With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
YMCA Cape Cod
Tell us about your business/non-profit and how it benefits local families?
The YMCA is a non-profit organization listening and working with communities and families of Cape Cod and the Islands to partner local families and individuals to deliver positive change. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is out cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, can learn, grow and thrive.
Where is it located?
The YMCA of Cape Cod branch is located at: 2245 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668. With additional Early Education Centers and Camps found throughout Cape Cod beginning in Brewster all the way to Falmouth. The centers can be found at Camp Lyndon, North Falmouth, Falmouth Hospital, Stonybrook Elementary School, Harwich: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, and Harwich Elementary School.
What is your favorite thing about our community?
The willingness and engagement of volunteers and fellow agencies who pull together to support the families and members we serve.
How else do you get involved with the community?
In addition to helping one learn, grow and thrive, the Y’s motto is “The Y is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility”. The YMCA gets involved with the community by holding health and wellness classes, as well as offering personal wellness trainings and water activities. In December we hold a “Breakfast with Santa” at our own Camp Lyndon. We also do “Pedal for Parkinson’s” to raise awareness and funds to go toward research and resources, we have a diabetes resource center open and available to the public, the Livestrong Program for Cancer survivors, we also hold a Healthy Kids Day annually, incorporating several different local shops and vendors to share healthy lifestyles and choices.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Resources and quality Early Education centers.
What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
Participating in the process of HEALTHY KIDS DAY and the actual day. To see over 600 families of the Cape enjoying all of the local businesses and excitement of the day. It was a great success and a day of fun and smiles by all.
What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Advice for parents and caregivers in our community would be to be open to new experiences and be optimistic and open minded to different backgrounds and families.
Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Healthy Kids Day, Breakfast with Santa, Parade Days, Pedaling for Parkinson’s event, Golf Tournament, among many more throughout the year.
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