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Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

Give the Gift of Health
Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

This year, give a gift that’s really valuable to someone’s health.

Here are great ways to tell friends and family you care.

1. DROP-IN PUNCH CARDS
A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in at their convenience so they can have more time enjoying
YMCA and time for themselves. Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9-Visits!

2. GIFT CARDS
A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program. Available in any denominations and there is no expiration date.

3. CHARITABLE GIVING
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf and help kids belong, grow, thrive and lead in your community.

Visit any YMCA location to purchase these items.

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Adopt a Family 2015

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Help us Bring Holiday Cheer to a Family This Year

Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.

This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2015 Adopt a Family families have been selected.

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National Volunteer Week – April 12-18

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank all the volunteers in our community.

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THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you.

More than 1,200 YMCA Calgary volunteers work together with YMCA staff to provide more than 100,000 hours of time and talent each year.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at any YMCA Calgary location or view Volunteer postings on YMCACalgary.org


Adopt a Family 2014 in Full Swing

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It’s that time of year! Tis the season to celebrate the joy of giving from the heart. Bring warm holiday cheer to children and families through the Adopt a Family program.

Each winter YMCA Calgary runs an Adopt a Family program for families in our community who need a little extra help during the holidays. It is an opportunity for our staff, members, and participants to provide meaningful gifts to families in need.

Help provide much needed items to children and their families by picking up a gift or two.

 

How does Adopt a Family work?

The Adopt a Family displays in each YMCA Calgary location have gift tags that list the age, gender, family, and a suggested gift item.

All you need to do is:

  1. Take a tag (or two!) that describe the gift items you’d like to purchase
  2. Go shopping
  3. Bring the unwrapped gift and tag back to your YMCA location by noon on December 15
  4. YMCA staff will then wrap and deliver the presents just before Christmas

It’s that easy!

 

These donations bring smiles to the faces of parents and children, providing happy holiday memories. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

Thank you for your generosity!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2014 Adopt a Family families have been selected.

 


Our Sincere Thanks

Every year YMCA Calgary participates in the Adopt a Family program. This year, once again, your generosity astounded us.

Thank you for giving your time and care to purchasing gifts from families from our membership, childcare, and wider Calgary community. Our families received an abundance of gifts to put under their trees. From mittens and hats, winter coats and snowpants to grocery and movie theatre giftcards to art supplies and e-readers – children and parents unwrapped smiles and laughter this holiday season.

Your support filled needs in our community and brought joy to adults and kids alike. Thank you for playing a part in bringing holiday cheer to our neighbours and friends.

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Adopt a Family in Full Swing

Tis the season to celebrate the joy of giving from the heart. Bring warm holiday cheer to children and families through the Adopt a Family program.

Every year YMCA Calgary participates in Adopt a Family, allowing our staff, members and guests to provide meaningful gifts to families who need a little help during the holiday season. It provides much needed items to children and families in our community.

Every branch has family units listed by age and gender. The Adopt a Family displays in each branch have gift tags with the age, gender, family, and suggested gift item. All you need to do is take a tag, go shopping, and bring the unwrapped gift and tag back to your branch. YMCA staff will then wrap and deliver the presents just before Christmas.

These donations bring smiles to the faces of parents and children, providing happy holiday memories.

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

Each branch has a deadline for gift drop-off:
Camp Chief Hector – December 16, noon
Crowfoot – December 19, noon
Eau Claire – December 19, noon
Saddletown – December 18, 10am
Shawnessy – December 9, noon (complete)
South Health Campus – December 19, 4pm

Thank you for your generosity!

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What’s up with YMAP Summer Explorer’s you ask!? Volunteering, volunteering, volunteering!

The YMAP Summer Explorer’s program of 18 immigrant high school youth has struck a balance of keeping students busy throughout the summer with valuable life experience. In July the students received financial assistance to complete a Summer School course.

Mustard Seed Street Clean-Up

In August the students are out and about all over the city volunteering and are learning in an experiential way about the City of Calgary and it’s many resources.

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-August, until I start looking back on the summer and remember the many places our group has been. In just 2 weeks we have cleaned lockers and floors at the Mustard Seed, sorted through donations and clothing at the Drop-In and Rehabilitation Center, served dinner for 80 at Inn from the Cold society, helped drop off bags for an Inter-Faith Food drive with the 3-6 year old kids at YMCA day camps in Saddletowne. . . . it has been a full 2 weeks indeed!

