Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 16 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/run-atchison-amelia-earhart-2k8k-run-saturday-july-16 <span>Run in Atchison: Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run is Saturday, July 16</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>January 17, 2022</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 16th, 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, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, 70+.</p> <h3>REGISTRATION</h3> <ul><li>2K and 8K $20 until March 30. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $25 March 31-June 12. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $30 June 13– July 15. T-shirt based on availability.</li> <li>2K and 8K $35 July 16 (race day) </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=554451">Click here to register for the 2K race.</a><br /><a href="https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=82705&amp;eventId=554450">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>July 15 and 16. Times to be announced 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> Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:05:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27601 at https://kansascityymca.org Volunteer on MLK Day at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/volunteer-mlk-day-y <span>Volunteer on MLK Day at 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>January 7, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/MKTG16-036%20OpenHouse_Email1.jpg?itok=ZPpf-tqi" width="500" height="333" alt="Voluntarios en el YMCA" title="Voluntarios en el YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Help us make our community stronger by participating in fun, family-friendly service projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17.</p> <p>As part of the Y's focus on social responsibility, the events encourage all ages to give back in the spirit of Dr. King and make it a day “on,” rather a day “off” from work or school.</p> <p>Learn more and sign up for service projects at Ys throughout the metro using the links below. </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/670">Cleaver Family YMCA, 9 a.m.-Noon.</a> </strong>Activities include making sleeping mats and health care kits for the homeless, making dog treats for pets in shelters, writing notes of encouragement for local students and creating cards of support for assisted living homes and military families. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/670">Learn more and sign up.</a><br />  </li> <li><strong><a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/666">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</a> </strong>Several volunteer projects will include creating hygiene kits, making sleeping mats for the homeless, assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the hungry, and more. <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/666">Learn more and sign up</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Looking for additional ways to get involved?</strong> <a href="/volunteer">Volunteer opportunities</a> are available through the Y throughout the year. Explore our <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog">volunteer project catalog</a> for a complete list of volunteer opportunities available through the Y. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:34:31 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24896 at https://kansascityymca.org Learn Healthy Habits at the New Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/learn-healthy-habits-new-chiefs-training-lab-powered-geha <span>Learn Healthy Habits at the New Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA</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>January 6, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2022-01/qbtaz4oodepqgstlsfrj.jpg?itok=KS6IhywL" width="500" height="281" alt="Chiefs Training Lab powered by GEHA Interactive Exercise Experience" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is proud to partner with the Kansas City Chiefs to bring the <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/community/traininglab">Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA</a> to two of our Y locations.</p> <p>The Chiefs Training Lab helps youth learn key components of a healthy lifestyle through interactive experiences focused on mental, physical and social health.</p> <p>Visitors can warm up at the "Let's Get Moving" station, where they'll do a series of guided exercises. Other activities include an interactive experience focused on healthy eating habits and a virtual photo station.</p> <p><a href="https://www.chiefs.com/community/traininglab">Click here</a> to learn more.</p> <p>The Chiefs Training Lab Powered by GEHA will be at the following locations:</p> <p><strong>January 14 (Red Friday)</strong><br /> 4-7 p.m.<br /><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/downtownkc">Kirk Family YMCA</a> - 222 W 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: January 20</strong><br /><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-south">Platte County Community Center South</a> - 8875 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152</p> <p><em><strong>1/18/22 UPDATE: </strong>The event at Platte County Community Center South has been canceled due to inclement weather. This event will be rescheduled. Please check back for updates.</em></p> <p>These events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.</p> <p>If there is inclement weather, events may be rescheduled. Check back for updates.</p> </div> Thu, 06 Jan 2022 16:07:56 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 28276 at https://kansascityymca.org Inclement Weather Updates https://kansascityymca.org/blog/inclement-weather-updates <span>Inclement Weather Updates</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>January 3, 2022</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/InclementWeatherInformation.jpg?itok=grQxVTwH" width="500" height="500" alt="YMCA Inclement Weather" title="YMCA Inclement Weather" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All locations and programs are operating at normal schedules.</p> <p>Check back here at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/weather">KansasCityYMCA.org/Weather</a> for the latest updates.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:31:12 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org New Partnership Provides Training for In-Demand IT Jobs https://kansascityymca.org/SnapIT <span>New Partnership Provides Training for In-Demand IT Jobs </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>December 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-12/snap-it-partner-logos.jpg?itok=2ZK002-k" width="500" height="374" alt="The Y. Snap IT. Workforce Partnership: Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h4><strong>Earn While You Learn – A Job with Y Club Could Lead to a New Career in IT</strong></h4> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1OJPsyXCdXwdhagx2eRYD29z9IO_95RIXalEWotnY2TUJ_g/viewform"><strong>SIGN UP FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION TO GET STARTED</strong></a></p> <p>A job with the Y’s before and after school Y Club program could lead to a new career in IT, thanks to a new partnership with SnapIT Solutions.</p> <p>Associates who live in Johnson County, Kan., or work for the Y’s Youth Development Services in Johnson County, supporting kids in elementary schools throughout the metro, will have the opportunity to access training through SnapIT to become career-ready for high-demand IT jobs while they work for the Y. The training is available at no cost to the associate. </p> <p>Career Academy is sponsored by the <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/tr926d/tr5b74/lhw72h"><u>Workforce Partnership</u></a> and funded through JoCo KS Works. The Y and SnapIT work closely with Workforce Partnership to assist Career Academy participants in fully accessing all available programs and career support services.  </p> <p>Program participants can begin SnapIT self-paced courses immediately and have in-person and virtual access to instructors. Benefits include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Cost-free Tech Training</strong> for Before and After School Y Club associates <strong>who meet program qualifications and live in Johnson County, Kan., OR work for the YMCA in Johnson County.  </strong></li> <li><strong>$4,200 training stipend</strong> in addition to Y Club salary (an addition of approximately $4 per hour to regular Y Club salary).</li> <li><strong>Free laptop </strong>for Y Career Academy participants</li> <li><strong>Self-paced courses</strong> that participants can begin immediately.</li> <li><strong>Weekly in-person or virtual access to SnapIT instructors. </strong></li> <li><strong>Part-time IT apprenticeships</strong> are available while participants are still working at the Y. </li> <li><strong>$1,500 child care subsidy</strong> for those meeting eligibility guidelines.</li> </ul><p>This partnership prepares people for the jobs of today and tomorrow in roles such as:</p> <ul><li>IT Support Services</li> <li>Project Management</li> <li>Software Development - C#</li> <li>Software Development - Java</li> </ul><h4>A Great Job and Training Together</h4> <p>Youth Development jobs with the Y offer fulfilling roles as youth leaders, providing mentoring and supportive care for the children in Greater Kansas City, as well as a needed and valued service for parents and families. SnapIT self-paced certification classes work to fit around work schedules at the Y.</p> <p>This opportunity is ideal for people looking for a career change and not currently planning to attend college or vocational school, but would like to be on the fast track to learning skills for a career in IT. Paid training with SnapIT’s model is offered to employees of all ages and prior experience levels, whether it’s a younger student or an adult looking to enter a new career. </p> <p>SnapIT Solutions is a hi-tech training and solutions firm headquartered in Kansas City Metro that delivers in-demand IT trainings that aim to build foundations in tech careers. <a href="https://snapit.solutions/"><u>SnapIT Solutions</u></a> provides resource augmentation and IT staffing for its clients, and also places concentrated emphasis on recruiting, screening, training and preparing talent for in-demand tech positions for fortune 500 companies.</p> <p>The idea for the partnership originated from a collaboration between SnapIT’s Founder and CEO <strong>Neelima Parasker</strong> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/"><u>the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s</u></a> President and CEO <strong>John Mikos</strong>. The two recognized that working together on recruiting and training opportunities would benefit the community through strengthening the IT and child care work forces and providing future opportunities for local youth.</p> <p>“At SnapIT, we strive to be agents of change for our community, and the YMCA is Kansas City’s go-to solution for before- and after-school care for our young children,” Parasker said. “This partnership is a way that our two community-minded organizations can team up; recruit, train and financially support the Y’s employees; and ensure that they’re on a tech career trajectory if they choose to enter this exponentially growing industry.”</p> <p>The YMCA and SnapIT are currently recruiting participants for this unique career opportunity. </p> <p>“The skills our employees gain from SnapIT’s training offer great opportunities for our organization,” Mikos said. “The partnership benefits Y families by engaging more people to become leaders of our before and after school learning and enrichment programs, and provide much-needed child care for working families. The technical skills they learn can be applied to boost the STEM curriculum in our programs, and also help open the door for our associates to pursue a career in IT.”</p> <h4>How to Apply</h4> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1OJPsyXCdXwdhagx2eRYD29z9IO_95RIXalEWotnY2TUJ_g/viewform">Sign up for an info session to get started.</a></p> <p>After the info session, you'll apply for one of the Y's Before and After School positions. Once you have been hired by the Y, you are eligible for the cost-free tech training provided by SnapIT. </p> <p>Available YMCA Before and After School Positions include:</p> <ul><li>Youth Development Leader </li> <li>Site Supervisor </li> <li>Assistant Site Supervisor</li> </ul><p>Once you are hired by the Y, you will begin the enrollment process with SnapIT's Career Academy Admissions Specialist.  </p> <p>To qualify for the cost-free IT training participants must live in Johnson County, KS, and meet the following income guidelines: </p> <ul><li>Individual: not to exceed $37,214</li> <li>Family: not to exceed $71,270 </li> </ul><h4>More Information</h4> <p>If you have any questions, contact: </p> <p>Gretchen Deaton <br /> Vice President, People Engagement and Experience<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City <br /> 816.360.3302 (Direct Line) <br /><a href="mailto:gretchendeaton@kansascityymca.org">GretchenDeaton@KansasCityYMCA.org</a></p> <h4>Get Involved</h4> <p>If other private foundations wish to support this unique workforce development program, they may contact John Mikos, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Kansas City at 816.360.3340.  </p> <p><strong>About SnapIT Solutions</strong></p> <p>SnapIT Solutions, LLC is a certified women, minority and disadvantaged-owned small business with a mission to empower communities and create opportunities in technology and engineering. Founded in 2015, SnapIT specializes in innovative technology trainings, services and solutions, with capabilities in IT Managed Services, Data Analytics, IT Security, Cloud, DevOps, with technical expertise in disruptive technologies such as AI, 3D Photogrammetry, AR/VR, ML and Blockchain. For more information on purchasing SnapIT’s trainings, software services and solutions, call 1-888-694-1285 or visit <a href="https://snapit.solutions/"><u>snapit.solutions</u></a>. </p> <p><strong>About Workforce Partnership</strong></p> <p>Workforce Partnership creates a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area with a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise to employers and job seekers. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.workforcepartnership.com/">www.workforcepartnership.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></p> <p>Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org"><u>KansasCityYMCA.org</u></a> for more information.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/careers" hreflang="en">careers</a></div> </div> Thu, 09 Dec 2021 21:52:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27841 at https://kansascityymca.org Y Giving Trees: Make the Holidays Brighter for Families in Need https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-giving-trees-make-holidays-brighter-families-need <span>Y Giving Trees: Make the Holidays Brighter for Families in Need</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>November 10, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-11/blog_image.jpg?itok=Y-DWfr-R" width="500" height="289" alt="A snowman holding a red gift with a gold bow." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us to make the holidays special for families right here in our community who are in need. YMCA centers across the metro are hosting Giving Trees for the holidays. Just choose an ornament off the tree and purchase the wish listed on the back. Return the unwrapped gift with the tag attached to the center by the due date.</p> <h4>Giving Tree Center Locations:</h4> <ul><li><strong>Bonner Springs Family YMCA – </strong>2251 S 138th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012 <ul><li>Benefiting families in the Bonner Springs School District. Call the Welcome Center at 913.422.9348 for more information.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA –</strong> 7000 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64131 <ul><li>Benefiting families in YMCA Youth Development programs. Call the Welcome Center at 816.285.9622 for more information.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>North Kansas City YMCA – </strong>1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116 <ul><li>Benefiting families in YMCA Head Start programs. Gifts are due by December 21.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Olathe Family YMCA –</strong> 21400 W 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061 <ul><li>Benefiting families in YMCA Head Start programs. Call the Welcome Center at 913.393.9622 for more information.