The Greater Holyoke YMCA is committed to serving diverse communities in western Massachusetts. We nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. Our top priority is to support you and your family’s health and well being because we believe strong communities thrive when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. We truly have something for everyone – whether you’re eight or eighty years old. Come in for a tour and join us!
The Greater Holyoke Y is committed to building a stronger, healthier community. We are living our mission at our Pine Street location AND in the community each and every day. By offering classes, training and programs that align with our mission, we support all peoples’ health and wellness goals. Below are just some of the places you will find your Y in the community:
• South Hadley Council on Aging
• Chicopee Parks and Recreation Department • Homework Help at St. Paul’s Church
• Loomis Communities
• Stay Day Program at St. Paul’s
• Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council
• Ward 4 Neighborhood Watch Meetings
• BOKS program in Holyoke Public Schools
• Holyoke Senior Center
• Thursday Holyoke Farmers Market
• Providence Place
AUTUMN FUN RUN-Come join us in the fall for our Autumn Fun Run/ Walk. Race proceeds benefit our financial assistance program. Race is held at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks on Whitney Avenue. Post-race food, raffles, music and more. Look for in October.
COMMUNITY BIKE RIDES-Join us every Thursday as we see Holyoke from two wheels. Whether you want to explore the city, work on safe riding techniques or develop road skills, this is the place for you. This program is open to all ages and skill levels and is a collaboration with the Trustees of Reservation and HUBS. For more information, contact 413-534-5631 x114. Rides are seasonal.
CONSIGNMENT SALE-Think how much lighter you’ll feel without all those bags and boxes of outgrown clothes, toys, games, books, costumes, pack and plays and strollers! This annual event is a fundraiser for our financial assistance program. Look for in October.
CPR/AED TRAINING-We periodically offer American Safety & Health Institute CPR/AED trainings in which participants learn the basic techniques for CPR and use of an automatic external defibrillator. Participants receive a two-year certification.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT-The Greater Holyoke YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to the Greater Holyoke community. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Working with schools, day cares, community organizations, faith groups and more, we’re training community members to keep our kids safe.
HALLOWEEN PARTY-Come, ghosts, witches, monsters and goblins to our annual Halloween party that is free for members and After-school families. The party is held in the gym where we provide pizza, treats, games, crafts and safe trick-or-treating. Fun for the whole family! Look for in October.
HUBS BIKE CLINICS-These in-depth programs cover specialized interests in bike maintenance and construction. Workshops may cover “Bike Mechanics for the Commuter Cyclist”, “Bike Mechanics for the Road Cyclist”, “Bike Mechanic Certification”, “Bike Mechanics Instructor Certification” and more. These workshops happen through out the year and are a collaboration with Bikes Not Bombs. Look for information here: http://www.holyokeurbanbikeshop.org/
MILITARY OUTREACH INITIATIVE-The Greater Holyoke YMCA is an active participant in this initiative that addresses the needs of families of eligible military personnel, limited to Title 10 personnel only (per Department of Defense guidelines). We offer short-term memberships for adults and families of Deployed Guard/Reserve or relocated spouse of active-duty service people in six month intervals (up to 18 months) or those on active duty assigned to a location nearby.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY-Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children and families across the country. In the spring, we offer this free community-wide event at a local park, including healthy cooking demos, field games, health and wellness information and much more. Look for in April.
WE CARE PROGRAM-If you lose your full-time job and feel you need to cancel your membership, we would like to offer you assistance. Please contact 413-534-5631 x102 for details.