Jo4x_qXf 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=Jo4x_qXf 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=VWC-HlX3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=SFu46igU 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=ExMZUqcK 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=VWC-HlX3" alt="YMCA founder George Williams" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>George Williams, founder of the YMCA</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=o2W9y9Z9 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=_kRJyz_g 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=o2W9y9Z9 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=H2R5wNa5 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=_kRJyz_g" alt="James Naismith" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>James Naismith, basketball inventor</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=9_YdN8ux 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=EOzeBkkW 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=9_YdN8ux 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=sHE5BSPB 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=EOzeBkkW" alt="Camp Dudley " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>Camp leaders at the first YMCA camp in the United States in 1887</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=FLPN5QCl 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=-KwDhXp_ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=FLPN5QCl 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=EBpDjw0V 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=-KwDhXp_" alt="John Mott" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>John Mott, Nobel Prize Winner</figcaption> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:00:58 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18387 at https://kansascityymca.org New Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA Addresses Food Insecurity https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-food-pantry-north-kansas-city-ymca-addresses-food-insecurity <span>New Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA Addresses 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>May 20, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-05/nkc-food-pantry-1.jpg?itok=_F9_cc7p" width="500" height="333" alt="Photo of food at the North Kansas City YMCA food pantry, including healthy crackers, nuts and fresh fruits." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">To address food insecurity, the North Kansas City YMCA opened a new community food pantry. The pantry focuses on providing healthy foods from a kiosk near the entrance of the Y.</p> <p>The pantry opened April 24, and it's the first pantry at a Y in greater Kansas City. It's made possible thanks to presenting sponsor Humana, and food partner Harvesters, which already has provided 1,200 pounds of food the first month and nearly 2,000 pounds of food the second month.   </p> <p>In just three weeks, 1,000 pounds of food was distributed to benefit more than 250 families. The response speaks to a growing need in the community and how the Y is filling the gap.</p> <p>One in eight people in the greater Kansas City region faces food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal will come from or whether they will have enough food for their household. Of those at risk for hunger, 40 percent are likely to be ineligible for federal nutrition programs such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC, or free and reduced-price school meals.</p> <p>The pantry is open to anyone in the community in need of food. Community volunteers staff the pantry to assist visitors. The Y also accepts donations of unopened, non-perishable food items for Harvesters at the North Kansas City location.</p> <p>The pantry offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plus other items that will vary from time to time and will include items 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>In addition to food, the North Kansas City Y also partners with Natural Grocers to offer hygiene products such as shampoo and deodorant, which are in high need for low-income individuals.</p> <p>The pantry is open the following times:</p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Monday/Wednesday/Friday -  5-7 p.m.</li> <li>Tuesday/Thursday - 8- 9 a.m.</li> <li>Saturday - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.</li> </ul><p>For more information, call the North Kansas City YMCA at 816.300.0531.</p> <p>Interested in volunteering? <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/534">Learn more and sign up.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 May 2019 15:46:22 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22131 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 15, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/WaterSafetyTips.jpg?itok=_vHV4hxe" 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="/programs/youth-swim/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> Wed, 15 May 2019 16:40:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18274 at https://kansascityymca.org Engage at Every Age: Eat Healthy, Get Active and Be Social as You Get Older https://kansascityymca.org/blog/engage-every-age-eat-healthy-get-active-and-be-social-you-get-older <span>Engage at Every Age: Eat Healthy, Get Active and Be Social as You Get Older</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 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/Ages_AOA_0.jpg?itok=CSqoXGUu" width="380" height="182" alt="Active Older Adults Search" title="Active Older Adults Search" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>It's important to be active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life.</p> <p>This May, during Older Americans Month, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is reminding adults over 50 to develop behaviors that are crucial to aging well: healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.</p> <p>Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that <strong>adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease</strong>.