YMCA Updates

April 25, 2021

A message from Sustainable Blacksburg.

For this month’s Lunch and Learn we will have two exciting topics: Blacksburg’s City Nature Challenge and the YMCA at Virginia Tech’s YToss collection week. We hope you are able to join us!

Event: Sustainable Blacksburg April 2021 Lunch and Learn: City Nature Challenge & YToss

When: Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: The City Nature Challenge is an annual global event, taking place in communities across six continents between Friday, April 30 to Monday, May 3. Current and aspiring community scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and education backgrounds are invited to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi within the boundaries of the Town of Blacksburg using the free mobile app iNaturalist. Come learn how to participate from Will Lattea, the Town of Blacksburg’s Energy & Environmental Specialist.

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is also proud to be hosting its annual YToss event, which collects gently used items from VT students during move-out. These items are made available to incoming students during the fall move-in sale on campus. All profits from YToss support YMCA Student and Community Programs. Since its inception, the YToss program has diverted more than 100 tons of still-useful items from the landfill and generated over $60,000 to support student-led programs that benefit the whole community. Enrique Rebolledo from the Y will detail how people can get involved with YToss this year!

You will need to register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcOmpqDsrHNdBWVMD5FyT7BjniVJCWwDg 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

April 25, 2021

Thank you to the Y Staff and volunteers who made a tremendous impact in cleaning up the Shenandoah Trail yesterday! 

 

April 23, 2021

THANK YOU to Our Daily Bread for donating bread to be distributed at Meals On Main each Friday for the foreseeable future! We appreciate your support of this important program.

April 12, 2021

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER BY CLICKING HERE!

April 10, 2021

April 5, 2021

Book your appointment here: https://www.eventeny.com/events/ticket/?id=1094&action=ticket&action_ticket=938

March 25, 2021

Y International Week helps us kick off the 1st annual Y Spring Expo. Join us as we celebrate the International Programs provided by the YMCA at VT to this community.
The week is packed full of fabulous virtual activities ranging from cooking lessons, yoga classes, panel discussions, movie chats and so much more- all led by members of our International Women’s Group and our VT Student Program Leaders.
International Restaurant Week will also take place during this week. Hope you will join us!
 
 
Y International Restaurant Week is part of a new annual event for the YMCA at VT.
Scheduled to take place during the week we celebrate our International programs, Y International Restaurant week offers you the opportunity to visit your favorite local restaurants, or try a new one, and sample their delicious special dishes.
Visit or order takeout from participating restaurants March 25-31 and try out their special dish or your favorite regular meal! Show your support for local restaurants while celebrating flavors from all over the world!
Participating Restaurants:
Cabo Fish Taco
Café de Bangkok
Cafe Mekong
Ceritano’s
Chinese Kitchen
Gaucho Brazilian
India Garden
Luci Monroe’s
MixMix Korea
Next Door Bake Shop
Zeppolli’s

March 24, 2021

https://www.eventeny.com/events/yspringexpo-1094/

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is introducing a new event- Y Spring Expo to run from March 25- April 25. The main purpose will be to showcase the many and varied programs provided to the community by the YMCA at Virginia Tech and to feature the excellent child-friendly programs from Virginia Tech, local businesses, and the community.
Join us for a month of family fun-filled activities!
Our inaugural spring event will feature four themed weeks:
• International Week- March 25- April 1- featuring International Restaurant Week
• Healthy Lifestyles Week- April 2-9
• Healthy Kids Week April 10-17
• Environmental Stewardship Week- April 18-25
Shopping with juried artisans and local businesses will run throughout the event! 

March 17, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Bollo’s Cafe & Bakery.
Thanks to Next Door Bake Shop, Our Daily Bread Bakery and Bistro and Blacksburg Bagels for joining this fun event. ALL of the pies were absolutely delicious! YUM!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Try Y’s Pi ticket sales end Tuesday, March 9 at 12pm. Only four tickets remain so be sure to get one! 

GET TICKETS HERE

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

YMCA at Virginia Tech 1st annual Souper Bowl Challenge & Try Y’s Pi

The 1st annual YMCA at Virginia Tech Souper Bowl Challenge took place earlier this month in partnership with Souper Hero Blacksburg!

Participants purchased tickets for a special five soup sampler from Souper Hero which they collected on February 9 to enjoy at home. The five featured soups were: Vietnamese Noodle, Brunswick Stew, Seafood Gumbo, Horseradish Shrimp and Roasted Garlic & Potato. The sampler included Bagel crackers made by Blacksburg Bagels.

When the tasting was over the voting began online through our event site hosted by Eventeny. The winning soup, with 49% of the vote was Horseradish Shrimp! All who voted were entered into a prize draw to win Downtown Blacksburg Gift Certificates and Gift Cards from Souper Hero- four happy voters were delighted with their prizes!

We were excited to work with Souper Hero for this inaugural event, a new business creating amazing soups provided a perfect partnership! Born out of a pandemic and a change in customer ordering habits, Souper Hero is a homemade “ghost kitchen” specializing in soups! Souper Hero takes our homemade recipes for soups, salads, breads, sandwiches, and more! Online ordering only at https://www.souperheroblacksburg.com/

Anyone for Pie? Join us for the 1st annual YMCA at Virginia Tech “Try Y’s Pi” in partnership with Our Daily Bread, Blacksburg Bagels, Next Door Bake Shop, and Bollo’s Café & Bakery!

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and to eat pie. We can help with the eating pie part!

Celebrate Pi Day with our delicious pie sampler! Order your ticket to purchase your four-piece pie sampler from four of Blacksburg’s best bakeries! https://www.eventeny.com/events/ymcatryyspi-1129/ . Tickets on sale now through March 9 so don’t miss out on your piece of the pi

Pie Flavors: Next door Bake Shop- Tomato Pie, Our Daily Bread – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Blacksburg Bagels – S’mores Pie, Bollo’s Cafe & Bakery- Apple Crumb Pie

Proceeds from our events will support the YMCA at VT local programs including Meals On Main, Senior Connections and so much more.

Monday, Feb 22, 2021

YMCA at Virginia Tech introduces Virtual Homework Help Program

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y After School Programs has created the Online Homework Help & Tutoring Program to offer NRV students the opportunity to receive homework/school work assistance during this difficult time.

The program is staffed by volunteers from Virginia Tech who will be available to assist the youth in all curriculum areas. In addition to homework help and tutoring, this service will also act as a reinforcing tool for kids to practice their skill sets.

Encourage your kids to jump into a session and challenge a Tech student- bring along a tough educational problem and see who solves it first! “Are you smarter than a tech student?”!!!!