</li> </ul></li> <li><strong>Platte County Community Center South –</strong> 8875 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152 <ul><li>Benefiting families in YMCA Head Start programs. Gifts are due by December 21.</li> </ul></li> </ul></div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 21:23:46 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27951 at https://kansascityymca.org Red Bridge Family YMCA to Close December 17 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/red-bridge-family-ymca-close-december-17 <span>Red Bridge Family YMCA to Close December 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>November 9, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/facility_update2.jpg?itok=tDBEgZH5" width="500" height="263" alt="Announcement" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Red Bridge Family YMCA Members,</p> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for nonprofit organizations, and the Y is no exception. </p> <p>Facility usage and membership have decreased significantly at the Red Bridge Family YMCA and have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, financial resources are limited, and it’s no longer sustainable to operate the Red Bridge Family YMCA. <strong>The last day of operations at the Red Bridge Family YMCA will be December 17, 2021. </strong></p> <p>We appreciate your support of the Y, and we understand the inconvenience this change may cause for you. The Red Bridge Family YMCA will continue to operate through December 17 as staffing allows. Below is additional information about this transition.</p> <h4><strong>Y Membership and Program Transition </strong> </h4> <ul><li>You will receive an email and letter from the Y with information about continuing your membership at another Y location.<br />   <ul><li>The nearest locations are <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/paulhenson"><strong>Paul Henson Family YMCA</strong></a>, 4900 W 79th Street, Prairie Village, KS, 66208; and <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/cleaver"><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong></a>, 7000 Troost, Kansas City, MO, 64131. Your membership has always given you access to all of <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/locations">the Y's Greater Kansas City locations</a>, and you may begin using another Y at any time.<br />  </li> <li>The nearest location to your home address will be listed in your letter. If you would like to transfer to a different location than the one listed in your letter, please contact us at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:feedback@kansascityymca.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.<br />  </li> </ul></li> <li>If you have access to the Y through a third-party insurance benefit, such as SilverSneakers®, Active and Fit®, Renew Active or AARP® Medicare Supplement, you may use your benefit to access other programs for active older adults in the community at other YMCAs or providers covered by your plan. You do not need to contact the Y.<br />  </li> <li>For more information, to update your membership account or to cancel your membership, contact Membership Support at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:feedback@kansascityymca.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.<br />  </li> <li>Jackson County Youth and Bitty Sports will continue uninterrupted for current and future seasons. </li> </ul><p>The Y is much more than a building. It’s a community of supporters, volunteers and associates, which allows us to continue to impact our community beyond the walls of a building. We will continue to explore the best way to adapt and serve with limited resources during these changing times. </p> <p>Thank you for your understanding.</p> <p>Sincerely, </p> <p> Mark Hulet<br /> Chief Operating Officer<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 14:42:05 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27946 at https://kansascityymca.org Ribbon Cutting Celebration Marks Opening of Kirk Family YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ribbon-cutting-celebration-marks-opening-kirk-family-ymca <span>Ribbon Cutting Celebration Marks Opening of Kirk Family YMCA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 21, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-10/img_6993.jpeg?itok=63dya7mc" width="500" height="333" alt="Kirk family uses large scissors to cut red ribbon at ribbon cutting ceremony. Family is surrounded by representatives from donors, Y leadership and community leaders. Members of the audience are seated, many taking photos on their cell phones.. " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y celebrated a new chapter in history with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kirk Family YMCA on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The event marked the return of a full-service YMCA to downtown Kansas City for the first time since 1981.</p> <p>The community gathered on the front steps of the building at 222 W. 11th Street in Downtown Kansas City, Mo., for a short program emceed by Lara Moritz from KMBC 9 News. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III, Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, offered a devotion. In addition, the program included remarks from President and CEO John Mikos, Chief Volunteer Officer John Passanisi, longtime Y supporter and volunteer Frank Kirk, and Mayor Quinton Lucas.</p> <p>“The process to bring a Y to downtown Kansas City began 10 years ago. We have looked forward to this moment for many years, and I’m proud to be here to celebrate it with all of you,” said John Mikos, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</p> <p>The increasing number of individuals and families who live or work downtown will be able to come to the Y for:</p> <ul><li><strong>Evidence-based programs</strong> to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart disease</li> <li><strong>Swim lessons</strong> to help eliminate drowning in our community</li> <li><strong>Youth programs</strong> to educate and build confidence from sports to volunteer activities and leadership development opportunities for teens</li> <li><strong>Family programs </strong>for quality time and opportunities to make connections</li> <li><strong>Volunteer opportunities </strong>to give back and make our downtown community stronger</li> <li><strong>Healthy living activities, </strong>from nutrition and cooking classes to exercise</li> <li><strong>Community space</strong> for meetings, social gathering and celebrations</li> </ul><h4><strong>The Kirk Family Legacy</strong></h4> <p>The Y is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, which is now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre to complete plans to revitalize the west side of downtown.</p> <p>Phil’s brother Frank Kirk, a longtime Board member of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, has provided leadership and championed the downtown YMCA project over many years. He spoke on behalf of the family.</p> <p>“Dad always said, put back more into the community than you take out. And we still believe that,” he said.</p> <p>He thanked donors and Y leaders for bringing the project to fruition. </p> <p>“Dad, mom and Phil, who are all smiling down today, and from the Kirk family - thank you,” Frank said.</p> <h4><strong>New Opportunities for Youth </strong></h4> <p>In his remarks, Mayor Quinton Lucas recalled 25 years ago in the summer when he would go with his mom downtown. While she was at work in an office building, he would walk around and see everything from small retail stores to surface parking lots. But nothing for youth. </p> <p>Lucas said it was vital to invest in downtown “being a true neighborhood, an atmosphere that was welcoming to all, and perhaps an atmosphere where a 12-year-old instead of walking by surface lots and wig stores could go inside an exciting and dynamic community center,” Lucas said.</p> <p>The new Y addresses the need to provide positive activities for youth downtown.</p> <p>“I am so excited that we have young people here who can come to dream each and every day,” Lucas said.