EVERY DAY, THE Y’S PRESENCE IS SEEN AND FELT BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS ANAHEIM, CYPRESS, STANTON AND LA PALMA.
THE Y IS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
That’s why we are committed to supporting our neighbors and providing opportunities for kids, adults and families to get involved in their community. Through our volunteer and mentor programs, service projects, advocacy, and other community programs, the Anaheim Family YMCA unites people around the importance of giving back.
VOLUNTEERISM & GIVING
The generosity of others is at the core of our existence and is the reason we are able to give back to the communities we serve. We invite you to get involved in any way you wish. Become a coach or mentor. Pledge a gift or corporate sponsorship. Volunteer for a day or lead a service project. There are many ways to give back.
Across the nation, Y’s work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best. In Anaheim, we coordinate community service projects and collaborate with a host of organizations to connect people to important community resources.
Believing that everyone deserves to be healthy, confident, connected and secure makes the Y a powerful partner and advocate for our communities. The Y collaborates with national and community-based leaders and policymakers to increase the resources and support that empower individuals, families and communities to learn, grow and thrive.
As an interconnected global network, the Y has the resources and solutions to build bridges and make our changing communities stronger both at home and abroad.
COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVE
The St Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund’s desired long-term vision for the Community Building Initiative (CBI) is to develop resident-based capacity to determine and implement positive change in low-income communities through identifying and addressing community identified problems. Based on national evidence and learning from the CBI projects, the Fund has defined four Pillars as key to developing that capacity:
The support provided by Anaheim Family YMCA and CBI coaches is designed to make these values visible in our neighborhoods and communities.
IN SUPPORT OF THIS OBJECTIVE, CBI IS COMMITTED TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Residents engagement is not the means for achieving strategic ends, but rather the reason for achieving these ends;
- Empowered residents are the necessary condition for any effective change in a community’s conditions;
- Residents must have the authority to define their own needs and community issues;
- Effective action does not merely involve residents but is the product of empowered residents;
- Those who can assist distressed communities have an obligation to do so, without a contrary organizational or personal agenda; and
- Distressed communities deserve the resources its residents can use to improve their conditions.
When you get involved with YMCA community events, you not only enjoy unique experiences, you impact thousands of youth, teens, adults and families. There are many opportunities for you to get involved. Become a partner, sponsor or guest. Every role plays an important part in our cause. Event proceeds benefit families and children in YMCA programs.
April 10, 2021
Champions Of Philanthropy Gala
More info. coming soon.
OVER 500,000 HEALTHY MEALS SERVED TO ANAHEIM YOUTH IN ONE YEAR
AFTER SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM
The Y recently launched an After-School Food Program to provide children with nutrition so they can be healthy, succeed in school and are not at risk of going hungry.
The after-school food program was created to fill the late afternoon hunger gap by providing healthy meals for students in the Anaheim Achieves after school program. Data revealed that 85% of the students in the Anaheim City School District are provided with a free or reduced-price lunch, and 7% self-report insufficient food at home to meet their basic needs.
Thanks to our partnership with the Anaheim City School District, we are ensuring that over 2,000 children in our after-school programs have access to healthy meals during out-of-school time, when they need them most.
As part of our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is committed to keeping children nourished and teaching them healthy habits all year long.
Recently, our Food Program has expanded and is now feeding all Anaheim Achieves students at every Junior High School in the Anaheim Union High School District.
FOOD PROGRAM FACTS
- Approximately 8,790 meals are ordered every week
- All meals are healthy. Each meal serves low-fat milk, two servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains or wheat, and protein
- Meal is served between 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
- Over 500,000 healthy meals served in one year
More than 16 million children and teens under 18 live with food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). And when the school day ends, many of these youth are at risk of going hungry.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: USDA.gov, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
First lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) raised the call; the Y answered it. As part of our focus on developing healthy habits in kids, families and our communities, we have committed to adopting standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) in our early learning and afterschool programs.
Offer water at the table during every meal and accessible at all times. Serve only water and plain, low-fat (one percent) or non-fat milk.
Engage parents/caregivers using informational materials and/or activities focused on healthy eating and physical activity a minimum of once a quarter.
Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal and snack. Children serve themselves (family-style). No partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat), fried or pre-fried foods. Serve whole grains when grains are served. Serve foods free of sugar as one of the first three ingredients or less than eight grams of added sugar.
Eliminate screen time for children under two years of age. For children over two, screen time is limited to less than 30 minutes per day for children in half-day programs and less than one hour per day for those in full-day programs.
Ensure that children engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity for half-day programs and 60 minutes for full-day programs, including a mix of moderate and vigorous physical activities that promote bone and muscle strengthening. Play will take place daily outdoors whenever
All YMCA staff and volunteers will model healthy eating and active living.