Erica Martin is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in National Security and Foreign Affairs, Criminology, and Russian, and is involved in a few organizations on campus, including, Help Save the Next Girl at Virginia Tech, and the VT Chapter of Soma International. She was a program leader for the Prices Fork Elementary YMCA After School Connections Program. Martin shares, “We have been working on the Y Online Tutoring/Homework Help program for the past semester and we are so excited to finally get it up and running! We created this program to help supplement student learning and to also give volunteer opportunities to Virginia Tech students during the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to expanding our program and watching it grow throughout the year!”

Jarrett Holmes is in his second year at Tech, pursuing a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business. Apart from the YMCA, he works with the Campus Scouts, VT’s Academic Competition Organization, and enjoys some light karaoke on the weekends with his mates in East AJ. Holmes says “Before COVID, I was Program Leader for the Y’s after-school care and enrichment at Blacksburg Middle School, and I’m looking forward to resuming this fall should conditions allow.”

The program is free and open to all youth from 5-18 yrs. old. Students can log in to the zoom link below and receive assistance from our volunteer tutors. The program is meant to be a “use as you need” so anyone can stop by to receive help. The program takes place Monday-Friday from 4 pm-8 pm.

All volunteers undergo an extensive background check through a 3rd party organization before participating.

To participate visit this link: https://vtymca.org/online-tutoring/

Monday, Feb 15, 2021

YMCA Program Leader of Senior Connections, Sam Steiner did a great interview for WDBJ7. Check it out by clicking HERE

Monday, Feb 8, 2021

Introducing the YMCA at VT Online Tutoring Program. Starting Monday, Feb 15, 2021. For details and to participate in the program, please visit www.vtymca.org/online-tutoring.

 

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021

LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE 1st ANNUAL YMCA SOUPER CHALLENGE!

Information and tickets here: https://www.eventeny.com/events/ymcasouperbowl-1046/

Friday, Feb 5, 2021

Don’t forget to stop by Meals On Main today, 4-6 pm at the YMCA Thrift Shop. Fresh meals from Millstone Kitchen will be served while supplies last along with shelf-stable meals.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Monday, Feb 1, 2021

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021

Meals On Main Souper Day!

On Friday, January 29, thanks to a generous donation from Green Valley Builders and a partnership with Souper Hero, we were able to distribute 70 family soup meals in addition to our usual shelf stable food.

Green Valley Builders also sponsored the family holiday meals from Avellinos in December. We truly appreciate their support of our anti-hunger initiative.

 

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021

Join us for the 1st annual YMCA at Virginia Tech Souper Bowl Contest in partnership with Souper Hero Blacksburg!

Purchase your ticket for a special five soup sampler from Blacksburg’s Souper Hero. Limited number of tickets available so don’t delay and miss out!!

Collect your sampler on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 and enjoy!

Vote for your favorite flavor between 2.9.-2.12 and be entered to win great prizes! Thanks you to Souper Hero for their partnership in this inaugural fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will support the YMCA at VT local programs including Meals On Main, Senior Connections and so much more.

TICKETS HERE

 

Friday, Jan 22, 2021

Special event thanks to Green Valley Builders and Souper Hero, on Friday Jan 29.

We will be distributing Minestrone Soup (while stocks last) as well as shelf stable meals.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021

Meals On Main program still going strong!
The YMCA at Virginia Tech is grateful to continue feeding the children of the NRV through our expanded Meals On Main program through the end of the 2020-2021 school year and hopefully beyond.

Thanks to the generous assistance of local donors such as Green Valley Builders, National Bank of Blacksburg and Baseline Solar we were able to partner with local businesses such as Avellinos, Next Door Bake Shop and Blacksburg Bagels to provide a special holiday meal and treats.

Santa Claus came to town early this year volunteering with the Meals On Main program on Dec 17 and Dec 23, 2020. Santa helped load and unload the boxes of meals from our “sleigh” and then had lots of fun handing out treat bags and toys to the children who came by to collect meals on Dec 23.

On December 30, thanks to a generous donation from Green Valley Builders and a partnership with Avellinos, we were able to distribute 45 family meals in addition to our usual shelf stable food. Each meal contained enough for 6 people and included turkey, roasted potatoes, sides, salad, bread and a delicious dessert. One recipient of meals from this program shared the following: “I just wanted to say our family really appreciates the Meals On Main program and an extra thanks for the hot Avellinos meal. Happy new year to you all!” V.C.

The total number of meals served at the Meals On Main program between April 6 and November 30, 2020 is 28,000 to approximately 5,500 children. That number continues to grow with each passing week.

Meals are available for all children and youth under 18years old. Just turn up at either location listed below to collect weekly meals for your child(ren). Please wear a face covering while collecting your bag of meals. Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic.
MONDAYS- Drive up to our truck in Prices Fork Elementary School parking lot from 4pm-6pm. Each child will receive 5 days of meals, snacks, milk and juice.
FRIDAYS- Drive up to the tent in front of the YMCA Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St. from 4-6pm. Each child will receive 5 days of meals, snacks, milk and juice.
How you can help:
We need brown paper shopping bags to contain the meals. If you have any please drop them off at the YMCA Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. They will be quarantined on site before use.

Donations can be made to support our community programs such as Meals On Main from our website at: http://vtymca.org/ or by sending a check to YMCA at VT, 403 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Regular updates will be found on our website: http://vtymca.org/meals-on-main/ 

L-R: Senah Simpson, Dr. Steve Jacobs, Melly Jacobs, Karys Blakemore, Mike Soriano

 

Monday, Dec 28, 2020

Monday, Dec 28, 2020

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020

 

 

 

 

Santa came to help distribute Meals On Main today!

Along with shelf stable meals and snacks from Feeding South West Virginia Santa helped to pass out treats from Next Door Bake Shop, Blacksburg Bagels, the YMCA Thrift Shop and stuffed animals donated by Bill! Thanks to all involved for making this a special day for the children of the NRV. 

Sunday, Dec 20, 2020

Saturday, Dec 19, 2020

We are excited to announce some exciting news from Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. regarding the Holiday Trees and Gingerbread Houses at Kent Square

Congratulations to all our winners! 

