Y Happenings August 2022 Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you all the latest news and happenings from your local Meadville Family YMCA.

Message From Our CEO – Tina Carter

CEO of ymcaOur members may have noticed some great changes at the Y, but I thought I would share some projects that have been completed since the beginning of 2022. The Downtown YMCA location has a new roof, we installed new air conditioning units, replaced some windows on the second floor, put new flooring in on the second floor, and replaced all our electrical boxes (Boy were these outdated!). We are also very excited to announce we will be replacing all the windows on the first floor thanks to funds we received with support from Senator Michelle Brooks. Without her support this would not be possible. Our Vernon Child Care location has received new floors, new windows, and the bathrooms have been renovated. We are very excited to have a new playground installed in August, the children can’t wait and ask every day when it will be coming!

We are working to wrap up our Annual Campaign, we have a goal of $120,000 and are currently at $83,000. Our Annual Campaign is our opportunity to raise funds to support families in our community. These funds are used to serve free dinners in our community. We are currently serving at Fairview Fairmont and at our Linesville location with plans to expand to other communities soon. These funds also support scholarships for families and youth for memberships, childcare, before and after school care as well as our summer day camp program. We are also very excited that we are able support veterans in our community with these donated funds! So, as you can see coming into August, we have had a very exciting and busy year so far. Please watch for Crawford Gives and select the Meadville YMCA as a place you would like to support with a donation to help us reach out goal in 2022.

Thank You to Our Annual Art Cocolin Golf Outing Sponsors

There is still time to join us on August 2nd for a fun-filled 18-holes on the golf course at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course! All the proceeds from the outing benefit the Meadville Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign.  This 4-man scramble tournament includes a light breakfast before the shotgun start at 10:00 A.M. lunch at the turn, and dinner during the awards ceremony! Cash prizes will be randomly distributed, and drinks are included. Lunch will be provided by our friends from KFC, and dinner will be catered by Smoky Martins BBQ! Plus, we have coffee and donuts from our friends at Dunkin Donuts to start the day off right! Visit our website at Art Cocolin Memorial Golf Outing 2022 – Meadville YMCA to register today.We couldn’t have done it without our multiple sponsors! We offer a big shoutout to those who helped make this year’s golf outing possible by donating, volunteering, and sponsoring. Here are some of our generous sponsors:

Tournament Sponsors

Community Chevrolet, First National Insurance Agency, LLC

Major Sponsors

Armstrong – Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Inc. (EMSI) – KFC – McCandless Ford – McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP (MPB) – Millennial Money Management LLC – Joe Caretti

Hole Sponsors

Associated Tool & Machine, Inc. – Bair’s Corvettes – Bethesda Lutheran Services – My Benefit Advisor – Soap Effect Studios – Meadville Urgent Care Physicians – Wagner Bookkeeping and Tax Services – ERIEBANK – One Federal Credit Union – DeSantis – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC – Edward Jones – Michael Mahoney – Marquette Savings Bank – Watts and Pepicelli, P.C.

NEW! Veteran Whole Health/Pick 6 Program

Thank You Veterans for Your Service!
The Veteran Whole Health/Pick 6 Program is new at the Y! It is here to assist our veterans in identifying what matters most in their lives. Whole Health Coaching assists veterans in taking action that is present and future orientated. First, veterans will attend a Whole Health Intro Session/Orientation Tour to learn more about the program, personally either at the Erie VA Facility or virtually in the privacy of their own home. Next, the Veteran has the opportunity to join a Whole Health Coach for 6 FREE visits to the Meadville Family Y; either the Downtown or Vernon facilities and take part in any of the activities they offer. Complete your 6 FREE sessions within 45 days of your initial tour and you are eligible to receive a 20% discounted membership at the YMCA. If you are a veteran or you know of a veteran who would be interested in this program, do not hesitate to contact Tammy @ 814-336-2196 or email [email protected] to make an appointment. You can simply click on the photo to register!

Nutrition Counseling Program

Proper nutrition and healthy eating patterns provide energy for daily activities, help prevent cardiovascular disease as well as some types of cancer later in life and improve your overall well-being. Yet appropriate nutrition is less likely during adolescence than during any other lifetime. Join our registered dietician or nutritionist and work on your nutritional needs! The first session is a FREE 1-hour consultation or meeting that comes with your Meadville Family YMCA Membership. Then simply purchase our 3 Session Package to schedule 3 thirty-minute nutrition counseling sessions to get you at your peak level of health to start the new year! Click on the photo to check it out and register today!

