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Zoe For President

Zoe isn’t just one kid, she’s every child who deserves a shot at greatness. By supporting Zoe, you’re helping kids in your community gain the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential, from birth to president (or astronaut, or doctor or playwright) and beyond.

Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are being accepted now for the 2016 YMCA Volunteer of the Year.

Do you know someone who has selflessly given of themselves to make a positive impact on others at the Y?  Maybe they were a coach or a teacher.  Maybe they helped behind the sceens.  In any case, if you have worked with one of our more than 250 volunteers or have seen them in action working to change lives, be sure to nominate them for this award.

Reframing New Year’s Resolutions Can Lead to Success

In the children’s book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Anne remarks to her adoptive mother Marilla, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” It’s a true sentiment and one many Americans will note as they say goodbye to 2015. The New Year is still fresh with no mistakes in it, and a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body.


#GivingTuesday - December 1st

At the Y, we're a cause for strengthening community. Focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, we never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.

YMCA Camp Ensures Kids Get More out of Summer

Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the Y’s summer camp is all about—ensuring kids get more out of their summer break: more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging. For parents and caregivers who enjoy seeing their child’s face glow when retelling a camp story, and want to see their child accomplish new life skills, the Y encourages you to enroll them in the Y’s Summer Fun Club.

Tips for Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

National YMCA survey finds more than half of American adults say outside support can help keep their 2015 resolutions.

Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.

The Y Awards $20,000 to Turn Bright Ideas into Community Service Projects Nationwide

CHICAGO — Impacting change in your community is often a group effort. Whether it’s a local youth sports team, a few co-workers or a school or church group, millions of volunteers take time out of their day each week to give something back to their community.


A-Tech & YMCA Partner to Offer ESL Classes

Welcoming and engaging newcomers and immigrants has always been part of YMCA work. In 1856 the first known English as a Second Language (ESL) class in the United States was held in the Cincinnati YMCA. Flash forward almost 160 years later and there is still a need for ESL classes and the YMCA is still involved. In the modern version, however, they have a partner.

Katie's Swim for Accessibility

For the second time in as many years, Katie Petro, 13, will raise money by swimming at the Ashtabula County YMCA in order to make the YMCA’s swimming pool more handicap accessible.

Samantha's Story

Fitness Nutrition Coaching is free with a membership at the Ashtabula County YMCA and is available for people of all ages.  This new program is making an impact on the lives of people in our community.  Read the story Samantha shared with us:


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