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WHY GIVE TO THE Y

At the Y, we believe we have something special-a sense of community-and that everyone should have access to it, along with the programs and services that help us learn, grow, and thrive.  With the help of so many, we were proud to share the Y with more than 2,000 children, seniors, and families last year who otherwise might not have become a part of our family.  We believe that lasting personal and social change can come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.

 

The YMCA continues to tackle critical social issues in McLean County by never denying access due to the inability to pay. This year, we’re planning to use your contributions a little differently. With a goal to raise $210,000 the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is supporting three efforts in 2021:

Achieve Again

Between March 2020 and June 2021, it is estimated that students in grades K-12 will experience learning loss of five to nine months. Without intervention, the gap of learning loss widens, and kids fall further behind. As a leading nonprofit for youth development, the YMCA is partnering with local teachers this summer to provide literacy and enrichment opportunities so children can build their academic skills, develop greater confidence in their abilities and thrive again in the classroom.

 

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Thrive Again

Children of color ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of Caucasian children in the same age range. Teaching children how to be safe around water is a necessity, not a luxury. Swim lessons at the YMCA will equip youth with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of achievement when they learn new skills. 

 

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Connect Again

65% of people experienced increased feelings of loneliness during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We know that when our neighbors come together they live a longer life, experience better health and increased happiness. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities for people to connect again in an environment that is inclusive and nurturing to the potential of every youth, teen, adult and senior regardless of their ability to pay.

 

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OUR SPONSORS

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR DONORS! 

State Farm Companies Foundation
Heller Ford Sales Inc
Heller Lincoln Mercury Dodge, Inc
Leo and Patty Hermes
Snyder Family Foundation NFP
Stark Excavating
Busey Bank
Calvert-Metzler Memorial Homes
Jeff and Madalyn Tinervin
Country Financial Services
Harold and Nancy Hoeferle
McLean County Orthopedics LTD
Dr. Joe Novotny
Paul A Funk Foundation
Schooners
Peter and Jan Brandt
Willie Brown
John and Karen Brownfield
Commerce Bank
Dr. Jerry Oakey and Dr. Laura Randoph-Oakey
Parker Kemp Foundation
B.J. and Emily Wilken
Larry and Jane Phillips
Tom and Katie Good
Karen Schmidt and John Elterich
Dennis and Cindy Mohrman
John and Kay Robertson
Kurt Bock
Bob and Julie Dobski
First Midstate, Inc.
Bob and Kathy Fleming
Jim and Debbie Ginzkey
Golden K Kiwanis
Growmark/IAA
Steve and Cathy Haas
Dr. Kim and Mike Harmon
Heartland Bank and Trust Company
Jean Swee and Paul Bailey
Jim and Elaine Malay
Dr. John and Jennifer Migas
Jason and Danielle Pals
Dr. Tom Pliura, M.D., J.D.
PNC Bank
Marti Rave
John and Kay Robertson
Edward Rust, Jr.
Steve and Nancy Snyder
The Russell and Betty Shirk Foundation
VFW John H. Kraus Post No. 454
Bill and Dawn Wasson
Bill and Peg Wetzel
Troy and Deda Williams
Brad Wurth
Jim Wylder
Marc and Dawna Tucci
Penn Landscaping/Sunburst Nursery
Greg and Caroline Poling
Mike and Sue Hardy
Central IL Development
Mike and Sherry Stockum