“Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” 
- Martin Luther King Jr.
When is the last time you visited the website for the YMCA of Greater Springfield? What area of interest do you have: child care, early learning opportunities for a child, before and after school care, summer camp, swim lessons, aquatic programs, teen programs, healthy living classes, activities, events, or volunteer opportunities? There is something for all ages at the YMCA, come check us out!
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a small group personal training program for adult cancer survivors that aims to help meet your fitness and wellness goals. We meet two times per week for twelve weeks and focus on improving endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. This program is provided at no cost to the participant.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the LIVESTRONG® program. This program became the most important part of my recovery. I was also so thankful that my husband Mario was invited to join me in the program. His support was and is important to me. The love and concern that I felt from all the class members was wonderful. I think of them all as strong women that continue to inspire me. And I especially would like to thank the staff, Dawn, Sherry, Jenn and Erin, for your patience and care and encouragement.” — Connie R. DeCuitiis
The YMCA of Greater Springfield, Downtown Springfield YMCA had its 8th annual Santa event in December, this year being held inside Tower Square at the food court right across from our Y. It was a huge success! We had 300 families that we helped
during the holidays. Joining us that night
were: Six Flags New England’s Sparkle and Winter princesses and Jen McGrath, communications manager, volunteering with her family; Boomer from the Springfield Thunderbirds-taking
photos and dancing with the kids; Springfield Metro Police visited to show their support; Springfield College students volunteered; the sorority group Lambda Bet Sigma Chapter helped us with our first time "kids store"which each child was able to pick something out for their parent for free, it was a HUGE success; and of course, we had Santa and Mrs. Claus passing out gifts. This year was a great turnout after our COVID year and everyone had fun drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies, and receiving toys. We can't wait for next year.


If you're struggling to find the motivation for exercise, or simply want to squeeze more out of every workout, one of the smartest moves you can make is to find a buddy! Bring in or refer a friend to take advantage of our buddy up referral program. When you refer a new member to join you will receive a $20 YMCA gift certificate that can be used toward membership or programming. Start off the New Year right by giving yourself the gift of health!


Who, Where,
What, When & Why the Y
Who: Karen Mercier, CFO & Sr VP
Where:  YMCA of Greater Springfield
What: I participate in YGS Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee
When: I started with the YGS in 1987 in childcare. I love children and serving people as a whole but knew my passion for my career was in finance. I took a short break from the Y to return to
school. I missed working, especially with the Y, so I changed to night classes and began back at the Y working in membership. It wasn’t long before I got the opportunity to transfer to the finance department. I have remained and grown in the finance department for over 28 years. I worked my way through almost every position including payables, payroll, human resources & benefits, staff accountant, Sr. director of finance; and am currently and proudly now serving as CFO & Sr VP.
Why the YI’ve always been a humanitarian at heart. Starting at the Y was fate. Staying with the Y was desire and gratitude. Not for profit organizations make differences in lives and communities. Being a part of the difference is definitely rewarding. This YMCA is an incredible organization driven by a very special team. We truly support each other as well. I have been on both sides... providing support and needing support. People involved with not for profits, specifically speaking to this Y, are truly caring, kind and supportive people. It is an honor to be among them.

Association Offices
Tower Square | 1500 Main Street, Suite 256
Springfield, MA 01115
Downtown Springfield YMCA
Tower Square | 1500 Main Street, Suite 256
Springfield, MA 01115
P: 413.739.6951

Scantic Valley YMCA

45 Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095
P: 413.596.2749

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Donna Sittard, Development Director
Association Offices
413-739-6951 (x3110)

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