At Home Resources

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Reminder:Free Movie for Teens & Parents

2020-04-30T17:32:12-04:00May 4th, 2020|

Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission is sponsoring a free online showing of the movie Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age.  The movie will be available online between the dates of May 4-May 18 for anyone to access.  The movie is about how technology time impacts kids’ development, internet and gaming addiction, and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Please see the attached flyer with further details.

To register for the movie, please visit:  https://www.bigmarker.com/screenagers-starhouse/SCREENAGERS-STREAM-AICDAC

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Free Movie for Teens & Parents

2020-04-29T11:25:28-04:00April 29th, 2020|

Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission is sponsoring a free online showing of the movie Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age.  The movie will be available online between the dates of May 4-May 18 for anyone to access.  The movie is about how technology time impacts kids’ development, internet and gaming addiction, and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Please see the attached flyer with further details.

To register for the movie, please visit:  https://www.bigmarker.com/screenagers-starhouse/SCREENAGERS-STREAM-AICDAC

28 04

Message From Our Staff- Rebecca

2020-04-28T10:46:16-04:00April 28th, 2020|

Dear Parents,

I know I am a bit late on this, however Earth Day was last week.  There are some really cool activities in the following link that take our environment and make it better!  Check it out!

I know how hard this is on all of us and how ready everyone is to get back to “normal”, however I really want to encourage you to stay the course.  We are all in very unique and challenging circumstances and no one should be comparing their own situation to someone else’s. However, what we can do is support one another in whatever circumstance we are in.  Help your neighbor (with appropriate social distancing!), build the bird feeder in this week’s activity and feed a bird, plant flowers and share them with people in your neighborhood. Do something, anything for someone else. It WILL make you feel better.

Remember that Indiana School District is providing lunch for all students every weekday.  TAKE YOUR CHILD and GO GET ONE! If nothing else, it gets you out of the house in a safe way. If you are lucky enough to not need it, share it with a neighbor.  GO! The district is planning to serve these lunches and they are getting additional funds to do so, so you are NOT taking anything away from anyone.  It also helps your food budget. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this service. We are all hurting. Do not let a sense of pride keep you from getting a lunch.

If you can help:  according to https://www.wccsradio.com/coronaviruscovid-19-information/

A need you can help with is food for the Salvation Army pantry. They need pasta/spaghetti, pasta sauce, mac n cheese, soups and instant potatoes. If you can donate, contact the office first to let them know you will be dropping off at their location of 635 Water Street, Indiana, PA. Call 724-465-2530 to set up a time to donate items!

If you need help: Check out this web site. I do not know which of these sites is still open, so call first!

 

Please stay the course! Be safe! Stay home if you can!

Blessings,

Becky

 

27 04

Baseball Skills At Home

2020-04-24T13:57:27-04:00April 27th, 2020|

Hello baseball players, families, and fans!

Here are some skills and drills, a few games, and some trivia you can do while we are still abiding by the rules and staying quarantined. Have fun and let us know what your favorite part was or how you modified things to better suit your needs!

Base runner

This is a game we used to play as kids. It’s an awesome game to not only pass time but also work on throwing, running, and time reaction. Materials you need: at least three players, two areas designated as bases 10-15 feet apart, a baseball or other ball to be thrown, and a good attitude!

  • Directions- Players designate two areas as their bases. I suggest bases being no more than 10-15 feet apart as you want to be able to make the throw! two players are on the bases as the catchers while one or more players are the runners. Catchers throw the ball back and forth while the runners try to make it to the base before the catcher catches the ball and touches the base or tags the runner. If a runner makes it to the base before getting tagged or the base is tagged, then they are safe. If a runner gets tagged or the base is tagged before the runner gets there, then the runner takes the place of that catcher.
  • Bases can be anything from two lawn chairs spread out, to two landmarks on the property.
  • Distance depends on the catchers ability to throw and catch the ball.
  • The goal of the game is to be a catcher, not a runner!

Monkey in the Middle

This is an old time game that everyone knows and loves! Have fun and see how long you can be a catcher instead of a monkey in the middle! Materials needed: at least three people, a ball suitable for throwing such as a baseball or football, and a good attitude.

  • Directions: One player stands in the middle One player stands in the middle while the two others throw the ball back and forth to each other. Middle player tries to intercept the ball.
  • Variations: Don’t use a ball. Use bean bags, a hand towel, a slipper, or some other easy to catch object!

Baseball Trivia Quiz

Click the link to test our your knowledge on baseball! Ten Questions each of varying in major league, minor league, basic baseball knowledge and two for our very own Miracle League.

https://www.quiz-maker.com/Q3EDVFW

Paula Lieb
Director of Sports
I’m Paula Lieb, Director of Sports at the YMCA of Indiana County. I started at the YMCA as a child, playing sports, being on swim team, a camper in our summer camp, and volunteering. After graduating from IUP with my Master of Education in Health and Physical Education: K-12 teacher certification, it was only natural that the YMCA become a part of my life again. My job helps me grow in many ways including coaching youth and adaptive sports, overseeing adult sports, and allows me to use my various certifications to teach all the things I love including lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid/AED, and swim lessons. Serving my community is my passion, and the Y let’s me do just that. I hope to see you all soon so we can have some fun and play some sports! 
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Be In the Know

2020-04-24T12:15:05-04:00April 24th, 2020|

As parents, our number one job is to keep our children safe. Sometimes that is easier said than done. We live in an ever changing world with so many unforeseen factors. How can we prepare ourselves and our children for everything?

One great way is to talk to our kids. Praesidium, an organization dedicated to helping identify how molesters operate in organizations and how sexual activity occurs between children in programs, has published an article on how parent’s can better prepare themselves and their children to identify sexual abuse.

