The YMCA will be closed on Thursday November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day

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Black Friday Special for Teachers

The holiday season is officially into full swing as the rush of purchasing gifts, decorating homes, sending out season greetings and attending holiday parties is in high gear. One person that is sure to find their name on your Christmas shopping list is your child’s teacher. Teachers are one of the hardest people to buy for but one of the people you most want to find the perfect gift for that says thank you for what they do for your child each day.

Home baked goods, candles, lotions and other goodies fill the desks of teachers across the county each year. While all these gifts are certainly welcomed and greatly appreciated, what if you could give a gift that continued to give each year? Youth First of Washington County would like to suggest that in lieu of these many treasures, you consider making a donation to the Dr. Eddie Apple Family Youth Development Fund at the Washington County Community Foundation in honor of your child’s teacher.

Dr. Apple’s Fund was started at the Washington County Community Foundation to ensure that there would always be funding and resources committed to the positive development of our youth here in Washington County. Home baked goods, trinkets and the many other treasures will come and go but a donation to Dr. Apple’s fund will last forever and will ensure that there is always a source of positive support for our youth in the years to come—so skip those Black Friday crowds, and get the gift that keeps on giving!

Upon making a donation, a Christmas Certificate will be sent to the teacher of your choice notifying them that an undisclosed amount has been donated to Dr. Apple’s fund in their honor by your student. Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Washington County Community Foundation upon receiving your donation. Much like Dr. Apple’s fund, our goal is to make a positive lifelong impact on the youth we work with each day. Season Greetings and thank you for putting Youth First!

Dr Apple's Fund Information Document (pdf)


Military Family Month Tips

November is Military Family Month in our Nation, and as a leading charitable nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Washington County Family YMCA hosts our Salute To Our Soldiers Campaign. First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and recognized by first lady Nancy Reagan in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families. On Oct. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama continued this important initiative by proclaiming November as Military Family Month, calling on “all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”

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YMCA Announces Month Dedicated to Honoring Service Members

The YMCA challenges all Washington County residents to show their support of our brave men and women.

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

The YMCA has outlined weekly challenges for all Washington County residents for the month of November which include wearing yellow, writing letters of support, donating care package items, and prayer.

"In November, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving!" says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director taking on the project, “I look forward to propelling the sentiment of these occasions into the whole month by leading the community in showing our thanks and gratitude to the many brave men and women through A Salute to our Soldiers.”

The YMCA will have a limited supply of Salute To Our Soldiers t-shirts on sale at their front desk for $15 each. T-shirts will have a new STOS 2014 design, and will come in sand and military heather green options. First come, first served, so stop in today to ensure your shirt is available! Proceeds made from the shirts will go to assist in any postage/supplies necessary for care packages mailed.

Letters and or pictures of your service men and women can also be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be posted to the Washington County Family YMCA’s website and Facebook page to recognize your soldiers throughout the month.

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Fall 2014 Program Guide

Our Fall 2014 Program Guide is ready for viewing.

Feel free to download the pdf version below or stop by the YMCA to pick up a copy of your own.

This is a great resource to discover all the Y has to offer.


Youth First Receives Generous Donation from Blue River Wood Products

The generosity of our Washington County community never ceases to amaze me—and it is that generosity that allows Youth First Programming to make a positive impact on the youth of Washington County.

Recently, The Washington County Family YMCA was contacted by Blue River Wood Products who had the desire to make a charitable donation to Youth First Programming. Their B Shift had been challenged to choose a cause that they wanted to support by personally donating, and Youth First was it. I was so moved that they thought of us! It had been almost a year since Youth First had spoken to their business about our programming when they sponsored our 2013 Trivia Night, and I was very touched that they were still thinking about the impact that we make on youth in our community.

Their office manager asked if I would be able to stop by to receive the donation during their staff meeting. Happy to come and meet the kind donors, I made my way down Highway 56 anticipating to receive a hundred dollars or so to benefit our youth. Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED to learn that the B Shift had donated $1,000.00 for the Youth First Fund! With that we could offer a month of Jr. ROCKs—a character building program for elementary students, or 7 Youth First Cafés—a lunch and learn opportunity for professionals and volunteers working with youth. We could offer three weeks of ROCKs—an after school program building positive decisions and life skills—to our Middle School Students in all three County schools. We could do SO MUCH MORE, simply because of the generosity of Blue River Wood Products’ B Shift.

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CPR & First Aid Training

Make your community a safer and better place! Come out the YMCA and receive CPR certification with instructor Matt Kidd. Matt is a YMCA volunteer, Fire Fighter, EMT and certified CPR & First Aid instructor with the American Health and Safety Institute. By becoming certified you may only help your mother, child, spouse neighbor or stranger, but could ultimately save their life. Come to the Community CPR training and make a difference in this community for the better. Every CPR certified person makes this community a more safety conscious place. Call for more details.

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