News from your YMCA!

As the holidays approach and with 2023 is just around the corner, we are reminded of all we accomplished together in 2022. As a member of your local Y, you are part of so much more than a place to workout. You share in a mission to strengthen the community, every single day!

While you enjoy your membership today, your Y is committed to creating lasting change for tomorrow.

We provide $1.2 million in financial assistance so everyone can enjoy YMCA membership, programs, & services.

We provided more than 150 free memberships to individuals & families who are coping with cancer.In collaboration with The Open Door, we provided more than 16,000 free meals to children through the Summer Meals program
The Y is a place and a purpose. Learn more>>  Keep an eye out for a special swag item to thank you, our members, for being part of our Y!

Try a Sports Class

Stay busy during the week before the holiday! Check out one of these youth sports classes and keep your kids active and engaged at the Y all week.Tuesday, December 2011:00 am – Mini Sports Mania – ages 3-64:30 pm – Basketball Skills and Drills – ages 5-75:30 pm – Basketball Skills and Drills – ages 8-106:30 pm – Basketball Skills and Drills – ages 11-14 
Thursday, December 22
4:30 pm – Basketball Scrimmage – ages 5-7
5:30 pm – Basketball Scrimmage – ages 8-10
6:30 pm – Basketball Scrimmage – ages 11-14

Friday, December 23
11:00 am – Mini Sports Mania – ages 3-6
4:30 pm – Youth Soccer Clinic – ages 7-10
5:30 pm – Flag Football – ages 10-15

A few things we launched in 2022 that you should try!Liquid Gyms, new innovative fitness classes and equipment in our pools for a unique aquatic workout!
Creating more time and space for Pickleball.Re-envisioned our virtual YMCA with YMCA360. Take your Y with you anywhere you go or join us for one of our In-Studio classes.Remember all your member benefits! From hundreds of group exercise classes, special pricing on Personal Training, Kids Club babysitting, discounts on camp, birthday parties and more!
Things to look forward to in 2023

Introducing ONEDoor, A Path to Mental Wellness, a transformative program for children, adults, and families that will broaden and elevate the scope of mental wellness resources the Y provides across the 25 communities it serves.
More SPORT Classes! Teen Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer Clinic and more!
Register here>>  Plus! STOTT PILATES®, and theatre productions. PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS

Personal Training Gets Results
YMCA Personal Trainers are certified professionals with education and experience across many disciplines. Your trainer will customize a fitness plan to fit your needs, budget, and schedule. Sign up today!

John J. Meany Senior Housing, our new affordable housing project is underway!

Join the Find YOUR Fit Challenge!

We know that everyone’s fitness goals are different and we are here to support you in your health and wellness journey. Join our new challenge to Find Your Fit at the Y this holiday season and into the new year!  We will give you the extra motivation you need to get or stay fit.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3

  • Download our mobile app and track your progress. You can also track your progress on weekly tracking sheets available on the Fitness Floor or at the Welcome Center.
  • Log 15 Workouts now through January 31, 2023. Any type of workout: Fitness Floor, In Person Group Ex class, YMCA360 class/workout and InStudio class, whatever works for you!
  • Complete the challenge and there will be a drawing for 2 prizes valued at $250!

PLUS, all challenge participants will receive a cool YMCA swag item.  Join the fun, stay on track through the holidays and get moving today!


Your Support, Our Mission

We BELIEVE that children deserve a strong educational start, a safe place to learn and grow, and the opportunity to live a healthy, well rounded life. We are INSPIRED every day by the members we serve. We GIVE health & wellness to our communities in many ways. From yoga, to outdoor fitness classes, to caring for children and youth, to providing food and meals to those who need it, we are the center of our community. Will you join us today and be part of something B.I.G as we believe, inspire and give to our neighbors? www.northshoreymca.org/donate


Cleaning Sanitization:  A clean Y is a happy Y.

We are committed to the health and safety of all our staff and members. Thank you for continuing to do your part in helping keep the equipment and YMCA facilities clean. A friendly reminder to please wipe down equipment when you are finished. We will also continue our stringent cleaning practices and facility sanitization plans. Learn more>>

View all Programs  Schedules
As always, we are here to answer your questions. If you have any questions or need to reactivate your membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Membership Sales Director: Joe Dapper dapperj@northshoreymca.org

News from your YMCA!

