YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER Volume 8, Issue 6 December 18, 2009 resident’s Letter • The Y is a partner with the Boston Foundation In a world of bad news those of us who are initiative called “StreetSafe,” supporting teens and fortunate to work for the YMCA have a lot to be young adults, creating safe havens, and preventing vi- thankful for as we enter the new year of 2010. Here are olence in city neighborhoods. Our teen dances have a few things I’m personally celebrating. Please add to my resumed at the Dorchester and Roxbury Ys after the list! tragic August shooting death of Aaron Brown. • More than 600 Y employees have generously • Our North Suburban YMCA Plympton After pledged $102,000 for the Y’s 2010 Reach Out Cam- School Program has been selected as a “model pro- paign through payroll deduction, helping us provide gram for including children with Autism” by Boston more than $3 million in financial assistance for Y Mayor Thomas M. Menino as an example of inclu- services for low income members and families next sion for child care programs in the city. year. Please join me in celebrating these and dozens of other • The YMCA is a financially healthy non-profit examples of exemplary service by those who work and organization in a difficult economy, providing more volunteer for the YMCA of Greater Boston. I’m looking services with fewer resources, thanks to the caring forward to our annual recognition event at the Newton commitment of our 1,800 staff and many volun- Marriott on January 14. See you there! teers. • Federal stimulus dollars have made it possible for our Training Inc. program to provide health care career training for low income, unemployed im- migrant citizens who need intensive English and job skills, and to offer a new pilot training program for careers in the insurance industry, through a partner- ship with the Mass Association of Insurance Agents. John M. Ferrell • Thanks to very generous donors, the renovation President & CEO and expansion of the 1902 Hyde Park YMCA is well underway, creating a new state-of-the-art facil- ity for Y programs serving kids and families in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and other surrounding communities. REMINDER: December is Open Enrollment for 2010 Benefits. Please contact Carol Ringquist for • The Wang YMCA of Chinatown celebrated their more info: 617.927.8039 or 26th annual Christmas party this past Sunday, with firstname.lastname@example.org. over 650 attendees and 130 volunteers, who distrib- uted toys, books and gift bags to every child. The Pulse Page 2 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 YMCA of Greater Boston A Summer Camp Reflection Locations and Executive Directors - Michaelagh Shea, past Pleasant Valley Black Achievers YMCA: 316 Huntington Avenue, Camp Sr. Staff Member Boston. Willie Shellman, 617.927.8031 The Gift of Camp: I tell people about camp all the time. Burbank YMCA: 36 Arthur B. Lord Drive, Reading. Family, friends, colleagues- I’ve babbled to them all, filling Kathleen Walsh, 781.944.9622 them in on the crazy stories, the ridiculous yet wonderful costume combinations, the dance moves, the spontaneous Camping Services YMCA: PO Box 10, Mirror Lake, celebrations… all those small little things that made me NH. Artie Lang, 603.569.2725 want to fast-forward the school year and drive right back up to that silly, wonderful place. Charles River YMCA: 863 Great Plain Avenue, Needham. Kathy Lozano, 781.444.6400 Constitution Inn YMCA: 150 Third Avenue, Charlestown Navy Yard. Steve Telesmanick. 617.241.8400 Dorchester YMCA: 776 Washington Street, Dorchester. James Lozano, 617.436.7750 East Boston YMCA: 215 Bremen Street, East Boston. Joey Cuzzi, 617.569.9622 Education and Training YMCA: 18 Tremont Street, Boston. Elsa Bengel, 617.542.1800 Thinking of all the good things that have come into my life Huntington Avenue YMCA: 316 Huntington Avenue, because I chose to go to camp, I smile. It’s been a place Boston. Wendy Zinn, 617.536.7800 where I’ve laughed, cried, and fallen in love. It’s where I’ve bonded with friends over late-night helpings of chocolate Hyde Park YMCA: 1137 River Street, Hyde Park. chip cookies, had the best “girl talks” of my life, and spent Sandy Morander, 617.361.2300 hours of fun creating overly-complicated ways to ensure we escaped wild animals in the dark. Metropolitan Offices: 316 Huntington Avenue, Boston. John M. Ferrell, President. 