Giving to top charities rose 3.7% in 2020, driven by wealthy
In the wake of the most devastating public-health emergency in a century and the resulting economic uncertainty, Americans provided more charitable dollars to United Way Worldwide than any other nonprofit focused on direct aid, followed by the Salvation Army and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to new rankings by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Trump the dancer? His moves to 'YMCA' at rallies are a hit
President Donald Trump, a man who is famously particular about his appearance, is fully embracing doing a dad dance to the Village People's “YMCA” as the finale to his rallies in the campaign's closing stretch. Trump's rally dance has become a rare moment of levity in an otherwise miserable campaign year marked by a deadly pandemic, an economic recession and racial turmoil. Then order 'Dancing with The Don’ and let President Trump teach you all the hottest moves!" Dancing.”“YMCA,” widely considered a gay anthem, is a relatively new addition to Trump's rally playlist. Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller agreed to reveal the secret to an AP reporter “only if we first get a clip of you singing YMCA.”AP's Jill Colvin declined.
Two Cibolo Family YMCA employees test positive for COVID-19, officials say
Two employees at the Cibolo Family YMCA have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Facebook post from YMCA officials. Out of caution, both the Cibolo and the Schertz Family YMCA facilities will be closed Monday, June 22, due to shared staff and services, according to YMCA staff. Dear members and Y family, we have received notification that two of our Y staff members tested positive for COVID-19.... Posted by Cibolo Family YMCA on Sunday, 21 June 2020The facilities are working with the Guadalupe County Department of Health and Safety on health and safety guidelines. Its unclear when the facilities will reopen as of yet, but YMCA staff are expected to give an update Monday afternoon, officials said. Well bring more updates as they become available.
Summer camps open with COVID-19 protocols to keep staff members, children safe
SAN ANTONIO YMCA summer camps have implemented new safety protocols amid the novel coronavirus pandemic to give parents peace of mind when it comes to their families health. From the moment parents arrive at the YMCA summer camp at Thousand Oaks, there are protocols to ensure those walking in dont have symptoms associated with COVID-19. Summer camps try pods to keep campers together while limiting the spread of coronavirusWe have to take their temperature, the childs temperature, before they enter our facility. And then after that, theyre allowed to come into the facility, said Yzamar Bernal, program director at YMCA of Greater San Antonio. We have special equipment from the facility thats used in the gym that we can use, as well, in our rooms, she said.
Summer Camps Plan for Fewer Kids Amid Lingering Coronavirus Concerns
On June 1, the Boys & Girls Clubs will reopen for summer camps, CEO Angie Mock said. Under Day Youth Camps, the group recommends extra cleaning and sanitation, as well as directing youth camps to consider having all staff members wear face coverings. Though none of these guidelines are legal mandates, summer camps already had similar precautions in mind. And if things continue to do well, well ratchet it up another level.Some summer camps are foregoing the season altogether. But as the Boys & Girls Clubs and other childrens organizations plan for the summer, Mock noted they need to be looking even further ahead.therivardreport.com
YMCA CEO seeks $60 billion for nonprofits and aid for youth sports
Washington is seeking $60 billion to save non-profit organizations, including the YMCA, which has already laid off more than 75% of its employees. If funding isn't approved, some YMCA organizations may only be able to stay open for three months. With insufficient revenue, YMCA' across the country will not afford to fund youth programs. Youth sports will sufferpatrickheagney | Getty ImagesThe YMCA serves seven million youth under age 18 through youth sports and after-school programs, according to YMCA officials. Joshua Jacobs, the CEO of TGA Premier Sports, said youth sports organizations need to develop a "high-value proposition" in both in-person and online programs for youth to stay engaged with traditional sports.cnbc.com
YMCA Stands Up Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
In the parking lot of the closed day care, she recalled hearing from a coworker about emergency child care available for essential workers, such as H-E-B employees, offered by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. The YMCAs emergency child care for school-age children (as well as infants and toddlers in some of its existing child care sites) is designed to help essential workers, such as health care providers and law enforcement, whose jobs require them to be at work during the COVID-19 crisis. The nonprofit has set up emergency care sites across the city, including places such as Morgans Wonderland and Journey Fellowship Church. As of Thursday, the YMCA had 30 children enrolled in emergency care, which costs $60 a day or $155 a week, and other families in the enrollment process, said a spokeswoman. The Y began anticipating essential workers child care needs about two weeks ago, said Sandy Morander, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.therivardreport.com
Female powerlifter nearly disqualified from competition over beliefs
A local female power lifter is heading to Chicago for a major national competition. "They kept loading the bar and kept loading the bar and I just kept pulling and kept pulling," O'kray said. "I have power lifted with them four other times, and I was able to wear my skirt," O'kray said. In a series of emails to the USA Powerlifting Technical Committee, the YMCA pleaded on O'kray's behalf. The upcoming 2019 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals meet is governed by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).
17th Siclovia returns to San Antonios downtown route
By Linda Owenssacemail@example.comThe annual health and fitness event Siclovia will close off downtown streets 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 to encourage participants to walk, ride bikes or skate. Streets will close for motor vehicles 9 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine, Stephanie Chavira said in an email Sept. 26. The route is from Mahncke Park on Broadway to Fourth Street, then Alamo Street to Travis Park on East Travis Street. The family friendly event allows San Antonio residents to get out and get active and learn healthy behaviors, Chavira said. It is a practice sometimes called open streets, Chavira said.theranger.org
Yo, ho, ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us!
Aye maties, 'tis the day we've all been waiting for: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The idea for the day was born in 1995 on a YMCA racquetball court in Albany, Oregon. "As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Find ye pirate monikerNo made-up holiday in the digital age would be complete without a pirate name generator, and there are plenty of them. Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
"Story Squad" helps young gun violence victims share stories
Story Squad, an audio storytelling program at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, encourages children to share their experiences with gun violence. In this web extra, 14-year-old Edward uses his fictional story "Street Life" to explore what he sees and hears outside his window.cbsnews.com
Arming Chicago youth with strength against violence
So far this year, the city of Chicago has recorded a total of 546 shootings. To fight this, a YMCA youth program called Urban Warriors, created by a former gang member, brings together at-risk youth with military veterans who share a common experience: the stresses of a battle zone. Michelle Miller reports.cbsnews.com
On the Road: YMCA patrons stage intervention for anorexic woman
On the Road: YMCA patrons stage intervention for anorexic woman As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets a group of people who decided to step in to help Lauryn Lax, a woman whom they saw at the gym growing dangerously thin. Their decision to get involved in her life, Lauren says, helped save it.cbsnews.com
5/2: Helicopters shot down in Eastern Ukraine fighting; On the Road: YMCA patrons stage intervention for anorexic woman
5/2: Helicopters shot down in Eastern Ukraine fighting; On the Road: YMCA patrons stage intervention for anorexic woman The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists say two helicopters were shot down in recent fighting, although there was no evidence of any wreckage.The Ukrainian government claimed one of them was brought down by a surface-to-air missile. That hasn't been verified, but U.S. sources are treating the report as credible; As part of our continuing series "On the Road," Steve Hartman meets a group of people who decided to step in to help Lauryn Lax, a woman whom they saw at the gym growing dangerously thin. Their decision to get involved in her life, Lauren says, helped save it.cbsnews.com