Wolverine Worldwide is teaming up once again with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA to help improve the health and wellness of the communities it serves. On Thursday, June 7, from 12 to 8 p.m., the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will host a tent sale on its property at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont (north of West River Drive), offering discounted prices to the general public on popular Wolverine Worldwide brands like Bates, Merrell and Sebago. All proceeds of this sale will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the “Boot Campaign,” aiding military families with YMCA membership, child care, and other support programs and services. The YMCA is committed to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides financial assistance to those who are facing economic challenges. YMCAs throughout the United States provide family members of active service men and women free membership; the “Boot Campaign” and Strong Kids Campaign help military families when they are not on active duty. The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is currently assisting 65 military families in northern Kent County, as well as underwrites more than $110,000 a year in Strong Kids financial assistance. “We are thrilled that Wolverine Worldwide is underwriting this tent sale to support our military families,” noted Dean Herried, executive director of the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA. “We couldn’t ask for a better corporate partner. It’s a win-win for all. Shoppers will get great deals on footwear, we’ll be raising needed dollars for military families, and we’ll also be providing a full day of free family fun at our YMCA for the public.” In addition to the tent sale, the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will be offering the following free demonstrations to the public: • 12-8 p.m.—fun games and activities for kids, sponsored by military recruiting officers • 12-4 p.m.—swim tests—find out what level your child is in our swim lessons and receive info on classes • 2-6 p.m.—Challenge Course—try out the Y’s 18 acres of trails and low elements course • 4-4:45 p.m.—guitar • 5-5:45 p.m.—Speed and Agility (9+ years only) • 5:45-6:25 p.m.—ballet • 6-8 p.m.—chair massages • 6-6:45 p.m.—X-fit (18+ years only) Michael Stornant, a member of […]
Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA
The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA invites community members to attend the grand opening and open house for the new team-building challenge course. This event will be Wed., June 23 with the grand opening from 9 to 10 a.m. and the open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new challenge course is a creative team-building and leadership program. The YMCA is welcoming all groups, businesses, school leaders, organizations, and anyone else interested in this new state-of-the-art program to join this event. Community members will also be able to meet the staff, gather information and actually try out the new course. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Molly Schmid at (616) 855-1447.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Wolverine World Wide (WWW) Family YMCA as sponsor of its May After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area business community and is scheduled for Monday, May 10. WWW Family YMCA, located at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Bev Thiel, executive director of the facility, and her staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun. The organization has been serving the local area for more than four years and has grown in size, membership and programs. The YMCA features programs that reach people of all ages, from children to seniors. On average, the facility is visited 23,000 times each month by members and guests taking advantage of the variety of programs it offers. The Belmont location has hosted many fundraisers for area organizations, this includes the Hats and Mittens Project, the Migrant Worker Project, adopting families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operating as a referral pantry through the North Kent Service Center. Not losing sight of its own membership, the YMCA provides financial assistance to those who could not afford to be members through its Strong Kids Campaign. “When we received the [Chamber’s] Quality of Life Award, we realized the impact that we make in the community and that the community responds to our work,” Thiel said. “What a gracious community we live in and what a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ by opening our doors to our chamber peers and the community, and share our services and opportunities.” There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for the WWW Family YMCA and its staff to properly plan for this event, the Chamber requests reservations by May 7. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to email@example.com. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders.
About 100 people gathered at the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA for the Rockford Diversity Committee’s annual Bridges Dinner to share great food and to learn about different cultures. While Michele Lussky showed the kids some fun games that celebrated diversity, the adults listened to Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, describe her experiences as a child of migrant farm workers. Cortes talked about how one person can make a very positive or a very negative impact on another person’s life. Although she often had been terrified of racist graffiti directed toward her family, she had also been encouraged to continue her education right up to the present day as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Shibler strengthened her resolve to complete her PhD. Cortes left the audience to ponder some very important questions, such as, “What have you done to make people from other cultures feel welcome in your neighborhood?” The next best way to learn about different cultures is to read about them. That is why Janet Weston of The Reading Tree was also on hand to provide books that will be discussed at later times and locations. “Elijah Buxton” by Greg Schmidt, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, will be discussed May 4 at 7 p.m. at The Reading Tree, 5300 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids. This book is primarily for fourth- through eighth-graders. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, currently on the New York Time’s Bestseller List, will be discussed May 7 at 11 a.m. at the home of Diana Koslowske. For directions, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner” by Bich Minh Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee who grew up in Grand Rapids, will be discussed June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Everyone is welcome to join in these book discussions.