At the heart of the YMCA lies the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you. From our exceptional fitness, personal training, sports and aquatics programs, to our extensive preschool and school-age programs, to our fun family and community events, the Y offers an array of options focused on strengthening bodies, minds and communities.
When you are involved with the Y, you help bring about lasting personal and social change. Whether you want to nurture the potential of children, improve your family’s health, or give back to your neighbors, your involvement with the Y will positively impact your community.
Don't hibernate — make new friends, help others, and stay active!"
Winters can be brutal in Chicago. Some adults and families essentially hibernate from December through February — shuffling to work or school and back, but spending the rest of their time at home.
Good news: winter doesn't have to be so lonely and inactive! There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends, stay active, explore, and indulge your passions — even when it's cold outside! Here are a few ideas.
Volunteer at your local Y to learn more about the gaps in your community and lend your support.
Find a fitness buddy for casual walks, short runs or regular workouts to stay active physically and socially.
Host a get-together, hot chocolate hour, or pot luck lunch for new neighbors, single seniors or others in your community who may be feeling isolated during the holidays.
Create and send holiday cards overseas to active military. Operation Gratitude is one program that can facilitate the delivery of cards.
Reach out to your local church, synagogue or mosque and ask if there are ways you can anonymously support families in need with gift cards for holiday purchases.
Contact your Y to ask about winter programs for your age group or affinity group.