617.536.7800 At camp, I wasn’t just a camper, or a counselor, or a member of the senior staff. Instead, I think of my years at North Suburban YMCA: 137 Lexington Street, Woburn. Camp as the days of a dancer, a full-time singer, a make-up Amy Turner, 781.935.3270 artist, an outdoor chef, a sister, a friendly neighbor, and a jokester, all wrapped up in one. It’s been a place where I’ve Oak Square YMCA: 615 Washington Street, Brighton. not only learned to be myself, but I’ve learned what “being Jack Fucci, 617.782.3535 myself ” actually means. At camp, I’ve discovered what makes me happy, what’s important to me, and what I want Roxbury YMCA: 285 Martin Luther King Boulevard., out of life. I consider it to have been the most special gift, Roxbury. May Vaughn, 617.427.5300. offering me some of the greatest moments, opportunities, and memories I could have imagined. Whether I am 13, Waltham YMCA: 725 Lexington Street, Waltham. 19, 45, or 60 years old, camp will always be nestled into my Patricia Barnwell, 781.894.5295 life, as full of its madness and crazy loves as ever, there to make me smile and laugh whenever I need it. In my own Wang YMCA of Chinatown: 8 Oak Street West, Boston. small, special way, I can be a kid forever. I can’t wait till next Karen Gately, 617.426.2237 summer. As employees of the YMCA of Greater Boston you receive 25% off West Roxbury YMCA: 15 Bellevue Street, West Roxbury. the cost of sending your child to Camp. As you can see from Mi- Marion Kelly, 617.323.3200. chaelagh’s article, Overnight Camp is a gift that lasts a lifetime. December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 The Pulse Page 3 Triumph Over Tragedy - Pattie Geier, Huntington Avenue YMCA On October 13, 2009, Nadine Walker Mooney, a Hunting- desk staff are always so friendly, kind, helpful and even very ton Avenue YMCA member, received the 2009 R.O.S.E. protective of me, from the time I enter the facility until the Fund $10,000 Scholarship Award. Nadine received this time I leave.” award at a lavish fundraiser gala held at the beautiful and historic Fairmont Copley hotel in Boston. Nadine was Nadine adds, “I’ve always been a very active person. Now honored along with Academy Award winning actress Olym- that I am blind, my workouts are even more important to pia Dukakis, Attorney Diane Patrick, wife of Governor De- me. In addition to keeping me healthy, my workouts allow val Patrick and Attorney Sarah M. Buell. All four women me to escape from my house, so that I do not become were honored for being survivors, as well as for their fight sedentary and depressed over what has happened to me. In in the campaign against domestic violence. addition, the YMCA gives me a social outlet and a protec- tive environment for my workouts.” Nadine was among many victims/survivors statewide who submitted their personal stories of domestic abuse. Na- The R.O.S.E. Fund organization, who provided the schol- dine’s story was chosen as this year’s winning essay. In it, arship award to Nadine, aggressively fundraises in order Nadine describes in vivid detail her 11 month relationship, to help pay the costs associated with surgeries and dental how it quickly went from good to bad, her attempts at repair that victims of domestic abuse need as a result of ending this relationship, and the aftermath of her estranged the abuse they have suffered. Many of these surgeries are boyfriend’s attack. Nadine survived the attack but she suf- performed by a network of highly skilled surgeons, from fered through months of facial surgeries and rehabilitation. the Massachusetts General Hospital and dentists from She is now blind in both eyes. In Nadine’s words, “This across the state. was a tragic and unnecessary life altering event.” The R.O.S.E. acronym stands for “Regaining Ones Self Prior to this tragedy, Nadine was a member of the YMCA Esteem.” Regaining one’s self esteem allows victims to for several years. As a result of this assault, she states that, return to the work place or to school, and keeps them from “One year after the assault, I was back to working out,” hiding away at home, due to their embarrassing injuries says Nadine, “But I was in no rush to return to the YMCA and emotional anguish. Says Nadine, “Although I was not to resume my exercise program. I was too uncomfortable on the receiving end of these surgeries, I wish my essay to have my old YMCA friends see what had happened to had been won under different circumstances. But I refuse, me.” Nadine goes on to say that, instead, she would travel however, to travel this new life as just a walking example of to a small gym in Jamaica Plain to workout. After one how ugly physical abuse can be. Instead, I will use this new year at this gym, Nadine says that she made the decision to life to lend a powerful and moving voice in the campaign return to the YMCA. “The YMCA is much closer to my against domestic violence. I appeal to all of you reading home. I