 
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy ThanksgivingPlease note our holiday hours below
Register for Winter Programs!

Stay active all winter long with us! Swimming, gymnastics, Jr. Celtics, sports, and more!
View all Programs  
Healthy Together With Member Referral

Invite a friend to join the Y and we’ll thank you with a free month of membership for you and $0 enrollment fee for your friend!Learn more
Upcoming Fitness Fun

Join us for Glow Cycle and Glow Yoga on Mondays at 7:30pm

Glow Cycle 11/21Glow Yoga 11/28Glow Cycle 12/5Glow Yoga 12/12Glow Cycle 12/19
Registration opens 23 hours in advance, Register 
Crystals 101
Thursday, November 17 at 7:15 pm

Crystal Healing is a technique that uses precisely placed crystals either on and/or around the physical body. Crystals may also be laid in precise geometric patterns within the environment.
Crystals absorb, focus, direct, detoxify, shift, and diffuse energy as they interact with the electromagnetic forces and subtle vibrations within the subtle human or environmental energy field. The main influence for healing is the chakra philosophy of disease caused by energy imbalances.  All participants will take home a crystal to practice crystal healing on their own!
Register

Afternoon Bingo
Thursday, December 8, 12:00 pm

Cape Ann Savings Bank and the Cape Ann YMCA invite our senior members to an afternoon of lunch and bingo! We provide lunch, bingo cards, and daubers, we just need you! Open to YMCA members and the community 65+ (bring a friend)!
Please register by December 2nd. Register by emailing Elizabeth Williams, williamse@northshoreymca.org
Staff Spotlight – Jerry Justice

Jerry is the Director of the Water Wise Swim Program for children on the autism spectrum. This unique program, offered at some of our YMCA of the North Shore locations, combines the expertise of Northeast Arc and our YMCA swim lesson program to provide all children with the life skill of knowing how to swim.
Your Support, Our Mission

November is a time for reflecting on what we are grateful for and at the Y, we are most grateful for YOU, our members. You BELIEVE in our mission to welcome all. Your trust in the Y INSPIRES us to work tirelessly every day to GIVE families and individuals in our community the programming, services and resources they need. Join us in our lobby for Gratitude week – November 20th through 26th for a chance to share what you are grateful for this year and to pick up some goodies as a THANK YOU from us to you for being a part of our Y community. #GratitudeWeek #BePartOfSomethingBIG
Cleaning Sanitization:  A clean Y is a happy Y.

We are committed to the health and safety of all our staff and members. Thank you for continuing to do your part in helping keep the equipment and YMCA facilities clean. A friendly reminder to please wipe down equipment when you are finished. We will also continue our stringent cleaning practices and facility sanitization plans. Learn more>>
Manage Your Membership
Schedules
As always, we are here to answer your questions. If you have any questions or need to reactivate your membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Membership Sales Director: Joe Dapper dapperj@northshoreymca.org
   

Winter Program Registration OPENS Nov. 1st

You’ll Love Our Winter Programs!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 1st
and register for fun, health, and connection at the Y.

From youth basketball leagues including Jr. Celticsswim, and gymnastics to personal training,pickleball, STOTT PILATES® and more, there is something for every age and every interest to keep you active all winter long.

Be sure to check out all our “NEW” programs, noted on our registration page here>>.

DON’T FORGET!
Fall parent/child classes are ending so please remember to register for these classes for the winter session.

Check out a few program highlights below!


JR. CELTICS ACADEMY


PICKLEBALL!
Join the fastest growing sport in the country. We have lessons and leagues. You will love it!
Click here for schedules

STOTT PILATES®

We’re so excited to bring STOTT PILATES® to our Cape Ann Y!

Pilates is an excellent physical exercise with a focus on concentration, centering and breathing. It can also sharpen participants’ mental faculties and help to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration and improve sleeping habits. Contact Cassie Carlson to get started carlsonc@northshoreymca.org

Click here to explore ALL our programs!
YMCA of the North Shore Locations
Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA
Greater Beverly YMCA
Haverhill YMCA
Ipswich Family YMCA
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Plaistow Community YMCA
Salem YMCA
 

News from your YMCA!

Camp 2022 RewindWe know it’s been a couple of months since camp ended… but we miss it already! Relive all the best moments from this past camp season in our Camp 2022 Rewind! Want to keep the fun going throughout the school year? Check out our great before and after school care as well as our fall programs, click the button below!
View all Fall Programs
Spooky Spindrift

Saturday, October 15, 11:00 – 1:00pm
pumpkin decorating, costume contest, games and more!

