New Director of Competitive Aquatics Named April 16, 2014 No Comments

Central Bucks Family YMCA is pleased to announce that Tim Ryan is the new Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Doylestown location.

tim ryan (5)Ryan has over ten years’ experience within the YMCA competitive swim team program recently serving as Competitive Swim Director of the Upper Main Line YMCA, whose boys and girls 13-14 team earned gold at the 2014 YMCA PA State Championships. In previous years, Ryan has held positions with the Northeast Family YMCA, Ambler Area YMCA and Hatboro Swim Club as aquatics director or coach. He received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management/Business from Springfield College, MA.

According to Valerie Tanner, Sr. Director of Healthy Living, “Our Y family is thrilled to welcome Tim as the head coach of the Dolphins Swim Team.  Tim brings a lot of positive energy to this position.”

Ryan will helm a 160-member competitive swim team, aquatics programs for youth and adults and the programming of the aquatics center which includes a 25-meter pool and 25-yard instructional pool with water slide and water elements.

Central Bucks Family YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of community life. The Y strengthens the spirit, mind and body of its members. We build character by promoting the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.

 

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Healthy Kids Day, Y national day of youth health April 15, 2014 No Comments

DSC_0031On Saturday, May 3, Central Bucks Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. In case of rain, Healthy Kids Day will be held at the same time on May 4.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Kevin Crail, senior director of youth development at the Y. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

Central Bucks Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at their Doylestown facility at 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown from 11am to 2pm and features fun, active play and educational activities, such as outdoor sports and relays, a dance party, free parenting and child safety resources and refreshments. Lulu’s Dog Recue, Doylestown Food Co-op and local fire and police will also host booths with information and activities.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, contact Lark Irwin at 215.348.8131 or visit cbfymca.org.

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Volunteer of the Year banquet honors top non-profit volunteers in Bucks County April 14, 2014 No Comments

Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

On Thursday, the top nonprofit organizations from throughout Bucks County gathered to honor their volunteers at the 2nd Annual Volunteer of the Year banquet held at Warrington Country Club. The event is held in conjunction with National Volunteer week, established in 1974 establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteerism.

After a welcome by Zane Moore, President/CEO at Central Bucks Family YMCA and invocation by Jamie Haddon, President/CEO of United Way of Bucks County, the evening was emceed by Chris Serpico, the chief volunteer officer at the Y.

Toni Schmidt introduced Debra Manges, a long-time big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. In her address, Schmidt spoke of the impact that Manges has made in the life of one young lady during her four years volunteering with the organization. n Thursday, the top nonprofit organizations from throughout Bucks County gathered to honor their volunteers at the 2nd Annual Volunteer of the Year banquet held at Warrington Country Club. The event is held in conjunction with National Volunteer week, established in 1974 establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteerism.

Melissa Mantz introduced the Bucks County Housing Group volunteer of the year, Christa Nielsen, who created Operation Birthday Box and provides birthday presents for children living in Bucks County’s housing shelters. “My dream is that one day Operation Birthday Box will be its own 5013c and we can spread the program nationally,” said Nielsen.

Mark Barr was the 2014 volunteer of the year for the Bucks County Opportunity Council and was introduced by Eileen Albillar from that organization.  Barr volunteers with their Bucks$Back program, a community-based Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program providing free tax return preparation for people who can’t afford it. Albillar commented that “Barr enjoys volunteering so much that he wishes tax season was longer” to the laughter of the crowd.

Karen Langley of Doylestown Hospital honored Lloyd and Midge Vansant, husband and wife volunteers who together have volunteered over 15,000 hours to the hospital. Midge Vansant spoke to the group about the connection between successful retirement and volunteering.

Diane Allison was introduced by Sandra Yerger of Heritage Conservancy for her work with the birds in the county.

Gray Wirth of Impact Thrift Stores honored their volunteer of the year, Warren Johnson of their Montgomeryville store and spoke of the day newly retired Johnson entered their store and asked if they needed help. “Thank goodness, the staff member said ‘yes’,” said Wirth.

Chris Brockett, president of Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, introduced Sue Murga, a self-proclaimed lover of horses who spoke of the little moments when she realizes that the horse and she are making a difference in a child’s development. “It sends chills up my spine when I think of it,” said Murga.