</p> <p>While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.</p> <p>The Y offers many ways for older adults age well and live healthier including:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/group-class-search">Group exercise and water fitness</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/chronic-disease/arthritis-programs">Arthritis programs</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/events-list?event_type_id=976#view-programs">Social activities and educational events</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/chronic-disease-prevention-management">Evidence-based programs to prevent and manage chronic disease</a>, including Enhance Fitness for people with arthritis, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, and LIVE<strong>STRONG</strong> at the YMCA for cancer survivors</li> </ul><p>For more information about activities and events, <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/locations">contact a Y location near you</a>. Ready to make some lifestyle changes? <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/5-healthy-aging-tips-older-americans-month">Check out our five tips for healthy aging.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 07 May 2019 22:11:19 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22071 at https://kansascityymca.org 5 Healthy Aging Tips for Older Americans Month https://kansascityymca.org/5-healthy-aging-tips-older-americans-month <span>5 Healthy Aging Tips for Older Americans Month</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 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2015-06-22_EF-Group1_CMYK_1220_0.jpg?itok=BEHjwcmf" width="500" height="333" alt="Active Older Adults Social Exercise" title="Active Older Adults Social Exercise" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>May is Older Americans Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers the following tips to encourage older adults to live healthier lives.  </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. <br />  </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. <br />  </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 participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  <br />  </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 grab something sturdy 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. <br />  </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>The Y offers a range of activities for all ages, including activities and classes designed specifically for active older adults. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/55-adults">Explore classes, view upcoming events and learn more.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 07 May 2019 19:09:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18381 at https://kansascityymca.org 6 Reasons Kids Should Go to Camp https://kansascityymca.org/6-reasons-kids-should-go-camp <span>6 Reasons Kids Should Go to 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>May 1, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/YCamp_Facebook_v2.jpg?itok=PO3YXBGt" width="500" height="500" alt="Camp 2018" title="Camp 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>While kids typically burst into summer with lots of energy, most parents can tell you it doesn’t take long for summer boredom to set in. The <a href="/camp">Y’s Summer Day Camp</a> can help banish that boredom and create lasting memories.</p> <p>Besides keeping kids active and engaged over the summer, camps provide important opportunities to make friends, learn new skills and have fun.</p> <p>Here are six reasons kids should go to camp:</p> <ol><li><strong>Learn life skills</strong><br /> Camp is a community away from home and school. This gives our kids a chance to learn to work with a new crew. Y camps teach children to communicate, to work together as part of a team and to be leaders. </li> <li><strong>Practice Healthy habits</strong><br /> Research shows kids gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Y summer day camps keep kids active with physical activities throughout the day, opportunities to get out and explore nature, and swimming field trips weekly. Healthy snacks are provided daily and offer opportunities for lessons about making healthy food choices outside of camp.</li> <li><strong>Ease the summer slide</strong><br /> Without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids can slide behind academically over the summer. Studies show that students can lose 25 to 30 percent of their school learning over the summer without enrichment or reading programs. Y day camps keep kids learning all summer long. Regular enrichment and reading are part of the fun daily schedules, led by trained youth development professionals. </li> <li><strong>Discover their potential </strong><br /> Camp provides opportunities for youth to step out of their comfort zone and exposes them to new activities and experiences. Activities and field trips give campers at the Y the opportunity to try different things and discover new hobbies. Through a variety of experiences, children build confidence and have a greater chance of finding something in which they can excel.</li> <li><strong>Unplug from technology</strong><br /> Kids can forget about their tablets, phones and video games, and find new passions at the Y’s summer day camps: science, community, nature, sports and fitness, culture, healthy cooking, traditions and more.</li> <li><strong>Build friendships</strong><br /> Y Camps provide children with the core values of a strong, moral individual by teaching them about honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more kind, understand the importance of giving and are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right. The best friendships are built on these values.