We still have more to come with the Mustard Seed, Inter-faith Food Drive, as well as a full week volunteering our time with Global Fest – a spectacular exhibition and festival of fireworks.

Some of the students in this program will be completing up to 50 hours volunteering over the course of 4 weeks! That old stereotype that high school youth may not care and sleep the summer away has been blown out of the water as this group of students is beyond committed to getting out of the house and contributing towards the greater community of Calgary in small ways. They learned from a staff member at the Drop-In Center how their organization would need to hire quite a few more full-time staff if they didn’t have the volunteers that they do every day. This caught the students by surprise and has set the tone for their attitude towards volunteering and its integral role for many organizations.

All in all this summer has been jam packed for the students with good laughs, lots of public transit, an expanded view of the City of Calgary and most importantly a deeper understanding of the important role volunteering plays in our communities. Way to go YMAP!


What’s up with YMAP Summer Explorer’s you ask!? Volunteering, volunteering, volunteering!

The YMAP Summer Explorer’s program of 18 immigrant high school youth has struck a balance of keeping students busy throughout the summer with valuable life experience. In July the students received financial assistance to complete a Summer School course.

Mustard Seed Street Clean-Up

In August the students are out and about all over the city volunteering and are learning in an experiential way about the City of Calgary and it’s many resources.

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-August, until I start looking back on the summer and remember the many places our group has been. In just 2 weeks we have cleaned lockers and floors at the Mustard Seed, sorted through donations and clothing at the Drop-In and Rehabilitation Center, served dinner for 80 at Inn from the Cold society, helped drop off bags for an Inter-Faith Food drive with the 3-6 year old kids at YMCA day camps in Saddletowne. . . . it has been a full 2 weeks indeed!

We still have more to come with the Mustard Seed, Inter-faith Food Drive, as well as a full week volunteering our time with Global Fest – a spectacular exhibition and festival of fireworks.

Some of the students in this program will be completing up to 50 hours volunteering over the course of 4 weeks! That old stereotype that high school youth may not care and sleep the summer away has been blown out of the water as this group of students is beyond committed to getting out of the house and contributing towards the greater community of Calgary in small ways. They learned from a staff member at the Drop-In Center how their organization would need to hire quite a few more full-time staff if they didn’t have the volunteers that they do every day. This caught the students by surprise and has set the tone for their attitude towards volunteering and its integral role for many organizations.

All in all this summer has been jam packed for the students with good laughs, lots of public transit, an expanded view of the City of Calgary and most importantly a deeper understanding of the important role volunteering plays in our communities. Way to go YMAP!


NAYDO 2013-My Perspective on Giving.

I have a story to share……

Philanthropy is about giving-giving of your time, talent, and your treasure. I recently attended NAYDO 2013. Meeting in Vancouver, BC and attended by over 1000 YMCA staff and volunteers, the North American YMCA Development Organization embraces and inspires this philanthropic culture through three days of workshops, roundtable discussions, and featured speakers.

Our YMCA Calgary team consisted of senior staff, volunteers, a talented Young Professional, and me, an office administrator. I felt honored to be included with such professionals and a little humbled being surrounded by such philanthropic individuals. Yes, I too gave but was it enough? Did I belong here? And when I encountered the other 1000 like individuals at the conference, I was overwhelmed.

Until……

I met a board member from Saskatchewan who was trying to understand his new role, a CEO from the United States who was trying to convince his board members to give just a little more, and a general manager from eastern Canada who was trying to revitalize her annual campaign. They welcomed me and we began building relationships. We all had questions about this important culture of giving and over the next whirlwind 3 days, we got answers.

Until….

I had the honor of hearing how a great man with an incredible dream changed our world. Over the span of 2 years. Rick Hansen (Man in Motion Tour) travelled 40,000 kilometers in his wheelchair for Spinal Cord Research. He spoke of how he gave of himself, and thus gave to himself. And how it is not only important what you have done but also what you will do.  Through great hardship and perseverance, he captured our attention. He captured our world.

I wept, and I changed.

I no longer felt overwhelmed by this culture of giving.

I embraced it.

I too would capture attention.

I too would capture my world.

Will you capture yours?


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