really missed the awesome classes that I so much this to join me and the R.O.S.E. Fund and organizations enjoyed in the past.” like it, in this important and necessary work, via donations, fundraising activities, volunteerism, job hirings, job refer- She adds that her return was met with an outpouring of rals and by making your voices heard in creating or sup- love from the staff who knew her prior to the incident. In porting laws that will make a difference in this campaign. addition, she was embraced by many who did not know Together, we can triumph before tragedy strikes. My essay her. “I am so happy that I made the decision to return to is not a feel-sorry-for-me story. But rather it is a guide for the YMCA. I have received nothing other than love and prevention and/or escape from the clutches of a domestic kindness by old and new staff and many of the Y’s mem- violence situation.” bers. Management has been very kind and accommodating and helpful in offering me whatever I might need to make my return to the YMCA a pleasant one. The instructors Editor’s Note: The R.O.S.E. Fund (Regaining One’s Self Esteem) have been extremely helpful in assisting me, if needed, is a national non-profit, based in Boston, chartered to break the during class exercises. Members of the YMCA have been silence and the cycle of domestic violence (DV). To learn more about so helpful in helping me to set up or dismantle the equip- them, visit www.rosefund.org. ment needed in the classes I take. I am never at a loss for a member, or an instructor or staff person lending me an arm to escort me into or out of a class. Finally, the front The Pulse Page 4 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 Women’s Health Forum - Maria Di Stefano, East Boston YMCA Board Member On Thursday, October 29, lifestyle. After the presentation, 2009, I accompanied Michael many of the audience members Streby, East Boston YMCA approached the YMCA table to Health & Wellness Director, as attain more information about he spoke to over 120 women our classes and programs. Speak- about health and wellness top- er of the House Deleo awarded ics at a Women’s Health forum both Ms. Lucchino and Michael in Winthrop. The event was with certificates of appreciation sponsored by Speaker of the from the Massachusetts House of House, Rpbert Deleo. Michael Representatives. was the opening speaker for our very own Greater Boston During this fall of 2009 Michael YMCA Board Member, Stacey has also helped out with teaching Lucchino, who herself is a very at the YMCA Regional Train- Maria Di Stefano, Speaker DeLeo, Mrs. DeLeo dynamic health activist and ing events here twice in Boston the wife of Red Sox President and Michael Streby. and once in Manchester, NH for Larry Lucchino. Healthy Lifestyle Principles, Foun- dations of Group Exercise, and Foundations of Strength During Michael’s presentation, which included educational and Conditioning. In addition he was recently a Co-Key Powerpoint slides with visually appealing pictures and in- Note Speaker for the Virginia American Alliance of Health formation, he created an amazing dialogue between himself Physical Education Recreation and Dance (VAAHPERD) and the audience. He discussed fitness related topics such conference in Norfolk, VA speaking about creative ways as obesity demographics in the United States, goal setting, to introduce dance in the school systems to help fight the and nutritional pitfalls, but more importantly he did so in youth obesity epidemic. We are very fortunate to have a way that was fun and engaging. With Michael the audi- Michael as an involved leader on our team here at the East ence quickly became intrigued, then began to ask questions, Boston YMCA. and then finally left feeling inspired to seek a healthier 2009 Oak Scare 5K - Jacob Hanson, Teen Center Director On Saturday, October 24 the many other family friendly ac- Oak Square YMCA held its tivities. Magic 106.7 provided seventh annual Oak Scare 5k the soundtrack as costumed road race. The run, walk and children and their parents had wheel event helped raise funds their faces painted, joined in for the YMCA Reach Out arts and crafts and danced in campaign. Reach Out helps the castle bounce house. The provide financial assistance Halloween spirit was alive and to neighborhood children to well as the day concluded with participate in swimming les- announcement of the winners son, sports programs, summer of the costume contest. camp and after school pro- grams. Over 280 individuals The real winners of the Oak and families braved the rainy Scare were the families and weather to take on the U.S. certified track and field course. children who will benefit from