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OUR NEWS

Here’s what’s been happening at your neighborhood Y. Many people have no idea how hard we work in our community. Please view some of our stories to learn more about us.

  • My Y is Every Y in PA

    November 6, 2015

    A membership at the New Castle Community YMCA just got more valuable. New Castle has joined YMCAs across Pennsylvania in a new agreement that lets members any participating facility, free of charge.

    Stay active and healthy, through spirit, mind, and body, no matter where you travel in Pennsylvania. Just bring your membership card and photo ID and enjoy free access to almost every Y in Pennsylvania. 

    Now you can get out and explore Pennsylvania and still stay connected to the Y! 

    View a list of participating YMCAs.

    Some restrictions may apply. My Y is Every Y participants must use their home branch at least 50% of the time. SilverSneaker and Silver & Fit members do not qualify. Please call or visit the website of the Y you plan to visit for schedules and to confirm participation.

  • Downtown YMCA Grand Re-Opening Party

    October 2, 2015

     

    The New Castle Community YMCA invites you to celebrate the completion of its downtown building renovations at a Grand Re-Opening Party on October 24, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the community will have the chance to tour our renovations, participate in games & activities, and enjoy entertainment & refreshments.

    The party is open to all of New Castle. Guests will enjoy outdoor games, indoor activities, and on-site entertainment. Everyone will be treated to a tour of the recent renovations and have the chance to participate in wellness activities, such as mini-fitness classes and family swim time, free of charge. Refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon.

    The renovations are part of our $2.4 million “Strengthening the Heart of Our Community” capital campaign. With the help of a $1 million matching grant from the May Emma Hoyt Foundation, the YMCA upgraded & updated its 65,000 sq. ft. facility in downtown New Castle. The construction, which took place from June – October 2015, includes: new family-friendly locker rooms, new men’s and women’s locker rooms, an expanded youth center, a new community room, a new drop-in child watch center for members using the Y, new wellness and free weight equipment, all new exterior windows, renovated elevator, and other improvements throughout the building.

    Richard Lyons, the Y’s Chief Executive Officer, says the improvements will help the YMCA remain a fixture in New Castle for many years to come. “These upgrades and improvements will not only help us meet the needs of our current members,  they will help us expand the kinds of programs we can offer to our membership and to the entire community. We look forward to welcoming more people into our Y family and maintaining our commitment to the greater New Castle area.”

    The Y has been a part of New Castle for nearly 150 years and continues to be a leader in improving the quality of life of Lawrence County residents. We strive to make the Y available to everyone in our community, regardless of their age, income or background. In fact, about 1 in 4 members receive financial assistance for membership and programs.

  • YMCA to Join World-Record Attempt

    October 1, 2015

    YMCA TO HOST “READ ACROSS THE GLOBE”
    Help Break the Guinness World Record of Adults Reading to Children within a 24-hour Period!

    New Castle, PA The New Castle Community YMCA is hosting a volunteer reading event supporting Read Across the Globe, an initiative that brings the power of volunteers together to impact literacy in our communities.

    Read Across the Globe is a one-day reading event that will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 to raise awareness of the worldwide literacy crisis. Working with volunteers, educators, and partners in every time zone, we'll read to children around the globe to shine a light on literacy.

    The YMCA, in partnership with the New Castle Public Library, is hosting a reading event at its downtown New Castle facility. Kids in grades Pre-K through 12th are invited to join us from 3:45pm – 4:45pm. Volunteer readers from the community – including firefighters, police, and local high school sports teams - will take turns reading to kids from 4 - 4:30pm. Kids will also enjoy a variety of literacy activities and free refreshments.

    “The Y is shining a light on literacy as part of its commitment to social responsibility in New Castle,” says Richard Lyons, CEO at the New Castle Community YMCA. “Literacy is the key to education, and education is the foundation of a strong community.”

    Exposure to language—talking, singing, or reading—from infant to 3 years old is a strong predictor of a child’s ability to read fluently by 3rd grade. Children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.  