</li> </ol><p>There’s still time to sign up! Go for a week, or stay for the whole summer. For more information and to register for the Y’s camps, visit <a href="/programs/summer-camps">KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 01 May 2019 17:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18380 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y's We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ys-we-survive-event-cancer-survivors-and-supporters <span>The Y&#039;s We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters</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 26, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-04/0001494.jpg?itok=06tAWjVj" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3>You’re invited to The Y's We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters</h3> <p><strong>Thursday, June 27, 2019<br /> 4-6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Colonial Gardens<br /> 27610 E Wyatt Road<br /> Blue Springs, MO 64014</p> <p>Join us for the Y’s We Survive event! This is a celebration of our cancer survivorship program where we focus on health, not disease. Your support helps give more survivors an opportunity to improve their quality of life after their battle with cancer.</p> <p>Tickets: $35</p> <p>To purchase tickets, <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/blue-springs-y-we-survive-event/31725">click here.</a></p> </div> Fri, 26 Apr 2019 20:25:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21961 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us for the Olathe Family YMCA Annual Golf Tournament https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-olathe-family-ymca-annual-golf-tournament <span>Join Us for the Olathe Family YMCA Annual Golf Tournament</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 18, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-04/capture.png?itok=qwXqvV-I" width="500" height="580" alt="Olathe Golf Tournament 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3>Friday, August 23</h3> <h3>Sycamore Ridge Golf Club</h3> <p>Help support the Olathe Family YMCA Annual Campaign by joining us for the annual golf tournament at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club on Friday, August 23.</p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31933">Click here</a> to register as an individual player. Registration price includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and a gift.</p> <p>To register as a sponsor, please see the links below.</p> <h3>Tournament Details</h3> <p><strong>Format: </strong>Team Scramble</p> <p><strong>Entry Includes:</strong></p> <ul><li>Complimentary gift</li> <li>Green fees and golf cart</li> <li>Awards lunch</li> </ul><p>In addition to enjoying the beautiful Sycamore Ridge Golf Club, golfers will be eligible for prizes and contests throughout the day, including:</p> <ul><li>Hole-In-One</li> <li>Closest to the Pin</li> <li>Longest Drive</li> <li>Team prizes</li> </ul><p><strong>Tournament Location</strong></p> <p>Sycamore Ridge Golf Club</p> <p>21731 Club House Drive</p> <p>Spring Hill, KS 66083</p> <p><strong>Tournament Schedule</strong></p> <p>Registration and breakfast: 7 a.m.</p> <p>Driving range and putting green available</p> <p>Shotgun start: 8 a.m.</p> <p>Awards lunch: 1 p.m.</p> <h3>Sponsorships</h3> <p><strong>Premier Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31924">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$5,000 - One team, prominent banner placement in two locations, logo on gift, recognition during announcements, sponsor representative will be invited to participate in awards ceremony</p> <p><strong>Gold Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31925">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$2,500 - One team, prominent banner placement in two locations, logo on printed materials and hole signage, recognition during announcements, includes the various course challenges</p> <p><strong>Patron Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31926">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$1,000 - One team and two signs (driving range and putting green), logo on printed materials, recognition during announcements</p> <p><strong>Foursome Hole Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31927">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$750 - One team, hole signage, logo on printed materials, recognition during announcements</p> <p><strong>Hole-In-One Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31928">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$750 + Insurance - Sponsor will contract insurance and secure Hole-In-One prize, hole signage</p> <p><strong>Closest to the Pin Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31929">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Sponsor will provide prize with a minimum retail value of $200 and receive exclusive signage on hole</p> <p><strong>Longest Drive Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31930">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Recognized on sign at hole</p> <p><strong>Business Showcase Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31931">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - One sign on a hole, dedicated location on course for sponsor representatives to interact with all golfers</p> <p><strong>Cart Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31932">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Provide gift(s) and materials for each golfer</p> <p><strong>Individual Player - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31933">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$150 - Includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and gift</p> <h3>All proceeds will support Olathe Family YMCA Annual Campaign</h3> <p>Our Y is committed to serving all people from all backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. Generous donations help ensure equal access by providing financial assistance for membership and programs, and by supporting outreach in a safe, welcoming space for all in our community.</p> <p>If you have questions, please call the Olathe Family YMCA at 913.393.9622.</p> <p> </p> </div> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:05:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21816 at https://kansascityymca.org