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EPA 10 Year Event
Together, YMCA of Silicon Valley board, staff, and community recognize and celebrate the life and legacy of Joan Platt. Joan passed away in November 2020 with family by her side in London, England. Joan was actively involved with YMCA of Silicon Valley for more than thirty years, serving as an advocate for youth, board member, Heritage Club member, and naming donor of the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA. 
Boy swimming
#ByTheNumbers is a reflection on the Y’s impact over the past year, and a standard to meet and exceed as we continue to strengthen our community. The Y was founded on the principal of serving the most significant community needs, and this year was no exception. Though unquestionably a challenging year, with the support and effort our neighbors, donors, and partners the Y emerged stronger. Kid, families and seniors were fed nutritious meals, essential workers received childcare support, youth studying at home stayed on track with distance learning support, and Y staff were able to emotionally and physically support the most vulnerable, lonely, members of our community. Take a deeper look with #ByTheNumbers.
Couple Exercise
For decades, married couple Brian and Andrea have enjoyed frequent visits to the YMCA– and during COVID-19 was no exception. Adapting to a lack of socialization in the midst of the pandemic and the added responsibility as caretakers for their aging mothers, 2020 was a tough adjustment. Brian and Andrea jumped on the opportunity to continue exercising with the Y when Virtual classes became available, and were able to maintain their fitness routines and feel connected to the community of friends. Brian and Andrea found feelings of health, vitality, and belonging at the Y, helping them through a challenging phase of life.
Grace & Isabel Stock
Working mom Grace Ortiz was unsure how to keep her daughter Isabel on track in school when the pandemic began. Fortunately, the family was offered the chance to participate in Y Learning Labs for Super Scholars, which helped Isabel to stay focused and succeed in school after the pandemic started in March 2020.
Join us in honoring Black History Month this February. The foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity. Talk with your kids about Black History Month using the following family friendly activities recommended by our Youth Development Team.
A ½ cup of sweet potatoes is an excellent source* of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A helps keep your vision good, fight infections, and keep your skin healthy. A ½ cup of sweet potatoes is also a good source** of fiber, vitamin B6 , and potassium.