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. * YMCA of the USA’s 2013 Annual Report (2009 figures including special events)
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:
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 IMPACT: 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.
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.
FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED FOR THE IL STATE ALLIANCE OF YMCAS
Chicago, IL –Andy Thornton, Chair of the IL State Alliance of YMCAs is pleased to announce the selection of Margaret Cooch as the first Executive Director of the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs.
Meg has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, administration, management, coalition development, public policy, community organizing and educational training. She has proven program and organizational development, evaluation and executive management experience. Meg has an understanding of city, state and national legislative advocacy processes and relationship building. Her empowerment of low-income communities through leadership development and engagement has given her the knowledge of disability, aging, housing, children and health policy issues.
Meg worked at Lutheran Services of America as the Director of Strategic Projects. She directed strategic project development for LSA including in the area of fundraising capacity building. She coordinated projects and initiatives engaging LSA members supporting children and youth. Followed emerging models and trends in child welfare and direct shared work among members. Evaluated and managed the marketing, sales and on-going support of users of caregiving training products. Was the lead in evaluation of new and ongoing programs and developed new grant program for members
Meg is enthusiastic about the opportunity work with the 48 corporate Ys and 120 branch locations throughout the state to make the IL State Alliance of YMCAs a strong partner and ally on issues important to YMCAs across the state.
IL STATE ALLIANCE OF YMCAS RECEIVE THE 2013 PRESENCE HEALTH COMMUNITY CARES SERVICE AWARD
Letter in part sent to the Chair of the IL State Alliance of YMCAs:
As Governor of the State of Illinois, let me congratulate the IL State Alliance of YMCAs on your selection as the recipient of the “2013 Cares Award for Community Service.” The YMCA’s leadership in strengthening communities throughout our state has significantly improved the lives of countless Illinois residents for decades.
All across the state, YMCAs are helping young people reach their potential, bringing neigbors together for the common good and empowering people to live healthy lives. I am proud to count the State Alliance as a member of my Enhanced Physical Education Task Force which is helping to update the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health. I comment the Y for its leadership in partnering with the Illinois Chapter of the National Farms to School Program to increase access to the bounty of fresh produce grown by Illinois farmers. Finally, I salute the Illinois Alliance for conducting more Community Healthy Living Index assessments than any other Alliance members in the nation, providing policy makers and community advocates with the data they need to create a healthier state.
On behalf of the people of Illinois, let me express my sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff and volunteers at the 114 corporate, branch and community school YMCA facilities across the state for the work they do every day to promote the welfare of our citizens. Please accept my best wishes for your continued success.