</p> <p>The opening of the Kirk Family YMCA is a highlight of the past 18 months for the Mayor. </p> <p>“There are tough days in this job. Over the last 18 months, more tough ones than happy ones. But this is one of the happiest ones that I’ve had, because I know the impact that this YMCA will have on so many for years to come,” Mayor Lucas said. </p> <h4><strong>Thank You</strong></h4> <p>Thank you to the following individuals and businesses that made significant contributions to make the Kirk Family YMCA possible. </p> <ul><li>Sunderland Foundation </li> <li>Tom and Jean McDonnell </li> <li>The Illig Family Foundation </li> <li>William T. Kemper Foundation </li> <li>The Kirk Foundation Trust </li> <li>SS&amp;C Technologies </li> <li>Ann and Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation </li> <li>Kansas City Southern </li> <li>Mabee Foundation </li> <li>Victor E. Speas Foundation </li> <li>JE Dunn Construction Company </li> <li>Americo </li> <li>Jim and Annabel Nutter Family</li> <li>Sherman Family Foundation </li> <li>Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation </li> <li>Evergy </li> <li>The Hearst Foundations </li> <li>Frank and Nancy Kirk </li> <li>Midland Properties </li> <li>Barnett and Shirley Helzberg </li> <li>Mark One/Privitera Family </li> <li>Tom and Jill McGee </li> <li>Alan and Mary Atterbury </li> <li>Stinson LLP </li> <li>Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation </li> <li>Natalie Kirk and JC Welch </li> <li>Allen and Libby Blair </li> <li>Charles and Judy Kahn </li> <li>Ron and Nancy Jones </li> </ul><p>Special thanks to our financing partners: </p> <ul><li>The Missouri Development Finance Board </li> <li>The 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District</li> </ul><p>Project Partners:</p> <p>Design and Construction | BNIM Architects, JE Dunn Construction, Structural Engineering Associates, Henderson Engineers, Antella, Taliaferro &amp; Browne, New Horizons, Land3 Studio, Larkin and FSC</p> <p>Development | Broadway Square Partners, Downtown Council and MC Realty</p> <p>Financing | Country Club Bank, Industrial Development Authority of the City of Kansas City Missouri, Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Lathrop GPM, Columbia Capital Management LLC, Gilmore &amp; Bell</p> <h4>Photos and More</h4> <p><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/pK51hgoL29Cda1QG9">View more event photos in our online album.&gt;&gt;</a>  </p> <p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">Learn more about the Kirk Family YMCA.&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=0c8Be03B 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=pTSl3LWU 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=eJ4XCdKF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=0c8Be03B 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=w0bJxDop 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/img_6997.jpg?h=88b1c418&amp;itok=eJ4XCdKF" alt="President and CEO John Mikos; Chief Financial Officer Kelli McClure; Board member and donor Frank Kirk; Chief Operating Officer Mark Hulet stand together by the large Y logo monument sign in front of the Kirk Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=r-1Jnmca 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=vesm5NFV 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=SEWW31TN 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=r-1Jnmca 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=861O1-2v 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/IMG_6993.jpeg?h=f2fcf546&amp;itok=SEWW31TN" alt="Kirk family, surrounded by donors, Y leaders and community leaders, cut the ribbon" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=AvuV_g22 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YQib8AqJ 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=Y1OgIa1d 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=AvuV_g22 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=YYKdrUtY 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-10/kirkribboncutting_0355.jpeg?h=0f47bdf6&amp;itok=Y1OgIa1d" alt="Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks. Seated are Lara Moritz, KMBC 9; John Mikos, president and CEO; Frank Kirk, Board member and donor; John Passanisi, Chief Volunteer Officer; Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III, Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church," typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 02:48:12 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27906 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Chiefs host Challenger Fantasy Camp with visits from KC Wolf, cheerleaders and players https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-chiefs-host-challenger-fantasy-camp-visits-kc-wolf-cheerleaders-and-players <span>Kansas City Chiefs host Challenger Fantasy Camp with visits from KC Wolf, cheerleaders and players</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 21, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-10/challenger_chiefs_fantasy_camp.jpg?itok=xdODLO9i" width="500" height="250" alt="Left Photo: Challenger Athlete with football; Center Photo: Challenger Athlete and Volunteer; Right Photo: Two Challenger Athletes with Volunteer" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>A big thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs for hosting a <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/photos/photos-chiefs-flag-football-ymca-challenger-fantasy-camp#3469c522-3c07-49d4-a81e-d22148e8b697">fantasy camp</a> for YMCA of Greater Kansas City Challenger athletes, volunteers and families! Athletes participated in a series of Play60 drills on the field, led by the Chiefs Rookie Club. They also each received personalized jerseys at the end of camp.</p> <p>Thanks to Chiefs Rookies Trey Smith, Devon Key and Dicaprio Bootle, KC Wolf and the Chiefs Cheerleaders for helping make this such a memorable day for our Challenger program participants.</p> <p>Highlights from the event are included on <a href="https://youtu.be/s0tYS_kX4dE">episode 7 of "The Franchise."</a> You can watch the episode in the video player below.</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS |</strong> <a href="https://www.chiefs.com/photos/photos-chiefs-flag-football-ymca-challenger-fantasy-camp#3469c522-3c07-49d4-a81e-d22148e8b697">Challenger Athletes at Chiefs Fantasy Camp</a></p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City Challenger Programs</strong></p> <p>Throughout the Y, programs are designed to be inclusive and accessible, to ensure all have the opportunity to be active and belong. Individuals with disabilities of all ages have the opportunity to build skills, stay active and connect with friends through <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger">YMCA Challenger adaptive sports and social events</a>. Activities are led by volunteers and provide important opportunities for new experiences. Sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, flag football, and soccer. Young Adult social events range from outings to visit attractions around Kansas City to dance parties at the Y.</p> <p><strong>CONNECT WITH US | </strong>For the latest announcements, photos and news, follow the fun and excitement of YMCA Challenger activities and events <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAChallenger/">on Facebook</a>!</p> </div> <div> <section class="container video" > <h2>The Franchise Episode 7: More Than Ready | Presented by GEHA</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s0tYS_kX4dE?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:26:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27901 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrate Kirk Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting on October 14 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/celebrate-kirk-family-ymca-ribbon-cutting-october-14 <span>Celebrate Kirk Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting on October 14</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 20, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/kirk-lobby-image.jpg?itok=SCFE3Q-o" width="500" height="269" alt="Photo of the lobby of the new Kirk Family YMCA. Shows restored lobby of the historic Lyric Theatre. In the center is the white welcome center desk with a Y logo on it." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us as we celebrate the transformation of the historic Lyric Theatre building into the new <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/icie3e/yg46gd/ai9gls">Kirk Family YMCA</a>, poised to revitalize the core of downtown with life-strengthening programs.