News & Events

  • The Y Celebrates the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening

    January 6, 2017

    There’s never been a better time to join the New Castle Community YMCA. The Y kicks off the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening at their downtown and Y-Zone locations on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Everyone is welcome to these free events. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, class demonstrations, family swim time, discounts, and tours of the facilities, including the newly renovated Y-Zone.

    Y-Zone Grand Reopening
    428 Eleanor Drive, New Castle, PA 16105

    Be among the first to see and experience the newly renovated Y-Zone, which now offers Drop-In Child Watch, new locker rooms with showers, a fitness studio and a completely new program line-up. New programs include the Y-Zone Youth Wellness Academy, which offers sports and wellness activities for ages 3 to 13. In addition to the new youth programs, the Y-Zone now offers a complete schedule of fitness classes. The Child Watch center, which is open to children ages 6 months to 8 years old, will be available during the Grand Reopening so parents can participate in class demonstrations during the event.

    Downtown YMCA Open House
    20 West Washington Street, New Castle PA 16101

    Guests at the downtown location will also be treated to refreshments, fitness demonstrations, and tours of the facility, including the recently renovated locker rooms. Parents are welcome to drop-off their children, ages 6 months to 8 years, at the Child Watch center while they enjoy a class demonstration of the many fitness classes available with a membership. Family swimming will also be available in the aquatics center.

    All January the Y is offering rolling discounts off their Joiner Fee. During these events, all new members who join at either location will have their Joiner Fee completely waived.

  • YMCA Salutes Jack & Nancy Flannery at Annual Dinner

    September 28, 2016

    New Castle, PA – “We need more Jack & Nancy Flannerys. That’s what this community needs. Given that, we could go a long way.”

    YMCA Board Member Dale Perelman’s sentiments perfectly summed up the feelings of everyone in attendance at Monday night’s Salute to Jack & Nancy Flannery dinner at The Villa. The event, in the tradition of the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinners, honored the late pillars of the community. The Flannerys dedicated their lives to lifting up New Castle.

    Jack Flannery’s twin brother, Dick, said the two learned about community service from their parents, both of whom devoted their lives to serving the community and especially the YMCA.

    “We grew up with it at the dinner table,” said Dick Flannery. “We would hear from our parents about what they were doing in the community. It became ingrained that this is what we do.”

    As an adult, Jack Flannery served on the YMCA Board of Directors for more than 30 years, including several years as President of the Board. Board members past and present recall a colleague who cared deeply about the Y.

    “He was the perfect volunteer,” said Board member Amy Fehrs. “He had no agenda. His agenda was for the greater good and to make sure the Y mission was always upheld.”

    “When Jack & Nancy spoke, people listened because of the affection for them and the respect for their opinions,” said Dr. Dennis Nebel, a former Board member. “Jack didn’t often speak but when he did, it was important and we listened.”

    Nancy Flannery devoted many years to the YMCA’s Diamond Girls mentor program. She was a part of it from inception and spent time mentoring both the teenage girls as well as their adult mentors.

    “She was able to look at the girls and accept them as they were,” said Octavia Payne, a fellow Diamond Girls mentor. “She brought serenity, peace and love for all people to us.”

    “She was like a best friend, because I would talk to her about everything. She would always listen,” said Allyson Hood, a former mentee of Nancy’s. Hood appeared in several productions at the New Castle Playhouse. “After every musical, Nancy would be there. She came to every single night. She was my biggest fan.”

    It was the Flannerys’ lasting legacy to the community that led the YMCA to honor them with a special Salute. At the close of the evening, Y Board President Randy Silverman announced that the Y has rechristened its annual award as “The Jack & Nancy Flannery Salute to Courage.” In the future, the Y will consider not just nominees who have faced adversity, but also those with the confidence to act on their convictions in order to improve the community.

    Friends & colleagues say the Flannerys left a lasting mark on New Castle.

