For A Better Us

March 20, 2018

My Y Story | Ethan Hawke

Everyone loves to play basketball at the Y, including long-time Y member Ethan Hawke, but there are plenty of other programs to try at the Y. Watch Ethan try something new.

Everyone loves to play basketball at the Y, including long-time Y member Ethan Hawke, but there are plenty of other programs to try at the Y. Watch Ethan try something new.


March 6, 2018

My Y Story | Marcus Samuelsson

As a volunteer at the Harlem YMCA in New York, Marcus Samuelsson gives back to his community by teaching kids how to cook and then sharing a meal with their parents.

As a volunteer at the Harlem YMCA in New York, Marcus Samuelsson gives back to his community by teaching kids how to cook and then sharing a meal with their parents.


March 3, 2018

Celebrate Life 5K

Murphy Nmezi wins first place in the 13th running of the Johnson Family YMCA Celebrate Life 5K. The annual events brings the community together for a day of fellowship, health fair, fun and the opportunity to get fit together.

Murphy Nmezi wins first place in the 13th running of the Johnson Family YMCA Celebrate Life 5K. The annual events brings the community together for a day of fellowship, health fair, fun and the opportunity to get fit together.


March 2, 2018

Ray of Hope

Raymond McFarlane came to the Winston Family YMCA after he nearly died in a car crash. Doctors told him he may need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but through our Adaptive Wellness partnership with Brooks Rehabilitation, Raymond is proving them wrong.

Raymond McFarlane came to the Winston Family YMCA after he nearly died in a car crash. Doctors told him he may need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but through our Adaptive Wellness partnership with Brooks Rehabilitation, Raymond is proving them wrong.


February 20, 2018

My Y Story | Allyson Felix

Using her running career to pique their interest in STEM, Olympic gold medalist and Y youth participant Allyson Felix leads a hands-on experiment with Y kids from the Crenshaw Family YMCA in Los Angeles, CA.

Using her running career to pique their interest in STEM, Olympic gold medalist and Y youth participant Allyson Felix leads a hands-on experiment with Y kids from the Crenshaw Family YMCA in Los Angeles, CA.


December 18, 2017

You Shop, Amazon Gives

Give and Give Some More with Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast every time you shop, at no extra cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com. On your first visit, you’ll be asked to select a charity. Please enter YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in the search field. That’s all there is to it! Now a percent of every eligible purchase will go to help our YMCA programs. Thank you!

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Give and Give Some More with Amazon Smile AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast every time you shop, at no extra cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and…


November 2, 2017

Questions to Ask Kids at the Thanksgiving Table

The holidays are a time for gathering and bonding—often over food! These moments can serve as opportunities to nurture a child’s development together as a family. From offering nutritious meal options to provoking thoughtful conversation, any adults who spend Thanksgiving with children can easily inspire healthy choices and deeper gratitude.

Here are three simple questions to get kids reflecting and sharing:

1. If you could do something to cheer up a group of kids less fortunate than you, what would you do? Why?

2. Can you think of two things you own that you would be willing to give to a child your age who is not going to get any gifts this holiday?

3. Can you think of three things we could do to make meals together more interesting and fun for everyone in the family?

Download a list of more questions for year-round conversation.

The holidays are a time for gathering and bonding—often over food! These moments can serve as opportunities to nurture a child’s development together as a family. From offering nutritious meal options to provoking thoughtful conversation, any adults who spend Thanksgiving with children can easily inspire healthy choices and deeper gratitude….


September 26, 2017

Bringing “Us” Together

For more than 160 years, the Y has been a place that brings communities together. Here on the First Coast, we have been committed to uniting, supporting and celebrating individuals and families for nearly 110 years.

We’re excited to share with you a new short film produced by YMCA of the USA that showcases the Y’s work as a vital nonprofit that makes a difference in 10,000 communities across the nation.



At our core, the Y is about helping individuals reach their full potential, and giving them opportunities to connect with their neighbors, all in service of making us better as individuals, communities and as a nation.

We are in this together.

Thank you for helping us make the First Coast stronger.

For more than 160 years, the Y has been a place that brings communities together. Here on the First Coast, we have been committed to uniting, supporting and celebrating individuals and families for nearly 110 years. We’re excited to share with you a new short film produced by YMCA of…


September 15, 2017

A Celebration of Our Communities

First Coast YMCA Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week

This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15–24, 2017, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity.

During Welcoming Week, all First Coast YMCAs will be open to the entire community.

“We believe the First Coast is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Eric K. Mann, President & CEO, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values – all for a better us.”

The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.

We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States today, the Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.

Welcoming America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is leading the growing movement of inclusive communities nationwide. They provide partners and communities with the guidance, resources and support to foster a culture and policy environment that makes it possible for newcomers to feel valued and to fully participate alongside their neighbors in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their adopted hometowns. Learn more at https://www.welcomingamerica.org/.

First Coast YMCA Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15–24, 2017, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and…


August 28, 2017

How to Help Houston

As you know, the city of Houston has been devastated by unprecedented flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey. The YMCA of Greater Houston is responding with their Emergency Preparedness plan and working with the City and Emergency Services. At the request of city officials, the YMCA is opening shelters in the Houston area. So far, because of extreme conditions, they’ve only been able to open 2 shelters but are working to open 8.

The Greater Houston YMCA is accepting donations on their webpage to assist with the emergency. If you can help, please make a donation and circulate to others in our YMCA family.

Thank you for your support.

As you know, the city of Houston has been devastated by unprecedented flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey. The YMCA of Greater Houston is responding with their Emergency Preparedness plan and working with the City and Emergency Services. At the request of city officials, the YMCA is opening…


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