What Sets The Y Apart

2014-06-24_AOF_7896_RGBThe Greater Joliet Area YMCA has served families in local communities for nearly nine decades. It is our hope that we can continue to impact lives on a daily basis for years to come, firmly establishing ourselves as more than just a gym, but as a place where people can learn, grow and thrive.

Making a lasting difference within our community is a top priority. At the Y, we work hard to ensure that no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. We accomplish this goal by raising funds each year during our Annual Campaign, which runs now through April 26. With your help, local families will continue to have access to much-needed before and after school care, summer camps and fitness programs that are essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Every gift matters!

Did You Know?

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Each year, the Y provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to those in need of financial assistance.

A donation of $100 allows a child to participate in the Y’s youth basketball league for eight weeks to learn new skills and experience the joy of being part of a team.

In 2013, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA provided nearly $750,000 in financial assistance for program and membership scholarships, and free and subsidized programs for youth and seniors. Funds raised during our Community Campaign will help to support these efforts and benefit the Y’s scholarship fund.

In February 2014, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA raised more than $96,000 at its seventh annual Giving Gala, with all proceeds benefiting the Y’s scholarship fund.

Any donation made to the Y is 100 percent tax deductible.

YMCAs are the largest providers of child care in the nation. The Greater Joliet Area YMCA provides child care for hundreds of kids throughout Will and Grundy counties. An annual donation of $1,000 provides two children with six weeks of before and after school care, assuring working parents that their children are safe, happy and healthy.

With more than 2,000 pools in the U.S. alone, YMCAs maintain the largest number of swimming pools in the world.  A donation of $200 gives four children a chance to learn to swim, gaining confidence and skills that will last a lifetime.

When you donate $25 during the Annual Campaign, you’ll get a complimentary t-shirt as a reminder that you have changed lives for the better.

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