Thank you to Nest Realty NRV for providing matching funds to support Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Thanks to their effort and yours, $3200 was raised for the Women’s Resource Center.
Holiday Tree Winners:
1) YMCA at Virginia Tech
2) Montgomery County Christmas Store
3) Kent Jewelers

Gingerbread House Winners:
1- YMCA at Virginia Tech
2- Christmas Cabin
3- Flower Mosaic

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Dec 17, 2020

We are always extremely grateful to have so many wonderful volunteers helping with the Meals On Main program, and today Santa Claus surprised us by taking time away from business at the North Pole to help out! Santa helped us load the truck in Salem and then flew down in his sleigh to Blacksburg to help unload the meals into our storage space in the Y Center! Santa was so happy to help that he has decided to come back on Weds Dec 23 to help distribute the meals to the children outside the Thrift Shop from 4-6pm! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Dec 14, 2020

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Santa Claus is coming to Meals On Main
The YMCA at Virginia Tech Meals On Main program is still going strong on Mondays at Prices Fork Elementary School and on Fridays at the Thrift Shop. On both days the meal distribution happens between 4-6pm and is free to all children and youth under 18yrs in the New River Valley. On Monday Dec 21 and Wednesday Dec 23 we’ll be passing out holiday treats from Next Door Bake Shop, Blacksburg Bagels and the Thrift Shop along with the shelf stable meals and snacks. (Treats available while stocks last).

We rely on volunteers to keep the program running smoothly so we were super excited when we received a message from a special someone in the North Pole. Santa has decided to take a few hours away from the elves and reindeer to come and help us with our meal distribution on Wednesday, Dec 23 at the Thrift Shop parking lot! Santa will remain behind the tables to keep safe social distancing but he’ll be delighted to see you and say hello! Please remember to wear your mask and keep your distance. As always Meals On Main will operate rain or shine.

Please note the holiday schedule for meal distribution will be as follows:
Mon Dec 21- 4-6pm at Prices Fork Elementary School Parking Lot
Weds Dec 23 (to replace Fri Dec 25) 4-6pm in the Thrift Shop Parking Lot
Mon Dec 28- 4-6pm at Prices Fork Elementary School Parking Lot
Weds Dec 30 (to replace Fri Jan 1) 4-6pm in the Thrift Shop Parking Lot

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic. Please help us spread the word!

How you can help:
We need brown paper shopping bags to contain the meals. If you have any please drop them off at the YMCA Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. They will be quarantined on site before use.

Volunteers are needed, you can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=4090449AFA929AAFA7-meals1&useFullSite=true

Donations can be made to support our community programs such as Meals On Main from our website at: http://vtymca.org/ or by sending a check to YMCA at VT, 403 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Regular updates will be found on our website: http://vtymca.org/meals-on-main/

COVID-19 Resources

For more information please visit New River Health District

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020

Friday, Dec 4, 2020

 

 

 

When you visit the Holiday Trees at Kent Square check out the YMCA Gingerbread “House” created by Karys & Laureen Blakemore.

The creation represents the Y Center with donations from you going in to one side of the building, and meal bags for children being distributed at the other end for our Meals On Main program.

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020

HOLIDAY TREES AT KENT SQUARE

Take the family up to Kent Square to see the Holiday Trees, and be sure to check out the YMCA tree with pictures of a year in the Y (Covid style). We think you’ll recognize a few familiar faces!

Thank you to YMCA Board Member, Pat Boyle for helping with our tree and donating the meal boxes underneath. If you need a meal box, please take one.

Thanks to RRR Pallet Furniture for providing this amazing tree made from reused pallets. This and many other cool items available for purchase from RRR Pallet Furniture.

 

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020

Please support the YMCA at VT today by making a donation for #GivingTuesday at this link: www.vtymca.org/donate/

 

Monday, Nov 30, 2020

On behalf of our staff, board, and volunteers, the YMCA at Virginia Tech would like to express our gratitude to the Community Foundation of the New River Valley for the generous grant of $2,000. We truly appreciate the hard work of the CFNRV in supporting local non-profits

Pictured L-R: Jim Lawrence, Ron Ovelgoenner, Laureen Blakemore, Ryan Martin

Sunday, Nov 29, 2020

Huge THANKS to our 1st ever customer in Y’s Best Boutique!
We appreciate you shopping with us on Small Business Saturday Hannah!
The Boutique is now open for the following hours:
Fridays & Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sundays:12pm-5pm
We hope to see you there!

 

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020

Support the YMCA at VT and multiple small businesses when you shop for the holidays at the YMCA Thrift Shop, Y’s Best Boutique & the YMCA Virtual Craft Fair.
Thrift Shop hours: 9am-7pm
Y’s Best Boutique hours 10am-6pm
Virtual Craft Fair live now through December 31. Shop from 50 talented artisans at the Craft Fair at this link: https://www.eventeny.com/…/ymca-at-vt-virtual-craft…/
Special give aways and door prizes in the Thrift Shop and Y’s Best Boutique
Proceeds from sales in the Thrift Shop & Y’s Best Boutique support our community programs.
Thank you for your continued support!

Monday, Nov 23, 2020

Y’s Best Boutique- opening Saturday November 28, 10am-6pm. Moving forward hours will be Fridays & Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sundays 12-5pm. Due to space limitations only 4 customers at a time will be admitted. Wearing masks or face coverings are required.

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020

Thursday, Nov 19, 2020

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is proud to participate in the Blacksburg Bucks program. You’ll get a lot of bang for your bucks when you spend them at the Y Thrift Shop!

A new gift certificate program called Blacksburg Bucks will kick off the holiday season and offer a much-needed boost to local businesses.

A collaboration between the Town of Blacksburg, the Blacksburg Partnership, and Downtown Blacksburg Inc., Blacksburg Bucks is a double value gift certificate program designed to encourage and provide incentive to support Blacksburg businesses during these challenging times. Using CARES Act funding, the Town of Blacksburg will double the value of all Blacksburg Bucks purchased. If a customer purchases $100 in Blacksburg Bucks, they will receive an additional $100 in certificates, for a total of $200 to spend locally. Blacksburg Bucks are sold in $20 denominations.

“These are difficult times for our businesses,” said Deputy Town Manager Chris Lawrence. We hope to bolster our local economy through the Bucks program while at the same time providing our businesses with information and resources to help them operate safely throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.”

Gift certificates can be pur­chased beginning Friday, November 20 at any of the six Blacksburg National Bank locations. Cash or Check only. No Saturday sales.

Hethwood Branch – 900 Hethwood Boulevard (540) 951-6204, M-F 9 am – 5:30 pm

Hubbard Street Branch – 101 Hubbard Street (540) 951-6360, M-F 9 am – 5:30 pm

Main Branch – 100 South Main Street (540) 951-6205, M-F 9 am – 5:30 pm

North Main Branch – 901 North Main Street (540) 951-6220, M-F 9 am – 5:30 pm

South Main Branch – 3600 South Main Street (540) 951-6246, M-F 9 am – 5:30 pm

VT Corporate Research Branch – 2280 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000 (540) 552-0890, M-F 9 am – 5:00 pm

Gift Certificates will be sold until December 24, 2020 or until sold out. They are valid for six months from the date of purchase.

