In this season of giving, Second Chance Cardiac Solutions has generously donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Fox Valley Family YMCA.  The Cardiac Science AED is the second one in service at Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch and will be located on the pool deck of the indoor lap and recreational pool.

Use of the pool continues to grow through the Y’s Aquatic Programs including swim lessons, aquatic fitness, special events and Aqua Force Swim Team and this addition will make swimming at the Y even safer. “Having an AED on pool deck increases the safety of the pool – in the event of a cardiac emergency, pool staff will have access to the most effective solution.” Kevin Satler, Aquatics Director.  “We are very grateful for the AED donation from Second Chance.” 

Elizabeth Heriaud, President of Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, stated, “We are thrilled to support our home YMCA with this donation.  Making more AEDs readily available promotes a heart-safe environment for Y members and guests.”  Second Chance Cardiac Solutions, a local AED  supply and safety training company, also provides CPR/AED training for Y staff and community members.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are lightweight, portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a fibrillating heart via electrodes placed on the chest.  AEDs have the potential to restore a normal, effective heart rhythm to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  An AED should be used in combination with CPR whenever available for the victim’s best chance of survival.  Illinois law requires having at least one AED available at all physical fitness facilities serving over 100 individuals and trained staff to be available during every hour of operation. 

Get to know Second Chance Solutions here:


  • Give the Gift of Health: Buy $100 in Y Gift Cards, get $20 in Y bucks. Y bucks can only be used towards Programs. Special ends Dec. 25th.

We're excited to announce that this holiday season we will be donating 5% of our Black Friday Gift Card Special sales to CASA Kendall County! Read more about CASA's important mission here:


Our Winter Break Activity Days will be full of fun activities as we partner with our Sports, Arts, Fitness, and Aquatic Departments! As always, activity days are held at our Central Branch and registration is required. Students must be registered by Dec. 20 to ensure a spot! Children should bring a nut-free lunch. A light breakfast and PM snack will be provided. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!


For all day care AND a day of sports, sign-up for both activity day and sports camp!  Kids are dropped off in the morning for breakfast with Activity Day and then attend Sports Camp from 9am-2pm.  After 2pm, kids will hop back into Activity Day just in time for afternoon snack. 

December 22, 26-30
January 2-5 


Winter Break Activity only - Daily

Full-time SAFE: free
Other SAFE students: $30
Must be registered to participate, $35 reg. fee required

Winter Break Activity only - WEEKLY (4 day)

December 26-30
January 2-5

$115/week for S.A.F.E./Members
Late Registration Fee: $20 after Dec. 20

Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register!


Simply Well

This 4-week program promotes healthy lifestyle changes related to nutrition, physical fitness, and education.  In this individual challenge, find the support and dedication you need to succeed from Northwestern Medicine Community Wellness and YMCA staff.

Must be at least 18 years of age to participate.  Space is limited. Registration required.

What You Get

  • Education
  • Pre and post-event biometric screenings (includes: height, weight, waist circumference, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose)
  • Full access to the YMCA
  • Guidance and support from staff and peers

Kick-off: Thursday, January 18
Finale: Thursday, February 22
Event times: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Valley YMCA West Branch

How to Register
To register, please call: 815.786.3962 Registration Deadline, January 9th*Please note, a pre-and post-event biometric screening is required to participate.  Appointments will be made at the time of registration and will be held at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital.

YMCA members: $30
YMCA non-members: $40
Northwestern Medicine Employees: $20

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is now accepting Toys for Tots applications. 


  1. Download, print and complete your application. Or visit Central or West Branch to fill out an application.
  2. Before dropping off your application, make sure you have your ID, medical card or government assistance paperwork and a birth certificate for each child on the application.
  3. Drop off your application at the front desk at either Central or West Branch.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, December 6.

Download this file (Toy-for-Tots-Individual-Application-2017.pdf)Toys for Tots Application

In August, the Fox Valley Family YMCA adopted and implemented Y USA’s new safety-centric Swim Lesson curriculum. The updated swim program has evolved to better meet the needs of the people the Y serves.

