Y Happenings September & October 2023 Newsletter

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

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Message From Our CEO – Tina Carter

Although the weath­er may not feel like fall quite yet, I’m look­ing for­ward to the days when cool breezes and fall col­ors trans­form the world around us. That trans­for­ma­tion reminds all of us of the con­stant change in our lives and the abil­i­ty we must cre­ate change for oth­ers. It’s empow­er­ing and hum­bling. It’s excit­ing and a bit scary. We all face change con­stant­ly, and we depend on the sup­port of friends, fam­i­ly, and orga­ni­za­tions like the YMCA to nav­i­gate that change suc­cess­ful­ly. I’m so proud to know that the work being done by our staff, volunteers, and teams pro­vide a safe­ty net for all peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ty to man­age and thrive in the trans­for­ma­tions of our lives, both big and small.

There has been much work done and is still being done within our YMCA. The new community room will be offering classes for our members soon, our downtown Men’s shower room is getting a much-needed facelift and we have our gymnasium that will be getting work completed in late 2023 early 2024. The end of this year is bringing about big change for our Vernon members, with a move into our newly renovated space at Griffin Motors, we have gotten off to a slow start because we wanted the Taj Mahal but realized we needed to scale back a bit. We are very excited that we will be able to offer Child Watch, an area for our Trainers and a HIIT area for those of you who are looking for something a little different than the normal cardio or strength training. We will give some sneak peak photos as we go along, watch our Facebook page for updated photos.

We have our annual Purse Bingo on October 14th at 7PM at Active Aging which will support our Scholarship Campaign, a campaign that supports local families with membership, early learning and afterschool care, veterans, and our food distribution program. We hope to see many of you there!

This year so far has been full of projects and many changes with many more to come, please be patient as we navigate through all of our projects, we appreciate your support and understanding.

Thank you and God Bless,

YMCA Contact:
Tina Carter
CEO Meadville Family YMCA
[email protected]

We would like to thank our generous donors whose funds help us to provide critical programs to our community members!  We are thankful for a successful Crawford Gives in August.  There is still time and a need for additional donations this year.  If you would like to donate, please click on image above to do so!

Thank You for a Successful August Golf Outing!

Another year completed with hosting our Meadville YMCA’s Annual Art Cocolin Memorial Golf Outing! Our golf outing was held at Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course and had 20 4-person teams. We want to thank our staff, volunteers, golf-teams, sponsors, and all those who helped make this a great golf outing event. With all of your support we were successful in raising over $5,000 towards our Scholarship Campaign to continue to provide for youth in our community.


Tournament Sponsors

Associated Contractors, Inc. (ACI)

Golf Sponsors

Armstrong Cable and Soap Effect Studios

Food Sponsors

KFC and Smoky Martins BBQ

Hole Sponsors

Electrical & Mechanical Systems, Inc. (EMSI), Watts and Pepicelli, P.C., Scott and Amy Smith, Marquette Savings Bank, ETG Communications, Touch-Stone Solutions, Inc., Richard Edmonds, Meadville Urgent Care Physicians, LLC., Bethesda Lutheran Services, Edward Jones – Michael Mahoney, Kightlinger Auto Sales, Weber Murphy Fox, DeSantis Solutions, Bud’s Marine Service and Restoration, LLC., Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC., Wagner Bookkeeping and Tax Services, LLC

Events: November Purse Bingo / October Halloween Parade

November Purse Bingo

Enjoy a fun girls night out with friends playing bingo for a chance to win fabulous purses from all the designer brands you know and love! Join us at Active Aging in Meadville! 

This event is BYOB and BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks) with all the proceeds benefiting the Meadville Family YMCA’s Scholarship Campaign. There will also be plenty of raffle prizes and tip boards available throughout the night. Doors open at 6:00pm and bingo will start promptly at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!

Event Details:

Saturday, October 14th

6:00pm Doors Open with 7:00pm Bingo Start Time

Active Aging on 1034 Park Ave

Entry $30/Person or Table of 6 for $150

BYOB & BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks)

Sponsorships Opportunities Listed Below!

Click here to view and share our event flyer!

October Halloween Parade

Meadville will be hosting its 56th Annual Halloween Parade this year on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at 6:30pm. The annual parade is noted as largest nighttime parade in Pennsylvania with a theme every year. The 2023 theme is Heroes and Villains! Our Meadville YMCA we will be participating again with fun float surprises so come see us! For more information check for updates on meadvillehalloweenparade.com or email [email protected]!

Programs: Fall Sports, Parents Night Out, and More!

Fall Sports are Finally Here!


Saturdays Sept 9th – Oct 14t

Recreation Gymnastics

Mondays or Wednesdays Sept 25th – Nov 1st

Volleyball Clinic

Tuesdays Sept 26th – Oct 31st

Fall Soccer

Thursdays and Saturdays Aug 31st – Oct 7th

Youth Hip Hop

Tuesdays Sept 26th – Oct 31st

Ninja Warrior

Wednesdays Sept 27th – Nov 1st

Basketball Clinic

Thursdays and Saturdays Oct 19th – Dec 2nd

Parents Night Out

Join us at our Gymnastics Center located on the third floor of the Bill Lawrence Fitness Building 940 Park Avenue in Meadville! Our YMCA will be hosting a Parents Night Out Event of a Halloween Costume Party.  Wear your best Halloween costume and play games! 

Halloween Costume Party

Saturday, October 21st

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Ages 6 – 12

Check out our last Parents Night Out – Glow in the Dark Party! 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
  • Kids Night Out 
  • Baby Sound Circle
  • Ninja Warrior
  • TaeKwonDo
  • Youth Dance Classes
  • Youth Volleyball
  • Play Space
  • Birthday Parties
  • Daddy or Mommy and Me Classes
  • Recreation Gymnastics
  • Private Gymnastics Lessons
  • Private Pilates Lessons
  • Nutritional Counseling at Both Locations!
  • Personal Training at Both Locations!

Childcare Announcements

Welcome to the start of another great school year with the Meadville YMCA! We hope everyone had a great summer. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our directors. 
Upcoming Important Dates:
Oct 9th – Childcare Closed for Staff PD
Oct 26th – Trick or Treat
Oct 27th – No PKC/Fun Day Downtown 

Hiring and Volunteering at the Y

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 part-time and full-time positions open. Check out our Facebook page and website to see our current open positions!

Volunteers Needed!
The Meadville Family YMCA is a volunteer-founded, volunteer-led organization. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities. By bringing people together from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on developing the potential of youth, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back to and supporting communities, your participation brings about meaningful change not just within yourself, but also in your community. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in creating significant change right in your own neighborhood. Volunteers are essential to the work we do and the goals we want to achieve in our community.



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