Strong Week 5


Why do we always seem to have time for "I" but not for "us"?

Time for self-centered binging and not for moments of serving others. For some, it is fear or a recent loss that drives them to hold tightly to what is theirs. The problem is, we are designed to live differently, to be givers and not just takers. To take hold of a weapon of the spirit and look out for our friends and our neighbors. If we are willing to prioritize the needs of others, to reach for our best things to give, and to carve out time to serve, we will discover the transformational rewards that come only from practicing heroic love. The rewards are great, but the motivation to do nothing can be greater... push through! Be STRONG. This week, along with your 20-minute fitness goals, open up a can of loving others. You will be transformed---this is how STRONG works.

This week we will add one service opportunity to our tracker. We were designed to give of our time and talents and serve. This week find opportunities to become a blessing ninja!


  1. Buy lunch for someone 
  2. Shovel a neighbors driveway or sidealk (do a good job)
  3. Send a gift certificate to someone who lost their job
  4. Ask your Y about current volunteer opportunities
  5. Deliver meals (Meals on Wheels)
  6. Volunteer (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts)
  7. Mentor a youth 
  8. Fill a box of some good stuff and donate it (Goodwill/Bibles for Missions)
  9. Buy school supplies for youth (bring it to you local school)
  10. Pray for someone in need (and tell them)
  11. Help someone find a job (use your network)
  12. Pay for someone’s coffee 
  13. Write an inspiring article and share it 
  14. Stop complaining, get involved (Social Justice)
  15. Help those who have less (donate to the YMCA Annual Campaign - Strong Kids)
  16. Donate Blood (Blood Bank)
  17. Do extra stuff around the house (stop being lazy)
  18. Encourage five people on the Strong Challenge (Facebook group)
  19. Fill a box with food and take it to your local food pantry (do this with your family)
  20. Build a house!  (Habitat For Humanity)
  21. Call a senior, check-in, and ask if they need help.
  22. Clean a park (bring your own garbage bags)
  23. Donate to the SPCA or adopt a dog (or cat)
  24. Do a virtual 5k for a good cause
  25. Make a wish come true (Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  26. Donate cash (be generous—give big)
  27. Donate that extra toilet paper you’re hoarding (seriously)
  28. Make PPE masks for childcare workers, students, seniors….
  29. Shovel more than your share of snow (do your neighbors sidewalk)
  30. Say nice things on your zoom meetings this week 
  31. Volunteer to clean up trash around your neighborhood.
  32. Deliver meals to homebound individuals (Meal on Wheels)
  33. Volunteer to lead an after school program (contact your local school for options or the YMCA)

Week 5 Prize Winners:

Congratulations!! You can pick up your prize after 12:00pm (noon), Monday March 1st at the YMCA Front Desk.

Cindy Teerink:YMCA Lunch Container

Teresa Slater: Profile Package

Rich Besel: YMCA Water Bottle

Shannon Smith: Brown's Shoe t-shirt Package

Edgar Ibarra: Avalon Package

Erica Christensen:YMCA Towel

Ella Napton: YMCA Towel

Norma Esparza: YMCA Mug

Sarah Nystrom: 3 guest passes

Savannah Laine: 3 guest passes

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