At the Fox Valley Family YMCA, we believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our children, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The Y is a charity organization like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change. This is our commitment at the Y, but we can’t do it alone. We count on the generosity of our members and community partners to help us continue this vital work. Together we can build a stronger community and create a brighter future for our children.
Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week through a network of 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers, and has a number of other direct distribution programs to assist hungry neighbors.
The Food Bank provides a variety of child nutrition programs, including several federal feeding programs such as the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), in addition to nonfederal programs such as the BackPack Program. Collectively, these programs provide nutritious meals to kids after school, over the weekend, and during summer months. The Fox Valley Family YMCA has partnered with the Food Bank the past two summers for its BackPack Program, providing more than 400 backpacks with healthy meals to kids and their families.
Northern Illinois Food Bank also sponsors the Y’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) each year, providing breakfast and lunch to an average of 122 children each day at no cost. The Y has also partnered with the Food Bank in previous years to provide snacks through the USDA’s after school snack program, CACFP, at four schools within the Plano school district.
In addition, Northern Illinois Food Bank received grant funding this summer intended to support a Summer Food Service Program site. With that funding, they generously donated a commercial refrigerator to the Y’s Summer Food Service Program.
Thank you, Northern Illinois Food Bank!
Precor is a global leader in providing fitness equipment, designed and built for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. For three decades, Precor has driven fitness forward with a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, proven science, and superior engineering. Their recent donation of two Stretchtrainers to the Fox Valley Family YMCA is aligned with their mission to help people live the lives they desire.
Thank you, Precor!
The Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch is a more secure facility thanks to a recent $19,955 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The YMCA, Kendall County’s largest charity, serves over 9,000 members and 11,000 program participants annually through Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility based programs.
The security improvements to the facility include a new public address system for the playgrounds and 75,000 square foot facility, as well a new entrance intercom/video/scanning system to the Early Learning Academy. In the photo, Mallory Everhart, baby Ryder, and daughter Riley test out the new scanning system at the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s Early Learning Academy before heading in to Preschool.
Further grant based security features now include a new, closed circuit video camera system for playgrounds and in each room of the Early Learning Academy, as well as improvements and additions to the current video system for the remaining facility.
YMCA CEO Andrew Bobbitt says, “although a more secure Academy is greatly appreciated by the working parents we serve daily, the ability for staff to now communicate items as critical as taking shelter during tornado warnings, to someone leaving their car lights on, can finally be managed by a staff member with the touch of a button, facility wide.”
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County, Illinois. For more information on the Community Foundation, please visit their website.
Thank you, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley!
Groot Industries, Inc., formerly Complete Sanitation, is a full service waste and recycling hauling company located in Plano, Illinois. Groot Industries operates as the largest independent solid waste management services provider in the State of Illinois and operates a modern fleet of eco-friendly collection vehicles that ensure the most reliable service in the Fox Valley area. Groot Industries, Inc. supports local communities by re-investing back into the community by supporting other local businesses.
Shawn McDowell, Groot Industries, Inc. manager, says, “The YMCA has been a pillar in our community since my childhood. We now have the pleasure of our own children getting to benefit from and enjoy all of the programs the Fox Valley Family YMCA has to offer. We are grateful and humbled to be able to give back to an organization that has helped so many people at our local level.”
Thank you, Groot Industries, Inc.
In January 2015, Heartland Bank and Trust Company presented the Fox Valley Family YMCA with a $3,000 donation in support of Winter and Summer Day Camps. Pictured with Winter Break Camp participants from left to right are Amy Collins, Jen Vandermeir, Lori Johnson, Mary Forester, Andrew Bobbitt, Theresa Jennings, and Michele Kolka.
Thank you, Heartland Bank and Trust Company!