the contributions of com- While some challenged themselves to beat their best times, munity businesses and race participants. Because of their many were running their very first 5k. kind generosity, more people will receive the opportunity to improve their lives through the many programs offered by While the 5k was certainly the focus of the day, there were the Oak Square YMCA. December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 The Pulse Page 5 Association Wide Teen Camping Trip 2009 - Joseph Gaeta, Program Director During the weekend of October 3rd, the break from their day-to-day lives and relax for YMCAs of East Boston, Waltham, Dorches- a weekend. ter, Wang, Roxbury and Hyde Park sent 27 teens and ten staff to Northwood’s Camp for They had such a great time they didn’t want an overnight trip. to leave and cannot wait to return again next year. The staff and volunteers also did a great The teens braved the elements and had a job making sure the teens were safe and hav- blast doing activities that included charades, ing a good time! We would also like to thank Pictionary, spoons, archery, SMORES, arts Camping for doing an incredible job making and crafts, dance contests, trust building the teens feel welcome, engaged and com- activities, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee and na- fortable. We are looking forward to our next ture walks. The teens truly appreciated their trip in 2010!! surroundings and the opportunity to take a Happy Birthday! Please join the Human Resources department in wishing the following staff a belated and happy birthday greeting. We hope that you enjoy(ed) your day and wish you many happy returns! November Barbara Mofford, November 21 Martha Langley, November 1 Rebecca Peluso, November 22 Jodi Rich, November 1 Diane Coots, November 23 Jacob Hanson, November 2 Cecilia Leung, November 26 Gladys Martinez, November 2 Mavis Riley, November 26 Katie Klepinski, November 4 Michelle Matuszak, November 28 Gina Frey, November 5 Susan Arida, November 30 Jerri-Lynne Pratt, December 13 Roberta Marchi, November 5 Ludmila Levkovich, November 30 Patricia Barnwell, December 16 Melisa McInnis, November 5 December Marvin Harris, December 18 Yannet Munoz, November 6 Mary O’Leary, December 2 Erik Hendrickson, December 19 Juliet Brush, November 9 Ann Glora, December 4 Paul Baker, December 21 Kelly DeCola, November 9 Glenn Culver, December 5 Lawrence Barry, December 21 Frances English, November 10 Keri Person, December 7 Madeline Figueroa, December 21 Russell Lamberti, November 10 Luz Gallego, December 8 Amanda Pavone, December 25 Jeanette Dumas, November 11 Olga Kulakova, December 8 Anna Topalidou, December 28 Emily Goretsky, November 13 Awilda Santiago, December 9 Arthur Doherty, December 29 Jillian Griffith, November 14 Lisa Ayala, December 10 Ann Wardlow, December 30 Hayley Yaffe, November 14 Gail Klimas, December 10 Curtis Williams, December 31 David Huber, November 21 Michael Stone, December 10 Waltham YMCA in Spelling Bee - Laurie Spindler, Associate Executive Director The Waltham YMCA once again participated valiantly in the Waltham Partnership for Youth Annual Community Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, we were once again deprived of the cham- pionship title. Our team, John Fish, Aquatics Director, Patrick Ferdinand, Sports & Family Director and Jeffrey Levy, Personal Trainer put forth a tremendous effort. Our spelling team is already planning our 2010 strategy and studying our dictionaries now! The Waltham YMCA is proud to be one of the many community sponsors of this fun community event. The winning team was the League of Women Voters with the word “braggadocio.” The Waltham Partnership for Youth supports col- laborative programs built by the WPY that support healthy youth development. The Pulse Page 6 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 Wang YMCA Legacy Event - Richard Chin, Community Development Director On October 4th, the Wang Honorary Co-chairs of the YMCA of Chinatown celebrated event were Boston Mayor its 95th birthday by hosting Thomas M. Menino and Ellen the Legacy Event. This event Zane, President and CEO of honored four Chinatown athletic Tufts Medical Center. The clubs who have been a part of Legacy Event Committee was the Chinatown YMCA athletic co- chaired by Wang Branch program for more than 25 years. Board members: Dr. Bobby Guen and Dr. Bak Fun Wong. A Chinese Lion Dance opened the evening festivities that The event was attended by 240 honored the Hurricanes, the people who enjoyed a delicious Knights, the Hoy Ting, and the Dr. Bob Guen, Bill Moy, David Wong, Joyce Wong, Karen 10 course Chinese banquet, Gung Ho Clubs for their