Agencies Y.M.C.A

American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley

Contact Information:

Address:55 Lounez Ave., Wheeling WV

Name of Program Funded through UW: Y for L.I.F.E.

Contact Name:  Adam Shinsky

Phone Number: 304-242-8086

Email: [email protected] 

Website:  wheelingymca.org

What is YMCA?

The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. At the Wheeling YMCA, no one, regardless of age, gender, race, denomination, nationality, physical ability, or economic ability, will ever be turned away for the inability to pay. The Wheeling Y is all about youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We build people! We provide hea;thy program opportunities to people of all ages from six months old in our Water Babies Swim Program to the many seniors in our Silver Sneakers group exercise classes.

How does United Way support YMCA?

The Y for L.I.F.E. program impacts the lives of 7th and 8th graders who attend the club. We received various compliments from the parents of the students who attended, stating, “This was the best program their children ever attended.” The replies are overwhelming on how they feel their children become more responsible around the house, their grades improved, more motivated, and show more respect to their families and peers. We witnessed the teens’ attitudes change on the first day at the club; they have more sense of self-worth, feel important, realize other people depend on them to carry out responsibilities and have a lot of fun while learning. All of the children from all walks of life become a team and interact well with each other. This experience for the children and the Y staff is absolutely wonderful! The children still come to us for advice whenever they have problems. We have become not only their mentors but also friends ti them as well.

Check out our other member agencies and learn more about their programs here!

About the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley supports Hancock County, Ohio County, Tyler County, Marshall County, Wetzel County, Brooke County in West Virginia, and Belmont County and Monroe County in Ohio. Donating through your local United Way is the best way to reach the most people in need. 

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is an organization that supports nonprofit organizations in our area through annual campaigns, payroll deduction fundraising efforts, and individual donations. These community-minded people combine donations from employees and businesses alike to help assist those who need it most. The support from the annual campaign is then allocated to nonprofit programs through our volunteer allocations panels. We support 40 programs (and counting) in the upper Ohio Valley that tackle the toughest needs in the Ohio Valley. Consider giving to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley today.

 

Community Success Stories

Check out the following Community Success Stories for examples of how Y.M.C.A has impacted our community.

YMCA Leaders Live Out the “No Child Turned Away” Motto

We’re sharing success stories from UW member organizations who are demonstrating excellent care for our community members.    This one comes from the YMCA in Wheeling:   “I would like to take this opportunity to share another feel-good story with our friends at the United Way. I received a phone call from Child Protective Services last year asking me if I could accept two childr ...

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YMCA Helps Child through Summer Camp

We’re sharing success stories from UW member organizations that are demonstrating excellent care for our community members.    This one comes from YMCA: A young man approached me at the Y before the program began and stated "He was in a tough spot; he was in the process of starting a new job but needed daycare for his daughter so he could work" but informed me his daughter had severe AD ...

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Impacting A Teen

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share one of my most memorable stories that I experienced in the 2018 "Y" 4 L.I.F.E program. A parent came to me before the program and stated she didn't have enough money to allow her child to participate in my program but informed me her son could really use a program like this, she informed me her son had very low self-esteem, was overweight, and had ...

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YMCA Wheeling Has Impact On Children’s Lives

I was approached in February, 2018 by a grandfather of three children, he informed me his son and daughter-in-law lost the custodial rights of the three children due to heroin and he has been granted custody. He expressed to me he was on a limited income due to an injury that prevents him from working and had to work light duty every day to make ends meet. Being a working parent with two childr ...

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Out of His Shell

"A parent came to me before the program and stated she didn’t have enough money to allow her child to participate in my program but informed me her son could really use a program like this, she informed me her son had very low self-esteem, was overweight, and had a very hard time in school making friends, not to mention he was diagnosed with mild Asperger’s. I saw this as an opportunity to mak ...

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“We Will Never Turn Any Child Away…”

"I was approached in February, 2018 by a grandmother of 4 children, she informed me her daughter and son-in-law lost the custodial rights of the 4 children and she has been granted custody. She expressed to me she was on a limited income and had to work every day to make ends meet. Being a working parent with 2 children of my own at half her age I immediately felt sympathy for this lady. She said, ...

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