In this Edition:
- Year Round Advocacy - Quorum, Campaign Season, & Summer Visits
- National Voter Registration Day
- NEW! Florida Alliance of YMCAs Website
- Funding Opportunities
- Florida Ys in the News
CALLING ALL ADVOCATES
YMCA Advocacy Network - Quorum
We encourage each YMCA Staff, and Policy Volunteer to sign up for the YCMA Advocacy Network Powered by Quorum.
Quorum is a public affairs software platform that enables organizations to launch grassroots advocacy campaigns, manage stakeholder engagement, monitor legislation, social media of public officials, and much more.
With our staff and volunteers registered as YMCA Advocates, it will allow us and Y-USA's Government Relations Office to activate the true advocacy power of the Y when policy or legislation of interest comes up.
Register for the YMCA Advocacy Network Here
As a reminder, it is important to know who the candidates running for each position are. They could be volunteers, members, or donors.
A normal campaign season will run as followed:
For help on this, check out Y-USA Campaign & Elections Do's and Don'ts.
- May - August: Primary Election, Election Day: August 28
- August - November: General Election, Election Day: November 6
If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Alliance of YMCAs.
Have you hosted your elected officials for a summer visit yet? The summer months are the perfect time to host your state legislators at your YMCA to highlight programs and grow your relationship. There is more information below from YUSA on engaging your elected officials - but remember to include the following in your visit:
Thank them - for their visit, past support and their service to the communities in their district
Invite them - to any upcoming events at your YMCA
Inform them - let them know of any possible capital improvement needs and provide a one pager of information for them
Ask them - if there is anything you or your Y can do for them
Engaging Elected Officials at Your Y
Listen to a recorded webinar hosted by Y-USA's Government Relations and Policy Office and the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) for tips on how to host a public official at your Y.
The webinar features step-by-step instructions on how to invite and host public officials, best ways to engage officials at your Y, campaign year DO's and DON'Ts and more. Listen now.
Find your local Senator here, and your local Representative here.
Be on the look out for our Advocacy & Public Policy Guide and Advocacy Toolkit for future advocacy planning!
For a complete guide check out Y-USA's Updated Engaging with Public Officials Toolkit and the Exchange Page for Tools and Resources.
COMMITMENT TO AMERICA
Y-USA ASSESSMENT UPDATE
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) President and CEO Kevin Washington recently announced plans to change how Y-USA serves and supports Ys. With his vision to become a world-class national office for a world-class Movement that puts associations at the center of everything we do, Y-USA is evolving our service delivery model based on feedback we received through our comprehensive assessment process.
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'RE COMING ONLINE
NEW FL ALLIANCE WEBSITE
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:
This website gives us the ability to share the impact of the YMCA in the State of Florida.
- 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
You can check out the new website by going to https://www.floridaymcas.org/
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) takes place each year on the fourth Tuesday of September. It's sponsored by the bipartisan National Association of Secretaries of State.
YMCA of the USA has signed on as a partner of NVRD and encourages Ys to hold voter registration drives on or around Sept. 25.
Falling two weeks before the first state registration deadlines for the November election, NVRD is a great day to register new voters and celebrate democracy.
Starting in July you can sign up as an NVRD partner and receive free materials.
A toolkit and resources for local Y participation will also be available in July.
For more information, click here.
TRANSFORM YOUR GAME
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
FLORIDA Ys IN THE NEWS
- July 4 - Free fitness program starts: Weekly walks at Lake Hollingsworth, monthly workouts at Y, YMCA of West Central Florida
- July 5 - First Coast YMCA becomes first Armed Services YMCA affiliate in Florida, Florida's First Coast YMCA
- July 7 - YMCA, South Florida Baptist Hospital partner for aquatic rehab program, Tampa Metro YMCA
- July 7 - Healthy vending machine snacks gain foothold in Southwest Florida, Greater Naples YMCA
- July 12 - BayCare Opens First Telehealth Kiosk at Local YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast
- July 15 - Support group to help adoptive families connect with services, resources, YMCA of the Suncoast
- July 20 - Sarasota YMCA Sharks win 14-U FLAGS championship, Sarasota YMCA
- July 20 - Thingamajig 2018: The YMCA and VyStar Credit Union team up for STEAM event, Florida's First Coast YMCA
- July 21 - Wellness Weekend, YMCA of North Central Florida