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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Young Mens or Womens Associations

Mission: The itasca county family ymca (ymca) is a charitable, community service organization founded in 1979 with a mission to strengthen ourselves, families and communities by promoting growth in spirit, mind and body. The ymca includes men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, incomes, races and religions and is dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We put christian principles into practice through programs that promote youth development, healthy lifestyles, strong values, leadership development, community interaction, and international understanding. All persons are welcome at our ymca, regardless of their ability to pay. Our ymca is founded and led by volunteers from our community; volunteers serve as mentors, tutors, coaches, program leaders, instructors and policy makers.

Programs: Youth developmentour children's and youth programs including weefolksgarten preschool, educare afterschool program, camp wannago - summer daycamp, the youth center and youth sports offer a range of experiences that enrich cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth. Youth programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities, and income levels. In 2014 we provided $25,668 in financial assistance to youth people who otherwise would have faced economic barriers to participation. Healthy livingthe ymca is a leading voice on health and well being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health, and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, 6195 people in our community are receiving the support, guidance, and resources they need to achieve greather health in spirit, mind, and body. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with an obesity crisis, families struggle with work/life balance and individuals search for personal fulfillment. Our programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. In 2014 we provided $81,941 in financial assistance to adults and families who otherwise would have faced economic barriers to participation. Social responsibilityour ymca believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. We have been listening and responding to our community's most critical social needs for 35 years. Ymca programs such as our free senior center, free drop-in youth center, volunteer programs, and annual support campaign are examples of how we deliver training, resources and support that empower our neighbors to produce change, bridge gaps, and overcome obstacles. In 2014, 505 volunteers donated 9,305 hours of time to assist in activites that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations to thrive.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Itasca Co Family YMCA is a true community establishment serving individuals of all ages and social economic backgrounds.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The YMCA in Grand Rapids, MN, is a place that focuses on community and people in the area. I am so impressed with the senior center, the youth center, and the many areas that are served by people of all ages. Recently my self-employment companies closed, and I found myself starting over, both my husband and I trying to find jobs. The YMCA was able to put me on a reduced membership amount so that I could keep my membership. This was extremely important to our family, as we needed to rely on the the YMCA youth center as a place for our kids to go, as well as our son continuing his participation in the Sea Turtles swim team, etc. I believe that the YMCA is a huge asset to the community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a long time member of the Itasca County YMCA and must admit that in almost 27 years (!) I have seen only positive experiences between members and our wonderful staff. The staff is truly interested and caring in their customer service. Comments or suggestions are listened to and most times are carried through if at all possible. The fitness instructors are enthusiastic, fun and downright amazing. THIS Y ROCKS!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Itasca county YMCA is a wonderful resource for our communiy. It gives many people of many ages a place to go to get and stay fit and provides a gathering space for many different groups of people. There is a youth center, a senior center, a daycare, swimming classes to serve healthy people along with those who need it for theraputic reasons.
I have been a menber for 25+ years. I have used the Y for daycare, infant to youth swimming classes, raquetball, open gym on Saturdays for a place for my young children to let off energy, aerobic classes, weight lifting classes, Yoga, a place to run in the dead of winter. I have served on numerous committees, the board of directors and was president of the board for one year. I can not imagine our community without the Y.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Itasca Family YMCA has been an unbelievable resource for so many people in this area. I joined 6 months after the Y opened 30 years ago. I have participated in fitness classes, racquetball, etc and have been on many committees over the years. I am on the board for the second time. For 30 years, the Y has provided day care, child care, after school tutoring, active senior center, educare for kids, camp for kids in the summer, dances for teens, fitness classes, aerobics classes, senior fitness classes, racquetball, walking, swiming in the pool and swim team, biking, treadmill and weightlifting-just to name some of the programs. In 2010, we scholarshiped over $127,000. for child care and memberships for low income people. A task force is looking at all of our programs and our building to strategically plan for our future. We are also involved in collaborating with other groups on whether or not we should have a new Senior Center in our area. This Y is trying to keep up with the ever changing demands of fitness, childcare, health, senior issues, teen issues and capital issues of our building. As most of us know, the Y is not just a building but a community. A place where some people meet people and then they call them their family. Our Y is trying to meet the needs of many people. It is a struggle at times to provide for so many. We all try our best to keep it going and keep providing services. Thanks for hearing our story.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Itasca County Family YMCA is a true community center for Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and its surrounding county. It has expanded by listening to its members needs, and continues to reflect the community's fitness and partnership needs.

The leadership of the Y is exemplary. We are fortunate to have such a jewel in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Itasca County Family YMCA for more than 30 years! As a young child and throughout my teenage years my parents considered the YMCA a Family Neighbor, even though we did not live in the Grand Rapids Area.
I learned to swim at the and eventually gained my Lifeguarding certificate and taught swimming lessons at the YMCA. The Itasca County Family YMCA was my first "Real" job, helping my pay for my first two years of College.
I was eventually able to give back to the YMCA at an even more meaningful level as a Board Member.
We are raising our 4 children with the support of the Itasca County Family YMCA, utilizeing daycare, preschool, swimming lessons, and yes even a first job for our oldest as a lifeguard.
Thank you Itasca County Family YMCA!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a difference between BEING good people and DOING good work. When I walk into the Itasca County YMCA in the morning, I see employees BEING good to others - their fellow employees, their customers, the children, the elderly. That attitude spreads to all of us who use the Y. Good work flows out of that attitude. The Y isn't simply about fitness. It is a place where people gather because every employee embodies the mission of the Y. In a small town like ours, residents still believe in buidling community and that happens at our YMCA. When I had a knee replaced, employees asked how I was doing. The people I see in the fitness center and the lockerroom are like friends even though I don't know all of their names. We are simply kind and good to each other because that is the example that is set by the staff. The fitness classes are fun, there is comraderie among participants, and everyone is included. I have found the staff to be flexible. When I was rehabilitating my knee, as instructor allowed me to use the corner of the pool to do my exercises even though she was teaching a class. The Y is a place of safety for little ones who are part of the daycare at the Y. I've observed parents as they bring their children into the building, and the kid are excited to arrive. That has to make the parents feel good about leaving their children there! I've also observed watching the elderly congreate around tables to enjoy coffee and conversation as well as meals. It is just a GOOD place to be for all ages.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Community Health Coordinator with Get Fit Itasca I can not express how much the Itasca County Family YMCA does for our community. The Y has 2 staff members on our leadership team, houses the community coalitions staff, and acts as a fiscal agent all under inkind to Get Fit Itasca and the mission "To engage all people in the Itasca area to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life." The Y's participation in the coalition has really allowed us to make a difference around obisty prevention on the streets and in the schools!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Itasca County Family YMCA for many years. I have served on various committees and also as a board member along with taking advantage of the many programs and activities that the Y has to offer. I believe that this is the only organization in Itasca County that serves all populations, from the infants to the senior citizens and those in between, and does it well. The Y is a friendly place to visit. I have met many people through the Y and have continued these friendships through the years. The staff and management of the Y are top notch, very dedicated, and helpful to all. I have taken part in many of the activities offered through the Y. I have played racquetball, participated in step classes, dance classes, spin classes, run the tracks, used the equipment in the weight room, and swam laps in the pool. All of these experiences have been very positive. One suggestion I would have would be for the instructors to speak louder when conducting classes for those of us getting older because our hearing seems not to be as good as it used to be. That is a very minor criticism and nothing that deters me from attending a class.

Review from Guidestar