This coming Saturday, April 29, marks the the annual appearance of Healthy Kids Day, a free community event, hosted by The Community YMCA, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active now and all summer long hosting.
Between the hours of noon to 3 p.m., the Y’s Family Health and Wellness Center (166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank) will be the scene for a fun afternoon in which families will enjoy face painting, Kids Hip/Hop and Zumba, a Teddy Bear Clinic led by Hackensack Meridian Medical Health and Riverview Medical Center’s ER staff, race relay and free throw contests, Giant Jenga, a gift card raffle to local businesses, and more.
Healthy snacks from Wegmans and giveaways will be available. Families interested in a healthy start to summer can sign up for a special priced three-month membership.
“Helping Kids Soar to New Heights” is the theme of the 2017 Annual Campaign, coordinated by The Community YMCA and launched with a Wednesday evening event at the nonprofit organization’s Family Health and Wellness Center on Maple Avenue, Red Bank.
The April 5 public event served as the official kickoff to an 8-week community fundraising initiative that seeks to generate $550,400 in support. The funds will help children and families who are in need of financial assistance to take advantage of such Y programs as affordable childcare, swim lessons, counseling and summer camp. Funds will also help underwrite mission-driven and community initiatives such as the Y Achievers college-readiness program, water safety programs and free memberships to Red Bank children in grades pre-K-8.
Scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., the fundraising event will recognize the work of the Shrewsbury-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization CYMCA, and its mission to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to access life-changing Y programs and services.
It seems nearly everyone has a “New Year’s resolution,” but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept. To help keep those personal goals real, The Community YMCA will join YMCAs across the state in hosting Open House events on Saturday, January 7.
All are welcome to participate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Community YMCA’s Family Health & Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.
Local residents and businesses are invited to help make the holidays brighter for struggling families in Monmouth County, by giving to The Community YMCA annual holiday gift drive.
Coordinated by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, the gift drive helps to ensure that many of the county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season, said Colleen Verriest, Vice President of Counseling and Social Services.
“Strengthening families is at the heart of all we do at The Community YMCA,” Verriest said. “The donated gifts bring great happiness to the children and families who we serve, many of whom are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system, or who have special needs.”
Two representatives from the Jerusalem International YMCA, Raed Abu Leil and Hannah Rendell, visit the CYMCA in Red Bank on November 11 for a special free public discussion.
Press release from The Community YMCA
The current situation in the city of Jerusalem — and the important work of the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY) towards conflict mitigation — will be the topic of a public-welcome discussion, hosted on Friday, November 11 at The Community YMCA Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank.
Scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the facility’s gymnasium, the free presentation will feature two guest speakers with experience and expertise in fostering a better and more peaceful Jerusalem, and who are passionate about the importance of shared positive experiences between Israeli and Palestinian communities.
Community YMCA swim instructor Casey Mansfield (above right) helped third graders from Red Bank schools feels safe and comfortable in the water, including Madeline Ortiz-Morales of Red Bank Primary School (above) and Christopher Hernandez of Red Bank Charter School (below).
Press release from The Community YMCA Third grade students of Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Charter School gained valuable swimming and water safety skills in the annual Third Grade Swim program, presented by The Community YMCA.
The water safety initiative, which concluded this week, was developed to give all third graders the opportunity for no-cost swimming and water safety lessons as part of their school day. The Third Grade Swim program began in 2011, and has helped approximately 600 children learn how to be safe in and around water. This year’s program included four 45-minute swim lessons covering basic stroke development, paddling, treading and floating skills.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 14 — and, as swim season approaches, The Community YMCA encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s water safety. .
To help ensure safety around water, the Shrewsbury-based CYMCA invites local residents to participate in a Learn-to-Swim Week, taking place from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24. Offered to first-time participants who have little or no swimming ability, the water safety program includes five lessons, offered for a nominal fee and hosted at the organization’s Family Health and Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.
On Saturday, April 30, The Community YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day, a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active now and through the summer.
A national YMCA initiative to improve the health and well-being of families and kids, the Healthy Kids Day event will take place at the Y’s Family Health and Wellness Center, 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Last Thursday, January 28, The Community YMCA Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank was the scene as the CYMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign with a little help from the good citizens of “Oz.” Dressed as characters from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, employees and volunteers stressed the importance of working together to help others on their path, and encouraged the community to support the nonprofit charity so it can provide programs and services to families in need.
Annual Campaign Chairman Ed Zebrowski (pictured, dressed as The Cowardly Lion, with President and CEO Rhonda Anderson) said the nonprofit’s goal is to raise $512,200 during the seven-week campaign period, by reaching out to Y members, friends and the community. Zebrowski was pleased to report that volunteers and employees have already secured $272,591 in pledges, achieving 53% of the campaign goal.
The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center on Maple Avenue is the setting for an Open House event this Saturday, starting at 11 am.
Press release from The Community YMCA
Every January, nearly 70 percent of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution, often related to making healthy lifestyle changes. Whatever the resolution, the Y is dedicated to helping everyone live healthier.
For the second year, The Community YMCA and YMCAs across New Jersey have come together to host a statewide Open House, inviting individuals and families to visit their local Y on January 9 and learn how to make positive changes. This year’s event at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center will take place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 166 Maple Avenue.
Local residents and businesses are invited to help make the holidays brighter for struggling families in Monmouth County, by giving to The Community YMCA’s annual holiday gift drive.
Coordinated by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, the gift drive helps to ensure that many of county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season, in the words of coordinator Christina DeAngelis.
According to DeAngelis, in 2015 the Y was able to distribute nearly $60,000 in gifts to 407 children and 180 families served by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch — thanks to the generous support of the community, and of businesses like Sea Lane Shipping of Red Bank, whose employees are pictured participating in the initiative for the fifth consecutive year.
On Saturday, April 25, The Community YMCA is hosting a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, will feature physical games, arts & crafts, healthy snacks and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
Celebrated at nearly 1,300 Y facilities across the country — including the CYMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center at 166 Maple Avenue — Healthy Kids Day aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long; a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health and achievement. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles, or gaps, related to learning, water safety, and safe places to play, that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.