social, Gately, Richard Chin, and Bak Fun Wong music, silent auction, and visits civic, and athletic services to the by mayoral candidates Michael youth of Chinatown. Flaherty and Sam Yoon. A community recognition award was Approximately $29,000 was raised also given to David and Joyce Wong, for the Reach Out Campaign, and a owners of the Empire Garden Res- fun and memorable night was had taurant in Boston for their commu- by all. Thank you to everyone who nity and charity work. made this party a success! Wellness @ the Y - Jerri Pratt, Association Health & Wellness Director Priority One: The YMCA will play a key role in Greater Boston helping individuals and families make positive, permanent lifestyle changes to prevent obesity and resulting chronic diseases, through better nutrition, increased physical activity, health education, and participation in medically-based wellness programs. Hopefully, this statement is familiar to most of us as it is a crucial piece of the five year strategic plan to provide medically-based wellness programs in all branches by 2011. Where are we now? Take a look at some of the numbers from 2009. Participation has grown over the past year and will continue to grow in 2010 with more class offerings at more branch locations. Program # of participants # of classes Pink 29 4 LIVESTRONG 22 2 Vtrim 35 3 Total Control 40 5 Diabetes-Pilot 15 1 Asthma Swim 45 4 Arthritis-aquatics 650 63 Kelly Packowski-MS 25 recipients n/a scholarship program Fantastic Kids 135 n/a Wellness @ the Y lectures 175 participants n/a Thanks for all your help this year. I’m looking forward to working with you in 2010 to bring medically based wellness programs to your branch. December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 The Pulse Page 7 North Suburban YMCA News - Julie Brush, Marketing Director North Suburban YMCA Annual To Hill And Back Trail Race Gala Raises Over $10,000 For Raises $3,300 For Reach Out Reach Out Over 70 runners came out the day The 2009 North Suburban YMCA after Thanksgiving to run for a Gala held on November 6th raised great cause. These ambitious run- over $10,000 for the Reach Out ners completed a 4.25 mile trail run Campaign. The event was held at to the top of Horn Pond Mountain. the Winchester Country Club and David Taranto of Burlington was included wine and food pairings, the overall male winner with a time raffle prizes, and a silent auction. of 27 minutes and 22 seconds and We are already looking forward Jessica Seber of Reading was the to next year’s Gala! Thank you to overall female winner with a time of everyone that made this event a success! 32 minutes and 13 seconds. Congratulations to all the run- ners and thank you to our sponsor, The Tanner Tavern. Will You Help Keep Someone Warm This Winter? - Joanne Auguste, Dorchester YMCA and Cindy “Gucci” Ho, Teen Member at the Wang YMCA of Chinatown For many, this time of year is As a Teen Leader at the Wang filled with excitement from visit- YMCA of Chinatown, I’ve learned ing family, and spending time with about caring for others. For me, loved ones to school vacations and this clothing drive has been a great presents. In all the excitement, it’s example of how we can show very easy to forget those less-fortu- our love for our community. The nate then ourselves and our family. Wang Teen Leaders helped by hyp- However at the YMCA, we believe ing up the clothes drive and bring- in not only serving our members; ing in some of our own clothes. we believe in bettering the quality We posted flyers in the lobby and of life within our community. talked to people about donating. We’ve already brought in 26 big The Teen Directors of the YMCA bags and are going to keep collect- of Greater Boston have joined ing through Christmas. We really Wang YMCA Teen Leaders, including Cindy Ho (in forces to host our first annual want to help provide more families hat), posing with some of the bags of clothing they have Clothing Drive. It is our hope that with warm, nice clothing for the helped collect so far. All the bags are threatening to our young people and the commu- holidays. overflow the Wang YMCA lobby. nity-at-large will take just a mo- ment to recognize the needs of our community and help I am very happy to see that so keep someone warm this winter. People have generously many of our YMCA community members—seniors, adults, donated toys, clothes and food. Donations are still being teens and even staff—donating their clothes to the Salva- accepted at the Dorchester, Chinatown, Roxbury, Waltham tion Army. So far we’ve collected leather jackets, tons of and East Boston branches. The items we collect will be do- blue jeans, swim trunks, sweaters, t-shirts