    About Read Across the Globe

    Read Across the Globe is a historic reading event that will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 to raise awareness of the worldwide literacy crisis.  One of the goals of the initiative is to set a new Guinness World Record for most children read to by an adult in 24 hours.  It is being organized by Points of Light, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Volunteer Houston, Deloitte as a national sponsor and Jumpstart (Read for the Record) as the national nonprofit partner.  In addition, "Guinness World Record Partner" organizations include: Hands On Greater Phoenix, Hands on Hong Kong, Beta Gamma Sigma, Inc., New York Cares, Volunteer Center of South Jersey, Reading Partners, Queens Library, Red Cross Armed Services-Europe, GlassWing, and Red Cross Armed Services-Far East.  For more information visit www.pointoflight.org/readacrosstheglobe.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for more than 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Member Joining Fee Waived in October

    October 1, 2015

    Thinking of joining the New Castle Community YMCA? Now is the time! The Y has waived the $99 joining fee for the entire month of October. Plus, all new members will be entered in a drawing to win one of several great prizes.

    Membership plans are available for as little as $15/mo. for kids and $29/mo. for adults, and financial assistance is always available. In fact, 1 in 4 Y members receives some type of assistance.

    Register online or call 724-658-4766 (Downtown Y) or 724-658-9211 (Y-Zone).

  • Construction Delay

    September 24, 2015

    Renovations at the Downtown Y are nearly complete. The new locker rooms, community room, and youth space will make the Y a more comfortable and accessible place for the entire community.

    Crews are putting the finishing touches on the locker rooms and the project will be done on or before October 14. We had hoped to finish by September 30, but a delayed shipment of materials forced us to adjust our construction timeline.

    We regret this inconvenience, especially to our members using the pool. We want to keep you as comfortable as possible while you use the temporary shower trailers. To protect against falling temperatures, we will wrap the deck around the trailers with plastic sheeting and install large electric heaters to maintain warm temperatures.

    We eagerly look forward to sharing these new facilities with you. When you see the finished project, we are sure you will agree it was worth the wait!

  • YMCA Releases New "Open to All" Membership Rates

    December 30, 2014

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., December 30, 2014 Since 1865, the New Castle Community YMCA has been responding to our community’s social and physical needs. One need in particular is to provide a safe, healthy environment for “everyone to learn, grow and thrive” at a fair price. Effective Jan 1, 2015, the New Castle Community YMCA is cutting its monthly membership rates.

    “Given our current economy, our mission and our desire to make the Y accessible to absolutely everyone, we are lowering our adult and family membership rates,” CEO Dick Lyons said. “This will make it easier for young couples, new families, seniors on fixed incomes and struggling single parents to join us and improve their health and well-being.”

    The new monthly rate for adults will be $29; the rate for families will be $49. This represents a $12 decrease per month for both categories.

    “The Y will continue to offer financial assistance to our neighbors, who cannot afford a membership,” Lyons said. “In 2014, we provided over $300,000 in financial assistance.”

    “With the help of a market research company, we learned that over time our prices were not as affordable to everyone,” Louis Merryman, chair of the Y’s membership committee, said. “Our neighbors in the New Castle area want membership access to the Y and its programs and services, but they want it at a reasonable price.”

    “The good news is that what our neighbors want, we can offer them. They desire both low impact and high impact group exercise classes like Yoga and Les Mills®, a pool for lap swimming and water exercise, new equipment and quality youth programs. We further understand what our community wants from us, so we can meet their needs more fully,” Lyons said.

    The Y will offer two “OPEN TO ALL” open houses on Jan 17-18. Visit the Y-Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan 17 and the YMCA Downtown on Jan 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. to explore what a Y membership can offer you and your loved ones. The Y will waive the joiner fee for the entire month of January, a savings of $50 to $124. Drop in downtown at 20 West Washington Street or at the Y-Zone at 428 Eleanor Drive for a tour and trial of our facilities. You may also reach the Y’s membership director at 724-658-4766 to schedule a wellness consultation.

     

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • RICK FLYNN TO RECEIVE SALUTE TO COURAGE AWARD

    September 29, 2014

    Rick Flynn, from New Wilmington, will be honored on Oct. 15 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center. A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Lynise Massella, 724.658.4766, for information.

    About the Award

    The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

    Event planner, Lynise Massella, said, “Since his spinal cord injury, Rick’s tenacity to live his life to the fullest has been recognized by many of his friends and neighbors.  He has been nominated for the Salute to Courage award by several of them. His hearty laugh and sense of humor radiate a sense of hope to those who know him.”

