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Disaster Response Availability Request for Greater Houston Area

January 18, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Dear Red Crossers,

Over the past 24 hours we’ve experience severe weather across the Greater Houston area. Currently we have a number of road closures, effected highways and luckily minimal structure damage. The unfortunate part of this storm is we are expecting more rain over the next 24 hours. The Houston EOC has been activated and because of this the Red Cross is on standby.

We are calling upon you to set your availability to help us manage the needs of the people potentially impacted. Currently we are looking for general disaster response availability. Just in Time Training will be available to those who have not been through formal training.

If you are interested and available to volunteer please sign up for the shifts. While the shifts are listed as 12 hours – we may consider shifts as short as 4 hours depending on the need.

To sign up to be on standby, please reply to this email with which day(s) you are available or log in to Volunteer Connection -> My Shifts -> Disaster Response Availability.

We are looking for availability through Saturday January 21st, 2016.

This is just an availability request and we will be in contact with you whether or not we stand up an operation. If you have general availability for this evening please indicate in the notes for the shifts you sign up for or send an email back today with you availability for this evening.

Thanks for all that you do!

YMCA: Upcoming Events

January 18, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Y Rewards
Houston Rockets

As a Y member, enjoy specially priced tickets to the Rockets upcoming games against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, January 31, the Atlanta Hawks Thursday, February 2 and the Orlando Magic Tuesday, February 7.

Use promo code: ymca

Get Tickets >>


Child Care Tax Statements Available Online

Does your child participate in our Child Care program? Are you in need of your end-of-year statement to submit with your taxes?

If so, you can access them online through your account.

  1. Go to My Account
  2. Log into your account or create/set up online account access.

Once you’ve logged in, click on “2016 year-end child care statement”.


Healthy Happens at the YMCA
Share the Perks of Our New Member Promotion

Healthy happens at the YMCA. Help people throughout Greater Houston start the year where they can nourish their soul and strengthen their muscles. From fitness classes and state-of-the-art equipment, to free child care and individualized health assessments, we are here to help everyone in the community meet their wellness goals.

If you join by January 31, you’ll pay no joining fee because Healthy Happens Here. Visit ymcahouston.org for locations and details.

Learn more >>


Banding Together, Bridging Communities
Lake Houston Family YMCA Bridge Fest

Join us for Bridge Fest Saturday, February 11 at 8:30 am. Bridge Fest began as a celebration of the opening of the Lake Houston Parkway bridge and continues to be an important event in the community.

With three distances for runners, joggers and walkers to choose from, the race is designed to encourage participation from all abilities and ages.

Register Now >>

Local restaurant to be showcased on Food Network

January 16, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Cool Runnings, Jamaican Bar & Grill in the heart of District K will be showcased on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on the Food Network.

YMCA: Upcoming Events

January 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Take Your Shot
Spring Youth Sports

At the Y, we focus on building confidence and character in kids to encourage them to embrace new experiences.

Whether your child is playing soccer for the first time, or a returning athlete seeking to build confidence and improve skills, YMCA youth sports programs guide them and encourage them to give it their best shot.

Register Now >>


Friends Help Friends Stay Healthy
Get 1 month FREE when you Refer-A-Friend

Friends help friends stay healthy! Here’s a simple way to share your love for the Y with your friends and save money!

Refer a friend: Have your friend go to any Houston YMCA, mention your name and join.

Your next month’s membership fee will be waived.

Enjoy that extra cash!

Learn More >>


Spirit of Service
MLK Day of Service

Start the On Monday, January 16, YMCAs throughout the city will host service events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We invite you to join us, so we can make our community stronger and a better place for all.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Register Today >>


Don’t Just Lose Weight. Gain Support.
Houston Methodist Weight Management Center

Maintaining a healthy weight is about more than cutting (and burning) calories. It’s also about developing a plan that works for you and your unique life—one that involves education, support and tools. The Houston Methodist Weight Management Center is here to provide that support.

