E-Cigarette Community Forum

The Washington County Family YMCA is partnering up with some community leaders to host a lunch and learn event on 11/20/14. Lunch will be provided, so we will need an RSVP no later than Thursday, 11/13/14, to ensure that you will have a wonderful lunch to enjoy.

The topic being presented is "The E-cigarette--an impact on health, youth, smoking cessation, workplace policy, and more."

Presenters will include representatives from The Washington County Health Department, Salem Apothecary, Youth First, Indiana State Department of Health/Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, Head Start, and The Washington County Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

RSVPs can be sent to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to Rhonda Mills at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 812-883-3318.

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YMCA Announces Month Dedicated to Honoring Service Members

The YMCA challenges all Washington County residents to show their support of our brave men and women.

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

The YMCA has outlined weekly challenges for all Washington County residents for the month of November which include wearing yellow, writing letters of support, donating care package items, and prayer.

"In November, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving!" says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director taking on the project, “I look forward to propelling the sentiment of these occasions into the whole month by leading the community in showing our thanks and gratitude to the many brave men and women through A Salute to our Soldiers.”

The YMCA will have a limited supply of Salute To Our Soldiers t-shirts on sale at their front desk for $15 each. T-shirts will have a new STOS 2014 design, and will come in sand and military heather green options. First come, first served, so stop in today to ensure your shirt is available! Proceeds made from the shirts will go to assist in any postage/supplies necessary for care packages mailed.

Letters and or pictures of your service men and women can also be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be posted to the Washington County Family YMCA’s website and Facebook page to recognize your soldiers throughout the month.

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Youth First Trivia Night - Nov 15th

The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting it’s annual Youth First Trivia Night on the evening of Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at Southern Hill’s Church Gymnasium to raise funds for Youth First programming. Doors will open at 6:00pm, with trivia to begin at 6:30pm.

Trivia Night is an evening full of fun, food, competitiveness, karaoke, and the chance to support a good cause! Participants will assemble a team of 8 and get ready to rumble—all to support youth development in Washington County. Teams will battle it out to win the title of YOUTH FIRST TRIVIA NIGHT CHAMPION and bragging rights for the year; so polish up your knowledge of useless facts, and prepare to compete for the cause. Teams can comprise of all ages, and are encouraged to have youth representation to empower youth (and your team’s pop culture knowledge). Competitors will also have the opportunity to “vote” for fellow teams to serenade the group with a song during karaoke break out challenges through-out the evening. Notoriety will also be given to the table with the best theme! Come on out families, friends, schools, and businesses—its time for an evening of fun!

“This is our biggest Youth First Fundraiser of the year,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “We strive to make our Youth First Programming free of charge, or as affordable as possible, to ensure that all youth in Washington County may benefit from our services,” states Morehous. This undertaking does not come without a price tag, however, and requires community support to make that a possibility. Morehous reports a goal to raise at least $20,000.00 in the upcoming year in order to sustain youth development programming at the YMCA. This year, funds raised by the Trivia Night event will go to the First Youth First Fund—an endowment with the Washington County Community Foundation that benefits youth development through Youth First programming. All funds raised will be matched fifty cents on the dollar by the Lilly Endowment.

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Youth First Receives Generous Donation from Blue River Wood Products

The generosity of our Washington County community never ceases to amaze me—and it is that generosity that allows Youth First Programming to make a positive impact on the youth of Washington County.

Recently, The Washington County Family YMCA was contacted by Blue River Wood Products who had the desire to make a charitable donation to Youth First Programming. Their B Shift had been challenged to choose a cause that they wanted to support by personally donating, and Youth First was it. I was so moved that they thought of us! It had been almost a year since Youth First had spoken to their business about our programming when they sponsored our 2013 Trivia Night, and I was very touched that they were still thinking about the impact that we make on youth in our community.

Their office manager asked if I would be able to stop by to receive the donation during their staff meeting. Happy to come and meet the kind donors, I made my way down Highway 56 anticipating to receive a hundred dollars or so to benefit our youth. Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED to learn that the B Shift had donated $1,000.00 for the Youth First Fund! With that we could offer a month of Jr. ROCKs—a character building program for elementary students, or 7 Youth First Cafés—a lunch and learn opportunity for professionals and volunteers working with youth. We could offer three weeks of ROCKs—an after school program building positive decisions and life skills—to our Middle School Students in all three County schools. We could do SO MUCH MORE, simply because of the generosity of Blue River Wood Products’ B Shift.

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Fall 2014 Program Guide

Our Fall 2014 Program Guide is ready for viewing.

Feel free to download the pdf version below or stop by the YMCA to pick up a copy of your own.

This is a great resource to discover all the Y has to offer.


CPR & First Aid Training

Make your community a safer and better place! Come out the YMCA and receive CPR certification with instructor Matt Kidd. Matt is a YMCA volunteer, Fire Fighter, EMT and certified CPR & First Aid instructor with the American Health and Safety Institute. By becoming certified you may only help your mother, child, spouse neighbor or stranger, but could ultimately save their life. Come to the Community CPR training and make a difference in this community for the better. Every CPR certified person makes this community a more safety conscious place. Call for more details.

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