and even a Hello nated to the Salvation Army. We felt this was an appropri- Kitty backpack! One person brought in six cans of soup, ate time to actively engage our young people in community even though that wasn’t on our original list. I myself have outreach and the gift of service and giving. donated many pairs of pants, and practically brand-new t-shirts. It makes me feel really good to contribute what I --Joanne Auguste, association-wide clothes’ drive organizer & Teen can to less fortunate people. Coordinator for the Dorchester YMCA - -Cindy “Gucci” Ho, 14, Teen Program Participant at the Wang YMCA of Chinatown The Pulse Page 8 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 Huntington Affordable Holidays - David Tavares, Assistant Director of Housing While it’s widely opined that the were passionately resolved to host holiday season represents the and serve our 13th Thanksgiv- most depressing time of the year ing Dinner, to not only foster and for many people, there can be no facilitate a sense of community, an denying the fact that this malady atmosphere of merriment, and a is exacerbated for those who are reservoir of hope to the over 200 impoverished, isolated, alienated, men, women and children who call disenfranchised and, worst yet, the Huntington Avenue Branch homeless. As Christmas and New their home…but also because Year’s rapidly approach, many there can be no price placed on of us are forced to contend with the catharsis that these meals circumstances, situations and lives and events offer our community. that, euphemistically speaking, can Participants at the Thanksgiving dinner. Whereas many of these families be defined and described as lone- and individuals have no friends some, unfulfilling, disenchanting and daunting. and families with whom to connect during the holiday sea- son, the YMCA of Greater Boston’s extended family steps To be sure, the YMCA of Greater Boston is acutely aware up to provide this community not only warm meals with all of this unfortunate reality, for while many of us fall into the fixings…but an invaluable environment of fellowship one or more of the categories listed above, nowhere is the and a renewed sense of connection, of belonging, that bind aforementioned more apparent than it is with the residents us all together through not only the good times but, more of our Huntington Affordable Housing Development, a importantly, the trying times, as well. LIHTC property that both serves as the home and address- es a host of needs faced and endured by our residential Special thanks to all the staff members and volunteers who community. Operating under the auspices of the YMCA of took time out of their busy schedules to not only execute Greater Boston’s Huntington Avenue branch, Huntington the YMCA core values and mission, but to also provide a Affordable is comprised of our emergency shelter program, source of love and hope to many who are beset by feelings Families in Transition, which is funded by the Department of societal withdrawal and spiritual hopelessness. So much, of Housing and Community Development and supplies in fact, that we would be tremendously honored if these nightly lodging and supportive services to 22 homeless same volunteers would be so kind as to help us host and families, and Huntington House; a permanent housing serve our annual Christmas Dinner on December 22, 2009. component subsidized by the Boston Housing Authority, If anyone else would like to volunteer, please free to con- offering 66 single room occupancy units to formerly home- tact me at (617) 927-8270, or at email@example.com. less men and women from throughout Greater Boston and beyond. On behalf of the individuals and families of Huntington Affordable, may you and yours enjoy a memorable and lov- Notwithstanding the difficult economic crisis in which we ing Christmas…and a prosperous New Year. are currently mired, on Tuesday, November 24, 2009, we Chittick Family Night - Allison K. James, Multi-Site Director The Hyde Park YMCA’s after school sites each hosted family nights re- cently. The Boston Teacher’s Union School held a successful pasta night where many of the families stayed and decorated a tile to bring home with them. The Greenwood and Community Center sites each enjoyed a Fall Festival where the children tried to guess what was in mystery boxes, deco- rated pumpkins and had their faces painted. The Chittick families enjoyed dinner and the students showed their families some of the games that they use as part of their homework time. All the staff looks forward to doing it again soon! December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 The Pulse Page 9 First Team Training