Exchange Blacksburg Bucks for goods or services at over 100 Blacksburg establishments. For a complete list visit http://www.stepintoblacksburg.org/blacksburgbucks

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020

Get a sneak peak at the Y’s Best Boutique, featuring our new/ gently used / vintage/ high end donations and consignment items. Located in the Y Center adjacent to our Thrift Shop, the Y’s Best Boutique will be opening shortly with limited hours. For now you can shop through our Virtual Storefront at https://www.eventeny.com/company/?c=12518 

 

Friday, Nov 13, 2020

Thursday, Nov 12, 2020

Thursday, Nov 5, 2020

Community Change Project

THANK YOU! With your support our 1st annual Community Change Project raised $2,000 to support our community programs. Your loose change is making positive change in our community!
#VTYMCA #CommunityChangeProject #Community

Thursday, October 29, 2020

 

Check out this amazing new recycling station from the Town of Blacksburg which is now installed in the lobby at the Thrift Shop!

Be sure to use the supplies provided to place only one of each item in a bag- every item must be individually bagged to be successfully collected and recycled.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

We will continue distributing free meals to the children of the New River Valley until further notice.

FRIDAY MEALS

Collect 5 shelf stable meals, and snacks for each child in the family. Thanks to a partnership with the Millstone Kitchen we will also be passing out freshly prepared meals on Fridays at the front of the YMCA Thrift Shop, from 4-6pm. Fresh meals supplies are limited to first 100. 

MONDAY MEALS

Collect 5 shelf stable meals, and snacks for each child in the family Mondays at Prices Fork Elementary School, 4pm-6pm . Each child will receive 5 days of meals, snacks etc 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the 51st annual YMCA Craft Fair!  This year we’re going virtual but we’ll still help you to get ready for the holidays when you shop with juried vendors and enjoy the beauty and diversity of handmade art!

 

The YMCA at Virginia Tech gives back to the community year round. Funds raised through our Craft Fair go directly into the operating budget for programs such as SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES, SENIOR CONNECTION, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, FOOD INSECURITY PROGRAMS, or the AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS connecting Virginia Tech students with our community.

Although we won’t be gathering in person, we are planning to still provide a celebration of the things that make the Y Craft Fair so special – arts, crafts, great gifts, music, dance, stories, community and more– but, to do so without holding a large festival where so many people gather close together. We are extremely excited at the immense potential we have to grow our Craft Fair in this online format, giving us the opportunity to promote our event locally, regionally, and even nationally.

During the week of November 12-16, 2020, we will host a variety of ways to support our vendors, coming together, virtually, as a community. We will set up a virtual artist market to shop through, food vendors to order from, streaming content such as live music, dance and more! The site will remain live through December 31st offering you the opportunity to pop back and purchase more beautifully crafted gifts for friends, family or just for yourself!

We have signed up 36 amazing local, regional and national artisans who are busy preparing their virtual stores for you. Artisans will have the ability through this platform to interact with customers with live chat, videos of the artists at work, and beautiful photographs. Favorite vendors from past years including Poplar Hills Alpaca Farm & Studio, Bohicket Apothecary and Anvil, Fire & Time jewelry will be participating in this online event and will be joined by artisans from all over the country.

Our interactive entertainment schedule is growing daily with scheduled performances from PanJammers, Mixed Emotions (VT A Cappella group), Storytime with Joelle, Read Aloud with Miss Rosso, information from groups including the AARP, performances from Dance Tech and so much more.

We really are so thrilled to invite the community to join us for the 51st annual Craft Fair in this virtual format, until we can celebrate together again in person. Please check out the event on this preview link: https://www.eventeny.com/events/ymca-at-vt-virtual-craft-fair-706/ and mark the date on your calendar, November 12 to start, or finish your shopping at the event!

Friday, October 2, 2020

International Women’s Group- Next meeting is Tuesday, October 6th

Activity: Visiting the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.

Time: 9:30-11:30 am Please join us a little before 9:30 so we can have enough time to sign in. We will start walking towards the garden at 9:45. It is a 15 minute walk to the Hahn.

Refreshments: Please bring your own snack and water.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020

The International Women’s Group had a fun time tidying up the garden at the Lucy Lancaster House as a service project during their meeting on September 22. The final meeting of September was a cooking demonstration, preparing, cooking and eating an American breakfast including grits, penguin shaped waffles, fried apples, oatmeal and eggs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

 
Online Event
 
Tune in via Zoom (details below) for this “Lunch & Learn” panel discussion that will feature recycling leaders in our community. Each panel speaker will provide updates from their area and provide recycling resources for community members. Get the scoop on what’s up with local recycling!
Can’t make it during lunch? The session will be recorded and made available at another time.
Host: Blake Bensman, Sustainability Manager, Virginia Tech Dining Services and Housing and Residence Life
 
Panel Discussion Members
Teresa Sweeney – Virginia Tech Facilities, President of the VA Recycling Association
Karen Day – Solid Waste Specialist, Town of Blacksburg
Bill Long – Sustainability Manager, Montgomery Country
Enrique Rebolledo – Associate Director, YMCA at Virginia Tech
Rob Lowe – Environmental Engineer Senior, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Virginia Tech
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 922 7465 6554
One tap mobile
+19294362866,,92274656554# US (New York)13017158592,,92274656554# US
Dial by your location
+1 929 4362866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 922 7465 6554
Join by SIP
92274656554@zoomcrc.com
For more information contact:
Blake Bensman – bensman@vt.edu

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

MONDAY MEALS ON MAIN

We will be distributing meals from Feeding South West Virginia on Mondays at Prices Fork Elementary School, 4:30pm-5:45pm through September. After that time will be 4:30pm-6:30pm . Each child will receive 5 days of meals, snacks etc and produce from Blacksburg Farmers Market.

Friday, September 4, 2020

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

For the foreseeable future- Meals On Main will take place every Friday 4-6 at the Thrift Shop- providing fresh meals for the children with support from Millstone Kitchen at The Old School. On Mondays starting Sept 7 MOM will be located in the Prices Fork Elementary School Parking lot, probably 4:30-6:30pm but we are awaiting confirmation of the time. Shelf stable meals from Feeding South West Virginia will be distributed for the children under 18 every Monday at this site.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Thank you to Truist! Their #TruistCares💜donation to The YMCA at Virginia Tech allows us to continue supporting childcare for Blacksburg’s families, ensuring kids feel a sense of belonging, build friendships and explore new interests. #ThankYouTruist

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The YMCA at Virginia Tech l Space for the community

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is proud to announce our increased partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools by offering a space for the before and after school care of Gilbert Linkous Elementary School students. We are providing the school system a portion of the Event room at virtually no cost, save for utility expense, which will allow MCPS an affordable site to set up this necessary child care program. It is our way of helping MCPS provide assistance to parents and families upon the reopening of schools in Blacksburg next week.

