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Be good to your heart this Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day! February is American Heart Month. Here are some tips to keep your heart healthy - in more ways than one!

Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart! Find a friend to make the exercising double the fun!

Over 100 Volunteers Attend MLK Day of Service Event

Jan 27, 2020

Over 130 volunteers attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event at the West Suburban YMCA on January 20, 2020. The service event was a joint project between the West Suburban YMCA and The Second Step, with the goal of packing "blessing bags" for families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence.

Anna's Story: The Chance to Participate

Dec 24, 2019

"My family moved to Newton three years ago when my husband took a job as a post-doc with a minimum NIH pay scale. At the time, we were still in the process of applying for permanent residence and I was not allowed to work. Since my husband is our only source of income, it has been hard to register our kids for activities.

Ranjana's Story: A Place to Connect

Dec 17, 2019

"I have been coming to the Y for one year and four months, but I wish I joined sooner. As someone who is retired, coming to the Y adds structure to my daily life. I participate in water aerobics, yoga two times a week, and attend the Keeping Fit class.

Aura Maria's Story: The Opportunity to Succeed

Dec 11, 2019

"I recently came to the United States from Colombia because I received a partial scholarship to UMass to study English full-time. I am staying with my friend Paola, who is like my sister, and her husband. I came here to improve my English and with that my professional profile, so I can have better job opportunities in my country. I came here with some money for my flight and a few savings.

Why Not the Y?

Trevor Williams

Nov 21, 2019

Many people do not know about the amazing work our Y does with low income housing for the formally homeless.  The Y has been leading the effort to solve important community issues such as homelessness.  For this Mission Moment, I wanted to share one story from a former resident:

West Suburban YMCA Saturday Night Fever annual gala.

West Suburban YMCA Nets Over $80,600 at “Saturday Night Fever” Annual Gala

Nov 19, 2019

Newton, MA – Over 200 people attended the West Suburban YMCA’s “Saturday Night Fever” gala on November 9, 2019 in support of the Y’s Annual Fund, which provides financial assistance for local families, individuals, children, and seniors to participate in the Y’s programs and services.

Friends for Life

Ben Kaloupek

Nov 12, 2019

Camp Chickami is a place where everyone is welcome and accepted.  This allows the campers to feel comfortable being their most authentic selves. Campers are all different, so encourage campers to be themselves and no matter what their personality. I want to share a wonderful example of the Chickami community embracing all who enter from this past summer. 

WSYMCA Receives $10K Grant for Early Childhood Education

West Suburban YMCA

Nov 04, 2019

The West Suburban YMCA announced that it has received a $10,000 Grant for Good from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant is part of a $1 million commitment Eastern has made to local nonprofit organizations strengthening options for children and families across Eastern’s New England footprint.

Mission Moment: Working for the Y

Kelly O'Keefe

Oct 23, 2019

I love working for the Y because our work is so mission driven. Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility are not just words we place on the walls.  These are the foundations to support the decisions and actions we take every day.  The culture that I am apart of here at our Y is contagious.