Kevin Washington President & CEO YMCA of Greater Boston 316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 617-927-8125 |email
Jeff Conway, Chair Elizabeth B. Burnett, Vice Chair Eileen M. Connors, Vice Chair William I. Huyett, Vice Chair Brian H. Kavoogian, Vice Chair Richard C. Waters, Treasurer Mark S. Ain Hope A. Aldrich Richard H. Aldrich Brant Binder Kevin J. Blake Daniel F. Conley Donald E. Conover C. Michael Daley David A. Damassa Kevin A. Foster David G. Fubini Michelle W. Hecht Evelyn Kaupp Robert E. Kenney Teresa K. Koster Matt McPherron C. Ann Merrifield Tara Murphy Charlayne Murrell-Smith Jack R. O'Connor Jill W. Onderdonk James P. Palermo William M. Parent Charles R. Parrott Dave Porter Jonathan Savoy Cynthia L. Strauss Nancy Stuart Alan W. Tuck Kate Walsh Frederick A. Wang Faith S. Weiner M. David Wilkins
SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS NEW ILC PROGRAM Thanks to support from theRichard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, students like Dalya pictured at right, can realize the dream of a college education.
Dalya and her family escaped from the violence in their homeland of Iraq to Syria. With the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, Dalya interrupted her studies to work for the Red Crescent. “How could I study when people needed help?” she asks. She graduated from high school at a time when most of her friends were unable to reach the school to take their final exams. Thankful to be alive, Dalya and her family came to the US in October of 2012 as refugees.
Today, immigrants represent one in six U.S. workers with approximately half of these immigrant workers classified as “Limited English Proficient.” This lack of English proficiency has a profound impact on their employability and wage earning potential.
With a $450,000 grant from the Smith Family Foundation, the Y’s International Learning Center (ILC) launched the program Transition to College and Careers to increase access for limited English speaking Greater Boston residents to improve their English skills and gain entry into college, a certificate program, or a skills training program. To date, 30 individuals are enrolled in the program with 12 already accepted into college or certificate program.
Dalya began taking classes at the YMCA's ILC in 2013 and in January 2014, Dalya enrolled in the ILC’s Transitions to College program. “I have always dreamed of becoming an architect, and now I am living my dream.” Dalya has been accepted to Wentworth School of Technology for the September 2014 semester.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: DAVE PORTER The YMCA of Greater Boston is proud to welcomeDave Porterto its General Board of Directors. Since 1996, Dave has been the owner and Managing Partner of Baystate Financial, one of Massachusetts' oldest and largest full service financial firms. Under Dave's direction, Baystate Financial has been recognized as one of Boston's top places to work in bothThe Boston Globeand theBoston Business Journal, and has grown from one office in Boston to nine offices in five states.
Dave was recently recognized as one of three "Most Admired CEO's" by theBoston Business Journal. Dave also serves on the boards of Elon University in North Carolina, the Genesis Fund, and Zoo New England.
IN MEMORIUM: LIEUTENANT ED WALSH We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved staff member, Lieutenant Ed Walsh. Since 2004, Ed served as the Facilities Director of the Oak Square YMCA. He was a respected, committed, and important member of the Y family. To so many, Ed was a hero. To us, he was a friend and treasured colleague. Our hearts and prayers are with Ed’s wife and three children.
NEW LOOK FOR ROXBURY YMCA PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS As part of the Blueprint for Child Achievement, we are ensuring that the built environments for children's programs encourage learning. Thanks to the support of theFranklin Square House Foundation, the Roxbury YMCA’s preschool classrooms received a much needed refresh including a new secured entrance, tinted windows, new carpet and furniture and newly painted classrooms.
High quality preschool programs provide spaces that encourages creativity and provides dedicated zones for art, reading, quite time and play.
Each day 46 toddlers and preschoolers participate in early education programs at theRoxbury YMCAfocused on developing the emotional, language and cognitive skills so they can enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
ANNUAL EAST BOSTON Y BREAKFAST SENDS 40 KIDS TO CAMP Every spring theEast Boston Yhosts a community breakfast as the culmination of its Annual Campaign. The breakfast attracts close to 500 attendees from East Boston’s civic, social and business community. This year's event was hosted bySenator Anthony Petrucelliand former Senate President Robert Travaglini, both longtime advocates of the East Boston Y and featured General Board member and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) Kate Walshas the featured speaker.
In addition to raising money for Y scholarship, the breakfast is used as the vehicle to send local children to Y overnight camp in New Hampshire. Thanks to the generosity of so many contributors, the East Boston Y will send 40 children to camp this summer.
To make a gift to your local Y, please visit our website.
YMCA CAMPING SERVICES HOSTS FIRST HERITAGE CLUB RECEPTION TheYMCA Camping Servicesbranch held its inaugural Heritage Club dinner on March 27. Thirty-three people were in attendance for what is hoped to be an annual event. The evening included sharing fond memories and stories of camp experiences with new and old friends. The YMCA’s Heritage Club includes people who have made an outright donation for the Camp Endowment Fund, or have agreed to include a donation to Camp in their estate planning. The event last month included representatives from all three resident camps, spanning many decades.
The Endowment Fund to benefit camp was established in 1986 and has received over 30 gifts since its inception. In the past six months alone, 12 new families have signed on to become Heritage Club members to benefit camp. In accordance with the Y's policy, approximately 4% of the fund balance each year is spent on facilities and general maintenance at the resident camps.
For more information about the Camp Heritage Club or to make a pledge to the endowment fund, please contactKathryn Davids.
YMCA'S HEALTHY KIDS DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN BOSTON On Saturday, April 26, the Greater Boston Ys are holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their mindsandbodies active.YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing, features games, an obstacle course and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
Times and locations for YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day events in the Greater Boston area are availableonline.
HUNTINGTON AVE YMCA PLANS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE With the first phase of renovations at the historicHuntington Avenue YMCAnearing completion, we are excited to preview the updated space for our current and new members, friends and neighbors.
The Huntington Avenue Y is planning a Community Open House on Saturday, April 26, in conjunction with YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. Staff will be on hand to lead tours of the renovated facility and to answer questions about Y programming and memberships. The new Huntington Avenue Y will open its afterschool and teen center, along with health and wellness program space, in early May.
Please visit ourwebsitefor additional information and updates.
YMCA MARATHON TEAM PREPARES FOR RACE DAY With less than a week to go until Marathon Monday, we are proud to announce that theYMCA of Greater Boston 2014 Boston Marathon Teamhas already surpassed its fundraising goal of $40,000. Despite reaching this milestone, our runners are continuing to secure donations in support of teen programming at our Ys. Learn more about our team and how you can support them on ourwebsite.