POLAR BEAR PLUNGE RAISES $47,671!
Thank you to all of the brave plungers, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who made this year's event possible.
DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
Imagine coming to work every day knowing that what you do has a positive impact on the lives of people in YOUR community. ALL of our branches are hiring in a variety of departments. Click below for a list of openings.
Adults in Centre County trained in the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention program. This program provides important tips for how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
THE Y FEEDS KIDS
More than 20,000 people in Centre County don't know where their next meal is coming from. We're working to solve this problem because we believe no one should ever have to go hungry.
STRONG SWIMMERS. CONFIDENT KIDS.
The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons over 100 years ago and has been America's leading swim instructor ever since. Our State College and Bellefonte Branches offer private and group swimming lessons for a variety of ages and levels.
SILVER SNEAKERS AND PRIME MEMBERSHIP
YMCA of Centre County is proud to be part of the Prime, Silver Sneakers, and Silver & Fit Fitness Center Networks.
The Y offers so much more than just a place to workout: our youth programs help children develop into successful young adults; wellness programs support individuals of all ages and abilities on their journey to healthy living; and our social responsibility initiatives improve our community through cooperation and collaboration.
In order to keep you informed with current and up-to-date information on activities at the YMCA, we will be emailing a newsletter each month about upcoming events and activities. We will also post all of the information you need on our website, mobile app, and printed materials available at the Member Services Desk.
YMCA of Centre County Anti-Hunger Programs
What some people see as a backpack, children see as a means of food for the weekend. No child should ever be hungry.
We serve seven school districts with the Backpack Program: Philipsburg-Osceola, Moshannon Valley, West Branch, Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, and State College.
For more information on volunteering and donating to the Backpack Program contact Mel Curtis at mailto:[email protected]or call 814-342-0889.
Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. Stewards of Children is a two hour workshop to emphasize child safety as an adult’s responsibility.
WHY THE Y? TESTIMONIALS
"I’ve been struggling with my weight for YEARS and this is the first time in a long time that I have been able to stick to my workouts… I’m doing things I didn’t think I could do and things I know I would not be doing if I was on my own. The trainers make me feel comfortable, push me, and are aware of everyone’s levels… My kids have seen me fail so many times… The last program I tried, I told my son that he would be able to put his arms around me within a month, which didn’t happen. But now, he IS able to and HE was as happy about it as I was!"
"With the help of the Y’s Open Doors program, our family has had an eventful year. Our vacation included experienced swimmers, thanks to Y swim lessons. Our children gained an immense amount of confidence, courage, and strength, and we have been able to become heathier adults through our Y involvement. We adults even ran our first 5K with the Y this year! We look forward to continuing to grow as a family within the Y community."
One day as one of our BackPack Program volunteers was walking into the school, a parent came up to her and gave her a big hug with tears in her eyes, thanking her for the program and how much it means for her children. She told her it was a relief to not have to worry about having enough food for her children on the weekend, since they are struggling financially. It made the volunteer feel even more committed after seeing first hand what a difference the BackPack Program has made.
"I came to the Y after 7 months of being completely sedentary due to surgery and then chemotherapy. I needed to regain my strength and reduce pain from the neuropathy I developed due to treatment. I began using the pool to move without pain and then gradually increased my level of effort. With coaching from Steve Greecher (Aquatics and Youth Programs Director), I was eventually able to do some swimming. From there, I started personal training. The Wellness Director guided me through exercises until I was able to do them on my own. The warm and welcoming atmosphere at this Y gave me a sense of community and a goal to help others in Bellefonte feel connected and supported. When I was asked to join the Advisory Committee, I agreed willingly. I love this Y and have such great appreciation for what they do for children and families, especially those who are in need."