SANFORD-SPRINGVALE YMCA                        May 2016

By Thea Murphy, Trafton Center Director
Welcome back to the senior scene. Our second annual charity walk was held on Saturday, May 7 and thanks to you it was a great success. The day was less than perfect, but it did not dampen our enthusiasm. We had 18 T-Shirt sponsors all of them being familiar benefactors to our many worthy organizations here in Sanford & Springvale.   I won't list each of them, but when you see a bright green shirt around town, take a look at the list of supporters they truly have our back!
On hand to help us kick off the event we had the folks from Back to Health Chiropractic, Bruce the Moose, Debbie Ham (our new Zumba Gold instructor) and Dr. Pollard who practiced OB/GYN in our community for many years.
As we made our way along the walk route, folks back at the center were preparing the welcome back celebration. The Atria at Kennebunk was on hand with Chef Lauren and Colleen preparing an amazing lunch, all of which was donated to help us with our fund raising cause. To set the tempo and keep us tapping our feet we had the Cedar Mountain Boys playing their wonderful blue grass offerings, again generously donating their time and talent.
A raffle was held and thanks to the generosity of our business community, community leaders and our own members who gave to help us reach our goal we had over $600 in gift cards, and treasures.
We are very close to reaching our goal of $10,000 and we still have some "checks in the mail", so if you were not able to walk with us, it is not too late to be part of this amazing event.   Every donation stays with us at the center, and no amount is too small. Walk contributions can be mailed to the Trafton Senior Center, P.O. Box 249, Sanford, ME 04073. Be sure and save the date, we walk again on May 6, 2017!
I close with my sincere thank you to all who make the Trafton Senior Center their home away from home, and who continue to offer their support and energy not only to each other but to me. I know that the challenge of isolation and loneliness for our seniors is a serious problem, and the Trafton Center is ready to welcome you to our family. I know that I say it all the time, but I simply am truly blessed to be part of this great community. Till next time...
The YMCA Interact Leaders Club dressed up as ocean characters and handed out drinks, snacks and encouragement to runners participating in the Maine Coast Marathon on May 15.

Leaders Club helps develop youth ages 12 to 18 as leaders while fostering a culture of community service. With adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives as they grow in their desire and ability to be a positive force in the community. LEARN MORE
Every summer, Camp Marland is home to hundreds of kids who participate in activities that teach core values, leadership skills and conflict resolution.  At camp, kids connect with nature, build confidence and make friendships - most of all they have FUN!
Help us make sure every child has the opportunity to have the best summer ever.  Give for a better us.


Two Wednesdays/month
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

May 25
10:00 am

May 28

June 1 - June 5

June 3
3:30 pm - 8:30 pm

June 6

June 7
8:30 am  - 11:00 am

June 8
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

June 8

June 10
7:00 pm

June 20

June 24
8:30 am

August 27

YMCA New Site for CSA Deliveries
The YMCA is now a new delivery site for Black Kettle Farm.  The local organic farm will be here every Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm distributing fresh produce to farm members.  Learn more 
YMCA Recognized for Years of Service to the Community
David Mount, YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer, accepting award.
The Sanford-Springvale YMCA received the Mayor's Award at the Synergize Award's Night on April 29 at Mill 67.  The event celebrated those individuals and organizations who have had a positive impact on their community.
Andy Orazio, YMCA CEO, highlighted the Y's accomplishments over the last few years and closed with a video of the expansion project.
"Thank you to everyone who nominated the YMCA for the Mayor's Award and congratulations to the other award recipients," said Orazio.  "We will continue to support the children, families and seniors in our community as we have for the last 75 years."  
Keeping Kids Moving Beyond Healthy Kids Day
On April 30th, we celebrated Healthy Kids Day® by providing an afternoon of live music, healthy treats, outdoor games and open swim free to the community.  Over 70 children and their families joined us for the festivities.

Healthy Kids Day® is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.  Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain weight and fall behind in studies.   
Our YMCA offers or has access to a variety of programs and activities to keep kids active and stimulated.  Put these on your family's summer bucket list.                           
Public swim free every Saturday          Skateboard Park
Miles of hiking & biking trails               Storyboard Walk
Outdoor basketball court                     Summer Camp
Pinwheels Stand Against Child Abuse
If you visited the Sanford-Springvale YMCA or drove past Central Park in Sanford in April, you would have seen blue and silver pinwheels spinning and shinning in the sun. The bright and festive pinwheels were meant to shine a light on child abuse.
April was National Child Abuse Awareness month and the Sanford-Springvale YMCA partnered with Kids Free to Grow, the Child Abuse Prevention Council for York County, in support of the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. About 50 children in the Sanford-Springvale YMCA's child care programs planted pinwheel gardens at the YMCA and at Central Park bringing awareness that children experience abuse in every community.
According to the DHHS, there were more than 2,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect last year in Maine, involving 3,000 victims, 500 of whom were less than a year old.
"The good news is that child abuse is preventable," said Matt Ouellette, YMCA Youth & Family Services Director. "Through awareness, education and policy, we can reduce the number of children abused in our communities."
This spring, children in the YMCA's preschool program participated in a series of age appropriate activities led by Kids Free to Grow, which focused on empathy and safe touch. Patrice Leary-Forrey, Educator at Kids Free to Grow, read three books centered around child abuse prevention to children in the YMCA's school vacation camp.
At the Sanford-Springvale YMCA, we help children and teens realize their full potential by nurturing their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Garden Walkway Connects the Old with the New
The front of the YMCA has been buzzing with activity these last two weeks with the construction of the garden walkway, which connects the old and new building entrance.
Over 100 donors have purchased personalized pavers and benches to support the YMCA's expansion project.  A special thank you goes to Lionel Sevigny and 7e Brothers for donating their services to build the walkway.
The expansion is over 60% complete, however we still need $1.5 million to open the new facility - and we need your help.  You can support the expansion by:

Watch our short campaign video below.  Together we can build a better us.


Expansion Project
Accomplished Division I Swimmer Heads up Titans Staff
Tate Warden joins the coaching team for the YMCA Titans swim team, bringing extensive experience as a senior level skills and technical coach. Tate is an accomplished competitive swimmer: five time state high school champion, multiple YMCA Nationals qualifier, and two time CCSA all conference performer, while at division I Gardner-Webb University.
"We are very excited to have such an accomplished swimmer join our coaching team, "said Sarah Littlefield, Aquatics Director. "Swimmers at all skill levels will truly benefit from Tate's coaching and athletic experience."
The Titans swimmers are back in the pool for the summer season and we are still accepting registrations. Youth ages 6 to 18 years old can join this competitive team. LEARN MORE.