Camp Spindrift
57 Atlantic St, Gloucester
Contact Heather Boudrow boudrowh@northshoreymca.org
Register
Halloween Fun!

Trunk or Treat
Join the fun and decorate your trunk, wear a costume, and hand out candy or prizes! Winner of the best trunk will receive a special prize!

Thursday, October 20th 4:30-6:00 pm
Cape Ann YMCA parking lot
Trunkers must pre-register! Contact Celia Sanfilippo sanfilippoc@northshoreymca.org
978.283.1896
Rain Date: October 25th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
 
Sign Up for Swim Lessons – Strong Swimmers Confident Kids

New leadership, new ratios, same incredible quality of instruction to keep everyone safe around the water.
Sign up!
October Challenge – Still Time to Join!

In honor of our upcoming Witch City 5K on Oct 15, try to log a 5K (3.1.miles) each week this month. You can do it! Download our app and try our challenges, log your workouts, get notifications and more!
Learn more
Shoot Some Hoops With Jr. Celtics!

Recently, some of our Jr. Celtics players had the amazing opportunity to play at the TD Garden right before the Celtics preseason game! Want to join the Jr. Celtics team? Register now for our Jr. Celtics Program!Register
 

As always, we are here to answer your questions. If you have any questions or need to reactivate your membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Membership Sales Director: Joe Dapper dapperj@northshoreymca.org

GLEN T. MACLEOD CAPE ANN YMCA FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT AT BASS ROCKS RAISES $50,000

Proceeds will ensure the Y continues to play a vital role in strengthening the community 

Pictured L-R Mark Grenier, Earl Uni, Joe Unis and Kevin Michaud

Gloucester, MA – The Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA hosted its first golf tournament at the beautiful Bass Rocks Golf Club on Monday.  It was a cold and windy day but 76 golfers hit the links to join forces to raise funds to support the Y’s educational and summer youth programming. As a result of the pandemic, the YMCA is providing increasingly more financial support to children, adults and families across all programmatic areas. The YMCA of the North Shore golf tournaments have created a viable means of fundraising to eliminate the financial barrier and enable access to those in the community that need the YMCA most. With the generous support of title sponsor Institution for Savings, this tournament raised just over $50,000 in one day.

Erina McWilliam-Lopez, Executive Director of the  Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA said, “The incredible support we saw for this tournament is a true testament to the way the Cape Ann community comes together to help those who need it most. Tournament proceeds ensure we can fulfill our commitment to providing vital resources to children and families   throughout our community. Huge thanks to Bass Rocks for a spectacular venue and special thanks to Institution for Savings for being a title sponsor. We can’t wait until next year!”

The Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann Y currently serves more than 10,000 members, provides more than $760,000 in financial assistance, and offers programs including swim lessons, sports programs as well as camp and licensed child care. Providing affordable housing to North Shore residents is also a core component of the YMCA’s mission. The soon to be built senior housing at the Y’s former location on Middle Street in downtown Gloucester will provide 44 one bedroom units of Y affordable housing for seniors in Gloucester. This will be adjacent to its 22 single room occupancy affordable units.

About the YMCA of the North Shore
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For over 160 years, the YMCA of the North Shore has been strengthening the foundations of the community. It serves more than 40,000 members and program participants in 25 cities and towns, nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic background.

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Please Read! Upcoming Closures:

A FRIENDLY REMINDER!

UPCOMING CLOSURES TO THE Y

WE’RE RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT CAPE ANN

We’re excited to host the YMCA of the North Shore’s annual event that raises critical funds for our Y and the Cape Ann community. As always, our goal is to create as little impact as possible to our members.

To get the Y ready for this special event, we will be closed during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, September 30: Gymnasium will be CLOSED all day. The facility will CLOSE at 1:00 pm (This closure will NOT impact childcare drop off or pick up)
  • Saturday, October 1: Entire facility will be CLOSED all day
  • Sunday, October 2: Facility OPENS at 12:00 noon

Please note: Any programming on Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning before noon will be canceled, while swim lessons will still be offered on Friday afternoon until 3:00 pm for those who are currently registered.

