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Posted on 3/12/18 1:43 PM by Samantha Savran
Our latest #HumansoftheY story comes from Nick at the Wheeler YMCA, who has been a member for more than a year now and always has a smile and a positive outlook! He stops to chat with any of the MSRs working at the front desk and always has something interesting to share, like pictures of his new kayak that he’s excited to start using in the summer, or fun facts. But it's his life story that makes Nick unique:
“I work at a state group home and am also in the U.S. Coast Guard and I come here to get away from it all. I come to the Y to socialize, hang out, and get connected to my home community after being at Eastern CT State University. Coming over here to the Y, you work out, you never quit, never give up and you have a lot of fun and get to meet a lot of new people!”
Posted on 2/27/18 12:10 PM by Samantha Savran
Our next #HumansoftheY story comes from the Downtown Hartford YMCA, and this time features one of our employees, Dan:
Dan has opened the doors at the Downtown YMCA for more than 40 years. He's known for his harmonica skills, whistling while he works, and overall friendly attitude. Dan has not only worked on the fitness floor and taught group exercise classes, but he has also created lifelong friendships with members and staff from being a long time employee at the Downtown YMCA.
Posted on 2/19/18 12:09 PM by Samantha Savran
Our next #humansofthey story comes from a pastor who visits the Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center MULTIPLE times EVERY day, making him our most-frequent visitor! Meet Father John O’Neill, a beloved member of the Northeast Connecticut community:
Father John has been the pastor of St. James Church in Danielson since 1991. He presides over too many weddings to count (including the recent wedding of two Y members – who he met in the pool!) and he can be found rubbing elbows with prominent members of the community at local fundraising events and award ceremonies.
Posted on 2/13/18 12:08 PM by Samantha Savran
Our next story for #HumansoftheY is about Lauren from Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center!
Lauren is a college senior at Springfield College, but she's ready to join the YMCA family when she graduates! Lauren is minoring in a special program called YMCA Professional Studies, which is helping her prepare for a lifelong career with the Y.
Posted on 2/7/18 12:06 PM by Samantha Savran
Our next #HumansoftheY story comes from Linda at the Farmington Valley YMCA!
"In the Fall of 2012 my Y story, which is all about divine intervention, began as my beautiful life journey with my wonderful husband, Stephen, took a major detour. I was diagnosed with a somewhat rare cancer, one that most people have never heard of. It was life changing to say the least, and I’m beyond grateful to continue writing the chapters of my life story.
Posted on 1/22/18 12:04 PM by Samantha Savran
Our second “Humans at the Y” is a family with quite the unique history, as well as some exciting ambitions for the future! Garrett, Tayvia, Montana and Sierra are members of the Indian Valley Family YMCA, and visited the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with their cousin, Ryland.
Here are some interesting facts about the family:
Posted on 1/16/18 2:18 PM by Samantha Savran
NEW: We are launching Humans of the Y, a series of stories about our members, from our members. At the Y, we are all about building strong communities, and we think it's important to recognize the people who make up those communities!
Our first story comes from Jessica, a member of the Farmington Valley YMCA, who was a Y member, left to go to another gym for several years, and then came back last December:
Posted on 7/19/17 4:05 PM by Robin Messerli
Annual YMCA Internacional Fiesta
August 5th, 5-7pm
Camp Chase YMCA
Posted on 7/10/17 2:44 PM by Samantha Savran
Ramping Up Our Training
With a day off on Tuesday last week, Monday was a perfect day for a tough workout. Eleven of our race4chasers cranked out some running hill repeats followed by an easy endurance run. The week’s focus was to start building endurance, and that focus will continue into this week.
Posted on 6/23/17 7:57 AM by Eric Hutchinson
When you experience something amazing, it’s only natural you want to share it with the people closest to you. When Corina Mora came to Camp Jewell YMCA from Caracas, Venezuela in 2011 she didn’t realize the impact it would make on her life. Looking for an experience in the U.S. and an opportunity to practice her English, she sought a job as a camp counselor. What she found was an opportunity to impact others’ lives as well as her own. This year she’s back for her fourth summer, along with her fiancé, Daniel Caceres, whose first few weeks at camp have already exceeded his expectations.
“Living at camp for three months is life changing,” Corina said. “The amount of time you invest and the reward you get from that effort is awesome. By the end of the summer, people have changed and you’ve become part of a family.”
Corina’s finance, Daniel, was intrigued by her camp stories and is excited to be here with her this summer. “Last year I really encouraged her to return to camp to work as a coordinator, and when she returned home I wondered why I hadn’t gone as well. So this year we have come together.”
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