Park and Play: Feeding more than our bodies

The YMCA of Grays Harbor has partnered with the Aberdeen School District this summer to provide a strong program combining fun and food. This year our Park and Play program serves lunches to kids at three parks in town, serving anywhere between 50 to 150 lunches and snacks at each park each day. It is obvious after only a few weeks of programming that there is a great need for food amongst these kids. Without these lunches, many of these children would go without food or without proper nutrition. However, I think there is a greater hunger than for food in our community: we hunger for community, for friendship and for opportunity. After grabbing a lunch packed with a sandwich, fruit or veggie, some chips and milk, the kids grab a seat around the park, usually at a picnic table. With only a few picnic tables in the park, kids often end up eating with new friends. Conversation usually starts about what is in the lunch that day: what they like or don’t like or have never tried before. There may even be a proposed trade for an extra bag of chips. But the food is only the starting point for finding commonalities amongst new friends as the conversations about food quickly evolve into what game or activity we will do after eating, or even details about life at home or school. Conversation continues as we bring out rubber bands to make bracelets, play dough, or paint. We cheer one another on through hula-hoop contests, hand games and running races. And through it all we are learning one another’s... read more

YMCA Launches Reach and Rise

Nearly one in five youth live in poverty and are at risk of falling prey to crime, drugs and other hurdles that could keep them from reaching productive adulthood, obtaining an education and successfully entering the workforce. Research shows that youth are more likely to succeed with the support of a caring adult.   The YMCA of Grays Harbor Reach & Rise™ Mentoring Program will help youth ages 6-17 develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement and decision-making skills through a positive adult-child relationship.   Highly trained mentors meet with mentees once each week to discuss issues occurring in the youth’s life while engaging in enriching activities in the community. A key feature of the program is the inclusion of parents in the mentoring process, from matching their child to an appropriate mentor, to setting goals for the mentoring relationship. Youth are referred from schools, counselors, parents and other YMCA programs.   If you had a special person in your life that guided, nurtured, supported and taught you that you mattered, then you had a mentor! Now it’s your turn!  Sign Up Today!   Contact Sy Vanissaveth at or 414-232-1350 to sign up and hear about the next training dates!... read more


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