For swim lesson participants, we have scheduled make-up classes at the regularly scheduled times on Wednesday, December 28th, and Thursday, December 29th. We apologize for any inconvenience, and genuinely appreciate your understanding. 

EVERY Y IS YOUR Y

We understand it’s more convenient to get your workout in right here in Gloucester but just 15 minutes away, our neighboring Ipswich and Greater Beverly Y’s are excited to welcome you to enjoy their fitness centers, kids clubs, pools, and a huge variety of group exercise classes that weekend!

Click here and filter to those locations to see all the great things happening at our other Ys!
Click here to see all our other locations you have access to!
 

News from your YMCA!

Tee Off for a Great Cause!

There are only a few weeks left until our first ever Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann Golf Tournament on October 3rd at beautiful Bass Rocks Golf Club, This event supports our Y and the critical resources it provides to our community. There are a few foursomes left so register today or become a sponsor. #YPeopleYPlacesYPurpose

Click here for all the tournament details
Fall into Fun at the Y

From swim lessonsgymnastics to personal training, pickleball, and more, there is something for every age and every interest this fall at the Y!

Register for Swim LessonsView all Programs
There is still Time to Complete this Month’s Challenge- You Can Do It!
Learn more
Stott Pilates – Coming Soon!

We’re so excited to bring Pilates to our Y! Pilates is an excellent physical exercise with a focus on concentration, centering and breathing. It can also sharpen participants’ mental faculties and help to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration and improve sleeping habits.  As Joseph Pilates stated, “Pilates is a complete coordination of body, mind and spirit”. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
 
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Your Support, Our Mission

It was a summer to remember for thousands of Y campers! As a Y champion, you provided the gift of adventurehealth, and opportunity to so many children who otherwise may have lacked access to a summer of kids being kids – THANK YOU!

Please watch this special message from Executive Director, Erina McWilliam-Lopez to see the impact of your giving.

Cleaning Sanitization:  A clean Y is a happy Y.

We are committed to the health and safety of all our staff and members. Thank you for continuing to do your part in helping keep the equipment and YMCA facilities clean. We will continue our stringent cleaning practices and facility sanitization plans. Learn more>>
Schedules

Keeping Our Kids Healthy

Check out what’s new at our 7 YMCA locations just for kids to help keep them healthy, active, and engaged this fall
Fall Programs are here and they are packed with fun, adventure, and friends!

Enroll in basketballsoccergymnasticsJr. Celticsfloor hockeyflag footballswimmingsports conditioningninja obstacle course, and so much more!  
   Click here for all programs    

NEW! Survival Skills at our Cedar Mill Camp in Rowley

Get outside at our beautiful wooded campus in Rowley and test your survival skills! This program is built on the fundamentals of wilderness survival.  You will learn how to build shelters for weathering a storm, how to build the most effective fires, and the requirements for good fire safety in the woods. Learn navigation tools for finding your way around the natural wilderness of our expansive camp!

Click here to sign up for Survival Skills
Theatre at the Y

From our Salem Y stage to our Cape Ann/Manchester Essex stage, there are so many exciting and creative opportunities to be part of our theatre program! Plus, check out VIBE, a creative learning after school program in Salem.
Learn more
Fall Festival at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA

Join us for live music, food, games, prizes and more! Open to the community.

Saturday, September 17th
11:30 – 1:30 pm

Back parking lot of the Y
40 Leggs Hill Road

Special “Meet the Directors Days” at our Haverhill & Plaistow YMCAs


Learn more about all our programs this fall!

Sunday, September 11 – Aquatics: 11:30am-1pm (Haverhill Y)Monday, September 12 – Sports: 4-6pm (Haverhill Y)Tuesday, September 13 – Gymnastics: 1-6pm (Haverhill Y)Wednesday,  September 14 -Health and Wellness: 4-6pm (Haverhill Y)Thursday,  September 15 – School Age & Early Learning Education: 4-6pm (Haverhill Y)Friday, September 16 – Friday Fun Night: 6-9pm (Plaistow Y)Saturday, September 17 -Ninja & Gymnastics:  11:00am-1pm (Plaistow Y)
YMCA of the North Shore LocationsGlen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA
Greater Beverly YMCA
Haverhill YMCA
Ipswich Family YMCA
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Plaistow Community YMCA
Salem YMCA
Click here for schedules  
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<strong>CAPE ANN YMCA WELCOMES NEW SPORTS DIRECTOR GENTRY LEWIS </strong>