Info for Parents

23 04

Message From Our Staff- Rebecca

2020-04-23T16:19:08-04:00April 23rd, 2020|

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is safe at home and well.

I don’t know about you, but I am finding out some interesting and worrisome things about my 7-year-old granddaughter that I think may be universal truths among children and some adults.  She knows the “rules” about washing her hands, but she is forgetting more frequently. She knows about “social distancing” but doesn’t understand why.  She is seeing more and more people wearing masks and she has worn her mask, but she just doesn’t get it.  How can she?  She is so little and has no life experience to base this surreal situation on.  We, as adults, have no life experience to refer to on this one!

So, this really got me to thinking about how I could explain all of this to her without causing any more fear than she already has and calm her anxiety about the masks and social distancing.

My other thought this week has been about what to do with all the toilet paper rolls that we have in our house! I found some fun activities for kids of all ages to do and things to make with all those rolls.  The coolest one I have seen is the marble roll! I can’t wait to try that one with my granddaughter.  Check out the link to find some great activities.

Finally, for all of us, trying to do our best with our kids, watch the following video. It is worth your time!

Be well and be safe!

Becky

 

22 04

Workouts for the Week!

2020-04-22T12:24:34-04:00April 22nd, 2020|

Let’s work out together! Join us this week as we spell out different YMCA words in this fun and great workout activity. Don’t forget to share with us how your workouts went on Facebook.

Monday- CARING

Tuesday- RESPONSIBILITY

Wednesday- NATIONWIDE

Thursday- REFLECTION

Friday- HONESTY

Saturday- COMMUNITY

 

21 04

Message From Our Staff

2020-04-22T12:06:20-04:00April 21st, 2020|

We would like to take a moment to introduce you to some of our staff. We’re all in this together. Meet Paula Lieb our Director of Sports. We are so grateful to have Paula on our team and can’t wait for you to meet her in person once we can reopen. If you have any questions or suggestions for Paula please reach out to her at Paula Lieb.

 

I’m Paula Lieb, Director of Sports at the YMCA of Indiana County. I started at the YMCA as a child, playing sports, being on swim team, a camper in our summer camp, and volunteering. After graduating from IUP with my Master of Education in Health and Physical Education: K-12 teacher certification, it was only natural that the YMCA become a part of my life again. My job helps me grow in many ways including coaching youth and adaptive sports, overseeing adult sports, and allows me to use my various certifications to teach all the things I love including lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid/AED, and swim lessons. Serving my community is my passion, and the Y let’s me do just that. I hope to see you all soon so we can have some fun and play some sports!

20 04

Message From Our Staff

2020-04-20T19:06:26-04:00April 20th, 2020|

Hello Married Couples,

During this time of quarantine we wanted to send out some encouraging words to all of our married couples. This time has definitely been crazy for us as we just introduced another daughter (Olivia) into this world as soon as we were ordered to stay home to prevent any spread of this virus. While home with 2 children, both under 3 year, we found some things that have helped us and we hope they help you too.

  1.  Your spouse is not your enemy

It’s very easy to lash out at your spouse because of being in the home all day; children, depending on their age, are going crazy in the house; you’re nervous of what the world is presenting through the news daily; your normal day to day life is temporarily cancelled;  finances may be stressful and so much more. We have to be mindful in knowing that both of you are fighting this together in making the current situation an enjoyable situation. My daughter, Natalie,  reminded me that sometimes we need to take a deep breath and count to four…..well, she got that from Daniel the tiger but it is still true. Take a deep breath, apologize and remember we are working together.

  1. Rekindle the joy

Jasmine and I work opposite schedules, she’s night shift and I’m day shift and with that, we never have any moments to talk without it seeming like a shift report to what our child has done before we leave. Now that we are both home, we have the chance to pray together, talk together, laugh at funny jokes together and even watch each other’s favorite shows together (even if it pains you on the inside lol). We have to remember as a married couple that we have to continue to work and maintain a healthy and spiritual relationship. Something that we would encourage you to do is go on small weekly dates. If you have children who can stay home alone then go out for a drive together, go for a walk or even go to your favorite drive-thru and eat some food in your car. If you have younger children, like we do, then wait until they take a nap or go to bed and watch a movie together or play a game together. One day our children will be out of the house and it’ll be just us so why not continue to practice healthy marriages.

  1. Have fun, make memories

Yes, this time may suck for some people who enjoy social interaction (Jasmine), but take this time to create positive and enjoyable memories for your relationship and with your family. One thing that we are able to do that we haven’t done in a while is have family dinner. Make the most of every moment like this and make it worth every second. Learn the latest tiktok videos with your children, have family game nights and, as much as this may be hard, learn the school work that your children are learning and work as a team. Just remember although this time is not ideal for some of us, it’s necessary for all of us.

Can’t wait to see everyone soon. Stay safe and continue to grow together.

Bryant and Jasmine

Contact Us

60 N. Ben Franklin Road
Indiana, PA 15701
724.463.9622 YMCA Phone
724.463.7622 Mack Park Pool Phone
724.465.2656 Fax

COVID Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday:

6:00 am – 12:30 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seniors ONLY
(65+ and Medically High Risk)
3:30 pm – 9:00 pm
*pool closes at 8:45 pm

**We are closed for two 30-minute breaks for disinfecting and sanitization of the facility.

Friday:

6:00 am – 12:30 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Seniors ONLY
(65+ and Medically High Risk)
3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
*pool closes at 7:45 pm

**We are closed for two 30-minute breaks for disinfecting and sanitization of the facility.

Saturday:

9:00 am – 11:30 am
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
*pool closes at 3:30 pm

**We are closed for one 1-hour break for disinfecting and sanitization of the facility.

Sunday:

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
*pool closes at 3:30 pm