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In this Edition: 
  • Year Round Advocacy - August Recess 
  • New Service Delivery/Commitment to America Meeting dates
  • NEW! Florida Alliance of YMCAs Website
  • Florida YMCAs Represent at FCOA
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


August Recess - Congressional Members
August marks an imperative time to engage your Congressional Members in activities, tours of your Ys, and discussions about how your Y is serving the community. 

As you may know, YMCA of the USA has been working to ensure that charitable giving is expanded under the new tax law.  It is important that Y's show their members of Congress the impact charitable contributions have on the services we provide and the communities we serve. With the possibility of "Tax Reform 2.0" this fall, it is critical that lawmakers understand the potential benefits of a universal charitable deduction and share their support for one of two versions of the proposal.

Remember after your visit to publicly thank the member on social media using the hashtag #YAdvocates and tag us at @FLYMCA!

For a complete guide on engaging public officials check out Y-USA's Engaging with Public Officials Toolkit and the Exchange Page for Tools and Resources.

On-Going Advocacy
For tips on engaging your elected officials visit the Find Your Legislator page on our website! 

For a complete guide check out Y-USA's Updated Engaging with Public Officials Toolkit and the Exchange Page for Tools and Resources.


Y-USA plans to host a series of regional meetings between Sept. 25 and Oct. 26 to present and discuss its strategic plan in support of the Commitment to America. Information about Y-USA's evolving service-delivery model also will be presented at these meetings.

Y association CEOs and CVOs are invited to attend and will receive registration information in August. Please save-the-date for the meeting date and location you would like to attend:

  • Tuesday, September 25 - Dallas, TX
  • Wednesday, September 26th - Los Angeles, CA
  • Thursday, September 27th - Seattle, WA
  • Wednesday, October 3rd - Chicago, IL 
  • Thursday, October 4th - Birmingham, AL
  • Monday, October 8th - Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, October 25th - Newark, NJ
  • Friday, October 26th - Pittsburg, PA 

The goal is to best position the Y to deliver on our Commitment to communities across America. You can expect enhanced communications related to both the Y-USA transition and the Commitment via Executive News, webinars and other channels. During this transition, your Resource Director stands ready to continue to serve you and answer your questions. Read more about the letter about the assessment & plan here.


We are pleased to announce our new Florida Alliance of YMCAs website! This new website will allow us to connect with Legislators, Public Officials, Partners, Staff, and Volunteers to convey our story and impact across the State of Florida. 

Some of the website features include:

  • YReads, Youth In Government & Safety Around Water websites combined to one website. 
  • Advocacy platform with registration to become a Y Advocate, and tips on advocating for the Y.
  • Staff & Volunteer Resources including Regional Training Information & More
  • Event Calendar & News Bulletins 
  • All YMCA Locations in Florida in one searchable place
This website gives us the ability to share the impact of the YMCA in the State of Florida. 


You can check out the new website by going to


Staff, Volunteers & Partners of Florida YMCAs took part in the 2018 Florida Council on Aging Conference held on August 13th - 15th in Tampa Florida. 

The Florida Alliance of YMCAs set up an exhibit displaying the Ys work in Community Integrated Health through Evidence Based Health Interventions.  

To show the success of these programs and partnerships Kelly Prather, Central Florida YMCA, facilitated a panel that introduce and discuss the benefits of YMCA Community Integrated Health Programs that are offered at local Y’s and other community locations including: Diabetes Prevention Program, Blood Pressure Self- Monitoring Program, LIVESTRONG at the Y (for cancer survivors), Enhance Fitness (balance & arthritis) and Pedaling for Parkinson’s.

A big THANK YOU to our panel members, and facilitators: 

  • Summer Cruff, YMCA of the Suncoast, 
  • Cindy Miller, MD, FACP, Volunteer, YMCA of the Suncoast,
  • Kerry Marsalek, MA, City of Clearwater Aging Well Center
  • Shannon Sprowls, YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Kelly Prather, YMCA of Central Florida


U.S. Soccer Foundation

Since 1995, the  U.S. Soccer Foundation  has awarded grants to more than six hundred organizations in the United States in support of projects designed to keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe. Urban areas often lack available space for children to play outside. In order to provide an opportunity for all children to play soccer, the foundation has taken on the task of providing children across the nation with places to play.

To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Safe Places to Play program, which provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their communities. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for the installation of field surfaces, lighting, and irrigation for field space in urban settings.

To be eligible, an applicant must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S., and be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, or sovereign tribal nation.

LOIs are must be received no later than September 3. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 28, 2018.
Full RFP here

The Green Education Foundation
The Green Education Foundation, in partnership with Gardener's Supply Company, is accepting applications from schools and youth groups for its Green Thumb Challenge.

Through the program, a prize of $500 will be awarded to a school or youth group to advance the sustainability of a successful youth garden program that has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Applicants must submit a chronicle of their project, including photographs and descriptions.

To be eligible, applicants must be a school or youth group with existing garden program involving youth in grades K-12. The program will not consider proposals for gardens that do not yet exist.

Applications due September 30th
Full RFP here

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications From Youth Baseball and Softball Programs
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

BTF awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or secure facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and to facilitate youth baseball and softball programs, and not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.  BTF does not specify a maximum grant award amount.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit tax-exempt organization involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. 

Organizations operating in the U.S. and international locations are eligible to apply.  Due October 1st.

Link to RFP here



Women's Leadership Conference
September 11-13
Orlando, FL

IT and Data Analytics Conference
September 27 - 28
San Antonio, TX

Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience (EMLE)
October 17-19
Seattle, WA

Global Camping Conference
November 7-10
Estes Park, CO

YMCA Professional Network (YPN) Conference
November 15 - 16 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Tampa Summer Regional Training Event
July 1 - September 30, 2018
Event Information

Central Florida Regional Training Event
September 13 - 28, 2018
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  
  • Lake Wales Family YMCA
  • Manatee County Family YMCA
  • Greater Marco Family YMCA
  • Greater Naples 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 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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