Find out more about our programs by clicking the button below and registering for one of our upcoming free events offered across the Greater Houston area.

More Details >>


Healthy Happens at the YMCA
Share the Perks of Our New Member Promotion

Healthy happens at the YMCA. Help people throughout Greater Houston start the year where they can nourish their soul and strengthen their muscles. From fitness classes and state-of-the-art equipment, to free child care and individualized health assessments, we are here to help everyone in the community meet their wellness goals.

If you join by January 31, you’ll pay no joining fee because Healthy Happens Here. Visit ymcahouston.org for locations and details.

Read More >>

Grand Opening of the Westbury HS New Baseball / Softball Complex

January 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Come out to the ball field on Sat., January 21 at 10AM.

Homerun Derby begins @ 10AM
Ribbon Cutting, Ceremonial flag raising @ Noon
Faculty vs Student Slow-pitch Softball Game after ribbon cutting

Concessions will be available for purchase.

You may purchase a Sponsorship banner in support of the Westbury High School Baseball and Softball teams. Visit westburyhuskiesbbc.com for more info.

Free Tax Preparation

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Save the Date: Willow Waterhole MusicFest

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Westbury Christian HOSA chapter to host free health fair, Jan. 28

January 10, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Westbury Christian School chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will host the “Spring Into Good Health Fair,” a free event open to the entire community, in the WCS gymnasium (10420 Hillcroft, Houston, 77096) on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 2-5 p.m.

The current list of participating vendors – who will be providing health information and screenings, hosting a blood drive, and offering child fingerprinting, as just a few examples – includes: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Houston Police Department, Miracle-Ear, SAGE Dining Services, Dr. Montgomery’s Garden Kitchen, Morning Glory Ranch, and Who We Play For – Cypress ECG Project (funded by the Cody Stephens Foundation).

The WCS chapter of HOSA, an international student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in the health care industry, is hosting the fair to encourage students, parents and neighbors to take whatever steps necessary to be strong, healthy and happy in the new year. In addition to the health fair, HOSA hosts a periodic breakfast meeting series that brings working health care professionals to the WCS campus to share experience and advice with students considering careers in related fields.

The WCS junior varsity girls and boys basketball teams will also be playing home games on January 28. Unlike the free health fair, there is a cost to attend basketball games – $5 for adults, $3 for students – and fair attendees are invited to purchase tickets and cheer on the Wildcats, if they are interested.

Spirit of Service – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Learn more about a great volunteer opportunity for our YMCA partner.

Caring for the Caring

Join us on MLK Day of Service as we deliver personal hygiene packages to the Depriest Outreach Mission Homeless Shelter and paint their facility.

Arbor Day, January 21

January 3, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and hundreds of volunteers will celebrate the City of Houston’s 31st Annual Arbor Day on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Herman Brown Park. The day commemorates the City’s designation as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA designation is awarded by the Foundation in recognition of the City’s and its citizens’ commitment to the stewardship of trees. Four standards must be met.

Following the official Arbor Day ceremony, volunteers will plant 1,000 trees at Herman Brown Park. Registration is required for this. Please contact the Houston Parks and Recreation Department at Oneika.shelby@houstontx.gov to register and for more information on volunteering.

Arbor Day Tree Planting
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Herman Brown Park
200 Mercury Drive
Houston, TX 77013

8:30 a.m. – Volunteer Check-in
9:00 a.m. – Official Arbor Day Ceremony
Tree Planting follows ceremony

The Arbor Day Foundation was formed in 1972 as an outgrowth of a movement that began in 1872 with a call to plant trees on the open plains of Nebraska. It is estimated that one million trees were planted in that state on that first Arbor Day. In Houston, the optimum tree planting time is October through February, due to our climate and summer temperatures. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department celebrates Arbor Day throughout this time frame with smaller tree planting events and the Official Arbor Day Celebration, held in January.

For more information on Arbor Day and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, please visit www.houstontx.gov/parks or write to askparks@houstontx.gov.