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2016 Strong Kids Kick-off Events

Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!

YMCA Megathon

YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.

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Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids

Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.

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Learn about YMCA Strong Kids

Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.

 

Can’t make any of these events?

You can still support kids and youth by donating online.


Crowfoot YMCA Renamed as Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

Photo 1. Big Cheque indoor

In a significant boost to its Power of Potential Campaign, YMCA Calgary has received a $1-million donation from Melcor Developments Ltd. celebrating the strong relationship between the YMCA, Melcor and its founding family, the Meltons. In recognition of this substantial and meaningful gift, YMCA Calgary has renamed its Crowfoot YMCA facility in northwest Calgary as the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot. A YMCA member and champion for decades, Andy Melton says the fit between Melcor and the YMCA is a perfect match. “We are builders of communities at Melcor. But, like our company, the YMCA isn’t only about bricks and mortar; it’s about providing value to the community.”

“The Y humbly and quietly goes about its business, making a real impact,” Melton says. “We hope this investment will inspire others to consider YMCA Calgary as worthy of support and investment as it raises $30-million to make a healthier more connected Calgary.”

YMCA Calgary President and CEO Helene Weir says Andy Melton’s – and Melcor’s – commitment demonstrates a match in values. “The words honesty, caring, responsibility and respect hang prominently inside the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot,” she says. “Andy and the team at Melcor embody those values and put them to good use creating communities and investing in the success of kids, families and everyone who lives and works within them.”

“Through this contribution to the YMCA campaign, Melcor has shown tremendous leadership.” says Evan Hazell, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential Campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way in engaging more people of all ages and abilities in reaching their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”

Brian Baker, President and CEO of Melcor Developments adds, “we are proud to have the Melcor name associated with an organization focused so selflessly on the health of children, youth and adults, building leaders and creating great community opportunities for wellness. ”

face painting Andy Melton Carnival in the Lobby

View more photos from today’s event.


NeighborLink launches Crib Campaign

We were thrilled to host the NeighborLink‘s Crib Campaign launch this morning, along with our partners at the Genesis Centre.

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Mayor Nenshi ceremoniously made the first donation to celebrate this launch. Congratulations to NeighbourLink for launching their largest campaign in history. This will help more infants than ever before!

Click here for more information.

 


Strong Kids

Strong Kids.  What is a Strong Kid?  It seems like an ambiguous phrase; that is until you know the story.  The Strong Kid stories you hear change with everyone you talk to at the YMCA, but rest assured the message remains the same.  We see the potential to grow in all children, kids, youth, and young adults that walk through our doors.  A little background  to get you closer to the Strong Kids big picture:

• The YMCA is a registered charity, and unlike some other charities, 100% of proceeds raised in our annual Strong Kids Campaign go to the kids.  All costs associated with Strong Kids promotion comes out of an operation budget and doesn’t use any of the donated funds meant to help children and youth participate in YMCA programs.
• Nobody gets turned away from the YMCA.  We welcome everyone from all walks of life and backgrounds into our facilities and programing.  Financial Assistance is provided to those in lower income situations to ensure that equal opportunity is provided to all.  When there are children and youth in families that qualify, Strong Kids donations help pay for them to participate at the YMCA

It seems like all my colleagues and friends here at the YMCA all work directly with children and their connection with YMCA Strong Kids is apparent in their everyday work.  Working in adult fitness doesn’t connect me with kids every day, so it admittedly took me a little longer to fully understand what YMCA Strong Kids is, the benefits of the campaign and a true connection with who Strong Kids are.  Strong Kids are determined, ready to participate, fun-loving, active, and creative.  Strong Kids are all kids.  I can truly say I get it now, and want to share it with you.  When it’s put into terms that affect everyone, it makes a lot more sense as to why your support (as well as mine of course!) for Strong Kids is so important.

What if a future Canadian gold medal athlete’s family can’t afford to have him/her take part in organized sports programming?
What if our future Premier or even Prime Minister is someone who can’t afford to participate in leadership programming?
What if the cure for cancer is trapped in the head of someone whose family can’t afford proper nutrition to be able to learn and excel in extracurricular programs?

Allowing these youth to grow in a safe and accepting environment could see a different outcome for their entire lives and even affect ours.  What if you had the opportunity to allow these kids to find their potential, and to lead, grow, thrive, and belong at the YMCA?  You do.

Please ask us how you can become involved at your YMCA.


Support YMCA Strong Kids with Frozen Yogurt!

At Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt’s grand opening celebration on Saturday March 23, free frozen yogurt will be served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm with a donation to YMCA Strong Kids!

YMCA Calgary is dedicated to helping the community build healthy lifestyles. Tutti Frutti offers yogurt to suit differing needs including intolerances to lactose, gluten, and sugar. There are a variety of yogurt options including soy-based, non-dairy sorbets, and no sugar added options.

Join us at Tutti Frutti’s Grand Opening Celebration (858 16th Ave SW) on March 23, 2013 between 12-3pm for:

  • Free frozen yogurt with a donation to YMCA Strong Kids
  • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Gift Card Giveaways
  • YMCA Calgary Giveaways

Frozen yogurt will also be 50% off  all day with a donation to YMCA Strong Kids.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


TODAY is the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off!

2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off event is happening TODAY at all YMCA branches in Calgary!

Please join us as we celebrate the children and youth in our community! The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

Want to get involved? YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause!

It’s not too late to participate in Spin for Strong Kids! Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby today—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to see how you can participate!

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


It’s Not Too Late to Sign-Up for YMCA Spin for Strong Kids!

YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause! Please join us on March 4 for our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off and celebrate the children and youth in our community.

How do I Get Involved?

Sign-up at your YMCA branch. Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby all day long.  Members, participants, staff, volunteers and ANYONE who wants to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to sign-up for a bike and get ready to spin and have fun on March 4!

What is YMCA Strong Kids?

Did you know YMCA is a charity? Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders. The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


It’s Not Too Late to Sign-Up for YMCA Spin for Strong Kids!

YMCA Spin for Strong Kids is a great way to get active while helping out a great cause! Please join us on March 4 for our 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Kick-Off and celebrate the children and youth in our community.

How do I Get Involved?

Sign-up at your YMCA branch. Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby all day long.  Members, participants, staff, volunteers and ANYONE who wants to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids. Visit Member Services to sign-up for a bike and get ready to spin and have fun on March 4!

What is YMCA Strong Kids?

Did you know YMCA is a charity? Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders. The 2013 YMCA Strong Kids goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


Looking for a way to get active while helping a great cause?

On Monday, March 4, join us at Spin for Strong Kids to kick-off the 2013 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign!

Every YMCA in Calgary will have spin bikes in the lobby—all of our fantastic staff, volunteers, participants and members who want to participate will be taking turns spinning for 30 minutes each–raising money for our charity, YMCA Strong Kids.

How do I Join?
Pick up a pledge package at Member Services of your YMCA and sign-up for a bike. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to join—everyone is welcome. Join individually or gather a group and spin together!

The 2013 goal is to raise $1.5 million to benefit 20,000 local youth and children. Raising donations for YMCA Strong Kids means that children and youth have positive experiences, make healthy choices, feel connected with others and learn the skills required to become leaders.

One in four kids coming to YMCA needs financial assistance. 100% of all donations raised by YMCA Strong Kids goes directly to children and youth. Administrative costs are covered from YMCA’s operating budget; not from donations received.


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