News and Notes

The YMCA will be conducting an emergency drill on Wednesday, July 26. All persons who are in the building must take part in the drill. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Summer Membership Sale

Join the YMCA during our Summer Membership Sale and not only will you save 50 percent off your Joiner’s Fee, but you’ll also pay no membership fees in December!


Access to Four Branches
Your membership gives you unlimited use of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA’s four YMCA locations, including:

  • Three indoor pools and our family aquatic center, all fully programmed with activities for the entire family, including family swim time, swim lessons, aquatic fitness programs and lap lane access.
  • Four wellness centers, all equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.
  • Free fitness orientations and daily group exercise classes (programs vary by location).

Quality Programming
In addition to our free group exercise classes, the Y offers year-round swimming lessons, sports programs and personal training, among a slew of other options.

Child Care
If you have a Family Membership, you can drop your child(ren) off at our supervised playroom while you exercise.

So Much More
A complete list of member benefits can be found here.


C.W. Avery Family YMCA
15120 Wallin Dr, Plainfield, IL 60544

Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road, Joliet IL 60431

Morris Community YMCA
320 Wauponsee St, Morris, IL 60450

Smith Family YMCA
1350 S Briggs St, Joliet, IL 60433

New Swim Lesson Curriculum Debuting This Fall

This fall, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA will be introducing a fresh, new swim lesson curriculum, designed to enhance its tradition of keeping the community safe and secure around the water and instilling a healthy lifestyle.

Created by the YMCA of the USA and tested extensively by Y’s across the nation, this new curriculum accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between clearly defined stages.

Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This approach results in more confident swimmers and a newfound admiration for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Learn More About the Curriculum

Related: End-of-Summer Luau

End-of-Summer Luau

Saturday, August 12 • Noon-2 p.m.

Join us in the pool as we bid farewell to Summer 2017 with an End-of-Summer Luau! This special event is free and open to all.


  • Community Swim Testing (details below)
  • Open Swim
  • Fun on the Y’s Pool Inflatable and Slip N’ Slides
  • Dunk Tank- Dunk your favorite instructor!
  • Water Games
  • Prizes, giveaways and more!


This fall, the YMCA will debut a new swim lesson curriculum. Take a swim test to find out which swim stage your child is ready for! All children who participate in the swim testing will receive a prize. Prizes include YMCA swim T-shirts, giveaways and more, while supplies last.


C.W. Avery Family YMCA
15120 Wallin Drive
Plainfield, IL 60544

Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

Smith Family YMCA
1350 S. Briggs Street
Joliet, IL 60433

Register Now

Now Hiring Part-Time Counselors and Site Coordinators

Working at the YMCA, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

The Y’s Before and After School Kid Zone Team is now hiring for the 2017-2018 school year. Kid Zone provides before and after school care for children in all Plainfield District 202 elementary schools.

Two part-time positions are available: Before and After School Care Counselor and Lead Site Coordinator.


Monday-Friday, 7-9 a.m. and 3:15-6 p.m.

Part-time employees enjoy:

  • Generous membership and program discounts
  • Participation in the Y’s retirement plan (when eligibility requirements have been met)