The YMCA is impacting lives all across the Spokane area, and we want to hear what the Y means to you. Reach a personal milestone? Did your child conquer their fear of the water? Whatever it may be, big or small, please share your story with us! Stories will not be shared without permission.
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Aiden believes in paying it forward, and he doesn’t want to waste time doing it. The Central Y lifeguard credits the YMCA for being a pillar in his life, helping to shape his past and his future. He recalls first learning to swim in the old downtown Y building and spending numerous summers at YMCA […]
Serving in our nation’s military can take a family across the country or around the world. Commander Jennifer Bagnell’s family has moved many time but now calls Spokane home as she serves in the United States Navy. Jennifer is the Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Spokane. The center focuses on preparing […]
Stevie isn’t shy. She says her outgoing and friendly personality makes her a perfect fit to be at the welcome desk at the South Spokane YMCA. “Giving people a positive start to their workout is important. Some people want to ease into it, they stay and chat, others want to get right to work. I’m […]
For many mothers, being healthy and active is more complicated than just showing up at the Y and putting in 30 minutes on the treadmill. They must balance the unique demands of motherhood, a career, and a marriage…that leaves little time to make it to the gym. Tonya knows this, she has two active sons, […]
When Amanda graduated from college she sought a job that would allow her to help children and their families grow. After 7 years at the Eastern Washington University Children’s Center, Amanda says she is working at her “dream job” as the Family Services Coordinator. She describes her job as holistic care for families with children […]
Adam came to the YMCA to make a difference in the lives of Spokane teens. Two years later he has built a community of support, love, and encouragement among the students at North Central High School with the Outside the Box program. For three days a week during the school year, students at North Central […]
Ask any lifeguard at the North Spokane YMCA about Quinton and they’ll immediately crack a smile. The 15 year-old, who has autism, has been coming to the Y with his family two times a week for over three and half years. From the moment he walks in the door, Quinton is greeted with ‘hellos’ and […]
Ask any parent how it feels to look after a group of energetic kids and you’ll probably get a pair of wide-eyes, ask Danielle, and you’ll get a smile. Spokane Valley YMCA’s Youth & Family Lead has been working in Child Watch for 16 years and has seen and heard it all, and she loves […]
Years ago, George was visiting his eye doctor when he got the news he had always feared but knew would eventually come. He was going blind. Damage suffered while serving in the military in Vietnam compounded by a diabetes diagnosis meant George would be completely losing his sight soon. His optometrist told him he’d have […]
Life for a middle schooler is rarely easy. Pressures from family, friends, school and beyond pull young teens in every direction. Fourteen-year-old Max of Mountainside Middle School is no different. He and other teens from across Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are finding ways to connect, express themselves and deal with all the trials and tribulations […]