Challenge at the Burbank YMCA - Diana Ganz, Sr. Membership Experience Director the health and wellness center. There was a new buzz at the Burbank YMCA and in our community. The feedback from the team training participants has been so positive: “You pushed me to do things I would’ve never done on my own like running, chin-ups and push-ups?! NEVER!! I can’t express in words how grateful I am!” At the end of eight weeks 481 pounds had been lost, 330 inches had been shed, push-ups and sit- ups improved on an average of 300 percent. Most importantly, 65 people are healthier, feel more con- fident and best of all they are addicted to fitness at the Burbank YMCA. Watching this progress over the past eight weeks, I can’t tell you how proud I am of each participant and every trainer. This program would have never Team Training Boot Camp Day been possible without Olga Arnold and Joanne This September the Burbank YMCA invited individuals, Waterhouse. friends and couples to participate in the first ever Burbank YMCA Team Training Challenge. The response was over- We plan on offering another Burbank YMCA Team Train- whelming, with 65 people divided into 11 teams, each lead ing Challenge in April. Many of the teams are continuing by a Burbank YMCA personal trainer. Teams met twice a to train and each week, those that didn’t sign-up for the week to train and motivate each other to become more fit challenge ask me when we will be offering it again because and achieve their health and wellness goals. they do not want to miss out on what has truly been one of the best, most effective health and wellness programs I The Team Training Challenge did more than encourage have ever had the pleasure to be a part of! people to become more active. Individuals were given nu- tritional guidance and quickly made friends that became a support system. All 11 teams participated in an all team boot camp chal- lenge and many woke up early on Saturday mornings to train for our annual 5K road race. More than 20 individuals from this challenge participated in the 20th Annual Burbank YMCA 5K Classic and for the ma- jority of them this was their first road race! One team training runner commented, “As I was running to the finish line it brought a tear to my eye as I thought, WOW, I can’t believe I just ran a road race AND I’m not going to faint!” If you were to pull up to the Burbank YMCA on any given weekday you would see Team Training Group after completing the Burbank YMCA teams in different color t-shirts working hard 5K Classic with Training & Welcome Center Director in the field across the street, running on the Justin Cammarata (left) track, climbing the bleachers or training in The Pulse Page 10 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 Multicultural Feast - Laura Potts, YMCA Kids Stop, Child Care Director YMCA Kids Stop hosted its annual Multicultural Feast on November 25th. Our infant/ toddler classroom invited their parents to come in and enjoy lunch with their child. Many parents attended and it was great to see such parent involvement. Our preschool and tod- dler classrooms combined to enjoy the variety of dishes that the parents prepared for the event. The children enjoyed a somewhat traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trim- mings such as: traditional turkey, fried turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, peas and Thanksgiving would not be complete without mac & cheese. The staff was grateful to all the parents who took the time to prepare this wonderful meal. Oak Square YMCA News - Donna Sullivan, Associate Executive Director Jack Fucci (left) was nominated for the AYP Tri- angle Award for Support Services. Unfortunately he did not win, be he is always a winner in our eyes at the Oak Square YMCA! The staff at the Oak Square YMCA participated in an international initiative called “Red Shirt Fri- days” to show our support for our troops overseas (right). The staff dressed in Red shirts on Friday December 4th and took a picture outside the Y. The picture will be posted on a website so that the troops overseas from the Boston area will be able to log on and see how the local businesses support them. The mission of the orginization is to show support for our servicemen and women regardless of whether or not you support the war. Let your Y participate by going to www.redshirtfridays.org. A Teen Thanksgiving - David Mashburn, Teen/Aqautics Director Karen Gately (center), Wang YMCA of Chinatown Executive Director, serves up stuffing to Dhalia Williams at the 3rd annual Wang YMCA Teen Thanksgiving Dinner. Every year the Wang YMCA of Chinatown teen department and management team dish out homemade