The Y has been an active partner with MCPS for several years by helping with the after-school programs at Prices Fork and Margaret Beeks Elemntary Schools, and providing an after-school program at Blacksburg Middle School. The Y’s Virginia Tech student leaders help to provide enrichment activities for these programs. Additionally, our food insecurity initiative has also worked closely with local schools to help provide meals and snacks to those in our community who most need it.

It was a natural progression for the Y at VT to offer our space for the expanded before/after school care program required during this pandemic. “The Y at VT is very glad that we can provide this resource to MCPS and the community, especially during these trying times. We believe that education is very important; even though public school looks different today than it has in the past, we want to make sure that families and youth are able to benefit from it. It’s just another way that we are giving back to the community to help make life a little bit easier.” –Ryan Martin, Executive Director.

Read the YMCA at Virginia Tech Newsletter

We publish an e-newsletter twice a month. You can read it here:                                                                            Y NEWSLETTER- SEPTEMBER 1-15

Sunday, August 30,2020

We need volunteers for the Meals On Main program. Currently the sign up lists Friday shifts, with Monday shifts to follow. Please sign up for  a shift here: VOLUNTEER HERE

Saturday, August 29, 2020

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

We will continue distributing free meals to the children of the New River Valley until further notice.

FRIDAY MEALS

Thanks to a partnership with the Millstone Kitchen we will be passing out freshly prepared meals on Fridays at the front of the YMCA Thrift Shop, from 4-6pm to the first 100 children. For September 4 meals will be provided by Jud Flynn and his catering company “On-Site Culinary”. Visit their Facebook Page HERE

MONDAY MEALS

Starting on September 7, Labor Day, we will be distributing meals from Feeding South West Virginia on Mondays at Prices Fork Elementary School, TIME TBA . Each child will receive 5 days of meals, snacks etc and produce from Blacksburg Farmers Market.

Friday, August 20, 2020

Wednesday, August 19,2020

The YMCA at VT is proud to participate in The New River Valley Public Health Task Force Community Wellness Commitment to encourage community members to care for the health and well-being of others.

The commitment outlines 10 tenets, based on well-known public health guidelines such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart, that community members can personally adopt.

Learn more at WWW.NRVROADTOWELLNESS.COM

 

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

THE 2020 Y-TOSS SALE WILL BE HELD IN VIRGINIA TECH’S CASSELL COLISEUM, AUGUST 17-20, 2020, 9AM-5PM DAILY. EMAIL OUTREACH@VTYMCA.ORG WITH QUESTIONS OR TO GET INVOLVED!

Friday, August 14, 2020

August 17-21 will be the last week we serve Meals On Main at the remote locations.  Starting the week of August 24, the only pick up location for Meals On Main will be in the YMCA Thrift Shop parking lot. More details coming soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Y-Toss Pre-Sale
We’ve selected some of our most popular finds to be available online for pre-sale.
Buy now and pick up during move-in for a safe and convenient experience.

Online pre-sale ends Sunday, August 16th at 5pm.
https://vtymca.org/ytoss/

Monday, August 3, 2020

The YMCA at Virginia Tech invites you to empty out those piggy banks and pickle jars and help us launch our first annual Community Change Project! Drop off your LOOSE CHANGE in a Ziploc bag, at the National Bank of Blacksburg drive thru windows between August 3- October 3, 2020. The Y transforms your donation into POSITIVE CHANGE for our community, supporting programs such as Meals On Main, Senior Connections, tutoring, youth mentoring services and more. Your donation may be dropped off at any branch of the National Bank in Blacksburg, at their Market Place branch in Christiansburg, or at the YMCA Thrift Shop.

FULL DETAILS HERE

If you wish to receive a tax credit for your donation, please include a note containing your name and contact information so we can get that to you once processed.

Find out more about our community programs and services RIGHT HERE

Thank you to the National Bank for their support in this fundraiser!

Founded in Blacksburg in 1891, National Bank has been serving the citizens of Southwest Virginia for well over a century. With 25 full-service branch offices and over $1 billion in assets, the bank has grown along with our region’s dynamic economy while staying true to its community banking roots. National Bank believes in the power of local banking, employing local citizens, offering local customer service, and investing in the growth and prosperity of our local communities. Find out more about the National Bank RIGHT HERE!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of this community our Thrift Shop has been inundated with donations. Now we find ourselves full to the brim! Please stop by and shop, shop, shop for great bargains of household goods, furniture, clothing, books and so much more. Ad don’t forget to wear your mask!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Friday, July 17,2020

Recreate the #camp experience  this summer with these fun tips! 🎨🔭📘 🍃

Learn more: https://www.ymca.net/member-news

#ForABetterUs

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

We NEED YOU! Now that we are serving food to the children of the NRV at seven different locations we need more volunteers to help with Meals On Main. Please click on this link to sign up for volunteer shifts: VOLUNTEER HERE!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN TIME AND  LOCATION

Fridays: Meals On Main at the Thrift Shop from 4-6pm- Serving from the warehouse door to the right of the Thrift Shop entrance near the gas station end of the building.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

 

Please welcome Keri Friedman

YMCA at VT Summer Youth Feeding Program Coordinator

I am a rising senior at Virginia Tech, studying Natural Resources Conservation and Recreation Management. I am originally from Long Island, New York, but have fallen in love with Appalachian culture and the people of southwest Virginia since I first started at VT in 2017. I plan to go into the state parks, working in interpretation, education, and service learning once I graduate so I can continue to serve the community here in SWVA. I love hiking, cooking, and spending time with my dog Molly in my free time.

Meals On Main Feeding Program:

The YMCA at VT’s summer feeding program is in it’s 3rd year, and is expanding to add more sites around Blacksburg and Christiansburg the week of July 6th. We currently serve at Adams Marke and Oak Forest Mobile Home Communities, as well as at our thrift store. The expansion of our locations will allow us to serve the children at Meadowbrook and Blacksburg Estates Mobile Home Communities, and Linden Green Apartments in Christiansburg. At each site, we distribute bags with 5 days worth of food for each child in the family. We serve children under 18 years old, and disabled adults under 21 years old. Each day, we rely on a team of volunteers to help us pack meals, load our truck, and serve meals.

STARTING JULY 6 WE ARE INCREASING OUR SERVING SITES

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

We are so grateful for the support of this community for Give Local Day yesterday. Together we raised $14,406 to help us keep serving this amazing community!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

GiveLocalNRV is an initiative of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Thank you to CFNRV for this awesome opportunity to raise funds for our community programs. We are so close to our goal with just a few hours left so please make your donation before midnight!
Donate to the YMCA at VT here: https://www.givelocalnrv.org/organization/Vtymca
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS ONGOING SUPPORT!