</p> <p>We will gather on the front steps of the building for a short program and ribbon cutting. Come inside for a tour after the ceremony to see how the Y will provide a welcoming environment to help all ages improve their well-being and reach their fullest potential. </p> <p><strong>You're Invited: Ribbon Cutting Celebration</strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday, October 14, 2021</strong><br /><strong>10:30 a.m. </strong><br /><strong>Kirk Family YMCA</strong><br /> 222 W. Central Street, Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>Details</strong></p> <ul><li><a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/icie3e/yg46gd/qaahls">RSVP online</a>. For more information, contact us at <a href="mailto:events@kansascityymca.org?subject=Kirk%20Family%20YMCA%20Ribbon%20Cutting">Events@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>. </li> <li>If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the gymnasium on the third floor.</li> <li>Parking is available in several nearby garages. Limited street parking may be available.</li> <li>We look forward to gathering in person. To maintain a safe environment, we will follow health orders in place at the time of the event.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-set-open-downtown">Learn more about the opening of the Kirk Family YMCA</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 21:38:37 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27856 at https://kansascityymca.org Staying Healthy at Every Age: Active Older Adult Social Club at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/blog/staying-healthy-every-age-active-older-adult-social-club-linwood-ymcajames-b-nutter-sr <span>Staying Healthy at Every Age: Active Older Adult Social Club at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/4761" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hilary Hedges</span></span> <span>September 17, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/0018595_2560x1706.jpg?itok=ZBqLT90g" width="500" height="333" alt="Man and woman doing leg exercises while sitting." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>We’re committed to making sure every member of our community has access to the resources they need to incorporate exercise into their daily routine for a healthier, happier lifestyle. That's why we offer a variety of Active Older Adults programs designed to keep seniors active and as they grow in mind, spirit and body.</p> <p>We invite Y members to join us for the Active Older Adults social club at the <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/linwood">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a>. The AOA Social Club is a place where you can socialize with those who are interested in trying new things. You'll find a variety of activities to spark your interest, such as board games, card games, sports activities, and much more.</p> <p><strong>Tuesdays and Thursdays<br /> 10 a.m. to noon</strong><br /> Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center<br /> 3800 E. Linwood Boulevard<br /> Kansas City, MO 64128</p> <p>No registration is required for Y members.<br /> For more information, please call the Welcome Center at 816.923.5675.</p> </div> Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:44:30 +0000 Hilary Hedges 27826 at https://kansascityymca.org JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-celebrating-new-americans-during-welcoming-week-1 <span>JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 8, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-09/welcoming_week_2.jpg?itok=VM26qWn3" width="500" height="500" alt="Belonging Begins With Us - Welcoming Week: September 10-19" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>This Welcoming Week, taking place September 10-19, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of the country. The event is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.</p> <p>Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include open house events, resource seminars, <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/forever-welcoming-join-us-support-new-americans-welcome-center-nkc-ymca">a New Americans Welcome Center Equity and Inclusion Luncheon and Naturalization Ceremony</a> and other activities that celebrate cultures from around the world. </p> <p>The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. </p> <p>Welcoming Week shows that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.</p> <p>For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.</p> <p>We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. The Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.</p> <p>Please contact your local Y about specific activities in your center. <a href="http://kansascityymca.org/locations"><u>Find a location near you.</u></a> </p> <p><strong>About Welcoming Week</strong></p> <p>Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 13-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.</p> <p>Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future.<a href="https://www.welcomingamerica.org/"> <u>www.welcomingamerica.org</u></a>.</p> </div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 17:10:14 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27821 at https://kansascityymca.org Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center to distribute COVID-19 Testing Kits https://kansascityymca.org/blog/atchison-family-ymcacray-community-center-distribute-covid-19-testing-kits <span>Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center to distribute COVID-19 Testing Kits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 30, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/welcome-back_illustration_rgb.jpg?itok=C3iazYfg" width="500" height="500" alt="Illustration" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center is partnering with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to distribute COVID-19 oral saliva test kits to the community. Pick up a kit now so you are prepared in the event you need a test. Each kit includes instructions on how to complete the test.</p> <p>Kits will be distributed the following dates and times in the Community Room at the Atchison Y, located at 321 Commercial, Atchison, KS 66002. Visitors should enter through the southwest door to access the distribution event.</p> <ul><li>Thursday, August 5, from 3-7 p.m.</li> <li>Tuesday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to noon</li> <li>Thursday, August 12, 3-7 p.m.</li> </ul><p>For more information, contact Jennifer Kiehl at 913.367.4948.</p> </div> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 23:41:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27781 at https://kansascityymca.org Cheers! Fundraiser to Benefit Adaptive Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/cheers-fundraiser-benefit-adaptive-programs <span>Cheers! Fundraiser to Benefit Adaptive Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 29, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/cheersinviteheader.jpg?itok=4WjGi0AD" width="500" height="281" alt="It&#039;s time to explore - Cheers! Adventure Edition" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y's popular Cheers fundraiser is back to benefit the YMCA of Greater Kansas City's adaptive programs for people with disabilities. It will be the first event in the new Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City, Mo.</p> <h4>Save the Date</h4> <p><strong>Cheers! The Adventure Edition</strong><br /> Thursday, October 7, 2021<br /> 6-9 p.m.