The month of April is steeped in cultural and religious significance to countless people living in the Foothill communities. It is a month for celebrating rebirth, new beginnings, and second chances. This year the Abrahamic Religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam celebrate the start of Passover and Easter and the conclusion of Ramadan in April. We are blessed to live in a community that celebrates and appreciates all traditions and belief structures. This makes the month of April such a special time of year for the Y. The Y was founded with the core beliefs of caring, honesty, respect, inclusion, and responsibility. These values continue to live on in our mission statement today!
April at our Y is also a time to celebrate our three pillars of service: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Annual Support Campaign and Healthy Kids Day are the two major programs highlighted this month for our Y.
Healthy Kids Day The YMCA of the USA has selected April each year to spotlight National Healthy Kids Month. Our Y will do the same as we will emphasize engaging the youth and teens of our community to encourage and support their wellness. We will invite all youth, teens, and family members to join us for an open house! We will offer wellness-based, family fun activities and fellowship at our Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. We encourage all participants who attend to follow the Y on Instagram and Facebook and then use the hashtags #YMCAhealthykidsday and #ymcaofthefoothills on your social media platforms before, during, or after your visit to the Y.
65th Annual Support Campaign On April 3rd, our Y will kick off its 65th Annual Support Campaign, which funds our mission advancement, community outreach, and scholarship program for our service area’s most under-resourced members. This campaign is the lifeblood of our charitable outreach, providing access pathways for all in need. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or both to this year’s Annual Support Campaign, please click below or contact Joanne Pingry at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
I hope this April brings you and your family renewed hope, a fresh start, and improved health as we collectively move forward as a community and nation. Onward and Upward!