April News: Paying it forward

april 2022

Paying it forward


Did you know the YMCA is a nonprofit community benefit organization? Generous neighbors make it possible for everyone to participate in Y programs, no matter how much they can afford to pay. This makes summer camp, membership, swim lessons, youth sports, afterschool childcare, and more accessible to all.

You can help by adding a few dollars to your monthly membership draft, or by giving a one-time donation. Consider the local impact you can make:

  • $5 a month gives one child access to swim lessons

  • $10 a month helps one child participate in youth sports

  • $25 a month provides one teen a Y membership

  • $50 a month registers one child for six weeks of day camp

Please donate today to create belonging for all!


Now hiring for the best summer job ever


Play and grow together 

Families love coming to the YMCA, and we love having them. Whether you want to deepen your relationships, play and be active, or meet other families, our activities, programs, and events encourage your family to grow together.


Benefits for household memberships with children who are active on the account include:

  • On-site childcare while you work out, take a shower, or visit with friends

  • Priority access to early registration for programs that fill up fast

  • Lower prices on swim lessons, youth sports, and other family programs

  • Safe, fun time together

Join us on Saturday, April 30 for Healthy Kids Day, a free community event for the whole family. Events at the Corpening Memorial Y in Marion and Patton Park in Hendersonville will feature activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, and competitions to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.



Spring Into Fitness member challenge


Half-day camp, full-time fun


Looking for ways to keep your younger children active this summer? The Y has several half-day camps to engage their interest.

  • Camp Kiddos introduces kids ages 3-5 to structured camp through arts, crafts, song, outdoor play, and water safety. 

  • Sports camps are perfect for aspiring athletes ages 5-12 who enjoy a variety of sports and recreational games. This summer we’re offering soccer, flag football, and mixed sports camps.

  • Specialty camps range from STEM to dance and more. Find a program that encourages your child's growth and ignites their passion.

All half-day camps run for four hours, Monday-Friday. Financial assistance is available. Learn more and sign up here.


Looking for an overnight option? Campers ages 7-15 will dare, discover, and dream at YMCA Camp Watia near the Nantahala National Forest.



Spring sports at the YMCA


Afterschool childcare = playful learning


Reserve your child’s spot in the Y’s enriching afterschool programs and rest easy knowing they have a safe, nurturing place to study and unwind. Registration is now open for the Y’s 2022-23 afterschool programs in Buncombe and McDowell. Financial assistance is available. Sign up here



YMCA spring break camps


Pedal for a purpose


On Saturday, April 9 (dates vary by center), come Pedal for a Purpose during our Annual Cycle-a-Thon in honor of World Parkinson's Day. Donations from the event will support the Y's Annual Campaign, which funds vital and unique programming like Pedaling for Parkinson's, Rock Steady Boxing, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, and more. Click "Find a Class" in our mobile app to sign up. (Download the app here.)


Parkinson's support at the Y


Monday, April 11 is World Parkinson's Day. The Y offers several programs specific to individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) including Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Rock Steady©, and PWR!Moves. 


Community building is an important aspect of these programs, and participants enjoy laughing, getting to know new friends, and sharing information about living with PD and related diseases. If you or your loved one would like more information, please click here, email us, or call 828-251-5910


Find balance and gain mobility


Moving for Better Balance is proven to help older adults and those with chronic health conditions improve balance, increase mobility, and build strength in a gentle, tai-chi inspired, movement-based class! Do you or a loved one need this type of support? Our next program starts April 18 at the Hendersonville Family YMCA, every Monday and Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. For more information, email Ashley Borders, call 828-209-9603 or click here




May brings more spring hours


Starting May 1, several of our centers will be expanding their hours of operation. Check our website or mobile app closer to the date for updated times. 


Share your feedback


Your opinion matters to us! Later this spring, we’ll begin surveying members and program participants to ask what we’re doing right and where we need to improve. You’ll get an email from us periodically after you check in or participate in a program at the Y, let us know how your experience was and how we can make it better. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you soon.



Virtual diabetes prevention programs


Love your job - work with the Y!

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children, adults, teens and seniors in western North Carolina? Come work with the YMCA! We’re looking for talented, energetic individuals who are committed to excellence in serving our members and our community. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.

There’s plenty of variety at the Y, whether you want to work on the water, with children, in an office or kitchen, or in an exercise studio. We offer competitive pay, hiring bonuses up to $1,000, a free Y membership, and career advancement opportunities. Apply to join our team today!

The Y also has plenty of opportunities to volunteer. April is National Volunteer Month, so it’s a great time to serve! Click here to learn how to mentor students, coach a sports team, sort or deliver fresh food, or teach a child to swim.



Virtual diabetes prevention programs



Feeding the community


The YMCA's free Mobile Food Markets visit dozens of locations each month, pairing free healthy food with tasty recipes, practical cooking demonstrations, and valuable nutrition information that's easy to understand. Spanish-speaking community health workers are also on hand to connect attendees with local resources. Distributions are open to the public, no questions asked. Check the schedule to see where we'll be this month.