The Fall is always crunch time for the Gray Family Eau Claire Strong Kids Committee as many of our Strong Kids donors wait until the end of the year to make their decisions. In addition to this, the current economic climate in Calgary has made this year particularly challenging. With just over two months remaining in the Campaign, uncertainty is high and we don’t know whether or not we will make our fundraising goal. We need your help in reaching this benchmark because the community need for these funds is higher than ever.
Requests for financial assistance at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA are up 14% year over year and the $208,000 raised to date is 15% below this time last year. Our goal is $400,000 and we are only 50% there. The goal seems difficult at this point in time but we are working hard and believing in the generosity of the community.
We are planning a couple of in-branch Strong Kids blitz days for November, focusing our efforts on people who have given in past but have not given this year and pursuing new corporate and individual Chair Round Table (>$1,000) donors. We understand that times are difficult and resources are spread thin, but we encourage those that can to invest in the city’s children and youth – our leaders of tomorrow and our future.
On behalf of the Committee, my appeal goes out to fellow Y members, community partners and all Calgarians to help us ensure all children and youth in Calgary have an opportunity for YMCA experiences regardless of their financial circumstances. Nobody is turned away for financial reasons at YMCA Calgary because of the continued generosity of Strong Kids donors. 100% of the monies raised go to providing experiences for kids.
If you have donated, we thank you so much. If you haven’t donated yet and are interested, please visit Member Services or click the link below to donate. You can track our progress as we close in on year-end through the fundraising thermometer just behind the main entry desk.
I love to talk about our Strong Kids program and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. I can be reached at email@example.com or 403-290-1900 ext. 224.
2016 Volunteer Chair
Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Strong Kids Committee
We are excited to announce that the Gray Family Childminding area will be undergoing renovations Friday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 29, 2016.
To facilitate the renovations childminding hours have been adjusted as follows:
Friday, March 25 Closed
Saturday, March 26 Relocated to the YMCA Child Development Centre (just down the hall)
Sunday, March 27 Closed
Monday, March 28 Closed
Tuesday, March 29 Closed
We have contacted all families booked during this period of time to advise of this operational change.
We apologize for any inconvenience during this transitional period but look forward to sharing with you the new look of the childminding area very soon.
Spring Program Registration is now open to everyone!
YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs to accommodate all children, youth, adults and families. You do not need to be a YMCA member to sign-up for our programs. We strive to serve the community by offering programs to promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
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|2016 Spring Session||Feb 22, 2016||Mar 7, 2016|
|2016 Summer Session||Feb 22, 2016||June 6, 2016|
HOW TO REGISTER
Click the link below to register for Programs, view and change your YMCA account information (including linked memberships) and access your receipts.
New to online registration?
As a member, you ALREADY have an account. Contact your YMCA location for your login information or access Member Zone and Click Login > Forgot login information? to get started.
Please note: Members on Financial Assistance will not be able to receive a discounted rate on Programs through Member Zone. Please call or visit your YMCA location to register for programs.
Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!
YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.
Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids
Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.
Learn about YMCA Strong Kids
Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.
Can’t make any of these events?
You can still support kids and youth by donating online.
Are you interested in learning more about the new YMCA childcare centres scheduled to open in summer 2016?
Please join us at one of our scheduled open houses for families who have either already registered for one of the new centres or who are wanting more information about YMCA childcare programs. All open houses will be held at the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre (333 Shawville Boulevard SE).
New Centres – both centres are located in the Quarry Park Community (SE Calgary)
Remington YMCA Child Development Centre – located in the Remington YMCA
Quarry Park Child Development Centre – stand alone centre
A casual event, the open house will provide families with the opportunity to tour a YMCA Child Development Centre, meet staff and learn more about the new centres. It will also showcase our play-based curriculum which supports all children to learn and develop.
Children are welcome to attend although activities for children younger than 19 months will be limited due to the nature of the Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre.
Register soon as space is limited. Contact Shannon Boisvert, Administrator, to register
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Location: Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre, 333 Shawville Boulevard SE
Thursday, February 25 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 2 6:30 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 12 9:30 – 11:00am
All open houses will be held at the:
Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centre
333 Shawville Boulevard SE
For more information visit our website or call us at 403-351-6689
YMCA Calgary will be waiving the joining fee in January!
This January, YMCA is making it easier than ever to get involved and make a difference in your health and wellness. For the first time ever, YMCA is waiving the joining fee! Join in January and you’ll save up to $75.00.
Because YMCA Calgary understands that every dollar counts, especially now. Take control and join a community that will keep you motivated to reach all your health goals.
Get started today!
The Gray Family Eau Claire Leadership Participants are fundraising for the Western Canada Leadership Conference. Come and join us and help support the YMCA Leadership Programs and Strong Kids Campaign by getting your holiday gifts wrapped at the YMCA. All donations will go towards the Western Canada Leadership Conference and the Strong Kids Campaign.
Come celebrate the New Year with new ways to stay active at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA!!!
The Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA is introducing Co-Ed Adult Drop In’s for the New Year. Three nights a week, starting on Monday, January 4th, 2016, enjoy adult only drop in Volleyball and Basketball. Change up your workout and come play in a fun, safe and inviting environment.
Contact Member Services at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA for more details.
YMAP in the News
Some of our amazing YMAP participants were recently featured on Global News!
YMAP: YMCA Achievement Program
YMAP works with over 320 high school youth and young adults each year who are new to Canada. These youth are refugees, immigrants, international students and second generation Canadians from over 50 different countries.
We engage these youth through weekly after-school sessions and special events. YMAP youth have the opportunity to develop in all areas essential to a positive and healthy integration into Canada while maintaining and celebrating their culture of origin. They also are engaged in community work through volunteer and fundraising projects throughout the city.
Winter Program Registration now Open for Members.
Use these guides to find the right program for you and your family and view schedules and fees.
Winter Day Camps | Download PDF
Registration begins December 7 for the general public.
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