There is a comfortable amount for everyone to donate to the YMCA and a program that may be meaningful to a donor especially when you break it down!
$3/Month ($36) PROVIDES A HEALTHY MEAL DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS TO KIDS IN NEED
$5/Month ($60) A CHILD LEARNS SAFETY AROUND WATER
$6/Month ($65) A CHILD LEARNS TEAMWORK & SPORTSMANSHIP IN A SEASON OF YOUTH SPORTS
$10/Month ($120) PROVIDES A CHILD DISTANCE LEARNING ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR ONE WEEK
$20/Month ($240) SUPPORTS A CANCER SURVIVOR WHILE REBUILDING STRENGTH
$33/Month ($400) A WEEK OF DAY CAMP HELPS A CHILD BUILD FRIENDSHIPS
$47/Month ($564) A SENIOR CONTINUES AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE WITH AN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
$83/Month ($996) A FAMILY MAKES HEALTH & WELLNESS A PRIORITY WITH AN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
Afterschool/Y Enrichment Program
In 2020, our traditional YMCA Afterschool had to pivot to meet the needs of Gaston County students. This program which typically provides a safe and inclusive place for children after the final bell until 6 pm allowing children to participate in structured physical activities, homework help, and healthy snacks tranisitioned to full day care on distance learning days.
The caring staff continued to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students while allowing parents the opportunity to return to work.
Evidence Based Health Initiatives: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA & Enhance Fitness
The Y is fulfilling its commitment to healthy living in Gaston County by adding evidence-based health interventions. These programs are backed by years of evidence generated by Y’s across the country. We are excited to join the cause and help our community reclaim a healthy life along the way. As we expand our work through these innovative programs, the Y is once again reminded of its role as a resource and refuge to those in our community seeking health, hope, and happiness. Through implementing EBHI programs, the Y is doing more than ever to ensure those facing chronic disease have a community of care behind them.
The Stowe and Warlick Ys offer the LIVESTRONG® at the Y, Enhance Fitness, Moving for Better Balance, and Weight Loss Program. We are adding Blood Pressure Program in 2020!
Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults of all fitness levels. If you have a chronic condition, such as arthritis, you may be able to gain more strength and independence. You will feel energized—physically, mentally and socially—and be surrounded by people who care about your success.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free 12-week physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The small group, research-based program offers cancer survivors a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities.
BLOOD PRESSURE SELF MONITORING
NEW to Gaston in 2021! One in three American adults has high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for stroke and heart disease, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. In response to this critical health issue, YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program offers personalized support as participants develop the habit of monitoring their blood pressure. Research shows that the process of recording blood pressure at least twice a month over a period of four months can lower blood pressure in many people with high blood pressure.
Classes introduce children to movement fundamentals. Children learn skills in small progressive classes that focus on building confidence and self discovery. All classes incorporate fun and fitness in a caring safe environment.
Read, Feed, Lead Summer Feeding Program
Summer can be an anxiety-provoking time for 16 million kids across the U.S. who are struggling with hunger at home. The end of every school year means lost access to free and reduced-price lunches that provide regular nutrition to growing bodies. This healthy meal initiative infuses elements of Summer Day Camp at local city parks and municipal apartment complexes serving 1536 lunches in 2019.
During the COVID shutdown the Read, Feed, Lead team sprang into action to serve children without access to healthy meals. This community service spread throughout the county ultimately delivering 33,701 meals to youth and seniors in need.
The Y helps seniors stay active, engaged, and healthy. Seniors at the Y enjoy group outings, Lunch and Learns, group fitness classes, volunteer opportunities and events designed to promote mental agility, good health and independence.
Summer Day Camp
Summer Day Camp is about developing skills, building character and making friends. Kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.
Safety Around Water
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.
The SAW program is a National Initiative. It came to Gaston County in 2019 at Lineberger Park, Erwin Center, and Stowe Family YMCA. We were unable to run these programs in partnership with city pools during the summer of 2020 but found a way to serve children come fall at our YMCA pools.
The 2021 goal is to serve 600 youth.
The Y focuses on skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy competition. Volunteer led teams help our youth foster relationships with in the community. The Annual Giving Campaign helps defer the cost of our Youth Sports programs, keeping it low so children of all financial background can participate.
Youth Sports Include – Basketball, Soccer, T-Ball and Flag Football.