What's Happening In October at the Y


Thank You For Making A Difference

The YMCA community always stands at the ready to listen, adapt and respond to local needs. This commitment to service was made clear during the month of September when nearly 200 refugees arrived in the Austin area. 

YMCA members responded overwhelmingly to the call to donate toiletries to Refugee Services of Texas. Because of your generosity, Y staff were able to deliver contributions to our new neighbors in need. 

When you belong to the Y, you’re part of more than just a gym. You’re helping to ensure that our community remains strong and resilient.

Thank you for being here for good. 

More Ways to Get Involved

The City of Austin Mayor’s Fitness Council recognized the YMCA of Austin with a “Moving the Needle” award on Friday, September 17.

The award recognizes the Y’s community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, including offering virtual services, making calls to isolated seniors, distributing food to families in need and providing childcare to essential workers.

If you’re looking for opportunities to give back this month, sign up to donate blood at one of our mobile drives this month, or volunteer to distribute produce with Brighter Bites!

Here’s what’s happening at the YMCA in October

Halloween Happenings Around the Y

The month of October is full of Halloween events around the YMCA of Austin association. Mark your calendars and make a plan to be at any or many of these Halloween happenings this October at the YMCA.

pumpkin patch

Take the STRONG Challenge

Want to get stronger INSIDE and OUT? Join the Y for a FREE, nationwide community challenge beginning October 18.

It’s a 30-day commitment to focus on strengthening spirit, mind and body through 150 minutes of activity per week. 

To register, text STRONG to 844-889-6222.

Strong challenge

Vaccination Clinics

UT Nursing and Medical School will administer 1st & 2nd doses of Pfizer vaccine and booster doses to qualified members of the community October 14 and November 4 at North Austin YMCA.

soccer player

Academic & Athletic Achievement

If your middle- or high school athlete is looking for a path to college and beyond, consider the Athlete Foundry platform. It helps students increase their chances of becoming collegiate athletes, offers pointers to secure college financial assistance and helps prepare students for life beyond sports. Learn more and attend an upcoming educational webinar.

soccer player

Community Music Groups

Our friends at Austin Soundwaves offer two free music groups this Fall. Mariachi Para Todos is an intergenerational community ensemble, and the Soundwaves Community Symphony is a string orchestra. If you’d like to join either of these ensemble groups, reach out to Austin Soundwaves

mariachi para todos

Les Mills New Choreography Launches October 11-16

Did you know that people who attend group exercise classes twice or more per week are more likely to achieve their fitness goals? It’s called the group effect, and people who work out in a group enjoy built-in accountability and the feeling that comes with accomplishing something together with others.

The Y offers a robust selection of high-quality group exercise classes with your membership! If you’re unsure where to start, make a free fitness orientation appointment or stop by the fitness floor and chat with one of our new trainers. 

Member Surveys

We Want to Hear From You!

We’re looking ahead to Fall schedules and want your input. Let us know what you’d like to see on the group exercise calendar this Fall. 

Group Fitness Survey

How has the pandemic affected your fitness experiences?

We want to know what changes, if any, the pandemic has had on the importance you place on Y membership. 

Membership Survey

If you’re inspired by the Y’s work and want to empower us to instill character, confidence and compassion in children to create communities we all want to live in, consider a donation today!

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