    “They’re fundamental building blocks of the community,” said Dr. Nebel. “No question, we are weaker without Jack & Nancy Flannery. The hope and prayer going forward is that others will step up and attempt to fill their shoes.”

    Rev. Richard Kinney, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church where the Flannerys were long time members, summed up:

    “If everyone would have that hope in New Castle and love and commitment to New Castle as Jack & Nancy Flannery, this would not be a struggling town. This would be a destination.”

  • 150 Years: Share Your YMCA Memories

    August 15, 2016

    How has the New Castle Community YMCA impacted your life? That’s the question the Y is asking in anticipation of its 150th anniversary celebration next year.

    In 2017, the Y will mark 150 years of service to the New Castle community. The non-profit organization plans to commemorate its anniversary with a booklet and video. Leaders are inviting members of the community to share their stories.

    “The Y has served tens of thousands of people over the years. It’s been a part of nearly everyone’s family in one way or another,” said Beth DeVivo, Marketing Director. “We’d love to hear from those families. We’re asking anyone with stories, pictures, scrapbooks, memorabilia or artifacts to share them with us and help celebrate the story of the Y.”

    In addition to stories of the YMCA, the Y is hoping for photos and stories of the New Castle YWCA and the YMCA that served the African-American community, both of which ultimately merged with the today’s YMCA.

    Anyone who would like to share is encouraged to email or call the Y at (724) 658-4766. Calls should be directed to the Marketing department.

  • JCPenney to Support YMCA

    July 22, 2016

    Every Arizona jeans purchase between now & September 2 will directly benefit the Y! Download a 20% off shopping pass and your dollars will go even further.

  • Father's Day - More Than an Excuse to Buy a Tie

    June 17, 2016

    Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. 

    On Sunday, June 19, the New Castle Community YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.  

    Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. 

    “We celebrate dads on Father’s Day and we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved,” says Beth DeVivo, Marketing Director at the New Castle Community YMCA. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”

    The New Castle Community YMCA offers a variety of programs that strengthen relationships between children and their caregivers such as Parent/Tot and Family Swim, and our parent-coached swim team and soccer league. In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. To learn more about programs and activities available at here at the New Castle Community YMCA, contact our Member Services Desk at (724) 658-4766.


  • YMCA Internships Available

    May 20, 2016

    Jump start your education with a hands-on internship at the New Castle Community YMCA! Internships are now available for the 2019-2020 summer, fall & spring seasons. 

    Several positions are currently available: 

    School-Age Summer Camp (Summer)
    Early Childhood Education (Summer | Fall | Spring)
    Marketing/Events Intern (SummerFallSpring)
    Sports/Non-Profit Management (Summer | Fall | Spring)

    Or, create your own internship. To apply for an internship please email a cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Assistant Kathy Hippert to discuss how an experience at the Y might fit your major requirements.

    Benefits of Working at the Y:

    • A great place to work
    • Valuable Experience
    • Opportunity to Interact with Community Leaders
    • Free Membership 
  • YMCA Youth Campaign Underway

    May 13, 2016

    NEW CASTLE, PA, May 13, 2016 - Every day, the New Castle Community YMCA gives kids in Lawrence County the support they need to learn, grow and thrive. From mentoring to food security, disease prevention to athletics, soccer to dance classes, everything we do helps strengthen our neighborhood and the people who live here. 

    All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development—all grounded in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

    Keeping Lawrence County great is a full-time job. Every day, our children face new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do, and we need your help to do it. Whether you can give one dollar or one thousand, your gift can help Lawrence County and everyone in it shine.

    For a better you. For a better community. For a better us.™

    Learn more about what the Y does every day, 365 days of the year, in our 2015 Impact Report.

    Donate Today


  • Monthly Membership Fee Change

    March 29, 2016

    Attention Y members!

