Stories of Community Impact

Standing Together in the Storms

Rarely has the US experienced a month like this one. September 2017 has already seen the landfall of two major hurricanes impacting the lives of millions in the Southeast, especially Texas and Florida. The YMCAs in those regions have been deeply impacted by these storms. Flooding, loss of power, wind damage, displacement of their staff and the overwhelming needs in their communities have created an opportunity for YMCAs to demonstrate their Christian principles in meaningful action.

Serving Those Who Serve Us All

The Armed Services YMCA makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. These Ys support more than 500,000 young enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families each year with the help of gracious donors and stalwart volunteers. The Alaska Armed Services YMCA offers some very unique programs that are specifically geared to serve military families. While they don’t have a recreational facility, they offer a variety of services on four military bases in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and service the rest of the military installations in the state through outreach programs.

Opening Hearts And Minds

You are well aware of the many people in your Y family and larger community that need healing, and are facing sickness and disease. Our nation, as well, needs healing, peace, and unity—rather than social chaos and turmoil. With those thoughts in mind, Angie Prenger, the CEO of the Long Branch Area YMCA in Macon, Missouri, has called her members and staff to join together in prayer.

Faith and Works In Action

The Bible makes it clear that faith and works are intimately connected in the life of a Christian. While we are to be about the business of calling people to faith, that faith is to be demonstrated in action.

Ys Take the Lead on Good Friday

One of the more exciting public events each year is the annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast. These well attended gatherings are often sponsored by the local YMCA. Earlier this month, Ys around the country took leadership in bringing this celebration of faith to their community.

Changing the Culture Beyond the Gym

“I am so glad the YMCA is offering a program like this.” That’s what Elin Aldrich said when asked about the Restore Small Groups program she is now privileged to lead in the Twin Cities. Restore Small Group’s Journey to Freedom is a Christ-centered small group that started in the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. It has been transforming lives in the Twin Cities since the YMCA decided to invest in this offering in 2015.

International Connections

Are you aware that the YMCA is in 119 countries? Many of these YMCAs respond to needs in their communities with programs and services that help people to reach their full potential. This past fall, after hurricane Matthew hit the island of Haiti, it was the YMCA that assisted in providing resources and aid to many families of this country. In Germany, YMCAs reach out to refugees in their country who came from various war-torn, Middle Eastern countries. In the Ukraine, the YMCA ministers to their citizens who have been displaced by war. The Lebanon YMCA also reaches, responds and serves Syrian refugees.

Foster Care Changes Lives

Chris Sapp has a busy life! He serves as the Executive Director of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, Florida. A graduate of VCU in Richmond, where he majored in athletic training, ending up as a YMCA executive was a natural fit. But God has brought a different adventure into the life he shares with his wife Stephanie in recent years…foster kids!

Now That’s a Church Partnership

One of the US Mission Network’s primary goals is to help cultivate and develop partnerships between a local YMCA and a local church. Why are we doing that? Perhaps this fresh report from Express Church in Philadelphia will provide an obvious answer to that question!...

Miracles Happen Every Day

Thanks to some very special people, our friends in the Capitol District YMCA just outside of Albany, NY recently experienced a few real life miracles. It all started when their YMCA took in a beautiful family from Afghanistan. This family had shared their amazing...

When A Plan Comes Together

I love it when a plan comes together! The plan definitely came together recently in Fort Wayne. Last month the Renaissance Pointe YMCA helped sponsor a community block party – an incredible Christian Emphasis event which attracted over 2,000 participants! Fifty...

Partners In Divorce Recovery

One of the first stories I heard when I began to travel the country on behalf of the US Mission Network was about a young YMCA staff member going through a nasty divorce who had found significant  help by attending a small divorce care group meeting in a local church....

…If You Feed Them

The Clark County YMCA is a bit louder than normal these days. That’s because for the past two years they taken on the task of feeding a free lunch to kids from the surrounding neighborhoods. Built right next to a large apartment complex with a number of low income...

Do Good, Not Business!

By Roger Button Chaplain, Clark County Family YMCA “If you do something good for someone and expect something in return you are not doing good, you are doing business. Do good, not business.” At the Clark County Family YMCA they focus on doing good. In fact, their...

Getting a Head Start on a Fall Project

YMCAs all across the country often look for meaning service projects to coincide with the start of the school year. School supply drives and backpack programs are not new or novel, but still one of the most important things we can do to provide the tools necessary for...

Free Prayer

According to Ken Cavanagh, Pastor of the Y Church that meets in the Fisher’s Landing YMCA just outside of Indianapolis, it’s like setting up a “Holy Speed Bump” in people’s busy lives!  All it takes is a small table, an array of fruit and chocolate, a couple of...

A Kleenex Story

Josh Humberger Christian Service Coordinator YMCA of DeKalb County – Auburn, IN One of the YMCA’s core values is Caring. Loving your neighbor as yourself. To show kindness and compassion. To put others first. Showing a genuine interest in others. Put on your...

Putting the New Pool “Bubble” to Immediate Use for the Kingdom

Look at this great email we got from Kevin Vincent and the team at Cedar Creek Church, which shares facilities with the Aiken County YMCA.

“I wanted to share a win that happened today with you all and I’m glad James is on this thread.  As the executive director for our branch, he helped push the bubble being completed along and got it installed.

No Greater Love – A Day of Prayer and Remembrance on 9/11

The first annual 9/11 Community Prayer Breakfast was held at Phoenixville YMCA on the morning of September 11, 2015. The event was hosted by Express Church of the Y which meets at the Phoenixville YMCA ever Sunday at 10 a.m. A delicious complimentary breakfast was provided by John Sakos, General Manager and Head Chef, The Great American Pub, located at 148 Bridge St. in Phoenixville. Among the honored guests were five firemen from the Valley Forge Fire Company.

Run By Faith

For more than 10 years the Christian Emphasis Committee at the Fremont Family YMCA has held an annual fundraising run that promotes overall wellness for the community.

The race was generally a success, pulling in as many as 140 participants on some years, but the committee felt like something important was missing.

 A Christian emphasis.

“Service Before Self”

 “Service before self”.  That was the motto for the team that traveled from the Twin Cities area to Germany representing both The Why Churchand the Greater Twin Cities YMCA. They had the joy of living out that principle during this life-changing two week adventure!

Pastor Bjorn Dixon of The Why Church, which meets in the Elk River YMCA, planned this trip to be a combination of service, education and inspiration. Work projects were mixed with sightseeing and visiting with their partner YMCA leaders in Germany.

An Unexpected Instrument of Healing

Submitted by Roger Button Chaplain – Clark County YMCA Most years our YMCA hosts a Christian Leadership Conference at Camp Collins. In 2014 we had Jose Perez speaking on “Transformational YMCAs.” We had music, fellowship, great food and breakout sessions; it was a...

Personal Testimonials are Always the Best!

We all like to feel like we’re doing a good job, that we’re being successful and making a difference. We can all probably come up with a lot of “fluff” about the importance of our jobs, or the scope of our responsibilities. But nothing is better than hearing firsthand...

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