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March 2020

In this Edition: 
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Five Days of Action
  • LINK Orientation & Training for Florida YMCAs
  • Year-Round Advocacy -  Florida Session Update
  • National Advocacy Days Recap
  • Florida YMCA Leadership Updates
  • Funding Opportunities


The Florida State Alliance is monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and coordinating with each Florida YMCA, other State Alliances, Y-USA, CDC, Florida Health Department, and the Florida Department of Education.  We know you and your Y are taking steps to protect the health and wellness of your staff and families, as well as members, program participants, and community members. Below are some resources each of your Ys may reference as you develop a plan for your Y. 

Florida YMCAs are working with the Florida State Alliance to coordinate communication across the state. Here are some resources that you may find helpful.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

State of Florida 


COVID-19/Coronavirus Advocacy
Now more than ever, it is vitally important to support nonprofits in each community. Please ask your members of Congress to support the Y as we support our communities. The Florida Alliance has sent a letter to the Florida Congressional Delegation to consider non-profits in Coronavirus stimulus relief proposals. See the letter here. But, we still need your help! 



The wait is over! The 5 Days of Action Kit in English is now available for download. What can you expect?

  • Implementation Guide that includes activity ideas & planning tips
  • Email and social media templates, including animated GIFs
  • Pledge to Protect Cards & Signs
  • Posters & Buttons
  • Know. See. Respond. Booklet with tips & interactive exercises

If you didn't get the toolkit, make sure you have registered to partake in the event. We would love to get 100% of Florida YMCAs participating.


The state alliance is working with Y-USA's LINK team to provide 5 training opportunities on LINK for Florida YMCA Staff and Volunteers. Please share these with your staff teams. All WebEx trainings are the same and will focus on an overview of the link.  Pre-registration is required.  

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 - 1:00PM ET Register
Monday, April 6th, 2020 - 11:00AM ET Register
Friday, April 17th, 2020 - 3:00PM ET Register


Advocacy - Session Update  
Friday marked the 60th day of the Legislative Session; however, our members did not get out on time. 

The budget conference has taken place, but the chambers have not come to a final product. The Florida Consitution requires that once the Appropriations Bill has been finalized there be a 72 review period for the public before a vote, and so far we are still waiting for that clock to start.

Florida YMCA Priorities in Current Budget Offers
  • Y-Reads, $764,000 (recurring) and $500,000 (non-recurring)
  • YIG, $100,000 (recurring) and YIG, $200,000 (non-recurring) 
  • YMCA/USF, St. Petersburg Civic Fellows Partnership - 300,000 (non-recurring)
  • YMCA Central Florida-After School, $100,000 (non-recurring)
  • YMCA First Coast-Immokalee Center, $100,000 (non-recurring)
Florida YMCA Priorities - Legislation we tracked
  • SB 918/HB 581 - Civic Education. This bill will create a nonpartisan civic literacy practicum for high school students.  - Did Not Pass
  • SB 88/HB111 - Child Care Facilities. This bill will require, vehicles used by child care facilities and large family child care homes to transport children to be equipped with a reliable alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect the vehicle for children before exiting the vehicle. - Did Not Pass

Find Your Legislators
For tips on engaging your elected officials, visit the Find Your Legislator page on our website! 


During Y-USA's National Advocacy Days, our State Alliance Team, Youth Advocates, and CEO Cindy Love attended 18 Congressional Meetings to discuss priorities, such as Drowning Prevention, Chronic Disease Prevention, After School Time, and the Charitable Tax Deduction.

Martin Martinez, Youth Advocate from the YMCA Greater St. Petersburg, was selected as one of the 4 students to participate in the Afterschool Time Hill Briefing hosted by YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.

Each of the offices we met with is interested in visiting their local Y during the August Recess. 


  • Congresswoman Shalala FL-27 
  • Congressman Crist FL-13 
  • Congressman Dunn FL-02 
  • Congressman Spano FL-15 
  • Congressman Mast FL-18      
  • Congressman Soto FL-9
  • Congressman Diaz-Balart FL-25 
  • Congressman Steube FL-17   
  • Congressman Bilirakis FL-12 
  • Congresswoman Wilson FL-24  
  • Congressman Rutherford FL-4
  • Congresswoman Castor FL-14 
  • Congresswoman Frankel FL-21 
  • Congressman Webster FL-11  
  • Congressman Yoho FL-3 
  • Congressman Waltz FL-6 
  • Senator Scott       
  • Senator Rubio   

A Special Thank You to: 

  • Cindy Love, President & CEO, YMCA of South Collier 
  • Martin Martinez, Youth Advocate, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
  • Ansley Topper, Youth Advocate, YMCA of West Central Florida


As we move into 2020 have some exciting changes to the CEOs and the State Alliance team. 

