Giving is Good!
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is an inclusive, charitable association, dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities through programs that develop spirit, mind and body.
The Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Everyday our impact is felt when someone makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
They YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is committed to communities throughout the Chicago area, including yours. We are an organization that promises to never turn anyone away because of their inability to pay. Besides offering scholarships for memberships, we also offer scholarships for programs such as swimming, camps and sports. Because of our programs and scholarships we are able to:
• Teach thousands of children a year how to swim. This will allow them to be confident in and near water.
• Allow for over 2,000 children to participate in our after-school programs. This gives parents the ability to spend their day at work knowing their children will continue to receive safe, reliable care. Our after-school programs teach children all kinds of activities, including sports that encourage healthy sportsmanship, an active lifestyle and crafts for a creative mind.
• Provide for almost 9,000 children to attend our overnight camps at Camp Duncan, Camp Independence, Camp MacLean, Camp Nawakwa, and Camp Pinewood. Our overnight camps come in a variety of forms, including burn victims camps, diabetes camps, and adventure camp among many others.
Nationwide this year, 21 million people - nearly half of them kids - will come to the Y to learn, grow and thrive. Because of the Y community, kids in neighborhoods around the nation are taking more interest in learning and making smarter life choices.
The You are Y Fund will continue to help us do this. It allows for our YMCA's to adapt our programs to our members' and communities' needs and demands. It allows us to provide a safe place for children, a healthy lifestyle for mature adults, and a sense of security for families when they need it most. We are not just a gym and swim, we are a community brought together by similar interests.