WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE
There is no other IL nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in 120 communities across the state we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change. We know that when we work as one, we can move people and communities forward. That’s why we are committed to providing support to our neighbors and opportunities for kids, adults and families to learn, grow and thrive.
The Y. So much more.
This year in the state of Illinois, more than 1,000,000 people – nearly half of them kids – along with more than 1,900 policy volunteers* and more than 21,000 program volunteers will come to the Y to learn, grow and thrive. Engaging 120 communities across the state, more than 114 corporate, branch and community school Ys have one goal in common: our cause to strengthen the foundations of community.
The Y is a cause-driven organization. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Our work is defined in three focus areas:
OUR IMPACT: SO OUR KIDS CAN MAKE THEIR DREAMS A REALITY
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the state are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
OUR INPACT: EVERYONE GETS MORE OUT OF LIFE
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
OUR IMPACT: EVERYONE COMES TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD
The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.
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IS OUR FOCUS
Open our 2014 Community Benefit Report to see the collective work of our YMCAs in the State and how we will strengthen our impact across the state.