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2018

Tomorrow is Give Local Day and we NEED YOU! 

The YMCA at Virginia Tech has been responsible for creating programs to fit our specific community’s needs such as food access programs for children in need, after school care, international programs, sustainability and recycling efforts through Y-Toss and the thrift shop, and many more.

All these programs require your contributions to help keep us going. Please head over to our page and make your donation. www.givelocalnrv.org/organization/Vtymca

Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

YMCA at Virginia Tech Statement on Police Injustice against the Black Community

We at the YMCA at Virginia Tech shared in the nation’s devastation and anger at the recent acts of violence against the Black community that resulted in the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. As a community organization that has been advocating for social change since 1873, we believe in the importance of supporting just causes and focusing efforts on creating meaningful change at the local level. The nationwide movement for justice that has swept through this country in the last three weeks has proven that the only way forward is through collective acknowledgement of the systemic issues that have long plagued this country and collective organization to create reform. While we recognize that words alone cannot change the world, we do believe that a declaration of our support for this movement is a positive and necessary first step. We therefore wish to publicly declare our support for the Black community and other disenfranchised and marginalized peoples throughout this country and the world.
We also intend to offer our resources in support of this movement and fight for justice. This will mean taking part in dialogues about the issues and possible solutions, creating partnerships with other local organizations, and possibly creating new Y programs. We will keep the public informed on our every step through this journey and ask that you, too, find ways to become involved. We truly appreciate having been a part of this community for such a long time, and hope that we can all find ways to grow together.
Ryan Martin
CEO and Executive Director
YMCA at Virginia Tech

Monday, June 15, 2020

Give Local NRV has begun and we need your support!

The YMCA at Virginia Tech has been responsible for creating programs to fit our specific community’s needs such as food access programs for children in need, after school care, international programs, sustainability and recycling efforts through Y-Toss and the thrift shop, and many more.

All these programs require your contributions to help keep us going. Please head over to our page and make your donation. www.givelocalnrv.org/organization/Vtymca

Thank you for your continued support. And HUGE THANKS to Bowling Creation Media  for creating this awesome video for the YMCA at Virginia Tech.

Friday, June 15, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information CLICK HERE

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Good afternoon,
Starting June 15 the YMCA at VT will commence, (and expand), our regular Summer Feeding Program. As a result Meals On Main will be operating only on Fridays. We will also begin distributing meals for under 18’s at 4-5 additional sites in the Blacksburg/ Christiansburg area.

VOLUNTEER HERE

We are proud to be able provide this important service to so many more community members but we cannot do it without your help. It will take many volunteers to keep this going so please sign up to help. A short training via Zoom will be provided as needed to participate as a volunteer. Masks and gloves are also provided, but if you can provide your own that’s even better! Social distancing protocols will be observed at all sites. Please note that volunteers need to be able to lift and move moderately heavy boxes during all shifts.

The link below is to volunteer for Meals On Main, an additional link will soon be shared to sign up volunteers for the additional food distribution sites.

We truly appreciate the essential work our volunteers are doing to help the YMCA at Virginia Tech serve the children and youth of this community at this time.

Thank you.
Laureen Blakemore,
Director of Community Engagement,
YMCA at VT

Monday, June 8, 2020

To Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, and our neighbors across the commonwealth:

Amid a tumultuous spring in the U.S. and the world, I hope you, your family, and your friends are well and beginning to find the capacity to turn your attention to the future – a better, more equitable future. Education is the key to achieving our aspirations, both as individuals and as a society. We at Virginia Tech are privileged to be in a position to enable that better future, and we are looking forward to returning to this most important mission in the fall semester.

READ FULL MESSAGE HERE

Friday, June 5, 2020

It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Barry Bowling, Bowling Creative Media, to create videos for our fundraising campaign. Barry is donating his time and talents to the cause and we are delighted with the project. Cannot wait to share it with you next week, but for now here are a few pictures of our awesome friends at work!

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

We are so excited to be participating in the 7th annual NRV Day of Giving this year. We hope you will support our community endeavors  for this special fundraiser.  Give Local. #StayWithUs  Give YMCA at VT.

DONATE HERE

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hurt But Hopeful: My Perspective On What’s Happening In Our Country

YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington: “This is a time of great anguish and despair in our country, particularly for people of color and the most vulnerable among us. We cannot let all this suffering be in vain. It must drive us toward a better tomorrow.”

 #YforAll #changemakers Full statement at https://bit.ly/kwhope

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Greetings to our wonderful YMCA at Virginia Tech supporters!

As you know, our Thrift Shop remained open throughout the pandemic. Starting March 13 we immediately instituted health and safety procedures within our organization in order to protect our staff and you, our loyal shoppers and supporters. We remain committed to being vigilant at this time when the area is slowly opening up again.

We would also like to remind you why we stayed open. Our mission involves serving our local community especially in times of crisis. To this end we decided to expand on our Food Insecurity Initiative and our partnership with the USDA and Feeding Southwest Virginia, through the creation of our Meals On Main program.

MOM enables us to serve meals and snacks for 7 days a week to all youth under the age of 18 yrs in the New River Valley. Since our first distribution date on April 6 up through May 25 we have served over:

8,600 meals and snacks in total
210 children, on average, each session
We could not do this without the financial income which comes from our Thrift Shop and our supporters. With the YMCA at VT your donations of gently used items, volunteer time and financial contributions are put to work right here in the New River Valley!

Visit our website for more information about what we do and Y we do it!

HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES

Safe shopping for all

  • Employees & customers wearing masks
  • Stay home if sick
  • Maintain social distancing- stay 6ft apart
  • Limited number of patrons at once in the store
  • Common surfaces regularly sanitized
  • Plexiglass barrier between customers and cashier
  • Employees wearing gloves on the donation dock & on sales floor
  • Shopping carts regularly sanitized
  • Dressing rooms are closed
  • Restrooms are closed
  • Water fountains are closed

Safe Donation Drop off Procedures

  • Social Distancing-Drop off your donations on/near tables provided. They will be gratefully accepted & carefully processed once you leave the area.
  • Gloves & Masks- Our staff are using gloves & masks when handling donations
  • Cleaning- Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas.
  • Quarantine-Donations are being quarantined for 5 days before processing following VDH regulations and guidelines.
  • Self-Isolating- Employees stay home if they are sick/symptomatic.

Friday, May 29, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Meals On Main will proceed as usual from 3-6pm on Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19. You may feel anxiousness, anger, sadness, or overwhelmed. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about.