<br /> Kirk Family YMCA<br /> 222 W. 11th Street<br /> Kansas City, MO 64105</p> <p><strong>Co-Chairs | </strong>Mark Moberly and Kerri Stowell</p> <p><strong>H</strong><strong>onorary Co-Chairs</strong> <strong>|</strong> Frank and Nancy Kirk</p> <h4>DISCOVERY AWAITS</h4> <p>You'll have the unique opportunity to explore indoor and outdoor spaces at the new <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">Kirk Family YMCA</a> in the heart of downtown KCMO before it opens to the public. Enjoy delectable eats and drinks, bid on great auction items and see firsthand how your support offers boundless opportunities for people with disabilities. </p> <h4><strong>BENFITING ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS</strong></h4> <p>Proceeds benefit the <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/challenger">YMCA of Greater Kansas City's adaptive programs</a>, which provide youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and educational opportunities, including sports, swim lessons, social events, Head Start, and before and after school programs. </p> <h4>BUY TICKETS</h4> <p>Individual Ticket $75 - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition/42060">Purchase Ticket Now</a></p> <h4><strong>BECOME A SPONSOR</strong></h4> <p><strong>Presenting Sponsor - $15,000</strong><br /> Email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>20 Tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>10 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as a Presenting Sponsor on all promotional materials including program, email, social media and website</li> <li>Opportunity to welcome guests to the event during the program</li> <li>8 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations including Kirk Family Y</li> <li>Opportunity to provide party favors for guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Discovery Sponsor - $10,000</strong><br /> Email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>16 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>8 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as a Discovery Sponsor on all promotional materials including program, email, social media and website.</li> <li>4 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations including Kirk Family Y</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests  </li> </ul><p><strong>Quest Sponsor - $5,000</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-quest-sponsor-2021/42064">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>12 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>6 Valet Parking Passes</li> <li>Listed as Quest sponsor on promotional materials including program, email, social media and website</li> <li>2 banners at YMCA Membership Center/Program locations</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Expedition Sponsor - $2,500</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-expedition-sponsor-2021/42063">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>8 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>4 valet parking tickets</li> <li>Listed as Expedition sponsor in program and on website</li> <li>1 banner at a YMCA Membership Center/Program location</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Supporting Sponsor - $1,500</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-supporting-sponsor-2021/42062">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>6 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>Listed as a Supporting Sponsor in program and on website</li> <li>1 banner at a YMCA Membership Center/Program location of your choice</li> <li>Special gifts for sponsor guests</li> </ul><p><strong>Partner Sponsor - $250</strong><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-adventure-edition-partner-sponsor-2021/42061">Purchase sponsorship online</a> or email <a href="mailto:giving@kansascityymca.org">Giving@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> for more information. Sponsorship includes:</p> <ul><li>2 tickets and reserved seating</li> <li>Recognition in program and on website</li> </ul><h4>HEALTH AND SAFETY</h4> <p>Our event will follow local health and safety guidelines in effect at the time of the event.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 29 Jul 2021 18:24:49 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27766 at https://kansascityymca.org New Kirk Family YMCA Set to Open Downtown  https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-kirk-family-ymca-set-open-downtown <span>New Kirk Family YMCA Set to Open Downtown </span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 27, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-07/kirk-downtown-monument-sign.jpg?itok=JBKE-gbw" width="500" height="334" alt="Photo of monument sign outside the Kirk Family YMCA. Include black logo on white background, with Kirk Family YMCA engraved on stone base" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The new Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City will open October 11, followed by a ribbon cutting celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 14. </p> <p>The Kirk Family YMCA, at 222 W 11th Street in the former Lyric Theatre building, has been opening in phases. In May, it began serving 50 children a week in a YMCA summer day camp program, which will run through August 13, addressing an important need to provide learning and social opportunities for youth while supporting working parents.</p> <p>After the grand opening in October, all of the programs and amenities at the Kirk Family YMCA will be open and the center will be able to serve members and program participants who live or work downtown, as well as host community events. </p> <p>“We’re looking forward to welcoming members and the community to the new Kirk Family YMCA in October,” said John Mikos, president and CEO. “Traffic and energy is increasing downtown, and the new Y will be open to support the increasing number of workers returning downtown.”</p> <p>Tours will be available from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Fridays beginning in August, leading up to the opening.</p> <p>The Y also will serve the increasing number of young professionals, families and empty-nesters who call downtown home. The 65,000 square-foot facility features  community rooms, a teaching kitchen, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two indoor pools, gymnasium and an outdoor synthetic turf field, delivering a much-needed community health and wellness center in the heart of Kansas City’s downtown. </p> <p>“The community is craving opportunities to connect with one another in a safe environment, and the Y looks forward to offering that as we continue to come together and move forward beyond the pandemic,” Mikos said.</p> <p>The Y is now hiring for 75 part-time positions at the Kirk Family YMCA, plus 185 full- and part-time positions at other locations throughout the metro. Hiring events will begin at the Kirk Family YMCA in August. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/careers">KansasCityYMCA.org/Careers</a> for more information and to apply.</p> <p>For more information about tours or to learn more about a Corporate Wellness partnership with the Y, email <a href="mailto:kirk@kansascityymca.org">Kirk@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p>For more information and the latest updates, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtown">KansasCityYMCA.org/Downtown</a>.</p> <h4><strong>About the Kirk Family YMCA</strong></h4> <p>The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project was made possible by public and private funds, including charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors.</p> <p>The Y is named for the Kirk family, longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, which is now part of SS&amp;C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre.</p> <p>Features of the new 65,000-square-foot Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Preservation of the facade and lobby of the historic building including the original marble floors, ornate ceiling finishes and more to become the new Y entrance.</li> <li>A 45,000-square-foot section of new construction built on the north side of the lobby featuring a contemporary design. Behind the building, there is an outdoor space for events and youth sports. </li> <li>Dramatic two-story windows in the new limestone walls along Central Street bringing natural light into the space and creating a contemporary, eye-catching look for the building’s exterior. The limestone came from the same quarry that provided the limestone for the original Lyric building.</li> </ul><p>Amenities inside the new Kirk Family YMCA include:</p> <ul><li>Three community rooms for a variety of activities, including one with a teaching kitchen for healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes. </li> <li>An indoor activity pool and lap pool for swim lessons, exercise and recreational opportunities.</li> <li>A gymnasium that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other sports.</li> <li>A large health and wellness area offers a space for guests to improve their health through cardiovascular exercise and strength training featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment.</li> <li>Three studios for group exercise.</li> <li>A suspended indoor walking and jogging track that will offer views of the lower levels of the center.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:52:24 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27776 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Area Organizations Unite to Address Food Insecurity https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-area-organizations-unite-address-food-insecurity <span>Kansas City Area Organizations Unite to Address Food Insecurity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 22, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-08/food-distribution-illustration-orange.jpg?itok=Olz1ziNK" width="500" height="516" alt="Illustration of bag of food including milk, bread and broccoli" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><a href="https://www.harvesters.org/">Harvesters–The Community Food Network</a>, <a href="https://www.humana.com/">Humana Inc.</a>, <a href="https://www.kckcc.edu/">Kansas City Kansas Community College</a>, <a href="https://www.providencekc.com/">Providence Medical Center</a> and <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> are teaming up to offer free nutritious food to the community.</p> <p>The collaborative effort launched June 28 and takes place at 12 p.m. on the fourth Monday each month at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 6565 State Ave. Proof of residency or income is not required to receive food. The first distribution served over 125 families in the area.</p> <p>“We are proud to partner with these other community organizations in providing free nutritious food to individuals and families in our area,” said Karen Orr, RN, MSN, MBA, Providence Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Addressing food insecurity and hunger in our community will have lifelong impacts to overall health and well-being.”</p> <p>The initiative helps to fight food insecurity ­– an issue that all of these partners are committed to addressing. A lack of access to nutritionally adequate foods contributes to poor health, lower productivity and higher medical costs. The Kansas City metro area has seen an increase in food insecurity since the COVID-19 pandemic started.</p> <p>"The Y is working to eliminate hunger in our community through mobile food distribution sites and other food programs throughout the metro area. The program addresses a growing need for those unsure where their next meal will come from,” said Matt Eaves, Executive Director of Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center.</p> <p>“Our collaboration with these partners helps bring mobile food distribution to areas with unmet needs,” said Jeremy Gaskill, Humana’s regional president for Medicare in Kansas. “This joint community effort addresses the demand for emergency and supplemental food to fight hunger in the Kansas City metro area.”</p> <p>Kansas City is one of 16 Humana Bold Goal communities focusing on social determinants of health and the health-related social needs of Humana members and communities. Humana and its many partners pay special attention to food security and social connection, with the intent of improving holistic health and health-related quality of life. Humana in May unveiled its <u><a href="https://populationhealth.humana.com/2021-bold-goal-progress-report/">2021 Bold Goal Progress Report,</a></u> which details the company’s progress with its ambitious <u><a href="https://populationhealth.humana.com/">population health strategy</a></u> launched in 2015 to improve the health of the communities it serves.</p> <p lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en"><strong>About Harvesters—The Community Food Network</strong></p> <p>Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and was Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 141,500 different people each month. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit <u><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.harvesters.org/__;!!IfVdvpvC!Fqhveh0JcV2IFeM7FAAa8SFeEi8nivUZzW9F20snuG_hs-pIAHX-0cfAHqmW$">www.harvesters.org</a></u>.</p> <p><strong>About Humana</strong></p> <p>Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.</p> <p>To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.</p> <p>More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at <u><a href="https://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.humana.com&amp;esheet=52230074&amp;newsitemid=20200603005723&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=www.humana.com&amp;index=1&amp;md5=85254b6e26c31c93365a3668311bd3b2">www.humana.com</a></u>, including copies of:</p> <ul><li> <p>Annual reports to stockholders</p> </li> <li> <p>Securities and Exchange Commission filings</p> </li> <li> <p>Most recent investor conference presentations</p> </li> <li> <p>Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls</p> </li> <li> <p>Calendar of events</p> </li> <li> <p>Corporate Governance information</p> </li> </ul><p><strong>About Kansas City Kansas Community College</strong></p> <p>Kansas City Kansas Community College, the third largest community college in Kansas by enrollment, is a centrally located public two-year institution in northeast Kansas. KCKCC is committed to ensuring that all students have a positive and successful post-secondary experience, and its multiple locations provide endless learning opportunities.</p> <p><strong>About Providence Medical Center</strong></p> <p>Committed to excellence and award-winning patient care, Providence Medical Center, located near I-435 and Parallel Pkwy. Kansas City, Kan., offers an extensive array of diagnostic and medical care. Key services include nationally recognized cardiovascular care, critical care, surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonary services, spine and joint centers, 24/7 emergency services, wound care center and an accredited sleep disorders center. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a member of Prime Healthcare.</p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></p> <p>Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:58:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27786 at https://kansascityymca.org Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat https://kansascityymca.org/ys-open-as-cooling-centers-during-excessive-heat <span>Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 16, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/water.jpg?itok=6mcsWRQH" width="333" height="375" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to the community 1-4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. Anyone may come cool off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive. </p> <p>Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit unaccompanied by an adult.</p> <p>Activities vary by location. Call ahead for more information. <a href="/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p>As part of our COVID-19 health and safety protocol, face coverings are recommended for anyone who is unvaccinated. </p> <p>The Y offers cooling centers as a part of our commitment to social responsibility and helping neighbors in a time of need.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/social-responsibility" hreflang="en">social responsibility</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/operations" hreflang="en">operations</a></div> </div> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18277 at https://kansascityymca.org Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Ages 12+ https://kansascityymca.org/blog/free-covid-19-vaccines-available-ages-12 <span>Free COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Ages 12+</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 29, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-06/ymca_vaccine_ad_v2.jpg?itok=kNZohM5m" width="500" height="500" alt="Getting Your Vaccine is Easy. Vaccines provided by TMC/University Health. Woman with bandaid on arm making &quot;ok&quot; sign with hand." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> This vaccine clinic ended in November 2021.