YMCA of Greater Nashua

aka YMCA of Greater Nashua   |   Nashua, NH   |  http://www.nmymca.org/

Mission

To instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Ruling year info

1942

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael LaChance

Main address

10 Cotton Road Suite 1

Nashua, NH 03063 USA

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EIN

02-0222250

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is to strengthen our community and we primarily do this through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, engaging as many people in our community through education, leadership development and character building programming.

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?

YMCA Membership

The YMCA serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind, and body. YMCA provides traditional daycare, an after school enrichment program, and day camp activities. YMCA also offers programs designed to develop the spirit, mind and body through cardiovascular and muscular activity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2021 we taught over 2000 children to swim in our traditional swim lessons and 209 adults through instruction and triathlon club. In addition we served 50 children in the ‘Safety Around Water’ swim program at a free or reduced rate. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 12, particularly children from low-income families. The Y teaches swim lessons, offers scholarships for those lessons, and partners with school systems to help all kids be proficient swimmers. Our Storm swim team worked with 187 swimmers toward an ultimate goal of providing age appropriate training that enables swimmers to reach their full potential while helping in the mental, emotional, and social development of all our swimmers. Our goals are to develop within each swimmer the desire to succeed, a willingness to work hard, self-discipline and self-reliance, a sense of sportsmanship, and loyalty to other team members, the coaches, and to the YMCA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

• The bonds among participants in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program have been life changing. We are in our fifth year offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is available to cancer survivors and their families in the Greater Nashua community. The Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. To date, 411 people have enrolled in the program, including 87 this past year. Many participants have stayed active and engaged in the program after graduating by serving as mentors to new enrollees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We graduated 56 students from our third class from the YMCA Superhero Training Academy. After much success in Hudson, we added another Superhero Training Academy program at the City of Nashua’s Title 1 Preschool program working with 45 low-income four year olds. In addition to the initial program, these Superheroes also receive free swim lessons so they can help the world on land and at sea! Teachers and guidance counselors were concerned about these children, but their needs did not fit into traditional at-risk services offered. Y staff developed Superhero Training Academy to teach the kids about being strong in their mind and body, showing great character and leadership and developing their own superhero persona who works to improve their school community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• This fall we launched the second year of the YMCA Achievement Center (YAC) at Hudson Memorial School. Y leadership and the Hudson School District developed the concept of a YAC to address needs of 6th-8th grade students through providing social and emotional learning and creating an overall culture of positivity within a middle school setting. The YAC is an innovative way to address the needs of middle schoolers through creating an environment that focuses on helping students to experience positive emotions, teaching character values, and identifying student strengths. Research shows that when students experience positive emotions and are able to utilize their strengths, they are able to develop important social and psychological assets to draw upon, which can be effective in impacting long-term academic outcomes. Rivier University’s Department of Education is providing formal, independent program evaluation to assess short-term measures of happiness, self-esteem and grit as well as long-term changes in student attendance, behavior infractions and academic performance before and after participation in the YAC program. Results from the first round of data collection for the program are very promising, demonstrating that most students experienced a boost in their self-esteem (64%), happiness (56%), and grit (49%). Here’s a quote from one of the YAC students: “In this class, I have enjoyed many new experiences such as journaling, meditating, and performing random acts of kindness. One random act of kindness that was a very special moment for me was drawing hand-made Christmas cards for the local nursing home. It made me feel good to spread kindness and holiday cheer. This experience has taught me to be kind, positive, grateful, brave, and so much more!”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camp Association Accreditation 2018

American Camp Association Accreditation 2019

American Camp Association Accredittion 2020

American Camp Association Accreditation 2021

Awards

Governor's Council on Physical Activity and Health/Outstanding Achievement Award 2018

State of New Hampshire

Best Family Friendly Fitness 2020

Parenting NH

Best of Greater Nashua 2020

Nashua Telegraph

Camp Sargent - Best Summer Camp 2020

Hippo Press

Spirit of NH Award 2020

State of New Hampshire

YMCA Arts Program/Art Award 2020

Arts Nashua

Gate City Light Award/National Volunteer Week 2020

City of Nashua

Buddy Cup Award/Teen Leader Asher Thomas 2020

YMCA Northeast Leaders School

Affiliations & memberships

YMCA of the USA (in good standing) 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed skills and attitudes to make physical activity a habit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Prescribe the Y, you obesity prevention program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

71% exercised more; 42% saw in increase in self esteem; 42% consumed more fruits; 50% consumed more vegetables; 21% drank less soda; 35% watched less tv and played fewer video games.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed/maintained healthy eating habits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Prescribe the Y, you obesity prevention program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

71% exercised more; 42% saw in increase in self esteem; 42% consumed more fruits; 50% consumed more vegetables; 21% drank less soda; 35% watched less tv and played fewer video games.

Number of children achieving language and literacy proficiency

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We established the YMCA Educational Academy to assist families with the challenges of remote learning.

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Y Achievement Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Power Scholars Academy is a collaboration between the Y and Nashua School District to provide low-income students behind grade level in reading and/or math with free 5-week evidence-based summer prog

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We strive to improve each individual through programs and services which strengthen their spirit, mind and body.

We offer more than 325 different programs within our three areas of focus (healthy living, youth development and social responsibility) based on the needs in our community.

With more than 400 employees, 1000 volunteers, and 50 collaborative partners, we have been able to accomplish goals to have a positive impact in our community.

We are serving more children (12,000+) in southern New Hampshire than any other entity. We have just been notified by YMCA of the USA that our Early Education Center is the largest single-facility YMCA child care center in the United States, serving more than 425 children. We have more than doubled the number of citizens we are serving in our community in the last 7 years to over 32,000 individuals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve members of the Southern NH and Northern Massachusetts community. We are open to any person regardless of ability to pay, gender, age, ability.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have garnered a lot of important feedback about lack off access to some of our programs due to not having information available to those whose first language is not English. We have created all child care flyers and posters into Portugese, as this is where we learned the gap was for our organization.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It helps us show that we are a welcoming organization and truly want to serve everyone in our community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YMCA of Greater Nashua

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Andy Whigham

Edwards Jones

Term: 2022 - 2024

Steve Lynn

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Joseph Thomas

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.