• Learn the common signs of stress.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Talk with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Learn more about stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://bit.ly/39UVoEj.

 

Thursday, May 14,2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Tuesday May 5 2020

 

Monday May 4, 2020

We are grateful for the continued support of our beloved community. Thank you!

Thursday April 30, 2020

Meals on Main Update:

Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed to 53 children
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed to 86 children
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed to 98 children
Friday, April 17: 522 meals with 522 snacks distributed to 174 children
Monday, April 20: 824 meals with 824 snacks distributed to 206 children
Friday, April 24: 666 meals with 666 snacks distributed to 222 children
Monday, April 27: 896 meals with 896 snacks distributed to 224 children 

The Meals on Main program is an extension of an ongoing service which the YMCA at Virginia Tech has been offering for the past few years. We have been active partners in the Prices Fork after school feeding initiative for 4 years. Nearly 3 years ago we created our Mobile/Pop-Up Feeding Program bringing food to children under 18 in a variety of under served areas within this community throughout the summer months.

Monday April 23, 2020

Announcing Healthy Kids Week

Let’s stay Healthy together!

Join the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, the Y offers the following tips to help parents instill healthy habits in their kids. This week we will put our focus on healthy activities for mind and body for the whole family. We hope you will join us!
#vtymcahealthykids Read more HERE

Sunday April 19, 2020

On Friday April 17 our Meals on Main Program served 522 meals and 522 snacks to 174 children in the New River Valley. 

As a reminder:

Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed to 53 children
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed to 86 children
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed to 98 children

Thursday April, 16, 2020 

Meals on Main

The Program

On Monday April 6th, we introduced “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food for seven days a week to ALL youth and children under 18 in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks are shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.

The Meals on Main program is an extension of an ongoing service which the YMCA at Virginia Tech has been offering for the past few years. We have been active partners in the Prices Fork afterschool feeding initiative for 4 years. Nearly 3 years ago we created our Mobile/Pop-Up Feeding Program bringing food to children under 18 in a variety of underserved areas within this community throughout the summer months.

The Program in Action
Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed

The steady increase in participants demonstrates how prevalant the need for this service is and how critical it is for us to be able to continue providing meals to greater numbers as time goes on.

THANK YOU
ExperT’s for donating boxes of chalk for the kids and gloves to protect us.
Zeppolli’s for donating brown paper bags
Food Lion for donating brown paper bags
Next Door Bake Shop for donating Easter Treat Bags for the kids.
Countless community members for donating $$$’s to support us in funding our essential service projects including Meals on Main.

To participate in the program:
Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop, 1000 N. Main St, Blacksburg on Mondays and Fridays between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Drive to the Grab-and-Go tables located on left side of Thrift Shop building near the donation dock

Pick up one bag per child containing meals, snacks, and milk for each child (Mondays = 4 of each per child, Fridays = 3 of each per child)

Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic.

WHAT WE NEED:

Donations to support us in our programs. Click to DONATE NOW at www.vtymca.org/donate

Brown paper grocery bags

Please help us spread the word to all families in the New River Valley.

Check us out in The Roanoke Times

Wednesday April 15, 2020

Senators and Representatives will return to Washington, D.C., soon to pass the next phase of coronavirus response, and it is critical that they include supports for nonprofits like the Y and our employees in the next bill they pass.

Thanks to your advocacy, important provisions for nonprofits were included in the CARES Act passed in March, but Ys need more support from Congress as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have written a bipartisan letter urging House and Senate leadership to make support for nonprofits a top priority in the next phase of crisis relief.

Ask your member of Congress to sign on to support nonprofits!

We want to encourage as many members of Congress as possible to sign on to this bipartisan letter so House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader McConnell will understand the urgent need to help nonprofit organizations and employees through this crisis.

YMCA staff and volunteers are truly on the front lines of crisis response every day. Across the country, Ys are working tirelessly to provide emergency child care, shelter for the homeless, food for children, and support for older adults. These are critical services that our communities rely on, and we need help from Congress to continue to serve the most vulnerable.

With your help, we will make sure nonprofits are a top priority for federal support. Please take a moment today to write to your member of Congress and encourage them to sign on to this bipartisan letter!
https://ymca.quorum.us/campaign/25720/

Monday April 13, 2020

A note from Anna Ruiz

“Went to the Y again today and I just wanted to lay out the bag of food they send with you so y’all could see what’s in it. Good healthy snacks for Ozzy and a load of stress taken off my mind. Each of those brown bags had a juice box and cheese/meat/applesauce/cracker combo. Just thank you so much Laureen M Blakemore for being apart of that and helping people like me in our lil community🏘️💙”

Sunday April 12, 2020

We gratefully received 20 masks from the NRV Mask Makers to help protect our staff and volunteers during food distribution at our Meals On Main program. Thank you to all of the awesome volunteers making masks to protect the community.

 

Friday April 10, 2020

YOUR Y AT HOME FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

Get Creative and Active with Family-Friendly Resources

We’re scouring the web for the very best kid-friendly activities and videos! Check back regularly for our latest roll call of links, curated exclusively for Y families.

DETAILS HERE

 

Thursday April 9, 2020

The Thrift Shop donated another 20 yards of fabric to the NRV Mask Makers to support them in their efforts.

Monday April 6, 2020

 On the first day of our new initiative, Meals on Main, in 3 hrs we here at the YMCA at Virginia Tech distributed 212 meals and 212 snacks. We met grandparents looking after their grandchildren, medical staff, people from all walks of life. We are grateful to be able to help in some small way and very much aware of how many people need help right now. YMCA Board member Jim Lawrence and staff member Laureen Blakemore prepared and distributed the food bags. 

Check us out on WDBJ7

Friday April 3, 2020

The YMCA at Virginia Tech connects Virginia Tech students with our local community, builds relationships, promotes health and wellness, and combats serious issues affecting our community. We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, some of our programs offer vital services to the under served members of this community which is why it’s important for us to remain active/open, especially in critical times like these.

Starting on Monday April 6th, 2020, the YMCA is proud to introduce “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA at Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food seven days a week to ALL youth and children in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks will be shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.

To participate in the program:

Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop, 1000 N. Main St, Blacksburg on Mondays and Fridays between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ensure all children receiving food are present
Drive to the Grab-and-Go tables located on left side of Thrift Shop building near the donation dock
Pick up meals, snacks, and milk for each child (Mondays = 4 of each per child, Fridays = 3 of each per child)
Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic. Please help us spread the word!

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Shop online at the YMCA Thrift Shop. Help to support our community based programs.