CAPE ANN YMCA WELCOMES NEW SPORTS DIRECTOR GENTRY LEWIS 

Professional basketball player, head basketball coach, mentor, and business owner leads the Y sports program

Gloucester, MA, – The Cape Ann YMCA is pleased to announce Gentry Lewis as its new Sports Director. With more than 15 years of experience in sports management and youth mentoring, Gentry is passionate about the connection between team sports and strengthening community. As CEO of D&G LLC, he built several successful companies while playing professional basketball for the last 15 years in Europe. He speaks Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, and is fluent in Italian. Most recently, Gentry has been working with the Mayor of Medford on economic development and youth programming initiatives.

Growing up in Louisiana, Gentry was a longtime member of the Y community there. He is passionate about the Y’s mission and core values and is committed to further strengthening the Cape Ann Y’s sports programming, culture, and youth development with his proven leadership skills.

Erina McWilliam-Lopez, Executive Director of the Cape Ann Y said, “We are beyond thrilled to have Gentry join our team and lead our sports program. His experience in coaching and mentoring as well as his breadth of knowledge in sports marketing and planning is something that will benefit our members and the community. He is an incredible asset to our Y as we broaden our sports programming to serve a wide range of ages, interests, and abilities. Gentry brings immense talent and opportunity to our Cape Ann community.”

About the YMCA of the North Shore
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For over 160 years, the YMCA of the North Shore has been strengthening the foundations of the community. It serves more than 40,000 members and program participants in 25 cities and towns. We nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socio-economic background. Visit  www.northshoreymca.org

News from your YMCA!

As I reach one month as the new Executive Director, I am genuinely inspired each day by our dedicated and diverse member community. Thanks to you and the generosity of our supporters, hundreds of families and children have access to health and wellness, learning, and fun at our Y. Last year, we awarded more than $510,000 in financial aid for membership, program, childcare and camp with projections even higher this year.

Exciting news! We’re hosting our first golf tournament at Bass Rocks on Monday, October 3, 2022 and you’re invited! 100% of the proceeds go directly into our financial assistance program for children and families.

Erina McWilliam-Lopez
Click here for all the tournament details

Get Excited for Fall

As summer winds down, we are gearing up for even more fun this fall! From swim lessonsgymnastics to personal training, pickleball, and more, there is something for every age and every interest this fall at the Y!
Register for Swim Lessons
View all Programs

Check out our Connectors Program

Join us for a kick off lunch and information session about this engaging and fun program for active older adults!

Wednesday, September 21
11:30 am
Recreation Room

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Williams williamse@northshoreymca.org
YMCA360 Virtual Y Classes

New releases this month include Chair Yoga, Core Express, Fierce, Muscle Pump, Pilates Mat, Vinyasa Yoga, and more! No matter where your summer travels take you, your local Y is never far behind with YMCA360! All your favorite exercise classes, cooking how-to’s, kids crafts, and more are available on Apple TV, Roku, Google Play, and the App Store with the YMCA360 app. Sign up today at www.ymca360.org
YMCA360 Virtual Experience
Enroll Now for our School Age Program

We’re getting ready for back to school and have some spots available in our afterschool program. Join our fun, educational program that helps children develop self-confidence, friendships, positive values, academic achievement, while building a sense of community. We offer care during school vacations, snow days, and half days. Each child registered for the school-age program also receives a Free YMCA Youth Membership!Click here for more information
Your Support, Our Mission

So many smiles, so much laughter – time really flies when you’re having fun – all possible because of generous donors like you!

We are proud to provide a summer full of adventure and opportunity to hundreds of children regardless of a family’s financial situation. With a couple of weeks left in the 2022 Y camp season, we are working to continue to meet the demand for camp scholarships

By the end of the summer we anticipate awarding nearly $550,000 in scholarships, and we need your help! Watch the video below to see what your impact has on our campers every day. Can our campers count on you this summer?

Donate>>
Cleaning Sanitization:  A clean Y is a happy Y.

We are committed to the health and safety of all our staff and members. Thank you for continuing to do your part in helping keep the equipment and YMCA facilities clean. We will continue our stringent cleaning practices and facility sanitization plans. Learn more>>
Schedules
Manage Your Membership
As always, we are here to answer your questions. If you have any questions or need to reactivate your membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Membership Sales Director: Joe Dapper dapperj@northshoreymca.org