Apr. 25, 2016

A Word with David Duro of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA

David Duro is CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, a busy nonprofit that delivers athletic and community programs at 90 locations around the Treasure Valley.

The YMCA is a big player in the Treasure Valley, employing about 1,300 people and running four large facilities that in January saw 250,000 visits. The Y cares for more than 1,000 children per day in its child development programs and recently opened a residential summer camp at Horsethief Reservoir in central Idaho. It has more than 56,000 members and an annual budget of $22 million.

Feb. 24, 2016

Treasure Valley YMCA Prepares to Open Healthy Living Center

Combined with lower membership prices, it's all about accessibility...

For more than seven decades, the building sitting kitty-corner from the downtown YMCA housed Nelson School Supply, a store full of letterman jackets, school uniforms and cases of sparkling class rings.

Nelson closed its doors in the summer of 2015, sparking the interest of the YMCA.

"We were fortunate to be offered the chance to purchase that building by Rick Nelson and his wife," said Katherine Johnson, YMCA director of Marketing and Communications. "We wanted that to be a place for community health efforts. We purchased the building and the property to the left of it for a new parking lot."

Since then, the former Nelson School Supply building has been transformed into the YMCA Healthy Living Center, which opens on Thursday, March 3.

"When you walk in, there are beautiful, new windows that wrap the building. You'll see a big open room where exercise programs will take place, as well as some offices for private meetings and a classroom space with a kitchen for nutritional programs," Johnson said.

Four programs the YMCA has already developed, which currently take place in rented meeting spaces and hospitals around the city, will now be hosted at the Healthy Living Center.

The programs focus on arthritis and joint health, cancer survivorship, weight loss and lifestyle support, and neurological and cardiac rehab.

Jun. 14, 2016

Morrison Foundation Donates $2M House to Benefit YMCA South Meridian Project

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) was recently gifted the home of the late Velma Morrison by the Harry W. Morrison Foundation. Located at 3505 West Crescent Rim Drive, the residence sits on an acre above Ann Morrison Park in Boise. The home is currently on the market, listed at $1,998,000. All profits from the sale of the property will directly support the Y’s Capital Campaign for a new, full-sized Y facility in south Meridian.

The Harry W. Morrison Foundation was established to help provide funding to Idaho nonprofit organizations that demonstrate improvement in many areas, including humanitarian, educational and community service causes. The directors of the Foundation found the new south Meridian Y project a deserving recipient of the donation, according to a news release.

Jul. 19, 2016

C of I Hires Jim Everett, Former CEO of the YMCA, as New Swim Coach

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After retiring from his post at the YMCA in December, Everett was not sure what was next, but he knew it had to be something that aligned with his purpose and passion. Coaching was always in his mind.

Everett, a 10-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, three year co-captain, four year Most Valuable Swimmer and the first swimmer inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame, previously served as head swim coach at the Marietta YMCA in Ohio  and the Boise YMCA, taking both programs to Nationals for the first time. Everett coached multiple athletes who went on to become national champions, including one who was an Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder. Though he spent 41 years working for the “Y”—including building the Treasure Valley facilities into some of the best in the United States—coaching was his calling.

“I have truly come full circle,” Everett said. “I began as a swim coach, and to have the opportunity to return to this calling is a dream come true!”  

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Aug. 6, 2015

YMCA’s Jim Everett foresees south Meridian project becoming a ‘national model’

Jim Everett’s voice gets excited when he talks about the new YMCA and elementary school project in south Meridian. “This will be the biggest partnership we’ve done,” said Everett, the Treasure Valley YMCA chief executive officer.

Partnering with schools and cities is nothing new for the Y, but when this facility is done, it will have not only a YMCA and an elementary school, but potentially a Meridian Library branch and a healthcare center. The building will be next to 10-acre city park. “We think it’s going to be a national model,” Everett said. Sharing a facility will save the YMCA, West Ada School District and Meridian Library District an estimated $4 million combined, he said.

Sep. 18, 2015

Meridian Library Joins Partnership with School District, YMCA

Meridian Library District officials are partnering with the West Ada School District and YMCA in hopes of building a multipurpose library at the site of new elementary school.

On Nov. 3, library officials are asking voters to approve a $12 million bond issue to build two new library branches. If approved, the approximately 20,000 square-foot South Meridian branch would be built on a section of donated land near the intersection of Amity and Eagle Roads.

Nov. 24, 2014

New YMCA in South Meridian Product of Multiple Collaborations

With land donated by farmers, $4 million donated by J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and a number of other parters collaborating to bring this vision to life, a new YMCA, elementary school and city park will be built in south Meridian at Eagle and Amity.