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ITASCA COUNTY FAMILY YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

400 River Rd Grand Rapids MN 55744 USA

Mission:

TO STRENGTHEN OURSELVES, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES BY PROMOTING GROWTH IN SPIRIT, MIND, AND BODY. THE ITASCA COUNTY FAMILY YMCA IS A CHARITABLE, COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION THAT INCLUDES MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, ABILITIES, INCOMES, RACES AND RELIGIONS.

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Reviews for ITASCA COUNTY FAMILY YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION INC

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see above. I believe that the YMCA is well worth the membership fees.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update some of the areas - painting, etc. Advertise the memberships more to draw more people.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have made many friendships with people of all generations including young children, new moms, college kids and thirty to seventy somethings and I cherish each one. Our Y is a great place to work out, get rid of stress but the community it offers is priceless, thank you!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see emphasis on recycling as items that can be recycled are in the trash. Possibly signs gently reminding members not to throw away cans and bottles but to recycle in the bins at the entrance. The amount of hot water used each day would astound people. If those statistics were shared with the goal of reducing consumption I believe folks would respond in a positive way. Signs with suggestions of reducing would bring awareness and start positive conversations.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life as a fitness enthusiast and the sense of community I feel every time I walk through the doors

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is important to keep the building up to date.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have become a healthier person, both mentally and physically. I have had opportunities to become a better leader through the Y. I have met people from all walks of life and have made lifelong friends at the Y.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

At this moment, we have a strong board that is looking towards the future. We are trying to be mindful of how we spend our money and where our programs are heading. If we could afford it, it would be wonderful to have a full time fundraiser on our staff.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a member, use the facilities and saw first hand the fine leadership of this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't see the need for any major changes.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of the Itasca County Family YMCA through my own experiences, those of my children and family as well as the greater community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had the opportunity to change this organization I would...love to be able to see them offer additional programming and even physical plant growth without undue financial burden. I believe the membership at the Itasca County YMCA has out grown their current physical size.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the commitment to community that the Y has. Many of their staff are involved in community events and take the lead in planning healthy events for the community such as the Women's Expo and Get Fit Itasca.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly can't think of changes I would make that don't have to do with large sums of grant money that is simply not prolific right now. I think the leadership of the organziation does a wonderful job writing grants and trying to keep the cost low for all people who use the Y.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way that I live my life everyday. I now workout everyday and have more energy. My family is more involved in the community and are stronge for it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so that they can continue to affect the live of community members both inside and outside of their doors!

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my physical and mental health. I participate at the Y in physical activities to reduce my stress level and maintain my physical health.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the Y have more resources for updating and expanding facilities.

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