    About the Recipient

    Almost 6 years ago, Rick Flynn was forced to make a life or death decision. A benign tumor was found wrapped around his spinal cord from his mid-back up to his brain stem. He was given the option to do nothing which may give him two years to live or to have surgery with a 50% risk of paralysis. With his family by his side, he chose life and with the support of friends and the community, he lives it abundantly.

    His wife Linda said, “He lives with chronic pain, but does so with grace and humor.”

    Before his spinal cord injury, Flynn was an avid golf player and played up to three times a week. He traveled the world to play golf with friends in London and Scotland.  Now he depends on Linda, who he’s given the title “activity director” to keep him active.  As season ticket holders, they attend around 20 Pirates games a year, and enjoy eating out and traveling together. They also love to spend time with their young adult children: Chris, Erica and Katie.

    Flynn is owner and general manager of Preston Ford Hyundai of Sharon. He has quietly and cheerfully given to support missions at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington High School Band and other local non-profit groups throughout the years.

    You can learn more about our courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Oct. 15.

    We help families learn, grow and thrive

    Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2014-2015. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Y Names New CEO

    July 9, 2014

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., July 9, 2014 The New Castle Community YMCA is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has elected Richard “Dick” P. Lyons as our new Chief Executive Officer, beginning July 1. He succeeds Bill Lutz, who served as CEO for the past 10 years.

    Barbara Nichols, a member of the Y’s board of directors, said, “Choosing a CEO to follow Bill Lutz was no easy task, but Dick stood out as a potential candidate from the start,” she said. “He has good moral character, strong analytical skills coupled with compassion, openness to consider others’ opinions, actively mentoring staff members and creative and innovative thinking. Choosing Dick was made with the confidence that he could help take the New Castle YMCA to the next level of exemplary performance and service delivery to our members.”

    Lyons has been with the YMCA family for a total of 29 years, beginning at the YMCA of Greater Baltimore in 1985. There he served as Executive Director for the Catonsville Family YMCA for five years before transferring to the Carroll Family Y for the year following.

    From 1991 to 2003, Lyons took over the position of Executive Director/CEO of the York Jewish Community Center in York, Pa. Today, Lyons describes the organization as his “sweet spot” throughout his years of serving the YMCA family and some of the similarities it shares with our community:

    “York is a small town and a small community where you actually do become a part of that fabric of the public community,” Lyons said. “In Richmond, it was a very wide area and I was in many corners throughout my work, versus York and New Castle where it is much narrower and I get to be more involved in the community.”

    Under Lyon’s leadership, the nonprofit community organization reversed an annual operating deficit of $192,400 versus revenue of $750,000 to a fiscally sound $2.44 million operation. While there, he also established an annual support campaign through his efforts to supplement United Way funding. The campaign resulted in increased volunteer engagement and raised yearly contributions 27 percent from $33,600 to $120,200. In addition, Lyons was responsible for expanding and developing wellness, child care and prejudice reduction/diversity acceptance programs that remain recognized as premiere in the region today.

    Amy Fehrs, president of the board of directors, commended Lyons’ wealth of experience and accomplishments prior to joining our Y family:

    “Dick Lyons comes to us with a proven track record of successful leadership,” Amy said. “He has been successful in the areas of fundraising, fiscal management, and facility development.   He has a great connection with the Y mission and is a real team builder.  I look forward to seeing where he leads our Y that I love so much.”

    Lyons joined a new YMCA family in 2003 when he accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Operations/COO at the YMCA of Greater Richmond. He served there for 11 years, during which he was responsible for creating a “one organization mentality” through the successful expansion and operation of the organization.

    During his time in Richmond, Lyons developed and opened seven new branches as well as a full day child care center. Membership grew accordingly from 100,000 to 175,000 and the operating budget increased from $25 million to $42 million over the 10-year span.  Under Lyons’ operation, annual giving campaigns ranged from $2.8 to $3.2 million as Richmond consistently ranked in the top three metro YMCAs in the country for annual support as a percentage of operating income. His position, however, was eliminated in the spring of 2013 and Lyons has since been providing consultation and management services to local nonprofits in Richmond before coming to New Castle.

