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YMCA & New Dimensions Partner for Safety Around Water

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Morganton, N.C. – In February, 2nd graders from New Dimensions Charter School participated in the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program that helps students learn essential water skills, which open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity of water – safely. Students learned benchmark water skills such as front glide, back float and breath control. They also learned the importance of water safety and how to help in an emergency. Topics on how and when to call 911, what to do if a friend or family member needs help in the water and how to properly wear a lifejacket were all discussed each morning before entering the water. Most importantly the students learned they should never enter the water without an adult’s permission.

According to Dr. David Burleson, Director of New Dimensions, “Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. This fits into our safe, active child standards of our curriculum and we are proud this afforded our children a new learning experience. The second grade teachers are to be commended for their desire to make this opportunity available to their students.”

According to Rachel Heck, the YMCA Aquatic & Fitness Director, “Drowning is preventable and the YMCA of Catawba Valley is proud to be partnering with New Dimension to offer the Y’s Safety Around Water swim program to every 2nd grade student. Safety Around Water will equip each child with the skills they need to be confident in and around water. With this confidence, they can develop self-esteem, discover new ways to stay fit, and build lifelong relationships.”

This partnership was supported not only by the YMCA and New Dimensions, but additionally by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Phifer Wellness Center. According to Nat Auten, President & CEO for the YMCA, “Our YMCA relies on the generosity of business partners and benefactors to help us maintain and expand service to everyone in our service area. Our YMCA works hard to make sure everyone has the access and opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”

For more information please contact Rachel Heck at [email protected]

Press Release ND Swim Program 3-5-21

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YMCA OF CATAWBA VALLEY
The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages over 25,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.






Dorothy A. “Dottie” Shuford Trust provides YMCA with $1.3 Million Donation

LOCAL FAMILY SUPPORTS Y MISSION TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Conover, N.C. – The YMCA of Catawba Valley announced this week that a gift of $1.3 million has been received from the Dorothy A. “Dottie” Shuford Trust. This meaningful gift was prayerfully considered by all of our volunteers, YMCA staff members and key individuals who we seek guidance from.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift from the Shuford estate, which comes at a pivotal time in our history,” said Darrell Johnson, YMCA Chief Volunteer Office. “Many of us have made meaningful decisions about how we ensure our values. I hope we all follow this example because the YMCA remains a pillar for continued support to our Annual, Capital and Legacy Initiatives. It is my hope that our community members want to join our efforts and learn how they can make a contribution, no matter how large or small. YMCA’s are supported, renovated and entrusted by the community for their community. Our Y is no different.”

The YMCA Board of Directors has approved a recommendation to create a named endowment fund in honor of Dottie Shuford and will designate a portion of funds to the current capital campaign to benefit the Adrian L Shuford, Jr. YMCA. We hope the larger community can step up to match the commitment shown by the Shuford family. Dottie Shuford was the daughter of the late Adrian Lafayette Shuford Jr. and Dorothy Ciley Shuford. Adrian L. Shuford Jr spearheaded the founding of what is today the YMCA of Catawba Valley. Adrian gave the property that is the site of the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. YMCA Conover branch, established the endowment fund and was the first president of the YMCA. Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. was quoted on May 15, 1968, ”We are never limited from anything we really want…I want to see an active YMCA here in my lifetime. We need to leave a heritage to the young…”

In January, the YMCA announced plans to modernize and expand the YMCA of Catawba Valley’s building portfolio. This expansion will not only allow the YMCA to serve more individuals, but also innovate and collaborate with more community agencies by creating a modern program space at both locations that will be a focal point for the community as a whole. In order to continue our impactful work for generations to come, it is important to create buildings that are open and engaging with health, wellness and community venues that the community is expecting. The renovated YMCA will address facility needs and will position us to respond to future community challenges and opportunities. In order to make the changes necessary to the YMCA, we are seeking to fulfill our $8.6 million dollar need through securing philanthropic support, endowment gifts, debt financing, partnership collaborations, asset reallocation and public grants. This gift helps lift the total raised to $4,057,047.

For more information, visit www.ymcacv.org or call Dianna Cloninger 828-324-9622.

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YMCA OF CATAWBA VALLEY
The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. www.ymcacv.org.






Our YMCA is committed to the health and safety of our members, staff and community. On November 23, Governor Cooper announced stricter mask requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday, November 25, masks will be required at all times inside YMCA facilities, including while exercising. Wearing a mask not only keeps our friends and family safe, it is critical to keeping our YMCA open. We appreciate your support.

