YMCA of Greater Londonderry Helps the Community Splash With Confidence

As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Greater Londonderry encourages children and parents in the community to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” said Lance Kennedy, branch director, YMCA of Greater Londonderry. “The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices. We want all swimmers to make their splash with confidence.”

As part of summer water safety, the YMCA of Greater Londonderry encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:

•    Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
•    Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
•    Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
•    Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
•    Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. YMCA of Greater Londonderry continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. The Y offers swim lessons and programs for all ages and abilities including small group swim lessons and group aquatics class such as Pool Pilates and Aqua Fit. Their heated seasonal outdoor pool gives community members another opportunity to come together in a safe and supportive environment. The pool also enhances the experience of campers at YMCA Camp Pa-Gon-Ki adding to the healthy fun, adventure, personal growth, memories, and friendship they experience all summer long!

To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Londonderry swim lessons and other summer programs, contact Lance Kennedy at 603.437.9622 or lkennedy@graniteymca.org.


YMCA of Greater Londonderry Annual Wine Tasting

Come enjoy the wines of Oz Thursday, May 8 during The YMCA of Greater Londonderry 13th annual wine tasting and auction benefit at the Executive Court in Manchester, NH, 6:00 -8:30 pm. This year’s event theme takes guests through the wonderful world Oz!

The annual wine tasting event supports the YMCA Reach Out for Youth and Families campaign. Reach Out for Youth and Families provides great opportunities for individuals and families in the greater Londonderry communities who are in need of financial assistance to participate in all Y program offerings. The Y nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and gives back and supports its neighbors. The YMCA of Greater Londonderry, a branch of The Granite YMCA, builds a healthy spirit, mind and body in individuals and families by instilling the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through our practices and programs. Last year, The Granite YMCA served more than 35,000 children, teens and adults from 24 different communities, and partnered with 79 local community organizations.  The Y also provided $1,623,000 in scholarship funds to more than 18,773 disadvantaged youth and families to ensure the Y is a welcoming place for everyone in the communities they serve.

Different local restaurants, wineries and beverage distributors attend this annual event, serving delicious gourmet food and drink. A diverse silent auction and live auction are held throughout the event, showcasing items such as special trips, spa packages, signed sports memorabilia, gift certificates, and more. Funds raised for the Reach Out for Youth and Families campaign during the wine tasting allow the YMCA of Greater Londonderry to better support local communities, through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased the YMCA of Greater Londonderry Welcome Center by calling 603-437-9622 or stopping by the Y at 206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH. Tickets can also be purchased online here, or upon arrival to the event on May 8.


Windham Rec. Department and YMCA of Greater Londonderry Partner in Healthy Living

The YMCA of Greater Londonderry is teaming up with the Windham Recreation Department to offer some great programs. Together, they will use their resources to develop stronger, more inclusive activities for communities, provide support for people and families, and promote positive healthy living.

“As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community, the Y was created in response to social needs and remains to this day a lifeline in communities in the nation and around the state. The Y collaborates with community partners to help people of all ages get the resources and programs they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Our most effective partnerships are helping towns provide programs and services that we are known for while they focus on other community needs,” says YMCA of Greater Londonderry branch director, Lance Kennedy.

Beginning in early May, YMCA of Greater Londonderry will be offering a basketball skills for youth and a walking program for seniors. In Basketball Skills, participants will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, passing, dribbling, shooting, offensive, and defensive strategies, and ball handling skills. The walking program for seniors offers weekly walks and exercises designed to build balance, strength, endurance, and community. For more information on these six week programs starting in May, please call or stop by the Y at 603.437.9622 or the Windham Recreation Department at 603.965.1208. To register, click here.The YMCA of Greater Londonderry and the Widnham Recreation Department plan to build on the unique selection of healthy living activities offered to Windham’s community members. “Through our partnership with the YMCA of Greater Londonderry, we can continue to offer healthy lifestyle activities that bring together people with shared athletic and recreational interests. Our partnership will only strengthen our resources and guidance to maintain and improve the physical activity, health and wellness of our community, regardless of age or ability,” says Cheryl Haas of the Windham Recreation Department.


YMCA of Greater Londonderry Family Open House, November 21st

The YMCA will be hosting a Family Open House on Wednesday, November 21st 9:00 am to 11:00 am at its facility located at 206 Rockingham Road in Londonderry.  Open to all members of the Londonderry community this is a great opportunity to check out the YMCA and its new additions.

The youth in the Y’s child care program have been working on a Thanksgiving Day quilt- sharing what they are thankful for, which will be on display at the Y, families will also be able to participate in a Thanksgiving day craft they will be able to make a centerpiece for Thanksgiving day, and those who would like to come try some of our fitness classes are welcome to do so.

Back in 1999 a group of volunteer citizen worked to open the building that they YMCA is housed in today.  From that humble beginning the YMCA has grown and is always adding new activities and capabilities at its facility.  In October of 2011 the YMCA of Greater Londonderry announced plans to move forward with it capital campaign.  Those included a new ball field and low ropes adventure course, made possible by a generous donation by Continental Paving, and the construction of the new pool.  The pool now completed and opened last year was designed with 5 lanes of swimming, a handicap accessible ramp, and a shallow teaching area to serve toddlers and young children.

The staff at the YMCA of Greater Londonderry continues to add programs to activities working with local community members  and seniors.  The YMCA creates a community where all are welcome. The Y builds a healthy spirit, mind and body in children, individuals, and families while instilling the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through our practices and programs.


YMCA to Host Wine Tasting and Auction

The YMCA of Greater Londonderry will be hosting their annual Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit on May12, 2011. The benefit, which will be held at the Executive Court Banquet in Manchester, will serve as a fundraiser called Reach Out for Youth and Families.

This campaign provides opportunities for individuals and families in the Greater Londonderry community who are in need of financial assistance to participate in the YMCA’s programs. These programs include summer camps and the after school programs.

Food and wine vendors will be attending the benefit, presenting various dishes and wine selections. Londonderry’s own Moonlight Meadery will be among the vendors, presenting their special mead wines.

Currently, fifty items have been confirmed for the silent auction and ten have been confirmed for the live auction during the evening. Items include Red Sox tickets and a week long stay in Florida.

The Wine Tasting and Auction Benefit will be held Thursday, May 12, from 6 to 8:30 PM and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased for $35 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Fitzgerald at 603-437-9622 or email her at lfitzgerald(at)yogm.org.

To read more about Moonlight Meadery, read about the start of the company, as well as their move to their new facility.


YMCA to Host Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Londonderry would like to invite the public to a special event to be held this Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 11 AM until 2 PM. Called Healthy Kids Day, the event is a great way for families to come together and learn about healthy foods, activities and much more!

This free event will feature fun activities like bounce houses, Open Kidz Gym, dog demonstrations, arts and crafts and family games. There will also be nutrition information and healthy snacks available for all.

Join the YMCA in Londonderry for this event Sunday, April 17 from 11 AM until 2 PM! The YMCA is located at 206 Rockingham Road.

The YMCA of Greater Londonderry is part of the YMCA of Greater Manchester, and like our sister branches in Manchester, Goffstown, and Stafford County, we are pleased to offer a wide variety of fun family programs that incorporate the YMCA’s character values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. There’s something for everyone at the YMCA of Greater Londonderry!

For more information about the YMCA, visit their website.