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From the CEONews

What’s Happening at the Y: An Update From the CEO

By October 21, 2019 No Comments

Who, What, When, Where, Y!

Our YMCA is a vital part of our community and is uniquely positioned to help address many of today’s physical, mental and spiritual health challenges.
Each day more studies prove the benefits of exercise, from reducing stress and anxiety to preventing chronic disease.  Beyond this, the Y also helps us to form friendships, social connections and support groups that also have a positive impact on our health.
In order for our community to truly thrive we need spaces like the YMCA, where these connections can be made and healthy habits maintained.   The most recent government statistics show that national health expenditures are projected to grow 4.8 percent in 2019, up from 4.4 percent growth in 2018, and to reach $3.8 trillion.
These costs are truly alarming; many of the health conditions causing Americans to seek healthcare could be prevented or lessened with changes in lifestyle. In addition to diet and exercise, positive social connections can have a beneficial effect on our health and well-being.
A recent paper written by Amanda Trask, a colleague from the Old Colony YMCA, discussed the topic of loneliness. I found her paper to be extremely interesting and worthy of sharing.  Click here to read the entire paper.

TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE!
The YMCA has been addressing health concerns since 1844 in communities across the world. Locally, our staff and volunteers work diligently to provide the public with services to help support changing needs. Just a few of the issues currently facing our community include the opioid epidemic, mental health, family fracturing, teen substance abuse, social isolation and chronic disease. We are focused on developing programming internally and with partner organizations, providing staff training and researching funding sources to ensure our Y stays positioned to meet these challenges.
We cannot do this without your help. As a member, you help us to keep our doors open to serve not only you, but others. Donations help us to do even more. In 2019, we plan to award over $276,000 for scholarships to programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Parkinson’s programming, teen leaders, youth and government, summer camps, child care, staff training and more. This fall, please consider making a donation to help us continue to do more – for the greater good of our community.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

These words of wisdom from Mister Rogers resonate now more than ever here at the Y, as we address the challenges of today while striving to meet our mission of strengthening community (click here for the complete story).
1. It’s okay to feel whatever it is that we feel
2. But our feelings aren’t an excuse for bad behavior
3. Other people are different from us – and just as complex as we are
4. It’s our responsibility to care for the most vulnerable
5. We can work to make a difference right where we are
6. It’s important to make time to care for ourselves
7. We are neighbors

Strong Neighbors, Strong Communities

The Hampshire Regional YMCA is proud to be a part of a strong community – from Massasoit Street and well beyond. In addition to our signature event sponsors and business donors, below is a list of organizations we call partners, collaborators, supporters and most importantly, neighbors.
Northampton and Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
Mass State Alliance of YMCAs
Friends of Hampshire Homeless
Amherst Pediatrics
Mass Department of Health
Healthy Hampshire Coalition
Northampton Prevention Coalition
Cancer Connection
Catholic Charities, Refugee Project
Northampton Survival Center
All Out Adventures
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Safe Passage
Veterans Administration
ServiceNet
Riverside Industries
Cutchins Program
Northampton School System
Northampton Senior Center
Northampton Community Rowing
Department of Children & Families
Northampton Neighbors
Easthampton & Northampton Libraries
The United Way
Whole Children
NEC
Northampton Lacrosse Club
Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Local School PTOs
Treehouse Foundation

Facility Updates

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
When it comes to facilities, this quote is relevant. Each day, we are surrounded by choices  – what needs to be maintained, cleaned, repaired, replaced or recycled. From old used towels to broken steam boilers – there are a plethora of decisions to make. There is no “try” – we either have to do something to address each challenge or not. Sometimes our actions can be delayed. Our decisions are based on safety, security and service needs in relation to our resources.
We base our decisions on all the information we have at any given time.  As any decision maker knows, there is not always a right and wrong answer – each decision comes with trails of other implications. We strive to make the best choice at the time with the information we have available. We are fortunate to have sound financial practices in place to enable us to conduct preventative and proactive maintenance.
We are in the process of conducting a feasibility study regarding a potential capital campaign to make needed improvements to our facility. This study will be completed at the end of 2019 and we will report our findings. In order to successfully maintain our building and possibly renovate, we will need the financial support of our community. To date in 2019, we have invested over $600,000 in maintaining our facility here and at Camp Norwich. This includes our steam boiler, pool filtration system, gym curtain, new roofing and many other projects.
Whether it is a membership or a donation, these funds provide the resources needed to maintain our facility for the community. If you’re interested in learning more or participating in our facility committee, please contact Julie at Julie.bianco@hrymca.org.

YMCA Parking Survey

Please take a minute to complete our survey to help us determine your parking needs.  Click here to access the survey.  We value your feedback – thank you for taking the time to share it with us!

Sincerely,

Julie Bianco, CEO

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to volunteer to help!