The YMCA of San Diego County is the largest YMCA association in the nation, serving nearly 400,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 3,500 people.

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"PNC Bank & Wave FC Partner on New Soccer Field at Border"

Thanks to partners PNC Bank and Wave FC, soccer returns to Border View Family YMCA on April 28! Read the San Diego Magazine piece, "PNC Bank & Wave FC Partner on New Soccer Field at Border," to learn how the project came to be and what it means for the community. — San Diego Magazine, 03/14/24

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"Leaders of Influence in Technology 2024"

John Merritt, SVP & CIO, has spearheaded a transformative journey within the IT department, aligning technology with core business objectives to drive innovation and growth. Under his leadership, the Y achieved a landmark digital transformation by migrating to cloud-based solutions, significantly enhancing the customer experience, data security, and operational efficiency.
Merritt’s strategic focus on integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning will optimize internal processes and lead to the development of customer-centric solutions, increased satisfaction, and opening new revenue streams. His commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning and collaboration across departments has elevated the IT team's performance and agility. Merritt’s visionary approach and impactful leadership have been instrumental in positioning the YMCA of San Diego County at the forefront of technological advancement for nonprofits. — San Diego Business Journal, 03/25/24

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"Seals’ Commitment to San Diego Takes a Giant Leap Forward With New Practice Field"

Thursday, February 22nd marked a monumental day in the history of the San Diego Seals, YMCA of San Diego County and Rady Children’s Hospital, as the three entities officially held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed Rady Children’s Field. — National Lacrosse League, 02/27/24

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"How I Embarrassed Myself In Front Of 10,000 People... "

FaZe Rug stopped by Mission Valley Y to play basketball with some kids and prep for his big opportunity to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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"$832K raised for San Diego Flood Response Fund, $310K granted to nonprofits so far"

The San Diego Foundation collected donations for the Flood Response Fund to support the nonprofits helping flood victims. They approved a $190,000 grant for the YMCA of San Diego County to provide housing vouchers to more than 400 displaced adults and children. — ABC 10News, 02/06/24

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"The Jan. 22 Floods Displaced More Than 1,000 San Diegans from Their Homes"

Local YMCA leaders managed to raise roughly $175,000 from several charitable foundations to temporarily house flood survivors. But so far, the local Y has spent more than $220,000. — Will Huntsberry, Voice of San Diego — 02/06/24

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Donation Drive for Flood Victims Ahead of Next Storm

NBC's Shandel Menezes reports from Jackie Robinson Family Y, where flood victims are arriving for assistance. — NBC News.

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Day of Service to Help Local Flood Victims

NBC's Audra Stafford reports from Jackie Robinson Family YMCA on volunteer efforts to aid flood victims — NBC News, 01-31-24.

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Hotel rooms for flood victims

The YMCA paid for hotel rooms for San Diegans affected by flooding in Mountain View  — shared by ABC 10News   — 01/31/24.

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"Flood Relief at the YMCA"

The Y's Justin Lipford shares news about efforts to aid flood victims in this clip from KUSI Good Morning San Diego. — KUSI News.

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At the Y's 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast, held on January 12, 2024, Dr. Cecil Steppe was one of two community members honored for reflecting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles and ideals in both philosophy and action. — CBS 8 San Diego, 01/15/24

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"39th annual breakfast honoring life, legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Two long-time, nonagenerian supporters of Jackie Robinson Family YMCA presented with this year' Human Dignity award

In a powerful display of unity, over 1,200 residents of San Diego came together to pay homage to the enduring impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 39th annual Human Dignity Award breakfast hosted by the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. The Friday morning event celebrated the contributions of Kathleen Harmon and Cecil H. Steppe, who were recognized with the Human Dignity Award for their unwavering dedication to continuing King’s legacy through their volunteer service for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and the broader community.— San Diego Union-Tribune, Lauren J. Mapp, 01/12/24

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"YMCA's 39th annual MLK Jr. Human Dignity Awards | 2024 honoree shares impact on community"

Dr. Cecil Steppe was one of two community members honored this year for embodying Dr. King's spirit, ideals and dream. — CBS 8 San Diego

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"How far would you travel to end Youth Homelessness?"

Watch this great story on our third annual Solidarity Journey on The Zevely Zone. — CBS 8 San Diego, 11/29/23

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"NEWS: Solidarity Journey 2023 "

In November, the third annual Solidarity Journey in support of National Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month kicked off at the Border View Family YMCA. Justin Lipford, the Y's director of community engagement, spoke to Fox 5 at the start of the 550-mile trek. — Fox 5 San Diego News, 11/01/23

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Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County, was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal. In just two years, has has been instrumental in leading the largest YMCA in the country toward a new vision, reinvigorating the Y’s mission, establishing team values and launching a new strategic plan. View the winners10/26/23

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"YMCA's Day at the Y for Seniors"

More than 150 active older adults gathered for Y's 20th Annual Day at the Bay event to enjoyed kayaking, paddle boarding, games, exercise classes and friendship. ABC News 10 asked Dianne B. why she makes it a point to stay active. "The older you get, the more you need to move around," Dianne said. "Just keep moving, even a little bit each day — and smile!" Watch video10/4/23, ABC News 10

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"Closure of Escondido Preschool Program Leaves More Gaps in Child Care"

Kim McDougal, executive director at the YMCA Childcare Resource Service, said there are still many uncertainties for families when it comes to TK including age requirements, waitlists, accessing the additional after-school program and the question of whether parents want their child in that type of program."It’s moving into the kind of formal school system where oftentimes it feels and looks more like kindergarten than it does like a play-based preschool that’s more focused on social emotional development," McDougal said. "It’s maybe not the best developmentally appropriate choice for all children. And so, parents lose that choice because it comes down to what they can afford financially." — Voice of San Diego, 09/12/23

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"Camp Surf transforms kids’ lives, one wave at a time"

Since 1969, this YMCA overnight camp has been making dreams come true for children all over the world. This year alone nearly 900 children will get the Camp Surf experience. — KPBS, 07/27/23

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"Community supporting YMCA after two fires in one week"

On July 14th, part of the turf went up in flames in the middle of the night. — ABC 10 News, 07/19/23

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"Kids beat heat at summer camps as high temperatures plague San Diego"

It’s all about fun in the sun at the YMCA'S summer camps. — ABC 10 News, 07/13/23

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"Goodwill, YMCA among San Diego-area ‘Nonprofits of the Year’ picked by local legislators "

YMCA San Diego, which supports community members of all ages through health, wellness and learning programs among other services to “nurture a healthy spirit, mind, and body.” Honored by District 78 Assemblymember Christopher Ward. — San Diego Union-Tribune, 07/03/23

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Be Well Podcast

Y Be Well is a podcast dedicated to nurturing our well-being and connection, hosted by Jonathon Collopy, Ph.D., executive director at Ryan Family YMCA. Tune in as we explore mindful living, relationships and healthy communities. Our guests are invited to share their wisdom, insights and valuable resources, and to challenge us to learn and join the movement toward an intentional, vibrant and fulfilling life. New episodes are released every other Wednesday. View the Be Well podcast page.