turkey, cranberry, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, salad, pie, and, of course, pork fried rice, to the Wang YMCA teens. From lifeguarding to camp counselors, from Youth & Government delegates, to volunteering in the community with Teen Leaders, the staff recognizes that Wang teens are deserving of thanks. This year about 15 teens dined with the management team on Monday, November 23. Needless to say, the teens are always thankful for the free, home-cooked meal. December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 The Pulse Page 11 Lights On After School Celebration - Andrea Baez, Senior Program Manager October 22, 2009 was no ordinary day at the Fifield Afterschool program. Children enrolled celebrated “LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL,” a national day of celebrating the work and programming happening after school hours across the country. Dorchester YMCA Executive Director James Lozano attended the event and participated in activities with the children. The kindergarten and first grade children created and performed their own song dedicated to YMCA after school programming as well. Jillian O’Neil, Site Coordinator, worked tirelessly with her staff and her children to make this event a success. Many thanks to the Fifield afterschool for their hard work. What is Activate America? - Sandy Morander, VP of Program Development Activate America is the YMCA’s response to our nation’s • 161 people have enrolled in our medically based wellness growing health crisis. Here in Boston we have taken on this programs- Vtrim, Diabetes, Total Control, Pink, LAF for challenge and seen progress in the following areas: Cancer Survivors and Asthma Swim Program. Over 200 • 2,650 kids and families attended Healthy Kid’s Day in 13 kids and families attended the 8th annual Asthma Games locations in April. held at the Roxbury YMCA in June. • Over 1.2 million steps were recorded as part of the Na- • Five Y’s are now participating in the Family Wellness tional America on the Move Week in October. Passport Program, serving families in partnership with Bos- • Over 2,000 YMCA members have participated in our ton Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Boston Health FREE monthly Fit checks. Centers. • 734 new members have completed our new member • 218 families now have a YMCA family membership survey, helping us get better every day. thanks to our Fitness in the City and Project Adventure • 22 staff have been trained as trainers for Listen First. programs at Children’s Hospital. • 52 out-of-school-time sites now use the iPLAY environ- In 2010, we will train more staff in Listen First, engage mental standards. Three sites now offer our youth wellness more health seekers in a variety of YMCA activities, and intervention program called FANtastic Kids. Both pro- improve our staff ’s capacity to better serve and support our grams combined serve over 5,000 kids annually. communities. A Thanksgiving Feast - Lois Weinstein, K0 - K1 After School Program Site Coordinator Carolyn Colby, School Age After School Program Site Coordinator On Wednesday, November 25th the YMCA after school programs at Sacred Heart School in Roslindale celebrated Thanksgiving together. The K0- K1 program joined the school age program for a fun afternoon filled with food, music, and friendship. The staff pulled together a traditional Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey and all the fixings. The group enjoyed eating together and listening to holiday music. The children and staff interacted throughout the meal and everyone had a wonderful time. Families enjoyed stopping at the dessert table during pick-up and choosing from the delicious spread of pies and cookies! With the help of both site coordinators and the staff, the children enjoyed a wonder- ful day experiencing the meaning of Thanksgiving. The Pulse Page 12 December 18, 2009 Volume 8, Issue 6 AYP Award Winners - Donna Sullivan, Associate Executive Director Oustanding New Professional - Rebecca Cooper, Dorchester YMCA. Pictured here Unsung Hero Award - Branden with James Lozano, Dorchester YMCA Unsung Hero Award - Jim LeMarre, Burbank YMCA Executive Director Jarosz, Metro Finance The Pulse - YMCA of Greater Boston 2009 Schedule for the Pulse Employee Newsletter Deadline for Submission Publication Date January 22 February 5 March 19 April 2 May 21 June 4 July 23 August 6 September 17 October 1 December 3 December 17 Our Mission: The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedi- cated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of Schedule is subject to change. individuals and families in our communities. 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