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Virtual Ugly Sweater 5K

Dec 10, 2020

The Y community hit the ground running earlier this month, participating in the Virtual Ugly Sweater 5k! Donning ugly holiday sweaters, over 60 participants ran, walked, or hiked the 5k distance from both near and far – as close as right here in Newton and as far away as Colorado. 

A Y staff person helps a student with a remote learning assignment.

The WSYMCA's Out-of-School Time Program Provides Relief for Working Families

Dec 08, 2020

In 2020, the Y's Out-of-School Time program evolved from a traditional afterschool to a full-day program geared toward supporting kids and families during remote school hours.

Three Ways to Give Back This December

Nov 30, 2020

It is not an understatement to say that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. Despite all the challenges, our community continues to rise to the occasion to support one another. So in the spirit of giving, here are three ways you can make a difference this giving season!

1. Donate Hearty Soups to our Food Drive

West Suburban YMCA Announces New Board Members

Nov 25, 2020

Newton, MA – The West Suburban YMCA announces the appointment of three newly elected members to its Board of Directors: Annie Greene, Eric Boecher, and Gloria Gavris.

Protecting Children: One Day at a Time

Oct 26, 2020

Promoting Child Protection During COVID-19

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the Five Days of Action, October 26-30, 2020. The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.

Drive In To Fall

Oct 21, 2020

On October 17th, the West Suburban YMCA drove into fall with our first ever Double Feature: A Mission and a Movie fundraising event. The event provided an opportunity to update the community on the state of the Y after the cancellation of the 2019 Annual Meeting scheduled in May, as well as replaced the Annual Gala that typically takes place in early November.

West Suburban YMCA Annual Awards 2020

Oct 16, 2020

Every year, we have the honor and pleasure of celebrating staff and community award winners at our Annual Meeting. While the format was different this year, the sentiment remains the same. It is with overwhelming gratitude that we recognize the individuals below for their outstanding contributions to our Y and our mission.

5 Action Items to Help Prevent Bullying

Oct 13, 2020

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Together, we can make a difference if we all pitch in to stop bullying.   

5 Benefits of Summer Camp in 2020

Aug 13, 2020
The West Suburban YMCA has a long tradition of offering kids unforgettable summer day camp experiences at Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami. After several months of stay-at-home orders and virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y felt strongly that a safe day camp program was essential for kids and families looking to return to some normalcy.

The Importance of Establishing Routine

Jul 28, 2020

During these uncertain times, many individuals and families have had a sudden loss of structure.  People are suddenly working from home, kids finished the school year virtually, regular activities have changed, and travel plans have stopped.  The social isolation and lack of a schedule can cause stress and anxiety.