Sonoma County Family YMCA

For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility

aka YMCA   |   Santa Rosa, CA   |  http://www.scfymca.org/

Mission

The Sonoma County Family YMCA nurtures the healthy development of children and teens, strengthens families, invests in individual well-being and uplifts our entire community making it a healthier, safer, better place to live. With our expertise in health, fitness, education and aquatics we are proud to be the largest local provider of: before & after-school care, swim lessons, water safety classes and mobility programs for our aging population. The Y serves people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay, ever. 100% of donations go directly to serving the people our programs support. Though each is independent, YMCAs collectively make up the largest nonprofit community service organization in America.

Ruling year info

1956

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Matthew Henry

Main address

1111 College Ave

Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA

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EIN

94-1265049

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are several community challenges we'd like to address: 1. Improve school readiness and success through early childhood education - preschool. 2. Increase high school retention, college readiness and life skills through youth development (camps, team sports, civics programs, etc.) 3. Reduction in drownings through water safety and swim lessons. 4. Physical mobility for seniors and disabled persons. 5. Reduce the impact of diabetes on people's lives. Access to quality cutting-edge education regarding health & fitness and programs that develop physical, mental and spiritual well-being for people of all ages.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Childcare - Before & After School

At the YMCA Preschool and school-age Child Care program, we expand children’s potential by providing a supportive, safe, creative, fun environment in which they can develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally. Our goal is to meet the needs of families by offering safe, accessible and affordable programs.

Our program objectives are:

To provide a program of creative, appealing learning experiences for children through supervised recreational activities.

To provide an opportunity for the child’s development of self-confidence and a foundation for socialization skills.

To create an environment that fosters opportunities for the development of the child in the areas of:
a. Health and Nutrition
b. Physical Education
c. Skills Development
d. Interpersonal Relationships
e. Self-Awareness and Confidence
f. Self-Sufficiency
g. Academic Skills

To provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of self and others and to develop social skills in a warm, positive, respectful and supportive environment.

To support and strengthen the family by providing opportunities for families to share experiences and values, and to broaden their sense of community with other families.

Population(s) Served

Through camp children develop confidence for creative self-expression through science, the arts, team sports, activities, new friendships and exciting adventures.

There are a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as field trips, special events, multicultural activities, swimming and other water activities, and hands-on environmental experiences to choose from every year.

Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the Sonoma County Family YMCA Sports, Science, Summer Kids Club, Owl's Nest and Summer Adventure Day Camps meet the highest standards in nearly 300 areas including health, safety, personnel, transportation and facilities.

With more than 100 years of camping experience, YMCA camps are a safe and nurturing place where children build self-esteem, leadership skill and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We uplift the communities we serve through quality programs that educate everyone across the lifespan. We promote community cohesion by giving voice to the marginalized and under-served. Children and teens who participate in YMCA programs realize their potential and grow into adulthood by exploring their unique talents and interests in a safe environment that demonstrates and encourages caring, honest, respectful and responsible attitudes and behaviors. For everyone -regardless of age, beliefs or background- we encourage a balanced spirit, mind and body through programs that educate and challenge a person to learn a new skill or hobby, foster social and family networks and build confidence. We never turn anyone away for the inability to pay.

The YMCA provides quality, trained instructors and coaches who assist people in achieving their goals. Our preschool prepares kids for Kindergarten both academically and socially. Our before and after school care programs provide a safe, nurturing space for children to do homework and participate in art, science and sports programs while parents are working. Our gym and group exercise classes offer people the opportunity to work out on their own or with personal trainers and instructors on their aerobic capacity and strength building. Our health & wellness courses offer people the opportunity to learn about important subjects like nutrition, Medicare, estate planning, hormones, and more. Our Diabetes prevention program help individuals adjust their lifestyle to reduce the likelihood they develop Type II diabetes. Our Diabetes Empowerment program educates people on how to successfully manage Type II diabetes once they've been diagnosed with the disease. We offer adaptive and accessible programs for those with special needs, disabilities or mobility issues. Our popular aquatics programs are specially designed for all ages, abilities, skill level and stages of mobility. Both indoors, we offer a therapy pool in addition to a lap pool for varying needs. Additionally the YMCA runs programs for middle and high-schoolers that teach them about civic engagement, international policy and economics, and the US judicial system social responsibility through a Model United Nations and Model Legislature & Court program.

The YMCA has been committed to inclusion since its inception in England in the 1840s when the Y offered something unique for its time: a drive to meet social need in the community and its openness to members across the rigid lines separating social classes. Recently the Y-USA President & CEO stated, "I believe deeply in the power of the Y's mission and cause, and in our collective capacity to move the country forward by giving voice to the marginalized and under-served and promoting community cohesion. As an organization and as individuals privileged to play this vital role, we have an obligation to be purposely and fully inclusive, across all dimensions of diversity." Inclusiveness underscores everything we do and the first English as a second language classes were offered by YMCAs. There are many programmatic areas in which we are considered expert as well. We are leaders in youth camps and have been making an impact on kids lives since 1885 when camping became a cornerstone of YMCA programming. Camp Dudley, America's first known summer camp program, at Orange Lake, New York -- the longest continually operating camp. It and all our camps provide children with a positive developmental experience through skill development, making new friends, building confidence and growing in self-reliance. Staff at YMCAs pioneered many sports like basketball, volleyball and racquetball. Our aquatics expertise is widely recognized since it began in 1908 when the YMCA was the first to create group swim lessons and later SCUBA diving certification and lifesaving/life-guarding practices. The Y also developed the first pool filtration systems. Our diabetes education program is Medicare approved and taught by instructors who go through rigorous training to qualify.

Since 1954 we've steadily expanded our facilities and programming to serve the needs of the community growing from programs in people's backyard pools to a state-of-the-art facility with a group exercise room, 2 pools (one lap and one therapy) and gym with equipment that is refreshed for general maintenance and as technology improves. We also now operate 1 preschool and before and after-school childcare at 21 schools around the county. Additionally we partner with a neighboring city to run their pool and swim classes every summer and have a satellite branch with team sports and group exercise programs in another neighboring town. We partner with dozens of healthcare, recreation, park and social services agencies to provide programs, education and expertise "where people are" say in rehabilitation facilities or in lifelong learning programs at local colleges and universities. We also have a Y on Wheels van that travels to under-served areas with youth sports programs for those who might not be able to travel to our facility nor afford our in-house programs. We give more that $200K in financial aid every year and never turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay. Next we are considering an expansion at our main facility; investigating building facilities in other areas of the country; securing additional funding to increase our financial aid program; investing further in our Youth & Government programs that envelop middle and high schoolers in the civic engagement, international policy, economics and judicial systems processes (through Model UN and Model Legislature & Court programs); establishing additional preschools to meet a growing county-wide demand for children to be Kindergarten-ready.

Financials

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Sonoma County Family YMCA

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Smith

Exchange Bank

Term: 2014 - 2017

Martin Hirsch

Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller

Yale Abrams

Abrams Consulting

Trevor Codington

Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

David Jones

Empire Optometry

Patricia Schaefer

Retired, St. Joseph's Health