There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands, eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day. Safety in and around the water should be on the list too.
May is National Water Safety Month and the Y has programs to engage parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more children access to water safety and swimming lessons.
Summer break for school-age students is 8 weeks this year in Pinellas County. For many families finding quality care and supervision for their children is more than challenging, it is a financial burden. YMCA’s all across the country provide a safe, fun and educational summer for thousands of children each year and thanks to donations they are able to provide that experience regardless of their families ability to pay.
Those donations come from individuals and companies all the time and every once in a while they come from someone a little unexpected. This type of unexpected donation arrived at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA on Tuesday.
The Y is a place where all families can feel welcome and valued in a caring environment. We offer families opportunities to spend quality time together, develop new interests, improve their well-being and connect to the community.
There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the U.S. As we prepare to celebrate dads, it is an opportunity to honor the important men in our lives. One way we can do this is by supporting their efforts to make their health a priority.
Pinellas Advocates for Children and Families Advocacy Award
The Pinellas Advocates for Children and Families committee have selected Beth Gettig as their 2015/16 Advocate of the Year. Beth serves as the Vice President of Youth Development for the YMCA of the Suncoast.
As a leader in water safety education, the teaches more than 1 million kids how to swim every year. May is Water Safety Month, so now is a perfect time to ensure kids have the skills to avoid dangerous situations in pools, lakes and other bodies of water. Talk to your Y staff about Safety Around Water.
The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA is hosting the 11th Annual Kids' Fishing Challenge presented by Florida Hospital North Pinellas on Saturday, June 4. The catch and release fishing event will give up to 250 children ages 12 and under the opportunity to fish at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor.
Building strong children, families and communities.
On Tuesday, May 3, Give Day Tampa Bay starts its 24-hour online giving challenge led by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Florida Next Foundation. Donations are from midnight-to-midnight for local nonprofits like the YMCA of the Suncoast. They have made giving easy. All it takes is a couple of clicks on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
The YMCA of the Suncoast and the Summer Camp PAC have endorsed Zoe for President. Earlier this year the YMCA of the USA launched the campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief...in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way.
At the Y, our volunteers invest in our future. Their hands yearn to serve others. They help mold our youth. They help others find joy and happiness. They build what matters most for their communities. Our hands are the volunteers of the YMCA of the Suncoast and they serve in spirit, mind and body for a better us.
During National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016), the YMCA of the Suncoast joins the nation in encouraging individuals to seek ways to give back, while honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen communities.