Southwest Family Y Newsletter: March 2021


Here for Good…

Last month’s extreme winter weather and the damage it brought had a profound impact on our Y community. As an organization that’s here to do good, the YMCA worked to meet immediate needs and is now looking at ways we can continue to help. Hays Communities Y staff joined the Buda mayor and other volunteers to provide barbecue plates for first responders and neighbors who needed a meal. They worked to get drinkable water to the community with the help of local firefighters.

And as the weather warmed and people got back to work, the Y opened its doors to anyone who needed a warm shower and a place to recharge, and made child watch available to members free of charge all day long.

One member wrote, “Thank you so much for offering this opportunity! Our family was still recovering after snowmageddon, and then to worry about who would help us with our children while we returned to work was an added stress. So this was amazing, and it reaffirmed for us what a valuable program Extend-A-Care YMCA is to our community.”

Watch this video to see how your Y has been and continues to be here for good! Thank you for supporting YMCA of Austin.

Volunteer Opportunity

Southwest Family Y seeks dynamic, talented volunteers to join our board of directors. Contact Vali Martin for more information. 

Adaptive Exploration Day at Camp Moody Sunday, March 14 at 12:00pm

Bring your family to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Camp Moody! During our events, we rotate through activities such as canoeing, archery, hiking, fossil digging, swimming, games, crafts, and camp fires. For more information on specific activities offered at each event, and to register, contact Haley Tarase.

Blood Drive

Our friends at We Are Blood, the blood bank of Central Texas, are facing critical shortages after last month’s weather crisis. They are asking for donations. Learn more and register for an appointment here to donate blood.

blood donation

Food Drive

Local food banks have also faced unprecedented need in these past few weeks as families lost power and faced spoiled food and empty cupboards. We’ll be hosting a food drive March 8-27 to help replenish stocks.

Food Bank truck

To help, just bring shelf stable food and drop it in the food bank box at the Welcome Center. Food banks specifically need peanut butter, canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, pasta and beans.

Amplify the Y

We are grateful everyone who’s supported efforts to deliver food, water and relief to our neighbors. This week, Amplify Austin is our opportunity to come together in overwhelming numbers to help heal our community. When you support the Y during #AmplifyATX, you ensure we’re here to support our community now and in the future. Early giving is open now, and Amplify Austin is March 4-5, 2021!

Amplify Austin

Member Referral

If you’re inspired by the Y’s commitment to strengthening communities, enriching children and improving lives, invite a friend to join you at the Y! Their first visit is free, and if they decide to join, they won’t have to pay a fee to become a member. 

friends flexing for a selfie

And if your friend remains a member for three months, we’ll give you a month of membership FREE! There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer and how many free months you receive. With your help, we’ll reach our goal to become 50,000 strong - a community of 50,000 members encouraging one another to build healthy bodies, strong minds and open spirits.

Youth Programs

Keep your kids active and engaged with YMCA sports leagues, lessons and camps this spring and summer. Register now for the following programs at Southwest Family Y:

The Y adheres to safety precautions like small ratios, outdoor activities, frequent cleaning and mask requirements. Get involved in these vibrant programs that help kids feel like part of a strong community.

martial arts


kids at camp

Personal Training & Adult Fitness

When you work with one of our personal trainers, you’ll receive a custom workout designed to help you achieve your goals. Prevent injuries and gain strength with a personalized plan. Schedule a free consultation and see how personal training can get you where you want to go!

personal training

The Y is Hiring!

To support upcoming swim lessons and the summer season, the Y is hiring swim instructors and lifeguards!

Teach students of all ages to feel confident in and around the water, or ensure the safety of our members and program participants. 

The Y works side by side with our neighbors to ensure an environment where everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Join our team today!

Mariachi ParaTodosMariachi para todos

Mariachi ParaTodos is an intergenerational music initiative from Austin Soundwaves, whose mission is to make music learning accessible and equitable. Comprised of students from ages 15 to 55+, Mariachi ParaTodos is led by the professor of practice in mariachi at UT-Austin, Monica Fogelquist. The two-month project culminates in a live, outdoor performance with in May. Participation is FREE, and zero experience is necessary. Just bring an open heart & mind. For details and more information, please contact the program director for Austin Soundwaves at


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