Just Click HERE

Monday, March 30, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A post from our friends at New River Creative Reuse Center‎ to NRV Mask Makers
Hello you fabulous mask makers! For those of you needing supplies, I have just left these shown in the Eakin Street vestibule of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Thank you to the YMCA at Virginia Tech for donating fabric, thread, bias tape and a rotary cutter, plus some sewing machine needles that may or may not fit anyone’s current machine. From the New River Creative Reuse Center we have floral wire, pipe cleaners and some elastic I found in my own stash. Please keep us posted on supply needs and we will try to help find them.

Friday, March 27,2020

Our partners at The Christian Ministries identified a local family in need of a refrigerator yesterday. We donated a fridge to help the family during their urgent need. This is Y we are here. This is Y we need your support and donations of items and funds.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The YMCA Thrift Shop is still open regular hours and following strict guidelines:
Limiting all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons at a time
adhering to social distancing recommendations
sanitizing common surfaces
applying relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

We are accepting donations at the back dock following a specific safety procedure:

Do not be offended if nobody meets you at the back dock for your donations- we’re social distancing. Please leave your donations on or near the tables provided or in the truck if raining.

Rest assured that your donations will be gratefully accepted and carefully processed once you leave the area.

Our staff are using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas.

The donations will be moved to an area to be quarantined for 5 days before processing following VDH regulations and guidelines.

We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick.

We will update you when any changes are made to our current operating schedule.

At this time we have suspended pick ups and deliveries. Please call to schedule pick ups for a future date.
We appreciate your continued support.
Call the Blacksburg Thrift Shop at (540) 552-2633

Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

…..Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities…..

Read the full announcement HERE

Saturday, March 21, 2020

It is crucial that the Senate include nonprofits like the Y in their #coronavirus response bill.

Take action today by letting your members of Congress know and asking them to support $60B in #Relief4Charities!

To contact your members visit: http://ow.ly/K9Jn50yS25m

Friday, March 20, 2020

A message from the health department:

The New River Health District has recently launched a new website to help keep the residents of the New River Valley informed of current health issues. This site is constantly being updated with the latest information including info on Coronavirus (COVID-19). It also has a question portal for interested parties to send in questions and receive a direct response. Please help us spread the word and visit nrvroadtowellness.com to learn more.

A message from the The Community Health Center of the NRV:

Both the medical and dental offices are still open!

– If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you may contact the office and a dental professional will evaluate your situation by phone and determine the best course of action. 

– If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or trouble breathing or have been in an area with confirmed COVID-19 cases, please call to obtain information on how to proceed before going to the office.  

Visit CHCNRV.org for additional information on their services, updates and COVID-19 protocols. They have offices in Christiansburg, Pearisburg and Dublin.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

At the YMCA at Virginia Tech we connect Virginia Tech students with our local community, build relationships, promote health and wellness, and combat the serious issues affecting our community. We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

The YMCA at VT’s programs help turn the students of today into the leaders of tomorrow; a convention that all started with a legacy of leadership that has remained consistent since the YMCA’s inception at Virginia Tech in 1873.

How do we achieve this?

We offer a variety of opportunities to our VT Student Program Leaders and volunteers to make a positive impact on the local area through our many service related programs.

Our International Program brings together people from all over the world to welcome and integrate them into the community while providing a comfortable venue for cross cultural friendship, information, education, support, and service.

Our Senior Connections program pairs students with seniors based on their mutual interests.  Our Youth Programs create a safe environment for students to receive homework help and enjoy recreational activities and distribution of food to students.

Our Sustainability Initiative Program is a partnership between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority (MRSWA), and the YMCA. The focus is on promoting a green community through the recycling and reducing the volume of recyclable items placed into landfills and the waste stream.

Our Thrift Shop provides a high-quality, low-cost shopping alternative as well as a wonderful way to relieve the landfill burden by recycling usable goods. The proceeds of the thrift shop remain local and help support our community programs.

Social distancing protocols have temporarily taken away how we connect. We have cancelled or postponed our programs and events to follow the recommended COVID-19 social distancing protocols. Our Thrift Shop remains open at this point, while following the strict protocol to ensure the health and safety of our staff and community.

But your Y is also in the business of reacting and evolving when our community’s needs change. We’ve done that for the past 146 years.

The Y staff are working on ways to keep these important connections active with ideas including “phone friends”, encouraging program members to touch base periodically over the coming weeks and offer each other moral support.

Our community members are in our hearts and minds more than ever at this time. We are working hard to keep everyone updated through our e-newsletter and social media posts.

The YMCA thrift Shop is open for business and accepting donations, a crucial need to keep our programs running once we have moved through these difficult times together. Our staff will be using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas. We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick. We are limiting the number of customers allowed in together at any time to comply with state and federal mandates. We will update you when any changes are made to our current operating schedule.

Stay well and healthy.

Your YMCA team

Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians. Read the full article HERE

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ask Congress to provide immediate support for nonprofits in this time of crisis.  Click HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

REMINDER: Update on YMCA International Programs
International Women’s Group– paused until April 7
English Conversation Class- Tuesday evenings- paused until April 7
English Conversation Class- Wednesday mornings- paused until April 7

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Friday March 13, 2020

COVID-19 and YMCA at VT Programs Update

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.

We are canceling specific YMCA at VT sponsored events and putting some of our programming on pause for three weeks until we have a better idea about the trajectory of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in our community.

BMS After School Program is cancelled until MCPS schools are in session again.

Prices Fork Connections Program  is cancelled until MCPS schools are in session again.

Beeks After School Program will be suspended until further notice.

Senior Connections will be suspended for the rest of the semester.

Healthy Kids Day is cancelled.

Y-toss -we are looking into options to make collections as dorms are cleaned out.

Y Dine Out at Buffalo Wild Wings –March 18 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Y Dine Out at Bottom of the Stairs– April 4 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Y Dine Out at D P Dough– April 22 (to be rescheduled at a later date)

Pottery Classes at the Y Center- paused until April 3

International Women’s Group– paused until April 7

English Conversation Class- Tuesday evenings & Wednesday mornings- paused until April 7

Contra Dance– cancelled through April

Swing Dance– cancelled through May

We will update as information becomes available.

In our Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St, we will be closing the restroom facilities starting Sunday March 15 until further notice. Our staff will be using gloves when handling donations and increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing for all common areas. We are informing our employees and encouraging them to keep themselves safe by frequently washing their hands and staying home if they are sick.

We are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children.

Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider.

While no one can predict with certainty whether the United States will be severely impacted by coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. We will keep all members and participants updated with information as it develops.

Additionally, we encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.

Ryan Martin

Executive Director

YMCA at Virginia Tech

Thursday, March 12, 2020