Impact Story: Rafael

Rafael was nervous about stepping into the swimming pool for the first time. He didn’t know how to swim but with the help of Y lifeguards and swim instructors, by the end of his first swim lesson Rafael was thriving in the pool, blowing bubbles and putting his face in the water—a big achievement that first day. He begged his mom to let him to come to the Y every day to practice his swimming. Soon Rafael could paddle across the pool and had mastered water safety skills.

2018 Annual Campaign Rafael

Rafael is now a happy, confident swimmer, and his entire family feels welcome at the Y, thanks to


Teens help teens get active at the Y

Some of the teen volunteers at the Sammamish YMCA have identified a passion for helping their peers stay active! These teens have collaborated with the Y’s personal training staff to develop a workout circuit just for teens. We would like to invite all local high school students to join us at the Y for a teen-led circuit workout each Friday from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m., beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 9.

YMCA teens working out March 2018

The workout circuit, designed by Caleb Buck, director of personal training at the Sammamish Y, was created for people of all abilities and experience levels. Free weights and bodyweight will be used to complete the high-energy circuit.


2018 Annual Campaign: Martin’s story

The rapid pedaling of a bicycle can make an enormous difference for someone battling Parkinson’s Disease – this is true for Martin, a Sammamish Y member, who was just 40 when he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s more than 20 years ago.

Annual Campaign 2018 Martin

“Biking really does help slow the progression


Nutrition 101 begins Tuesday, March 6

At the YMCA, we believe nutrition is a key component of your overall well-being. Join us beginning this Tuesday, March 6 and the first Tuesday of the month thereafter from 6:15-7:15 p.m. for Nutrition 101, a FREE course on nutrition basics. Expect to learn the foundations of your nutrient needs and optimal food group distribution for healthy living.

Nutrition 101 image March 2018


Annual Campaign Week Two: Jorge’s story

In the cabana of Klahanie’s Highland Gardens neighborhood, about 20 Kindergarten through 12th grade students gather to participate in the Y’s on-site afterschool homework/enrichment program.

Jorge Annual Campaign Feb 2018

Jorge, a third-grader, is one of many who has benefitted from the help of the HG volunteers from the Y’s Teen Leadership Board, teens


Sammamish Kiwanis Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive Fundraiser to be held March 3rd

Live music and dancing, food, drinks and a silent auction are just part of the fun the Sammamish Kiwanis group will bring to town when the Sammamish Kiwanis Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive fundraiser takes place the evening of Saturday, March 3rd.

JumpinJive March 2018

When you register, on the drop-down box that states “What organization do you wish to designate your ticket sale proceeds to go to,” please be sure to select the Sammamish YMCA, as a portion of your ticket purchase will go straight back to the Sammamish Community YMCA Annual Fund Drive,


Annual Campaign Week One: Allora’s story

As the Child & Family Therapist for the Sammamish Community Y, Allora Tvedt hopes to break down the stigma of mental health by offering counseling and education services in the Y’s less traditional setting.

Allora banner Feb 2018

“Life is meant to be lived in a community,” says Allora. “You shouldn’t have to bear something alone.”

This new position, funded by donors like you, was