    Chair of the CEO search committee, John Cournan, said, “Retaining Dick as our new CEO signals the culmination of a significant amount of work and commitment of a select group of board directors. He is tremendously qualified, motivated and will allow our Y to continue performing at a high level in doing the work we aim to do every day. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to positively impact Lawrence County for years to come.”

    Lyons has showed enthusiasm for taking on his new leadership role as CEO of our family at the Y and in recently joining the New Castle community earlier this month. “It is a great Y with a great history,” Lyons said about the New Castle Y. “I hope to bring creativity, an open mind and a desire to serve the community the best I can.”

     

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • GIVE A HEART; HELP A HEART

    January 28, 2014

    YMCA Offers 30-Day Trial to Prevent Heart Disease

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan. 28, 2014 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 200 deaths per 100,000 people, are attributed to diseases of the heart in Pennsylvania. With a local population of 91,108, we could lose nearly 200 friends and family members to heart disease in 2014. Heart disease is preventable, and to help spread the word, the Y is participating in American Heart Month in February.

    From Feb. 1-28, you can join the YMCA in our “Give a Heart; Help a Heart” campaign to prevent heart disease. Through Feb. 28, adults can purchase or give a Valentine, a 30-day trial membership, for just $40. At the end of the trial period, the Y will waive the joiner fee, a savings of up to $50, for those who continue their membership.

    According to the American Heart Association, controlling your risks for developing heart disease is as easy as A,B,C:

    • Avoid tobacco

    • Become more active

    • Choose good nutrition

    Michelle Swogger, director of wellness, said, “At the Y, we believe one death is too many! We’re here to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep you and your family fit and healthy. We can help you jumpstart a heart-healthy lifestyle and help you avoid risky behaviors.”

    The Y will be sharing educational resources, exercise tips, recipes, and more all month long. You can help motivate others to live heart-healthy by wearing red on Feb. 7. Use National Wear Red Day to express your love and concern for the hearts of others and invite your loved ones to join you at the Y to get their hearts pumping.

    To learn more about fitness classes, personal training, and recreational programs for you and your family, go to www.ncymca.org.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

     

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  • Uniting Powerful Women

    January 20, 2014

    Y to host first women’s leadership luncheon

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan 20, 2014 –The New Castle Community YMCA is calling all powerful women to join them in strengthening our community through leadership. Learn more at the first annual “Uniting Powerful Women Luncheon” at the New Castle Country Club on Feb 7.  The luncheon, presented by Pizza Joe’s and ESB Bank, will challenge women to unite together and commit to leadership roles and volunteer opportunities within their workplaces, schools, churches and communities.

    Amy Fehrs, YMCA board vice-president and a member of the event committee, said, “Join us to see how women balance their personal and professional lives to willfully give of their time, talents and resources.”

    The Y has outlined four goals for the event, including:

    1. To increase leadership engagement by professional women in our community
    2. To encourage women to seek out and accept leadership roles within their chosen careers
    3. To communicate volunteer service opportunities available in New Castle, so women can get involved
    4. To encourage and promote professional networking among women

    Georgia Berner, president and CEO of Berner International, the first U.S. manufacturer of air curtains, will be the event’s featured speaker. Berner will speak about:

    • Her most significant achievements and greatest obstacles she’s overcome in her career
    • Life lessons she’s discovered throughout her career
    • How she balances work and personal life
    • Why community engagement is important

    About our Speaker

    After the death of her husband, Christian, Berner found herself in charge of an international business and a single mother to four children. Despite these circumstances, she managed to run the business with great success as the company expanded both growth and profits. While under her leadership, Berner International has become an employer of choice in the region, grown to over 65 employees and offers fully paid health benefits to all full-time employees.

    Berner has a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees in English literature and social psychology. She has received numerous awards and accolades over her career, sits on a number of boards and is a recognized advocate for energy conservation, social programs and philanthropy in Pennsylvania, as well as nationally. She has also designed and developed a non-partisan website (www.whatifpost.com) that provides a comprehensive look at the problems and the options for reforming health care in America.

    Seating is limited for the event and women who want to attend should call the Y, 724-658-4766, to make a reservation. Tickets are $35 a person and will include lunch and a copy of the best-selling “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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