International Programs at the YMCA at VT
The YMCA has been an active member of our community since 1873. We recognize that our town hosts a unique community that includes many internationals from around the globe. We strive to serve all its valued members. One of our long running programs is the International Women’s Group where newcomers and longtime residents meet weekly on Tuesdays to foster friendships while engaging in different interesting activities. Due to the stay at home requirements we have moved our meetings online, where we offer English conversation sessions and Yoga classes.
The first meeting on September 15th was part of the YMCA’s Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together people in local communities to build unity and a sense of belonging for new and long-time residents.
During the meeting we discussed several new ideas and ways to do more of certain activities popular among our members. Some of the suggestions included:
– Meeting at different parks around town and visiting the Hahn garden.
-Doing community service projects.
-Doing cooking demonstrations online when the weather gets cooler.
-including more movement activities such as walking on the huckleberry trail, introducing Tai Chi, and doing yoga both in person and online.
We also learned about several programs that the YMCA is doing to help the community during the pandemic such as Meals on Main, a food program for children. Other events that we learned about is the upcoming annual Craft Fair (November 12-16). This year it will be virtual where you can browse many locally handcrafted items and shop online.
At the end of the meeting we thanked all of our long time volunteers for their commitment and dedication. Again thank you Barb, Manju, Marsha, and Michele.
For next Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 we will be doing a gardening activity as part of the community service projects we discussed. The weather should be good so come out and enjoy the outdoors among friends!
Here are the details:
Activity: Working at the YMCA Lancaster House garden.
Address: 403 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Lead volunteer: Margaret Marsille.
For information about all classes and to participate please contact
Dina Ali, YMCA at VT International Programs Director