We are working hard to keep your Y clean and safe. See below to learn more about our efforts and what you should do to prepare for your visit. Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread. Most of all, thank you for being a part of the YMCA.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Everyone 5 and older must wear a face mask at all times when visiting the Exceptions include: when in the swimming pool.

Bring your own mat and workout towel each

Bring a filled water bottle; drinking fountains will not be available.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • We practice the 3Ws (WAIT. WEAR). We wait 6 feet apart, we wash our hands (and provide hand sanitizer throughout the facility), and we wear face coverings over our nose and mouth at all times.

Areas will operate at 30% of the stated fire capacity.

Members and employees are asked to not come to the Y if they are displaying symptoms of being ill, have a fever of above 100 degrees, or have been exposed to anyone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Members are asked to wipe down equipment before and after each

Equipment has been spaced out, moved to other areas, or marked out of use to allow for proper distancing.

Group exercise classes will take place in the gymnasium to allow for more space between participants.

Enhanced cleaning procedures –

We have implemented the latest cleaning protocols from the CDC using our EPA-registered

Areas of our facilities will have brief closures throughout the day for

We have adjusted our air handling units to ensure an even higher turnover of fresh air into our






YMCA invites you to join free challenge to reenergize spirit, mind and body

HICKORY, NC (November 18, 2020) – Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The YMCA of Catawba Valley invites all in the community to participate in a free six-week STRONG challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body. “Now, more than ever before we need to recharge and refocus,” said YMCA of Catawba Valley President and CEO Nat Auten. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It has isolated us in so many ways. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a Strong family.”

The program began on Monday, November 16th. Sign up NOW! It is not too late. You will be able to attend the Y STRONG Challenge classes twice each week in-person or virtually on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:00pm at Hickory Foundation YMCA or on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00p.m.–12:30p.m. at the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., YMCA.

Everyone in the community is invited to workout wherever you are, taking free YMCA live online classes like Zumba, STRONG nation or Stretch break.  The complete weekly schedule of classes is available online. You can also participate the challenge by recording your own outdoor activities, like nature walks, bike rides, or hikes.  Registration information, the STRONG challenge timeline, and your STRONG challenge activity tracker are available at www.ymcacv.org.

“It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and stronger,” added Nat Auten.


About the YMCA of Catawba Valley

The YMCA of Catawba Valley strives to strengthen communities. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lives in all of us. The Y gives children, families, and individuals the support and resources needed to help them achieve goals, make friends and find a true sense of belonging.  For more information about the YMCA of Catawba Valley, visit the website ymcacv.org.






HICKORY — In collaboration with First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Fellowship Church, and Morningstar First Baptist Church, the Hickory Foundation YMCA will host its 2020 Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 a.m.The free event will be held at the YMCA at 701 First St. NW in Hickory with a to-go breakfast sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University and provided by Aramark.

Serving the Catawba Valley for more than 50 years, the YMCA has always worked to strengthen the community and bring people of diverse backgrounds together. In line with the YMCA mission, and with a theme of “Strength in Community,” this will be a time when the community can come together in prayer for guidance and protection on the Catawba Valley.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Space will be limited so reserve your spot by emailing Paxton Tallent at [email protected] by Sunday, Nov. 15.






Hickory, NC – November 18, 2020 – The YMCA of Catawba Valley has been awarded a grant for $155,000 to provide temporary remote learning support for working families in our community. The YMCA is proud to provide two remote learning sites, serving 157 children who need a safe place to participate in remote learning while schools are closed to in-person instruction during Plan B.

Governor Cooper signed HB 1105, Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, into law on Sept. 4; in part, this allocates $19.85 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for qualifying community-based organizations (CBOs) across the North Carolina. Per the legislation, the NC Alliance of YMCAs is administering the grant program that enables CBOs such as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, county and municipal parks and recreation departments, and other qualifying organizations in North Carolina to apply for funding to recoup expenses related to remote learning support. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is one of 116 organizations with 287 sites that have been approved for the grant; together these organizations will serve about 14,000 students across the state.

“We are thrilled to provide new enrichment programs for families across the Catawba Valley region, and grateful for the outpouring of support from our donors, partners and members for this critical program,” said Nat Auten, President & CEO of the YMCA. “The YMCA empowers thousands of kids and families every year through its child development centers, afterschool, summer camp programs, and more. We have continued these services during the pandemic and are proud to help our community recover by serving families in need.”

For additional information, contact:
Nat Auten, President/CEO, [email protected] (828)324-9622
Dianna Cloninger, HR Director, [email protected] (828)324-9622


YMCA OF CATAWBA VALLEY

The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y engages over 21,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. www.ymcacv.org.






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