YMCA of Greater Erie

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Bible Studies

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Expand your spiritual journey by attending our various Bible Study Series.  Schedule available at the Membership Desk.

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Blood Drives

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Giving blood is beneficial for those who give and those who receive.  The person receiving the blood gets a new chance at life or maybe a booster toward better living.  Those who give can feel the power of helping those who need.  Other benefits for the donor include self-awareness of pulse, blood pressure, cholesterol, and hemoglobin level as well as bringing own high levels of iron.  When a person donates blood they are helping the research toward healthy living and a healthy community. Blood Drives are held in partnership with the Community Blood Bank.

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Community Collections

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The Eastside Family collects goods monthly for local non-profits including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Wesleyville Food Pantry, military, City Mission, local schools and Mercy Center for Women.  We also collect items during the holidays for local families identified by neighboring nonprofits.

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Cooking with Chip

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Cooking Classes taught by Chef Chip C.E.C. C. E. P. C.  Certified Chef & Executive Pastry Chef thru the American Culinary Federation, ACF bringing nearly 40 years of experience.

Specialty Classes will be taught.  Each class will touch on proper sanitation and safety aspects of food as it is being used.  Pl

Each Class will be 3 hours.  For ages 16 and Up.

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Financial Assistance

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If you are unable to pay the full cost of Y membership or programs, you may apply for partial assistance based on your financial situation. Income based membership rates are also available. Funds for financial assistance are raised by the volunteers of the Y’s We Build People campaign and come from generous individuals and businesses in the community. More >>

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Healthy Family Home

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Every family can be a healthy family. By focusing your family’s efforts to live healthier around the Y’s pillars of a healthy family home and taking small steps using the information and tools we provide, your family will soon be feeling stronger and living healthier.

Healthy Family Home is a virtual program offered by the YMCA of the USA.  Click here for additional resources including a newsletter and a Healthy Family Home Starter Kit

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Help Us Set Their Table

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Ongoing Donation Program for the Second Harvest Food Bank

Help us bring food to the tables of families across the region!  The Y has teamed up with the Second Harvest Food Bank for an ongoing donation program.  Bring what you can, when you can and we will take care of the heavy lifting!  Download a list of the region’s most needed items.

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Diabetes Thank you

John Gilmore Scholarship Fund for Diabetes Camp

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John Gilmore was the Youth Sports Program Director for the Glenwood YMCA in Erie, PA.  John was an avid cyclist and weight lifter despite living with type 1 diabetes.  He loved children and felt passionate about healthful living.  John touched the lives of thousands of people through his kindness and generosity.  John died unexpectedly in his sleep on March 27, 2009 at the young age of 51.  After John’s passing a memorial fund was established in his name.

The cost for one child to attend YMCA Camp Fitch’s Dr. Barclays Camp for Diabetes  is $555.00. The Glenwood Park Y provides scholarships for Glenwood Y youth members. These scholarships are being awarded through the John Gilmore Memorial Fund and will be awarded based on financial need and/or merit.  To learn more about this fund, contact Branch Executive Director Jim McEldowney.

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Little Free Library

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In partnership with Gannon University, free books are placed in outdoor library boxes. You may take a book and bring a book. Program is free. Our box is located outside of the main entrance on West 10th Street. Enjoy!

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Meals for Kids

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Free Meals for Kids

A busy after school schedule often makes it tough for kids to eat a healthy evening meal – or, individual family circumstances challenge parents in choosing between nutritious groceries and paying a bill. Whatever your situation – the Eastside Family Y provides FREE nutritious meals for kids through age 17 during the school year. We invite ALL to our table – kids enrolled in Y programs or those from the community – to sit down, family-style, and fill-up on the good stuff. We know with a balanced evening meal and a good night’s rest, kids will wake-up refreshed and ready to learn!

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Page Turners Book Club

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Engage with Others and Exercise Your Mind. Stimulate your mind and share your passion for reading at the Y’s Book Club.  Join a group of readers to participate in a fun and lively discussion of the groups selected book. This group meets monthly.

September  Book of the Month is:  Orphan Train

Thursday,  September 29th 11:30am
Glenwood Park Y – Fun & Fit Room
orphan-train Free and Open to the Community

 

 

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Play & Learn

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You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Registration begins Aug. 15. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at Boys & Girls Club, 1515 East Lake Road

Download flyer in Espanol.

Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information

 

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Quilt/Craft Classes

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A variety of projects to choose from throughout the year including making afghans.

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Shower Pass Program

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In partnership with the Upper Room, the Downtown Y offers the homeless a hot shower between the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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Volunteer Information

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Volunteers are the strength of our organization.  They make it possible to offer the wide range of quality services and programs that we do.  Their contributions impact all aspects of the Y. Volunteers assist us in the following areas:  aquatics, wellness, fund development, office, special events, committees, youth sports and board leadership. If you are interested in volunteering for the Y, please contact your branch Executive Director. More >>

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We Build People

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At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  We are in this community to give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away.  We Build People is our annual fund drive which directly raises funds for children, teens, adults ad families to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to benefit from Y membership and programs.

As the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we use your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact.  Your contribution is invested in people.  When you give to the Y, you help move people forward.

The YMCA of Greater Erie is a 501 c 3 charity and is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Erie County dedicated to helping children and families live healthier, more productive lives in spirit, mind and body. More >>

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Weight Watchers

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Connect with a great support network by participating in Weight Watchers® at the Y! Our Weight Watchers® group is an opportunity to “buddy-up” with others, gather resources about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. You can lean on your trained Meeting leader, who has been in your shoes.

Members who attend a minimum of 11 meetings earns a free month of YMCA membership (one awarded annually per household).

Cost is $156 for 12 weeks.  Pre-payment is required at time of registration and can be made in full or in three equal installments.  Program includes group meeting and 14 weeks of free Essential etools and 24/7 chat.  Program fees are established by Weight Watchers®.

Join at any time.  A minimum of 15 participants are required by Weight Watchers®.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Wellness for Life

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wellness-for-life-btnFor many people, the transition to survivorship serves as strong motivation to make positive lifestyle change. Although cultivating healthy habits is a good idea for anyone, it is survivors are often at higher risk for developing other health problems as a result of their cancer treatment.  Healthy behaviors can help survivors regain or build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce the risk of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more.

The journey at the Regional Cancer Center incorporates a focus on mind-body-spirit well-being from the day  you walk through the doors.  They are committed to integrating wellness components into your care and treatment.  They want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer.

Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition and mind-body-spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain.

In keeping with RCC’s mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with the Glenwood Park Y to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environment.

The classes will be taught by expert fitness professionals and will be offered to cancer survivors and caregivers only, completely free of charge.

Click here for a complete list of classes included within the Wellness for Life program.

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Wellness Series for Veterans

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YOGA –Thursdays at 10 a.m. @ BLOOM Collaborative – 138 East 26th Street:fitness_yogaEach class emphasizes emotional healing at a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment.  This class offers simple and effective tools to heal those suffering from PTSD. Yoga delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.

TAI CHI – Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ Downtown Y
Tai Chi, referred to by the Harvard Medical School as “medication in motion”,  helps with stress relief, reduces anxiety and depression; and has been proven to improve arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia , PTSD, and back and spinal problems, as well as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

WATER FITNESS -Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. @ Downtown Y
This low to high-impact aerobics class held in the shallow end of the pool will utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to tone muscles while protecting joint.  Water Fitness has been proven to help as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

Please make sure to check out our Family Changing Room located next to the pool and to use our newly added Pool Steps to make entering and exiting the pool easier.

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