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 Frederick H. Chicos Daniel F. Conley John G. Conley Donald E. Conover C. Michael Daley David A. Damassa Kevin A. Foster John P. Fowler David G. Fubini Michelle W. Hecht Professor Cornelius K. Hurley Evelyn Kaupp Robert E. Kenney Teresa K. Koster Maria L. Manning 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 Cynthia L. Strauss Nancy Stuart Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq. Alan W. Tuck Kate Walsh Frederick A. Wang Faith S. Weiner M. David Wilkins
Y PROVIDES PINK PROGRAM FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS Thanks to support from the Brigham & Women's Quality of Life Fund, the YMCA of Greater Boston offers the Pink Program to survivors of breast cancer, at no cost, at three locations in the Greater Boston area. These sites include the Burbank YMCA in Reading, Lahey Clinic in Burlington, and the West Roxbury YMCA.
One of our Pink Program participants from the Burbank Y states, "This program has encouraged me to take my life back. I have made lifelong friends going through similar or even completely different journeys. Although our journeys may vary, we are connected through this program. I am so thankful for the program and that there is a way for me to continue to progress with my treatment and exercise routine."
Please email the Y with any questions about the Pink Program.
2014 BOSTON MARATHON RUNNERS WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR THE GREATER BOSTON Y The YMCA of Greater Boston is pleased to announce that we have secured four bib numbers to the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday April 21, 2014 through the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program. Check out our website after October 15, 2013, or email us for information about joining the YMCA team and helping us raise funds to support our mission and the thousands of children and families positively impacted by our work. We are thrilled to be a part of next year's race as we show the world we remain Boston Strong.
VARIETY OF PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM OFFERED AT WEST ROXBURY YMCA
Estiven and his family enjoy participating in programs for children with autism.
For the past 4 years, the West Roxbury YMCA has been offering programs for children on the autism spectrum, providing them with opportunities for promoting physical activity and personal interactions. These children and their siblings can participate in programs including open gym, free swim and yoga in after school programs two days a week. There is also a program on Saturday mornings for families that have children with autism to enjoy fitness activities together.
"These services are priceless for families such as ours," said Michelle Novelle, mother of 13-year-old Estiven, a child with autism who loves going to the Y. "While he attends the after school program, my husband and I can provide his siblings with the attention they often do not receive as a result of his tremendous needs. Estiven is delighted with yoga and he experiences the YMCA as a warm and welcoming environment in which people are happy to see him. The YMCA is an integral part of our family's daily life and we appreciate each and every staff member who has worked to include our children in its organizational fabric."
TEENS ENJOY FAMILY DINNERS AT HYDE PARK Y After learning that many of the youth who spend their afternoons and evenings at the Hyde Park YMCA's teen center were not getting dinner, the Y has implemented Family Style Dinner every Wednesday. Dinner is available to all teens, as long as they complete one chore, such as cooking, cleaning or prepping.
"How can anyone focus or do homework when they are hungry? It's so distracting," said Kortney Sumner, teen leadership specialist. "Our teens have enough to contend with. Dinner shouldn't be another obstacle."
Several restaurants in the Hyde Park neighborhood - including River Grille, Farrah's, Fairmount Grill, and Zaz - have signed on to sponsor upcoming Family Syle Dinners for the teens.
Y KIDS PARTICIPATE IN JR. CELTICS PROGRAM
The Jr. Celtics program presented by New England Baptist Hospital challenges over 650 3rd-5th graders to develop their basketball game through skills, drills and leadership training. Kids from Greater Boston YMCAs and Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers participate in clinic events where they are coached through workouts by members of the Celtics roster. Participants are then tasked with improving in those Celtics-approved drills for a chance to come to a Celtics game as a Jr. Celtics All-Star.
A smaller subset of youth are nominated by their coaches as Captains and are challenged to come up with a community service project addressing a specific social issue in their community. Captains are recognized on-court at a Celtics game with the Jr. Celtics Leadership Award.
WEST ROXBURY YMCA RENOVATIONS APPROVED We are pleased to announce that our General Board of Directors has approved the financing and construction plans for the long-awaited expansion of our West Roxbury YMCA. The renovations will include a state-of-the-art health and wellness center, a new aquatics center, updated locker rooms, expanded child watch area, full handicap accessibility, additional parking, and open space to welcome the community and strengthen the Y's presence and engagement on Centre Street in West Roxbury. We look forward to providing improved services to the West Roxbury community. Groundbreaking for the renovations is scheduled for December.
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD VOLUNTEERS VISIT ROXBURY Y On September 18, the YMCA participated in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) third annual company-wide service day, One Community. One Blue. Fifty BCBSMA associates descended on the Roxbury YMCA building planters to be used for educational gardens. The volunteers also helped to create a warm and inviting entrance in our walkway through landscaping, painted our after school spaces, picked up litter around the Y and disinfected hundreds of toys from our preschool classrooms. A big thank you to the Blue Crew!
Y STAFF AND SUPPORTERS PREPARE TO DREAM BIG We are looking forward to celebrating the families served by YMCA program offerings, as well as the donors who help make these programs possible, at the Dream Big Party on Wednesday, October 23. We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino as our featured speaker for the evening, along with Mistress of Ceremonies Lisa Hughes, WBZ-TV News Anchor.
Information about the event, including how to purchase tickets or make a donation, is available on our website.