Bill Hoblin, Julie Dugery and Karen Corbett of the NOVA organization honored Bette Coatsworth and Lynn Bendann, volunteers from their counseling and gift shop departments.

Janet Mintzer introduced their volunteer of the year, Cindy Louden, as a women who does it all at Pearl S. Buck International. An adoptive mother herself, Louden spoke of her passion for the work of Pearl S. Buck who sought to create a global community through adoption, child sponsorship and community programs.

Jamie Haddon, the president and CEO of United Way of Bucks County honored husband and wife David and Annie Hall for their outstanding service to the organization. “I’m really happy to make a difference in the community and to help our children understand their responsibility to it,” said David Hall in his comments to the audience.

The last presentation of the evening was made by Lou White, last year’s recipient of Central Bucks Family YMCA’s Burpee Award. This year’s recipient was W. Andrew Happ who is integral on the committees for past and future expansions at the Y and on their standing building and grounds committee.  “It’s unbelievable to be listed with some of the names that are on this plaque,” said Happ of the inscriptions on the Burpee Award plaque he was presented with at the evening event.

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Central Bucks Family YMCA participates in child safety pilot program April 7, 2014 No Comments

Karen Birmingham is the director of volunteer engagement at Central Bucks Family YMCA

Karen Birmingham is the director of volunteer engagement at Central Bucks Family YMCA

Central Bucks Family YMCA is pleased to announce their participation in the Y-USA Child Safety Pilot Program. The program was designed by YMCA national to provide support services and encourage work with insurance providers and risk managers. It will be run with guidance from Praesidium, Inc. a national company which has developed the first scientifically-based model of abuse risk management and provides training and prevention classes.  The pilot was designed to expand YMCA Child Safety Standards and will eventually roll-out to all YMCA’s in the nation.

Praesidium has identified 8 organizational operations crucial to the prevention and detection of child abuse. Their self- assessment tool consists of policies, screening and selection, training, monitoring and supervision, internal feedback systems, consumer awareness, responding, and administrative practices. Central Bucks Family YMCA completed the assessment in February. Going forward, they will implement resources and recommendations and participate in ongoing self-evaluations.

The pilot program in Central Bucks will be headed by Karen Birmingham, director of volunteer engagement at Central Bucks Family YMCA with a team of staff in each department including Danette Crockett (HR), Meghan Halberstadt (special needs), Jay DePue (youth), Laura Miller (healthy living), Ashley Coticchio (aquatics), Caitlin Beaudoin (Child Watch), Julie Townsend (preschool), Charles Kwiatkowski (facilities), Debbie Tettemer (child abuse prevention), and Maggie Baker (membership.)

 

Central Bucks Family YMCA is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of community life. The Y in Doylestown offers healthy and wellness programs to the Central Bucks community and boasts a membership of over 12,000.

 

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Teens learn money management April 3, 2014 No Comments

Shane Pfrommer and Michael Woods from Univest Bank in Doylestown, speak with teens at Central Bucks Family YMCA about money management.

Shane Pfrommer and Michael Woods from Univest Bank in Doylestown, speak with teens at Central Bucks Family YMCA about money management.

Central Bucks Family YMCA recently hosted a money management educational session aimed at teaching teens about budgeting their money and about the proper uses and dangers of utilizing credit.

Shane Pfrommer, along with Michael Woods from Univest Bank, Doylestown shared tips with Y Teen Leaders and other local teens.   He offered advice on how to afford college and the use of student loans as well as saving to study abroad and live as you would like in the future. Pfrommer spoke about common credit pitfalls, credit scores and preventing identity theft.

Univest Bank is a Patron Partner of the Y’s 7th Grade Initiative Plan, a program that provides free Y membership and programs to all community 7th graders who register. In addition to the membership, specialized clubs and classes are offered to the students on a daily, weekly and special event basis. The teen money management session is part of an ongoing effort by the Y to partner with the community in meaningful ways to help their youth, teens and families. For information on the 7th grade initiative or teen programs at the Y, connect with Pat Kelly, 215.348.8131, x1117.

Central Bucks Family YMCA is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of community life. The Y in Doylestown offers healthy and wellness programs to the Central Bucks community and boasts a membership of over 12,000.

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