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Metro YMCA News

Remembering Stephen Cole, Former President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chicago

It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the recent passing of Stephen S. Cole. Steve left a remarkable legacy during his eight-year tenure as president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He was a compassionate man and a visionary leader, who was truly dedicated to improving the lives of individuals of all ages in in the community.

March 10, 2015

Member Essay: Laura transforms her life at the Y

February 27, 2015

Love Your Heart to March Madness Challenge

Help your Metro Chicago YMCA win the Love Your Heart to March Madness Challenge. Every YMCA in the association will compete head-to-head to average the most minutes of activity. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 30 minutes a day of activity 5 times a week, so your goal is to log a minimum of 150 minutes of activity each week of the challenge.

February 26, 2015

Camp: More than Summer Fun

At the Y, we help children and teens realize their potential to be active, engaged and thriving members of the community. Our youth programs nurture social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career, providing kids with the skills and support they need to be successful in school and life.

February 26, 2015

Plan, Prep and Eat Together

Busy schedules can make finding time for healthy family meals a challenge, but when we opt for convenient and quick options like “fast food” or eat at different times, we lose the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and support our health and well-being.

February 26, 2015

Information Regarding Measles

We have gathered helpful information to assist you in learning more about measles and ways to prevent contracting this disease.

February 06, 2015

Amazing things happen when people come together to help others

On February 4, staff from the YMCA, Greater Chicago Food Depository and volunteers from the community came together at the McCormick Tribune YMCA to provide groceries to neighbors in need.

February 06, 2015

Love Your Heart during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and as a leading voice on improving the nation’s health, the YMCA urges everyone in the Chicagoland community to take steps to make sure they are heart healthy so they can lead longer, healthier lives.

January 30, 2015

The Foglia YMCA Expansion Reveal celebrates completion of major renovation

On January 23, the Foglia YMCA of Metro Chicago celebrated the completion of a 9,000-square-foot expansion, which nearly doubles the size of the gymnasium and enables the YMCA to offer new programming for individuals and families in the community. The project was made possible through the generous contributions of philanthropists Vince and Pat Foglia, civic leaders and community members.

January 26, 2015

Mission in Action: Black History Month

During Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans who have guided our country’s growth and progress. Throughout its more than 160 years in the United States, the Y has worked to meet the changing needs of our diverse communities and provide welcoming and safe spaces...

January 25, 2015

Y-USA Partners with NFL Characters Unite to Help Stop Bullying

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has partnered with the USA Network’s NFL Characters Unite on a special documentary that profiles NFL stars who share deeply personal stories of facing hardships and mentor young people in their communities facing similar challenges.

January 25, 2015

Inclement Weather Updates

Please note that in times of inclement weather we may need to amend our facility hours and/or program offerings. Information regarding these changes will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Please be sure to check those resources and/or call our center before coming in to verify when the facility will be open and if programs are canceled or moved.

January 14, 2015

YMCA’s School Days Out Garners Major Media Coverage

YMCA's “School Days Out” offered healthy activities, homework support and snacks for children at nine centers in the city and suburbs during January's deep freeze.

January 08, 2015

Mission in Action: Mentoring Potential

At the Y, we believe a positive mentor and opportunities to give back to one’s community can change the course of a young person’s life. This is why, for this year’s Martin Luther King’s Day of Service on Monday, January 19, we are integrating a special activity for all of the children attending our 22 YMCA branches School Days Out Program.

December 29, 2014

In 2015 Transform Yourself—Transform Your Community!

With the beginning of each year, we get the opportunity to start fresh and set our sights on more—more focus on our health, more time with our families, more chances to learn and more support for our neighbors. Setting New Year’s resolutions is easy, but seeing them through can be challenging.

December 29, 2014

Making a Difference: A Personal Reflection by Audrey Jacobs

I started working at the YMCA in 1998 as an employment trainer in the Y Alliance Workforce Development programs. I changed careers because I wanted to make a difference in my community.

December 22, 2014

YMCA and McHenry County Community Celebrate the Sage YMCA Grand Reveal

On December 19, hundreds gathered to celebrate the Grand Reveal of the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake. The new Sage Y triples the size of the former McHenry County YMCA with a 42,000 square-foot expansion.

December 20, 2014

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Volunteers Give Back at Kelly Hall YMCA

Approximately 300 families from underserved neighborhoods received fresh produce and grocery staples at Kelly Hall YMCA this month.

December 08, 2014

Naperville YMCAs Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast a Great Success!

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast. This year's event was extra special as we commemorated Mayor A. George Pradel's year's of service as Naperville's 40th Mayor.

December 05, 2014

ActivTrax no longer offered after January 31, 2015

Members, please be aware that we will not be offering ActivTrax at our center after January 31, 2015.

December 01, 2014

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