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It Takes a Village Challenge

It Takes a Village Social Media Challenge
Fun way to support the YMCA and help strengthen kids and our community!

Redding, CA, March 13, 2019 – The Shasta Family YMCA would like to continue challenging our community to take part in the It Takes a Village Challenge! Many groups and individuals have joined the fun creating their own versions of the Y-M-C-A song and dance and posting on Facebook and Instagram! Follow the fun at #ItTakesAVillageChallenge!

It takes a village to raise strong, resilient children and build a strong community! Generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit; it is only through the support of our volunteers and donors that we are able to give back to our community.

“I love it here, and the people, and want to be part of the Y,” shares Noah, a single mother of two who found asylum in Redding, CA after fleeing her home country of Venezuela due to impeding safety concerns and constitutional crisis. YMCA financial assistance has enabled her children to participate in the after school program at Boulder Creek, allowing Noah to work long days to support her family. Financial Assistance has also provided them a safe place to grow as a family through membership at the Y. Staff even went so far as to help secure a vehicle for the family.

It takes a village to strengthen kids and our community. Donations to the YMCA help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of community!

Kristy Lanham, Board Member with the Shasta Family YMCA shares, “It takes a village! My kids grew-up in the YMCA Preschools, After School Programs and Summer Camps. The YMCA village creates a sense of belonging and helps kids become part of a community – to give back, to serve others, and to grow up healthy! The Y staff are a part of our family, and always will be!”

Join the Challenge:
1. Share your own version singing and dancing the Y-M-C-A song and include #ItTakesAVillageChallenge
2. Make a donation through the YMCA’s Facebook Fundraiser or online at
3. Tag friends, family and colleagues to take the challenge

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