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And1 teams up with Slam Magazine for NBA All-Star Weekend

And1 and Slam Magazine joined forces to celebrate NBA All-Star Weekend. As part of the festivities, Charlotte Hornet and And1 athlete Lance Stephenson will host a free basketball clinic for local youth at his hometown's Coney Island YMCA on the morning of February 14th as part of a continuing charitable partnership between Stephenson, And1 and the YMCA of Greater New York. Read more…

Shorefront Y holds disaster preparedness program

Brooklyn residents attended a citizen preparedness training program with the National Guard Monday morning at the Shorefront YMCA in Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach was a community hit hard during Superstorm Sandy. Many in the area say they have not fully recovered from the impact of the storm. The program aims to give residents the tools and resources to be ready for any type of disaster. Read more…

How to set your organization up to hire the right fundraiser

At the YMCA of Greater New York, “soft” skills such as a warm personality, empathy, and persuasiveness are important factors when hiring development staff. Fundraisers must be able to connect with a wide range of people, carry on a great conversation, and effectively discuss the organization’s mission, says Gary Laermer, YMCA of Greater New York's chief development officer. That means being not only an effective communicator verbally and in writing, but also a good listener. Read more…

A guide to hiring fundraisers

When searching for new fundraisers, organizations should evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current staff and determine what areas they need to improve or expand. Gary Laermer, chief development officer at the YMCA of Greater New York said, “You have to be able to very clearly understand the assets you’re looking for in a person to fill the position. Not only are you looking for an effective communicator, you have to effectively communicate what it is you’re looking to identify.” Read more…

Fighting a war on two fronts

Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service,spoke to the Staten Island Advance on the issue of insurance and addiction. She said, "It's left up to the provider and the client to prove the need for this level of treatment. Sometimes it is a fail-first model, where you have to fail outpatient visits before you can be approved for inpatient.: Read more…

Husband and wife both diagnosed with cancer learn to ‘Livestong at the YMCA’

After Gerard and Maureen Herr found were both diagnosed with cancer, they found support in the Livestrong at the YMCA. The three-month program for cancer patients and survivors provides a personal trainer to show people the ropes in the gym and shift the focus from fighting cancer to regaining strength and confidence and improving their well-being. People need not be a YMCA member to join. A grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation helps the YMCA provide it at no cost to as many people as possible. Read more…

Shake off winter blues: ‘Kick up your heels’ for the Staten Island YMCA

The Staten Island YMCA, a leading borough non-profit dedicated to helping families learn, grow and thrive, will host its annual Dine 'N Dance event on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Nicotra's Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. This year, the event will honor local community leaders with names like Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and commentator and founder of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation; Joanne Cook, a longtime YMCA volunteer and vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Brian Laline, a deep rooted YMCA volunteer and executive editor of the Staten Island Advance. Read more…