The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina serves Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Yadkin & Wilkes Counties. We have a passion for serving people of all ages, races and religions. We also offer financial assistance to those who otherwise cannot afford programs, services or membership fees at any of our locations.
Our mission: “Helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.”
Areas of Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility
What's Happening at the Y
The YMCA State Alliance of Noth Carolina has been selected to participate in the Y’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) – an initiative aimed at addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, sytems and environmental change. The YMCA State Alliance of Noth Carolina is one of 14 to receive funds from YMCA of the USA, which was recently awarded nearly $7.9 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to expand the Statewide PHC initiative from six states to a total of 21 states. The focus is on states with high rates of childhood obesity.
Did you know that more than 10 million kids around the world go to summer camp each year? The summer months are just around the corner and now is the time to register for camp. Summer is meant to be filled with learning enrichment, new experiences and making new friendships and memories that can last a lifetime. At the Y, we focus on programs that allow children to explore and get involved in activities that help them grow both mentally and physically. Summer camp gives children and teens the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, discover new interests, be more physically active, and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills.
The YMCA has launched a new mobile app available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Users can search exercise schedules, get new program information, see facility closings, and more. You can even add group exercise classes and special events directly to your personal calendar, as well as register for Y programs through the app. All Y info including group exercise schedules, facility closing and sports cancellations, and pool information will continue to be available on our website and by calling your branch.
he YMCA of Northwest North Carolina announced today that three branches will offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – an innovative initiative to reduce the burden of diabetes – one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. Sessions will begin this spring at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, William G. White, Jr. YMCA and Wilkes Family YMCA branches.
After her marriage of 49 ½ years had ended, Johnsie wasn’t looking for love. She was praying for it. She had asked God to bring someone into her life. On March 12 of 2012, she was feeling lonely, but felt in her heart that God would hear and answer her prayers. That day, she went to exercise at the Y, where she was using the exercise machines when she looked up and saw a tall man above her. Jim struck up a conversation, and when she saw his smile she was able to look past his “ball cap and sloppy shirt.” When he asked her later for a date she thought, “You better go if you don’t, you’ll never know if he’s the one.”
From time to time we hear great stories about the impact that YMCA volunteers, staff or programs have on individuals. We call these “mission moments.” Here is one a membership staff member recently shared.
When Denise Fouche’s son was diagnosed as legally blind and facing serious medical complications, her world stopped. “Although I continued to breathe, move, and go through the motions of life – I quit living for 10 years. When I decided to live again I had eaten my way beyond 300lbs,” she shares.
Shirley Jackson has a way with words. Today, she is a poet on her way to completing her GED. But it wasn’t too long ago that she didn’t feel she had the skills she needed to adequately express herself through her writing or to get a job that would support her. She began taking classes at the YMCA Literacy Initiative to improve her reading comprehension skills needed to pass the GED, with the goal of entering mortuary school and building a career. Shirley is a dedicated student and shares that her classmates and instructors have become like family.