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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. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is supporting three efforts in 2020:

S.T.E.M and SWIM 

After speaking with local education leaders and administrators, we’re learning that children aren’t retaining knowledge learned throughout the school year. This summer, we’re partnering with District 87 and Irving School to reduce the Summer Learning Loss among youth in K-5. 


Two children die every day in our country due to drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death in children, and disproportionately affects the African American community. We want to provide free learn to swim lessons to 200 children who are most at riskWe’re partnering with the Boys and Girls Club, Jack and Jill of America, the US Masters Swimming organization, and you to help save lives. 


Besides food, clothing, and shelter the number one need amongst all individuals is acceptance. Through membership and other programs, we want all youth and families to feel included and accepted at the Y regardless of their ability to pay. 



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