    The monthly membership fee withdrawal date is changing.  Beginning May 2016, your payment will be withdrawn on the 5th of the month; not on the 15th. This change will affect every member who has elected to have his/her monthly membership fees automatically withdrawn from a bank or credit card account. This may affect your bank or credit card funds availability, so please budget accordingly!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please Dorice Shover, Human Resources Director, at or call (724) 658-4766.


    March 16, 2016

    New Castle, PA – The New Castle Community YMCA is proud to announce that its Child Care Center has boosted its rating in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program and has been recognized with a STAR 4 designation from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The YMCA Child Care Center provides child care services for approximately 67 children ages 12 months to 12 years, as well as full-day and half-day preschool classes for 32 children ages 3 to 5.

    “We are thrilled that our hard work has allowed us to achieve a higher STAR 4 quality rating! The YMCA Child Care Center has participated in Keystone STARS since 2006 because we know it’s important provide a safe, happy, quality learning experience for kids, to prepare them to succeed in school and in life,” said Kelly Bucci, M.Ed., Child Care Director.

    STAR 4 is the highest rating available from Keystone STARS. To earn it, the YMCA Child Care Center had to meet research-based standards for program quality. For example, at least half of lead teachers in STAR 4 child care centers must have a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Teachers assess children’s skills three times a year, and hold at least two family conferences each year to discuss the child’s progress and behavioral, social and physical needs.

    “Our staff has worked very hard to get where we are,” says Bucci. “The day we got the call that we had earned the STAR 4 rating, there was such excitement. We do great things every day, and it’s nice to have validation and recognition for that.”

    Keystone STARS is a rating system that offers families a way to evaluate the quality of child care programs, so that they can make an informed decision that best suits their needs, as well as the needs of their children. As STAR levels increase from a STAR 1 through a STAR 4, so do the requirements for meeting higher standards of quality. Keystone STARS also provides training to advance staff education, technical assistance to help programs meet STAR level requirements, and additional resources through support grants and merit awards to support continued quality improvements. 

    Keystone STARS quality standards build upon health and safety requirements already regulated by the Department of Human Services. Nearly 3,900 Keystone STARS providers are serving approximately 166,000 children from birth to age 12 in 2014-2015.   


  • YMCA Names Y-Zone Branch Executive Director

    February 3, 2016

    Justin Umbs, Branch Executive Director at Y-ZoneNew Castle, PA The New Castle Community YMCA is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Umbs to Branch Executive Director of the Y-Zone. Umbs previously served as the YMCA Program Director and has been serving as Interim Branch Executive Director since December 2015.

    As the Branch Executive Director, Umbs is responsible for all aspects of operations at the Y-Zone, including staffing, programming and membership development. He will also step in as president of the L.C. Select Soccer Club, director of the Top Spin Volleyball Club, and tournament director for OVR Volleyball.

    Umbs has spent the past three years leading the YMCA’s Youth & Family Programs. Prior to his tenure at the Y, Umbs taught Physical Education in McDowell County, West Virginia. He is a graduate of Neshannock High School and Slippery Rock University. Umbs is also a member of the New Castle Rotary and serves on its Board of Directors.

    Umbs says his immediate goal is to enhance the YMCA culture at the Y-Zone. That includes promoting the YMCA’s four core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

    “At the Y-Zone, we do sports really well,” says Umbs. “But we want to be more than just a sports facility. We want to instill good values in every kid that walks through our doors.”

    The Y-Zone is a branch of the New Castle Community YMCA, which serves all of Lawrence County. The Y-Zone offers programs for all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Facilities include two regulation basketball courts, an indoor turf field, five outdoor soccer fields, a batting cage, and wellness center with free weights. It is also home to a variety of sports leagues, including indoor & outdoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and lacrosse.

    Umbs sees great potential in the Y-Zone; his future plans are to expand the programs and services offered by the branch.

    “I’d like to see the Y-Zone be able to offer something to every member of the community. I see this as a place where anyone can come realize their full potential by being a part of something greater than themselves. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice to help youth & families build a healthy body, mind and spirit. I look forward to living out that mission at the Y-Zone.”

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