</p> <p>---</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City in partnership with Truman Medical Centers/University Health (TMC/UH) is providing COVID-19 vaccines at the Cleaver Family YMCA starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021. </p> <p>Call 816-404-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment time. Appointments are available during the following times.</p> <ul><li>Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.</li> <li>Thursdays 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</li> <li>Fourth Saturday of the month 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.</li> </ul><p>Vaccinations are available for anyone age 12 and older. Those 12-17 years old will need consent from a parent or guardian prior to receiving vaccine. <a href="https://res.cloudinary.com/dpmykpsih/image/upload/truman-site-261/media/caa9b7d1e900442a8b7a7c66ce055234/covid-19-pfizer-vaccine-consent-51021.pdf">Please download the consent form</a> and obtain a parent or guardian's signature.</p> <p>Truman Medical Centers/University Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses 21 days apart. If you make an appointment for Dose 1, you must plan to be available for Dose 2.</p> <h4>Appointment Details</h4> <ul><li> <p>Masks are required for your visit.</p> </li> <li> <p>You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and registered on site.</p> </li> <li> <p>Please bring your ID and insurance card.</p> </li> <li> <p>The federal government covers the cost of the vaccine itself and Truman Medical Centers/University Health will bill your insurance to cover the administration of the vaccine. You will not receive a bill. If you do not have insurance, you will still receive the vaccine at no cost to you.</p> </li> <li> <p>Once you receive the vaccine, you will be monitored for 15 minutes for any reactions.</p> </li> <li> <p>If possible, please print, complete and bring the COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form to your appointment. <a href="https://res.cloudinary.com/dpmykpsih/image/upload/truman-site-261/media/caa9b7d1e900442a8b7a7c66ce055234/covid-19-pfizer-vaccine-consent-51021.pdf">Download the consent form now.</a> Otherwise, allow time to complete the form on site.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you have any questions regarding your health conditions and whether you should receive the vaccine (pregnant, breastfeeding, auto-immune disease, etc.), please contact your physician.</p> </li> <li> <p>Vaccinations will take place at the Cleaver Family YMCA, 7000 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64131.</p> </li> <li>Please enter the main entrance of the building where a TMC/UH employee will greet and assist you.</li> </ul><h4>Registration Info</h4> <p>Call 816-404-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment time.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 17:15:53 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27686 at https://kansascityymca.org Forever Welcoming: Join Us to Support New Americans Welcome Center at NKC YMCA https://kansascityymca.org/blog/forever-welcoming-join-us-support-new-americans-welcome-center-nkc-ymca <span>Forever Welcoming: Join Us to Support New Americans Welcome Center at NKC YMCA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 18, 2021</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2021-06/nkc-nawc-group-2021.png?itok=MDPQ8wro" width="500" height="375" alt="group of people each holding small American flags at naturalization ceremony" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us during Welcoming Week for a luncheon highlighting the work of the New Americans Welcome Center (NAWC) at the North Kansas City YMCA and how it’s part of the Y’s efforts to create an equitable community where all can thrive. We'll also be hosting naturalization ceremonies that will welcome more than 300 new American citizens.</p> <p>Friday, September 17, 2021<br /> 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. <br /> Harrah’s Casino<br /> 1 Riverboat Drive<br /> North Kansas City, MO 64116</p> <p>The NAWC is one of several across the country designed to help immigrants fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. In the metro, seven percent of residents are immigrants.</p> <p>Proceeds from the event will help make the Y accessible to all, support resources for new Americans, provide programs that build stronger individuals and support food distribution programs to fight food insecurity. </p> <p>This informative and transformational event includes:</p> <ul><li>Naturalization ceremonies that will welcome 300 new American citizens</li> <li>COVID vaccinations for the New Americans provided by North Kansas City Hospital </li> <li>Voter registration for new Americans completing the naturalization ceremony</li> <li>Lunch featuring foods from many cultures</li> <li>Local and national guest speakers including Toni Kayumi, CEO Ann Arbor YMCA; Rodrigua Ross, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; and Justine Gelbolinga, local youth activist</li> <li>HUGO Latin Movement Latin Dance</li> </ul><h4><strong>Tickets and Sponsorship</strong></h4> <p>Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available.</p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/nkc-ymca-new-american-welcome-luncheon/42176">Purchase Tickets Online&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p>For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call 816.300.0531 or email <a href="mailto:nkc@kansascityymca.org">NKC@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Thank you to Belonging Sponsors:</strong></p> <p>This event has been made possible thanks to our generous sponsors. We couldn’t do it without you.</p> <ul><li>Arkema Inc.</li> <li>Harrah's</li> <li>Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law</li> <li>Law Office of Jessica Piedra</li> <li>Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>North Kansas City Business Council</li> <li>TranSystems</li> <li>Synergy Services</li> <li>Clay County Public Health Center</li> <li>Robin Winner and Friends</li> <li>Tico Sports</li> <li>Letts Van Kirk</li> <li>Reese Nichols</li> <li>Jan Kauk and Friends</li> <li>Tri County Mental Health</li> <li>Andrea Allison-Putman</li> </ul><h4><strong>About the New Americans Welcome Center and Outreach at the Y</strong></h4> <p>The YMCA’s NAWCs help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—integrate into American society and help communities be welcoming and inclusive. This is achieved through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents.</p> <p>Through the NAWC and other efforts, the North Kansas City YMCA has:</p> <ul><li>Organized more than 20 regional bridge-building and welcoming week events</li> <li>Helped more than 50 people graduate from the English as a Second Language program</li> <li>Helped immigrants pursue their dreams of becoming American citizens including hosting a naturalization ceremonies</li> <li>Supported new Americans and others in our community through food distribution programs, helping to prevent hunger for those unsure of where their next meal will come from. So far in 2021, the North Kansas City YMCA has distributed 125,594 pounds of food to a total of 9,978 individuals to help fight hunger.</li> <li>Promoted inclusion, dignity and equality throughout all of our programs</li> </ul><p>Your support of this event helps continue these much needed programs and services to create a stronger community where all can thrive.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="paragraph container paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="carousel"> <div><div> <figure> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=WnUIeDct 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=MDHS_ETh 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=PO7j95F8 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=WnUIeDct 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=U5rPJvi7 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/2021-09/sponsor_logos_for_website.jpg?h=c986910e&amp;itok=PO7j95F8" alt="Harrah&#039;s North Kansas City, Synergy Services logos" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> </div> </div> </div> </section> <hr> </div> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:48:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 27636 at https://kansascityymca.org 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