“Falmouth Wants a Y” is a community-based group of volunteers working together with the YMCA Cape Cod and Falmouth Aquatics to bring a Y to the Upper Cape.
Massachusetts YMCAs partners with the Wonderfund to offer free one-year access to DCF foster childrenJune 12th, 2019
BROCKTON, Mass. June 11, 2019–Starting immediately, the 28 YMCAs with their 81 locations are offering more than 12,000 foster children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) free, year-long access through a new partnership with the Wonderfund, Massachusetts’ charity serving children engaged with DCF.
The YMCAs are the newest civic organization to partner with the Wonderfund, Massachusetts’ charity providing emergency assistance and enrichment opportunities to children supported by the DCF across the state. YMCA associations across the Commonwealth are committed to promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who serves as Vice Chair of the Wonderfund, said: “All children deserve opportunities to learn, play and grow, and every child can find something they love to do at the YMCA, We are grateful to the Alliance of YMCA’s for partnering with the Wonderfund and DCF to offer free access to foster children engaged with the DCF across the Commonwealth!”
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs Executive Director Peter Doliber said: “The YMCAs in Massachusetts are grateful to partner with Wonderfund and DCF in offering children in foster care access to our Ys. Our desire to see every child reach their full potential matches perfectly with the mission of Wonderfund and DCF. It’s a great partnership that we know will have an impact for a lifetime.”
Added Old Colony YMCA President and CEO Vincent J. Marturano, “Old Colony Y, along with YMCAs across the Commonwealth, has been really excited to be a part of such an important initiative. It’s a great example of a public-private partnership that works for children and families, and we want to thank First Lady Lauren Baker and DCF Commissioner Linda Spears for asking us to be a part of it. YMCAs have long been a place where families and communities grow stronger, and we were happy to join so many other organizations in supporting this effort.”
To take advantage of this new program, DCF-approved foster parents of DCF foster children are being asked to contact their social worker and ask for the “YMCA Foster Child Access Letter.” The Alliance offers a searchable database of all member Ys across the state at https://www.maymca.com/find-your-y
The new partnership is being formally announced by Wonderfund and Alliance leaders at the Brockton YMCA (320 Main Street) on Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m.
The YMCAs are just the latest example of Massachusetts civic organizations that have partnered with the Wonderfund to offer access and opportunities for children and families served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Other Wonderfund partners include The Museum of Science in Boston, Zoo New England, the Boch Center, Boston Bruins PJ Drive, Edaville USA, Hope and Comfort, and the Cape Cod Children’s Museum.
FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation awarded $100,000 in grants to 31 nonprofit organizations at a reception hosted at the Falmouth Art Center on March 27. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of The Falmouth Fund, according to Sharon Nunes, Chair of the Advisory Committee.“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have invested nearly $600,000 back into the Falmouth community in our first ten years,” said Nunes.“We are extremely grateful to all the donors who have made this possible.”
The Falmouth Fund was established to support the work of area nonprofits that are tackling a wide range of issues and creating opportunities in the community. Nunes said that by having a permanent endowment, the Fund can make a difference in people’s lives today and plan for future generations of Falmouth residents.The endowment also allows the Fund to respond to emergent challenges or opportunities. “We recently made a special grant of $10,000 to the Falmouth Service Center to help counter the increased demand for its services caused by the partial government shutdown,” she added.
“We are honored to partner with The Falmouth Fund to support the nonprofit community,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation.
“This year’s grant recipients are making significant contributions in all areas of town life. Their work is inspiring.” Read more…
YMCA Cape Cod Teen Achievers paid a visit to our pop-up newsroom. Check them out here at the Home Show – they’ve got face painting, story time, LEGOS, Teach Peace butterfly wands and fairy garden classes,.
Kennedy Donovan Center and YMCA Cape Cod Collaborate to Create an Inclusive Adaptive Instructional Aquatic SeriesFebruary 11th, 2019
The Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC) supports people with developmental delays, disabilities or family challenges to pursue their personal potential and success in the community. The KDC provides a wide range of effective supports to individuals and families through prevention, advocacy and intervention services that are person-centered, innovative, and compassionate.
Through the generosity of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, KDC is partnering with the YMCA Cape Cod to create an opportunity for the individuals they support to receive aquatic instruction in an inclusive model. Classes were led by inclusion trained instructors for KDC swimmers ages 4-16 partnered with a similar aged swim peer buddies from the Cape Cod Swim Club and the community. Instructors guided swimmers with and without disabilities through techniques that focus on water acclimation and basic aquatic skills in a safe environment while promoting peer socialization, cooperative interaction and sensory exploration. Swim sessions will be offered through-out the year. Interested swimmers should reach out to Juliane Dillon, Outreach-Family Support Coordinator at the Kennedy-Donovan Center.
Also, through the Tower Foundation Grant, specialized inclusion training will be provided by MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting. Lisa Drennan, Founder of MERGE, will be providing training and coaching to the Cape Cod YMCA’s aquatics staff, instructors and peer mentors.
Drennan has a 35-year career supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was the Director of the Sollar Wellness Center, a first-of-it-kind building offering recreation and education specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. In 2014, she joined the South Shore YMCA as the first-ever Association Director of Inclusion where she developed and implemented innovative programming paired with comprehensive staff training. She provided leadership on a national level as the Chair Person of the YUSA’s
Diverse Abilities Working Group, a platform of learning and sharing of best practices for Y’s across the country. Lisa founded MERGE in 2018 to build stronger communities by providing expert guidance, staff training and speaking engagements on inclusion of persons with diverse abilities.
