ANNUAL REPORT 2016

THIS IS WHAT YOU MADE
POSSIBLE LAST YEAR

  • FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

    Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

    We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of adults who care about them.

    Click through to view the ways the Y promoted youth development in 2016.

  • Youth Development

    Through the Y’s recreational sports programs and leagues, over 1,000 children developed a love for sports, while building a sense of confidence and teamwork.

  • Youth Development

    165 pre-teens, teens, and young adults developed leadership skills and received one of their first work experiences at our summer camps. Whether a camp counselor or counselor-in-training, all became role models.

  • Youth Development

    Over 400 young athletes participated in the Y’s three competitive aquatics teams including swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming, developing goal setting, leadership, time management, and self-confidence.

  • Youth Development

    Over 120 children participated in the Y’s school vacation camp program, which provides a fun childcare option for families on school vacation days.

  • Youth Development

    Over 88 families belong to the Y’s childcare community. Through full-day childcare/preschool and after-school childcare programs, the Y creates a safe and nurturing place for children to learn, discover, and grow.

  • Youth Development

    300 children grew and made friends and lasting memories at summer camp. Over 40 campers were children with special needs, making our camps an inclusive and enriching experience for all.

  • Youth Development

    Over 400 children learned to become safer and more confident in the water through swim lessons.

  • Youth Development

    The Y continues to serve as a place for fun and safe out-of-school activity for middle schoolers and teens through activities like Middle School Madness, open gym, archery, sports clinics, and more.

  • Youth Development

    The New Canaan YMCA continues to serve as the host for Girls on the Run Fairfield County, serving nearly 450 girls. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment.

  • FOR HEALTHY LIVING

    Improving the nation’s health and well-being

    With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun, and shared interests.

    Click through to view the ways the Y promoted healthy living in 2016.

  • Healthy Living

    850 seniors in our community come to the Y to stay active, healthy, and connected.

  • Healthy Living

    Throughout the year, over 2,000 individuals and their families took a break from their busy schedules to enjoy time together at one of the Y’s special events. The Y fosters family togetherness through community events like Family Dinner Night, and the annual family circus.

  • Healthy Living

    The Y continues to serve as a community resource dedicated to promoting wellness and disease prevention among people of all ages and abilities. From cardio and strength building classes, to mind-body and nutrition programs, everybody is welcome at the Y as they work toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  • Healthy Living

    In collaboration with Stamford Health, the Y features an on-site Wellness Nurse Coordinator, physical therapy services, and hosted 17 lectures, each providing information on a different health topic, empowering attendees with knowledge. These lectures were free and open to the entire community.

  • Healthy Living

    Nearly 100 children participated in the Y’s Families In Training (F.I.T.) program. Once completed, participants can workout at the Y with their parents, encouraging families to stay active and healthy together.

  • Healthy Living

    Nearly 550 fathers and children strengthened their relationship and made lasting memories through the Adventure Guides program.

  • Healthy Living

    2016 marked our fourth year offering the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer wellness program. This 12-week program is available to any cancer survivor within our community at no cost.

  • Healthy Living

    The Y hosted the Grit N Wit Obstacle Dash 5k and Kids’ Run in Waveny Park. Nearly 300 participants enjoyed the event, raising nearly $4,000 which was split with the Little Warriors Foundation.

  • FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

    Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

    Since 1954, we have been listening and responding to the needs of our community through education, training, motivation or support. Whether it’s building a healthier community at home, or reaching across borders through our World Service Initiative, we are there to help others.

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  • Social Responsibility

    Our 2016 Annual Support Campaign raised $325,000 under the leadership of Kevin Cowser, Pam Norton, and Rick Routhier.

  • Social Responsibility

    The Y provided the equivalent of nearly $250,000 in financial assistance, ensuring that no is ever turned away from maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the Y.

  • Social Responsibility

    As a community partner, the Y works with many other community organizations including serving as the home pool for the New Canaan High School swimming and diving teams, a resource for New Canaan sports organizations, and a site for the New Canaan Public School’s transition program.

  • Social Responsibility

    To help build a stronger community, the Y offers use of our facility at no charge to local non-profits including: South Avenue Cottage, ABC House, A-Home, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the Homeschool Cooperative.

  • Social Responsibility

    Over 800 individuals volunteered over 15,000 hours at the Y, helping to provide services to the community, and engage in philanthropy.

  • Social Responsibility

    The Y’s Togetherhood volunteer committee provides members the opportunity to give back to those in need. Togetherhood hosted several community projects including a shoe drive, breakfast run to NYC, and serving meals at a nearby homeless shelter.

  • Social Responsibility

    The Y is proudly in our tenth year of partnership with Facing the Future, a child development center in the Kenyan slum of Kibera. Nearly 300 needy children currently attend the center receiving two meals a day, education, hygiene, and medical attention.

  • Social Responsibility

    Our 19th annual golf outing at the Country Club of Fairfield, chaired by Chris Pohle and Rick Selvala raised nearly $85,000 to support our Special Needs department.

  • Social Responsibility

    Our special needs department continues to work to ensure everybody feels welcome at our Y. In 2016, over 100 individuals with special needs participated in programs and events at the Y. Support staff is offered to these individuals at no additional cost.