YMCA of West Central Florida
Kirk Eich will be leaving Florida to lead the YMCA of Upper Palmetto in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Kirk has done an amazing job leading the YMCA of West Central Florida over the past 7 years by growing great partnerships within their community as well as working with neighboring Ys.  Kirk has been instrumental in keeping a Y in the Lake Wales community through a management agreement with the city and the Y.  Please take a moment and wish Kirk good luck.

Welcome back to Alice Collins, who worked with the local YMCA organization for 37 years and preceded Eich as its head. Alice will be serving as Interim CEO while the Board of Directors, Florida Alliance and Y-USA do a national search for their new leadership.

Manatee YMCA 
Sean Allison has decided to move on from Manatee County Family YMCA to pursue other opportunities.  Sean led the Manatee County Family YMCA for over 15 years and has a rich career ranging from a District Vice President in St Louis to a branch director in the Charlotte association

Frank Frey will be serving as the Interim CEO that comes from the Y-USA Interim CEO program with over 47 years of experience mainly in PA but has done ICEO position in Florida over the last 3 years.  Please welcome Frank back to the team.

YMCA of the Treasure Coast
Last but not least, John Lass has announced his retirement for June of 2020.  John came to the YMCA in 1992 to serve as the Director of Development for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast and become President/CEO since April 1998.  John is also the longest tenure Florida CEO.  He joined the YMCA professional ranks after serving in the Catholic Priesthood.  John  has been amazing leader not only at the local level but was instrumental in the establishment of the Florida State Alliance of YMCAs and served on numerous National committees.  Please take moment to wish John good luck in the next chapter of his life.

Welcome, Dr. Moira Hendricks 
We would like to formally welcome Dr. Moira Hendricks to our State Alliance team at the new State Director, Literacy and Enrichment Initiatives. Moira will support the work of YReads! state-wide, and identify best practices and innovation throughout the state to increase impact in the achievement gap and enrichment. 

Dr. Hendricks has been the YMCA READS! Director at the Manatee County YMCA since 2014 overseeing both the Moody Elementary and Bayshore Elementary sites. During her time in that position, she has successfully written grants to help subsidize the programs and has written numerous trainings and best practices for program delivery. Dr. Hendricks holds a B.A. in French and History from Manhattanville College, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from Columbia University.

Moira can be reached at

Farewell, John Trombetta
January 31, 2020 marked John Trombetta, VP of Operations last day at the State Alliance. Throughout the 3 years with the Alliance John provided tremendous leadership to YReads, Youth In Government, and was a critical part of launching Safety Around Water statewide.

During John's time with the Alliance, he secured $250,000 for Safety Around Water from the legislature and worked on grants for the Achievement Gap, and Hypertension. 


LIVESTRONG Foundation Invites Applications for Cancer Solutions

The LIVESTRONG Foundation's LIVESTRONG Cancer Institute works to rethink the full range of cancer care, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care - all with a focus on the patient's needs, values, and preferences.

To advance this mission, the institute is inviting applications for its LIVESTRONG Solution Grants. Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of inventive, cutting-edge solutions to overlooked problems in cancer. Funding priorities include post-treatment care; patient and caregiver education; comprehensive quality-of-life services; and streamlining systems and care. The foundation provides two levels of funding: grants of up to $20,000  through its Acceleration Grants program, and grants of up to $100,000 through its Transformation Grants program.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in the U.S. and have a valid Tax ID number.

Letters of Interest are due February 21 . Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a finalist application by April 13, 2020.

Full RFP here

National Advocacy Days
March 2 - 5, 2020
Washington, D.C. 

*POSTPONED Florida YIG: 63rd Annual State Assembly 
April 1 -  3, 2020 
Tallahassee, FL

5 Days of Action
April 13 - 17, 2020

*Note, most RTE and MTE will be postponed. Rhonda McVey is working on the communication out to local Ys. 

Tampa Winter Regional Training Event
January 1 - March 31, 2020
Event Information

SKY Family Regional Training Event
February 3 - April 30, 2020
Event Information

St. Petersburg Regional Training Event
February 18 - April 30, 2020
Event Information

First Coast Mini Training Event (Listen First)
February 18 - May 29, 2020
Event Information

Central Florida Mini Training Event (HWYC)
March 4 - April 24, 2020
Event Information

Tampa Spring Regional Training Event
March 27 - June 30, 2020
Event Information

Contact Rhonda McVey, Regional Training Director, YUSA Training Partner YMCA, for more information.


  • Central Florida Metro YMCA  
  • Florida's First Coast YMCA
  • Highlands County Family YMCA  
  • Manatee County Family YMCA
  • Greater Marco Family YMCA
  • North Central Florida YMCA
  • YMCA of Northwest Florida
  • Palm Beaches Metropolitan YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
  • Sarasota Family YMCA
  • The SKY Family YMCA
  • YMCA of South Florida
  • YMCA of South Collier
  • YMCA of South Palm Beach County
  • YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
  • YMCA of the Treasure Coast
  • Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA
  • YMCA of West Central Florida
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