“I can confidently say that there is no other swim program in the area that exceeds our level of combining safety with proper swim mechanics,” said FVFY Aquatics Director Kevin Satler.

The latest evolution of Y swim lessons accommodates students of varying abilities and helps foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels.

“The new lesson guides make the curriculum easier for instructors to teach and easier for kids to learn. Every lesson is different, which makes it exciting for the kids,” said Alissa Keebler, swim lesson coordinator.

Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. “The new curriculum allows kids to explore in the water – flying like superheroes or pretending to be submarines – in search of the best way to move through water,” said Keebler.

To make this change, FVFY sent swim instructors to training in Iowa to become certified in the new safety-based curriculum. Keebler took it a step further.

Maribeth Mees, the Y USA’s director of leadership development and training, approached Keebler with the opportunity to pursue Swim Lesson Trainer status, in which she would be able to train new staff and staff from other Y’s in the new swim curriculum. Y USA funded the three-day trip to Atlanta.

“Moving forward, we can ensure that all of the new staff we bring on board are receiving the highest quality training in swim safety and instruction,” said Steph Majewski, FVFY interim CEO. “On top of that, we now have the ability to host and train staff from other Y’s. Our goal is not only to teach swim safety in our pool, but to reach other Y’s and their members. Bigger picture is teaching water safety beyond our community.”

We can’t do it alone. We’re STRONGER TOGETHER.

Every day, the Y strengthens communities for kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. It’s how we help communities and the“us” who live in them find the power of their full potential. 

As the nation's leading charity organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, it's important to know that the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right here in our community. Through generous contributions, the Fox Valley Family YMCA is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to utilize the Y, regardless of income, to the extent funds are available.

One hundred percent of these donations go to scholarships such as: Membership, Child Care, Before and After School Child Care, Summer Day Camp, Youth Sports, Youth Aquatics, Community Outreach, Gymnastics, Dance, and more. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Give for a better us.


  •  Lead by example and give on Tuesday, November 28!
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  • Share with your friends on social media that you gave, and encourage others to give!

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  2. Stop by our Central or West Branch locations.
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  5. Deduct through your Membership bank draft*.
  6. Drop your donation in the mail.

Please make checks payable to:
Fox Valley Family YMCA
3875 Eldamain Road, Plano, IL 60545
or 707 S. Main Street, Sandwich, IL 60548

*Monthly bank draft is applicable to total amounts of $50 or more.

All pledges are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Federal Tax ID# 36-3028169.

Wednesdays | Nov. 29 - Dec. 20, 6-6:30 pm
An upper body focused workout created to tone your arms and build your upper body strength. You will use a variety of equipment and exercises to tone and strengthen.  This class pairs perfectly with ZUMBA or SPIN – which both just so happen to follow it on the scheduleRegister for this class online today or call the front desk at 630-552-4100.

Now, more than ever, we must continue to bring people together, find common ground and bridge divides in service of a better us. And here at the Y, we know that can start with something as simple as striking up a conversation with someone you've just met.

This October, the Y encourages members, volunteers, staff and the community to meet someone new and discover what you have in common. Then, sap a selfie with someone new, post it on your social media profile, and please remember to include the hashtag #SelfieWithSomeoneNew and tag the Fox Valley Family YMCA! Together, we can inspire others – in our community and across the country – to come together for a better us.

The world’s most powerful workout – get super fit with the hottest high-intensity interval training workout on the planet.

Join us the week of Sept. 25th at Central & West Branch for our Les Mills Launch, featuring brand new music and routines for your favorite classes such as BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyCombat, and CX Worx! We will also have full class demonstrations for Zumba, WERQ, Boot Camp, Yoga and more.

View full fitness schedules here.

>>NEW MEMBERS: sign-up at Launch Week and receive your first month of membership FREE!

>>CURRENT MEMBERS: bring a friend that joins will receive a $25 voucher for Y wear!