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At the heart of the Lattof YMCA is the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you.


A CLOSER LOOK

Lattof YMCA member Oscar knows better than most that whatever stage of life a member is in, the YMCA can support and align with their interests. Oscar first came to the Y as a rambunctious teen. One especially trying afternoon, Lattof YMCA program specialist Don Quinlan gave Oscar a handball and told him to start throwing it around the courts. Don thought Oscar might lose interest quickly, but the boy spent several hours on the court that day: his passion for the game had been sparked. Don enrolled Oscar in his handball program, where the boy felt engaged with and challenged by the game. He soon began playing in tournaments and won several trophies along the way, including first place for the USHA 15-and-under Nationals and second place for the Junior Nationals.

Oscar’s relationship with the Lattof Y continues to this day. Even as a busy father, he’s still considered a regular around the Lattof Y handball courts, and recently served as a referee when Lattof hosted a national junior handball tournament. Oscar was eager to share with the young players his lifelong love of handball, first instilled in him by the Lattof YMCA

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To learn more call the Lattof YMCA at 847.296.3376 or make your gift today.

Executive Director

David Rodriguez
drodriguez@ymcachicago.org
847.410.5280


7,356 Y Members

$185,529 in annual community support

Serving our community for 53 years

More than 128 volunteers

THE LATTOF YMCA

As a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Lattof YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for 53 years.

Between the whistles of a youth basketball league, the splash of a swim lesson and the smile that says “you’re welcome,” the Lattof YMCA strengthens bodies, minds and communities. Where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, program participants and staff to make a difference.

Since 1961, the Lattof YMCA has served the community of Des Plaines. Today for more than 7,356 members, 128 volunteers and 10,646 program participants, the Lattof YMCA is a destination where local children and families have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, and where people of all ages, interests and abilities can build and maintain healthy habits.

THE Y MEETS COMMUNITY NEEDS

At the Y, we strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being and giving back and providing support for our neighbors. From fitness to wellness to community service, everything we do at the Y is an exercise in possibility.

How We Do It
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because, in neighborhoods across Chicagoland, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.
•The Y is community centered. For more than 150 years, we've been listening and responding to our communities.
• The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
•The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
•The Y mobilizes local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
Our Impact
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

How We Do It

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because, in neighborhoods across Chicagoland, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.

Our Impact

The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.