Rye YMCA Blog

Derby Goes Green

The Rye Derby turns 30 this year and to celebrate, we’re going green!

Caring for our planet makes perfect sense when you consider the Y’s three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

By going green, we’re taking steps to protect our children’s future. We’re supporting clean air and water for all. And we’re taking a stand for our earth…the only home we have.

This year, you’ll see significant changes at the Rye Derby and Healthy Kids Day (Sunday, April 29).

  • We’re eliminating disposable plastic water bottles. Runners and others are encouraged to bring their own re-usable water bottles. Water will also be provided from re-usable jugs, served in compostable cups.
  • Food waste and cups will be composted. All items that can be recycled will be. Visit the Zero to Go stations and learn about waste reduction, recycling and composting!
  • We’re eliminating balloons. They tend to escape, ending up on land or in waterways where they pose a choking hazard to wildlife.
  • We’re eliminating the disposable plastic tablecloths that would just end up in landfills. Instead, we’re using cloth tablecloths.

Derby Goes Green is a Rye YMCA initiative that is supported by a dedicated team of community volunteers. The Derby Goes Green Committee is:

  • John Borchert, Rye Middle School science teacher
  • Lori Fontanes, Rye Y Cross District Wellness Committee
  • Sara Goddard , Rye City Council Member, Rye Sustainability Committee
  • Melissa Grieco, Chairperson, Rye Sustainability  Committee, triathlete
  • Kerry Linderoth, Director of Sustainability, Rye Country Day School
  • Anne Mottola, school garden consultant, graphic designer
  • Lyell Lewis, Rye YMCA
  • Susan Olson, Rye YMCA
  • Denise Woodin, Rye YMCA

Derby Goes Green is made possible through the generous support of the following local businesses and organizations:

  • The Granola Bar, Rye
  • Green Jay Landscaping
  • Lisa McKiernan, The Pearl Restaurant Group
  • Rye Country Day School
  • Rye Teacher’s Association


Caring for Kids Together

Join the Rye Y’s Togetherhood Committee for a Children’s Clothing Drive and Day of Service at The Sharing Shelf.

There are three ways to help:

1)      Bring new or gently used SEASONAL  (winter/spring) clothing for babies,  children and teens (to age 17) to the Rye Y lobby between Monday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 9.

2)      Help promote this drive to Y members, receive donations and help empty the collection bin. Various shifts on Monday, Feb. 5- Friday, Feb. 9

3)      Join us at The Sharing Shelf on Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to sort, fold and organize clothing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  For ages 12+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Spring 2018 Program Registration

Programs started January 29. There is still time to register for some programs!
Click here to register
Click here to view program guide (Session 3 is an 8-week session; fees based on a 9-week session are adjusted when registering.)

Happy Holidays!

Giving Tuesday is November 28

This Holiday Season, Give a Gift that’s Priceless

The Rye YMCA is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving. Our goal?  To raise $5,000 to help send kids to Summer Camp at the Y.

Your tax-deductable donation of any amount will have an impact long after the tinsel and candles are put away. Thank you in advance for giving the gift that’s both perfect… and priceless. Click here to donate now.

Watch the video below to see how we transform lives everyday.

Note: If you have already donated to our Annual Campaign, thank you! If not, Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to support the Y Cares financial aid program before the year slips away.

Annual Post Thanksgiving Swim Details

Join us for our 12th Annual Post Thanksgiving Swim!  Work off your Turkey Dinner for TWO great causes:

MAC Angels Foundation

Saturday, November 25
7:30 am – 10:00 am
Rye Y Brookside Pool

 Two Sessions:

Session 1 for Students/Casual Swimmers:
Registration/Check in: 7:15-7:30am
Pool Opens for warm up: 7:30-7:45am
Swim: 7:50-8:35am

Session 2 for Adults/Fitness Focus:
Registration/Check-in: 8:15-8:30am
Pool Opens for warm up: 8:40-8:55am
Swim: 9:00-9:45am

JOIN US FOR POST-SWIM REFRESHMENTS:  10:15 – 11:15 am in the 3rd Floor MEMBER LOUNGE
Hot chocolate, bagels, and donuts will be provided.

Registration Fee: $75.00/session
Ages 21 & under: $50.00/session
All registration fees will be split by the charities. Additional contributions over the registration fee are appreciated. Supplemental gifts can be directed to an individual charity
to both charities at the donor’s discretion.

Register for the  12th Annual Post Thanksgiving Swim on the day of the event.  Cash or checks accepted.
Questions? Contact Phil Gormley at phil@peacockapparel.net, or Elana Reynolds at elana@ryeymca.org 

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA — LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12 week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors to regain health as a result of becoming de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from treatment and/or disease. For more information contact livestrong@ryeymca.org

MAC Angels Foundation — The MAC Angels Foundation is dedicated to supporting families with ALS in a variety of ways. The MAC Angels Foundation was inspired by Claire Collier, who lost her courageous battle with ALS in 2009. For more information contact info@MACAngels.org

December Email newsletter

Below are recent emails we have sent to our membership.  If you have not received these, you may have inadvertently unsubscribed from our email communications.
Click here to re-subscribe.

News from Rye YMCA – December email newsletter – sent 12/1

Halloween Carnival Fun!

Rye Y Volunteers Create Warmth for Cancer Patients

[October 10]   On three recent Monday mornings, a group of volunteers arrived at the Rye Y armed with knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn and warm intentions. It was all part of special Togetherhood Project for the American Cancer Society and the women—28 in all—were there to knit or crochet caps, shawls and scarves for cancer patients.

Togetherhood is a YMCA social responsibility initiative that engages Y members and local residents in community service projects. Through Togetherhood, the Y has partnered with Don Bosco Community Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Neighborhood Dinner program, Rye Nature Center, Bread of Life Food Pantry and The Sharing Shelf, among other organizations. The project for the American Cancer Society was a joint effort between the Y’s Togetherhood and Active Older Adults programs.

During the Monday morning sessions, the volunteers produced 30 cozy caps and 13 warm shawls or scarves. As they worked, the room filled with friendly chatter, while experienced crafters showed beginners how to get started.

Valerie Guglielmo, the Togetherhood Committee member who coordinated the project, remarked “This project was important to me on a personal level because both my mother and sister had cancer and I’ve been volunteering with the American Cancer Society on the Look Good Feel Better program for over 10 years. I’ve seen the toll cancer treatment takes on the patient as well as the family. Being able to give a gift of a hat and scarves that women knitted from the heart means so much to me.”