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At the YMCA, volunteering is a cornerstone of all we do, from coaching youth sports to serving on our boards, fundraising to holding babies in Child Watch. We are so grateful for the contributions that our talented, diverse volunteers make to the YMCA and the greater community.

TownLake Y Volunteer Coordinator Michelle "Michie" Reid is pleased to recognize May 2019 Volunteer of the Month Eddie Coats. Michie writes:

Tyler Wagner, a YMCA intern, recently tried Zumba Gold for the first time. He was smiling so big when he emerged from the gym that we asked him to write about his experience.

Tyler titled it: Zumba Gold: A First-Timer's Testimonial

Dearest YMCA members, staff, and community,

 

YMCA staff member Eleesha Mandeles started working at the TownLake branch in 2015, after the Y was suggested to her by a job coach.

Playwright and performer Florinda Bryant first joined the YMCA seven years ago, and we love seeing her at her home branch of East Communities and around the community. She recently debuted a powerful new theatrical work, Black Do Crack, an exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman.

Greetings! My name is Tyler Wagner, and, starting this February, I’ve taken on the role as the Community Engagement intern for the Y! I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet so many people from so many walks of life and learn along the way.

For the February issue of Tribeza magazine, local wellness professionals -- including the YMCA's Erin Walter, Community Engagement Director at our TownLake branch -- were asked to reflect on what "wellness" means to them. Not surprisingly, folks gave a range of answers. You can read all of them in the print edition of the magazine or click for the online version.

Dear YMCA community,

Here we are, almost a year into 2019. Many of us put lots of hopes and energy into the fresh start of a new year. I know I do. I believe there is power in these goals and intentions. 

I also know that despite our best laid plans, January can come with much stress. It can be in the news, in our workplace, our home, our hearts, or some of each.

Check out the awesome new mural in Child Watch, by renowned local artist and Y member Avery Orendorf. Did you know Avery's very first mural was painted at the Y a few years ago? Avery's sons, both elementary schoolers now, have been among the many wonderful kids in Child Watch over the years. There's nothing like the smiles from kids and parents when there's fresh art or toys in the kids' areas. 

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