SOUTH YARMOUTH—The Cape Cod Foundation recently announced a multi-year investment in Y Achievers, a program of the YMCA ¬Cape Cod. From 2018-2020, the Foundation will commit a total of $150,000 to the nonprofit organization to advance its successful Youth Development Program.
“Y Achievers is positively impacting the lives of young people on Cape Cod,” said Kristin O’Malley, President, and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “We are honored to help them enhance and expand the program to reach even more teens.”
According to O’Malley, this multi-year investment is part of the Foundation’s newest initiative, Cape Cod 2020: A New Vision for our Community. The Foundation, in partnership with generous donors, is working to raise $1 million over the next few years to support two critical areas: Youth Development and Nonprofit Organizational Capacity-building.
“We’ve determined the needs in these areas are the greatest, but the current resources in the community are not as strong as they could or need, to be,” O’Malley said. “The Y Achievers Program is our first multi-year investment under this initiative. We will continue to identify and invest in other local organizations that are working to expand their impact in the community.”
“At the Y, youth development means nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We are incredibly grateful for this new partnership with The Cape Cod Foundations’ Vision 2020,” said Stacie Peugh, President, and CEO of YMCA Cape Cod.
The Y Achievers Program focuses on post-secondary education and career exploration. It incorporates five pillars–Academics, College Knowledge, Positive Relationships, Life Skills, and Positive Identity. Y Achievers, ages 12-18, meet weekly with caring, responsible adult role models to learn about different careers, enhance their skills, gain confidence and develop goals and a plan for life beyond high school. The majority of students in the Y Achievers program are the first in their families to go onto post-secondary education.
The program is in its fourth year at Barnstable High School and recently expanded to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, with continued plans for expansion.
Barnstable and Falmouth — YMCA Cape Cod and Falmouth Aquatics announce that they have taken a major step forward towards their shared vision to serve the needs of the Upper Cape Community in creating a state-of-the-art YMCA facility in Falmouth. An official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed to and signed by both organizations.
The YMCA and Falmouth Aquatics share the vision of building and operating a YMCA facility in Falmouth that delivers programs and services in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for the Upper Cape communities of Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne, and Sandwich. The effort will combine the results of over 6 years of background work done by both organizations. Programs and services offered will meet local community needs as studied by both organizations. Nurturing the potential of youth through various programs and year-round swimming programs for all audiences are at the top of the list of needs to fulfill for both organizations.
The MOU outlines how the YMCA and Falmouth Aquatics will move forward to bring their vision to fruition in a cooperative and singular effort. Both organizations agree to unite their efforts under the YMCA structure. The new facility will be established as a branch of the YMCA Cape Cod. Falmouth Aquatics joins the YMCA structure with three dedicated seats on the YMCA Board of Directors with additional volunteer participation by Falmouth Aquatics in all relevant YMCA board committees, including the Falmouth YMCA Facility Development Committee, Finance Committee, and Fundraising Planning Committee.
Key Next Steps:
- Engage members of both organizations in all phases of due diligence and advance planning to ensure a financially and environmentally sustainable facility
- Combine resources to maximize their respective capacity, capabilities, expertise, community partnerships, and relationships with federal agencies, state and local government.
- Cultivate individual and community relationships in order to conduct a single focused capital campaign
Stacie Peugh, President and CEO of the YMCA Cape Cod and James Preisig, Chair of Falmouth Aquatics, commented in their joint statement:
“After months of productive discussions about shared goals and visions, we have developed a strong and effective partnership. The signing of this MOU is the first step in the journey ahead. There is a lot of work to do and we are happy to be able to share those responsibilities in good faith and with mutual trust. The effort to bring a YMCA facility and services to the Upper Cape is stronger when we work together.”
On Thursday, May 17th, more than 175 supporters of the YMCA Cape Cod came together at Willow Bend Country Club to celebrate and recognize the graduating class of the YMCA Achievers Program. This event generated much excitement for the Y Achievers by reminding them that no matter where they go from here, they have an entire community of supporters rooting for them.
Thank you to all those who have sponsored this program throughout the past year. Learn more.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” -Elizabeth Andrew
The YMCA Cape Cod recently benefited from two volunteer days- Comcast Cares Day and Blue Crew Corporate Volunteer Program.
On Saturday, April 21st, Comcast NBCUniversal hosted its 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Almost 5,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families and friends joined community members at 45 locations across Massachusetts to volunteer for the day. For the second year, YMCA Cape Cod’s Camp Lyndon received some much-needed TLC as we prepare for Camp to start.
And on Wednesday, May 23rd, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Crew volunteered at Camp Lyndon. Together with help from Joyce Landscaping, they created a large gathering area in front of our large cabin, complete with fire pit and benches. Our campers will enjoy this space for many years.
In addition to a donation of time and energy, both Comcast NBCUniversal and Blue Cross Blue Shield donates a grant to each host organization.
Thank you to all the volunteers that donated their time and energy and thank you to Comcast NBCUniversal, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Joyce Landscaping for supporting their efforts.
Taylaur Pasquale joined the YMCA Cape Cod in September 2017 and leads our food services program. Taylaur holds a Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health in Nutrition and previously worked as the community nutritionist for Barnstable County. Taylaur not only creates menus and orders food but has been instrumental in growing the food services program. After identifying pockets of low-income families throughout Cape Cod, Taylaur partners with other local organizations such as the Hyannis Youth Center to deliver healthy meals and snacks to children under the age of 18.
The food service program started in 2010 with the after-school program at the West Barnstable campus. In the 2017-2018 school year, YMCA Cape Cod served meals or after school snacks at 9 sites across Cape Cod and is serving meals and snacks at 17 sites throughout the summer.