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YMCA of Western North Carolina

The nonprofit YMCA of Western North Carolina strengthens local communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Founded in 1889, the YMCA of WNC engages more than 100,000 people – regardless of age, income, or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support the community. It does this through eight YMCAs, dozens of program sites, and YMCA Camp Watia. As the state’s largest provider of licensed school-age child care, it gives more than 1,000 children a day the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. For more information, please visit ymcawnc.org.

During National Water Safety Month, Ensure Your Children Know How to Stay Safe Around Water

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When it comes to teaching kids to be safe around water, you can't underestimate the fear factor. Take 5-year-old Waylon, who barely put one toe in the pool during his first swim lesson and didn't speak until his third. As his YMCA Safety Around Water sessions continued, however, Waylon became more comfortable with the water, his classmates, and the instructor. His mother was so impressed with his progress she signed him up for more lessons.

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YMCA of WNC Combats Food Insecurity

Nutrition Outreach program participants receive nutritious food at a YMCA Healthy Living Mobile Market. Asheville, N.C., March 20, 2019 – The YMCA of Western North Carolina celebrates National Nutrition Month every day by providing access to free, healthy food to thousands of families in Western North Carolina.

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Tracy Buchanan takes reins as chair of YMCA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce the appointment of its new chair and four new members.

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State nutrition program honors YMCA of WNC with Superior Site Award

YMCA of WNC

The state of North Carolina has recognized the YMCA of Western North Carolina for its efforts to improve food security for students over the summer.

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Sparking New Solutions to Aging in WNC

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Do you want to redefine aging? Join AARP North Carolina in the Mountain Region and the YMCA of WNC on Wednesday, January 10th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM at the Salvage Station in Asheville. We will celebrate those who participated in the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge and ignite a new year by challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions so people can choose how they age as they live.

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YMCA of Western North Carolina Dedicates YMCA Camp Watia

Camp Watia

The YMCA of Western North Carolina will be holding a dedication ceremony for its new overnight summer camp, YMCA Camp Watia, on June 8, 2016, on the grounds of the camp, located outside Bryson City, N.C. Attendees will include YMCA executive leadership, its board of directors, donors, and other supporters of YMCA Camp Watia. 

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