Summer Food Program

During the school year, The National School Lunch Program and The School Breakfast Program provide nutritional assistance to millions of low-income children every year. But what happens to these kids when summer break comes around? Hunger doesn’t take a break. Without access to daily meals through their schools, millions of children are forced to go hungry during the summer. This is when the Meadville Family YMCA steps up! What started June 20th and will run for 8 weeks, a supervised recreational program is provided for any kids that want to come to Huidekoper Park and participate in safe play. The kids play on the swings, play tennis, have scavenger hunts in the woods; all of which are their favorites! An average of 15 to 16 kids have been showing up every day to play and each time there are more new faces! Also provided is a nutritious, balanced lunch at no cost. Their meal consists of a protein, vegetable, fruit, and 1% milk. The kids love lunch with their favorites being pizza and Taco Tuesday. Being greeted every day by these smiling faces makes my day, especially when I get to hear them yell “The lunch lady is here!”. The Meadville Y is blessed to have volunteers for these programs. We have 4 volunteers that regularly help with the Summer Food Program at Huidekoper Park along with our Veteran John who regularly buys our paper plates. If you are interested in our Y’s volunteering opportunities simply click the link – About – Meadville YMCA – then download and complete the Volunteer Application to return it to the Downtown Y to learn more!

Back to School Tips to Ease Anxiety

1. “A week or two before school, start preparing children for the upcoming transition by getting back to school year routines, such as a realistic bedtime and selecting tomorrow’s clothes” (“5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety”).
2. “Arrange play dates with one or more familiar peers before school starts. Research shows that the presence of a familiar peer during school transitions can improve children’s academic and emotional adjustment” (“5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety”).
3. “Visit the school before the school year begins, rehearse the drop-off, and spend time on the playground or inside the classroom if the building is open. Have the child practice walking into class while the parent waits outside or down the hall” (“5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety”).
4. “Come up with a prize or a rewarding activity that the child could earn for separating from mom or dad to attend school” (“5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety”).
5. “Validate the child’s worry by acknowledging that, like any new activity, starting school can be hard but soon becomes easy and fun” (“5 Tips to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety”). 

NEW! Programs:

Gymnastics, Summer Camps, and More

Gymnastics Open House

Join us for an open house at our gymnastics facility on Monday, August 8th at 4:30pm-7:30pm! Our gymnastics facility is located on the 3rd floor of the Bill Lawrence Fitness Building at 940 Park Avenue in Meadville, PA. During the open house come tour the building, meet the coaches, and get signed up for programs! We are hoping to see some new faces and get more of our community involved. Programs offered at our gymnastic center are not just Team Twisters or Recreation Gymnastics, but also Ninja Warrior and Buddy and Me Classes. Those who attend and sign up for programs may receive 10% discounted off our Y’s next session!

Summer Camps

Our week-long summer sports camps are a great way for youth and teens to spend their summer vacation! We have a bevy of sports camps to choose from with flexible dates and times!

Gymnastics Camp 8/1/2022-8/5/2022

Gymnastics at the Y is a great way to increase strength, flexibility, agility, and confidence in youth! At the Y, gymnastics is taught in a progressive manner by age and skill level developing tumbling skills and use of gymnastics equipment. Children learn and develop balance, flexibility, strength, and tumbling skills on age-appropriate equipment in a fun, open environment. During camp, participants will be instructed on all 4 events, as well as dance and trampoline. There will be open gym and recreational activities to balance out the camp experience! Register today by clicking on the photo to register.


Basketball Camp 8/15/2022-8/19/2022

From building stronger skills to gaining self-confidence, our youth basketball camp is about more than just the game. It is about building the whole child from the inside out. Our coaches focus on the youth basketball players’ development of building core skills such as ball handling, defense, offense, rebounding, shooting, conditioning and more. We’re creating team players and future leaders through team sports! Your kids will learn good sportsmanship and teamwork, develop positive friendships and you’ll build a network of like-minded parents. Register today by clicking on the photo to register!

And More!

To see all active programs simply click the link – Programs – Meadville YMCA – where you can find dates, times, and all the registration details. We are continuing to expand our Y programs that we offer to our members and non-members to better impact our community. Make sure to follow our newsletter and check out our website for any upcoming and new program additions!
⦁ Adaptive Sports
⦁ Baby Sound Circle
⦁ Ninja Warrior
⦁ Strength in Numbers
⦁ TaeKwonDo
⦁ Youth Soccer Clinic
⦁ Youth Volleyball
⦁ Play Space
⦁ Birthday Parties
⦁ Personal Training at Both Locations!

NEW! Classes for Our Y Members

Introducing Chair Yoga!
Join us on Fridays from 11:30am-12:15pm in the Aerobics Studio at our Vernon Y location! Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline originating in ancient India. While stretching is certainly involved, yoga is also about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. Chair will be provided. We are working hard to continue to grow our already 30+ class options! Make sure to follow our newsletter and check out our website for any upcoming and new class additions. Click on the photo to check it out!

We Are Hiring

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job – you’ll enjoy the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. The Meadville Family YMCA currently has several full-time positions open. Check out our Facebook page and website to see our current open positions!



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