Hello YMCA of the Foothills Family!
I hope you and your family got to share in the age-old tradition of giving thanks for the collective blessing we have in life. There is no doubt that 2020 presented all of us with challenges that seemed, at times, unbearable. But here we are, doing our best to get in the Holiday Spirit, finding new ways to give back to our shared community, and having faith that better days are right around the corner. We are so excited to launch our Your Y Your Way in January 2021. This new initiative is to help make the Y accessible to more of our community than ever before. In the coming days and weeks, you will hear more about how Your Y Your Way will help improve your Y experience whether you access from home, abroad, or at one of our three facilities.
As we look back on a year like no other, it’s important to acknowledge the amazing work of our Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers that helped us deliver the Y mission to as many people as possible.
Since March our Y has stepped into the breach to respond to the most pressing issues in our community: converting the Crescenta Valley YMCA on Lowell into a fully operating distance-learning hub and afterschool enrichment campus serving up to 50 families a week, partnering with Glendale Community College and Keller Williams Realty to help feed over 8,200 meals to families in need through the Mobile Food Pantry Program, the collection of hundreds of liters of blood during our Y Blood Drive at our Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA with our friends from the American Red Cross and Huntington Hospital and repurposing 5,000 square feet of outdoor space into an “Airnasium” providing cardio, strength and group ex classes because we believe physical health and emotional health are critically linked.
In all 40,000 members, participants, and beneficiaries of Y programs have been served during this pandemic. Now more than ever the YMCA Mission is at work.
Simply put, we love and care deeply for our community. We are driven to provide avenues to Healthy Living so all can grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially.