Young Mens Christian Association Of Fond Du Lac
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90 West 2nd Street Fond Du Lac WI 54935 USA
The mission of the ymca is to put christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. At the y strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That's why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Youth development the ymca has a strong emphasis in the area of youth development. A total of 6,095 youth were served in youth sports, preschool enrichment, gymnastics, and family nights. Ymca youth sports programs emphasize development of skills, health and fitness, safety, cooperation, and self- esteem. Furthermore, they focus on the ymca's 4 core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect. The y, in conjunction with the boys/girls club offers a daily "just play" program afterschool to ensure that kids have an opportunity to play fun games (such as kick ball, dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate football) with the purpose of getting kids active for at least 1 hour per day. The y also expanded sports camp offerings to include cheer, golf, flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, fitness, and pickleball. In collaboration with the local kiwanis club, the y offers an annual free "learn-to-swim" program one week each summer. This affords all children an opportunity to learn a life skill at no cost to their family. This program has occurred annually at the y since 1926. Additionally, 2639 youth swim lessons were offered in 2014. In collaboration with the fdl school district, the y expanded its commitment to the "girls on the run" program, where ultimately 3rd-5th grade girls will run a 5k run with the support of running buddies. During the program, girls work on issues centered around self esteem and peer pressure. 120 girls participated in 2014.
healty living the ymca of fond du lac served over 303,000 visits by members, guests, and community participants during 2014. The activities are designed to enhance the wellness of the community and include seminars, fitness evaluations, strength training, numerous classes, personal training, etc. Equipment options include cardio equipment (treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, rowing machines) and strength equipment (weight machines and free weights), as well as aquatics programs which provide good health through regular exercise. Over 700 people participated in paid fitness programs, while thousands participated in free classes. The fond du lac ymca offers free health and wellness orientations to members to help ensure that beginners in particular establish good exercise habits which can last a lifetime. In collaboration with agnesian healthcare, the y hired a community wellness director in 2013. Based at the y, this individual helped to expand several community health initiatives in 2014. Numerous wellness seminars were conducted at the ymca. The y continued its y5210 program in 26 classrooms in fond du lac county (1/2 of all classes). This program stresses the needs to: eat a minimum of 5 fruits/vegetables daily, limit screen time to 2 hours maximum daily, get at least 1 hour of physical activity daily, and consume 0 sugary drinks. A seasonal farmers market was also continued at the y. Wellness initiatives with school districts, local government, and health organizations were also expanded. The y has a total of about 140 cardio and strength stations at which members may exercise for fitness. The y continued its collaboration with the agnesian physical therapy department, allowing individuals to be treated at the y with on-site staff. The y also added a parkinson's exercise program in 2014 with 15 initial participants. The active older adults program continued its growth in 2014. The active older adults program stresses a three-way approach to work with seniors, involving health and fitness, social activities, and opportunities for volunteering. Seniors participated in land and water fitness classes, as well as pot luck lunches, movies, monthly luncheons, gardening projects, food preparation, book clubs, and making crafts. There are 906 "silver sneakers" members at the ymca. The y has expanded its personal training space and many people took advantage of the opportunity to get additional training in an individual or group setting. The y purchased pickleball equipment in 2013 and created courts in one gym. More people are learning/playing this unique sport as extensive growth continued to occur. Using a grant received in 2014, the ymca childcare fully implemented the hepa (healthy eating and physical activity) standards into each classroom which helps children with healthy eating and pysical activity options everyday.
social responsiblility the generosity of others is at the core of the y's existance as a nonprofit organization. It is only through the support of hundreds of volunteers and donors that the y is able to support and give back to our community. The 2014 annual support drive significantly exceeded previous years as over 200,000 was raised. The ymca's financial assistance program is supported by individuals, families, businesses, and foundations who contribute to the association's annual support campaign. The ymca of fond du lac believes in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate in the ymca. There are almost 4,400 membership units and over 10,300 members at the y. A total of approximately 130,000 was proudly given in scholarship assistance for memberships and program enrollments. In total, over 450 membership scholarships were awarded in 2014. Over 10% of all membership units receive some membership assistance. The y is striving to develop a culture of philanthropy amongst its members and the community. Now that the y has been in its renovated facilty for 4 years, its sphere of influence has dramatically increased. The y has a spiritual nourishment committee that has worked to sponsor the national day of prayer at the y, as well as monthly programs, bible studies, etc. In collaboration with the school districts, local university, boys/girls club, health care prviders, advocap, united way, and local government, the y works to be a great community partner in making fond du lac a happy and healthier place to live and work. In collaboration with the arc of fond du lac, the fond du lac ymca offers swimming programs to physically and mentally challenged youth of the area. The ymca has actively engaged and expanded volunteer opportunities through a spring clean-up day and fall leaf raking help for others. The ymca actively supports other non-profit organizations through program assistance and membership support. Some of the groups assisted include big brothers/big sisters, special olympics, abuse shelters, habitat for humanity, and local school districts. The ymca is a key contributor to community-wide program "healthy fond du lac county 2020. "
pre-school child care a total of 151 children were served. The focus of the fond du lac ymca child care programs is to foster growth and development, not only in children, but also within the family. These educational programs help children develop moral and ethical behavior, self-esteem, and leadership. Physical development is achieved via gym and swim classes in which the children participate. Additionally, nutritious meals are served on a daily basis. In many instances, the ymca childcare allows the parent(s) of the child to remain gainfully employed or pursue an education, knowing that their child is thriving in a safe, supportive environment. Via support from the united way, care is provided at a reduced fee for those parents unable to afford the full cost of child care. Through collaboration with the fond du lac school district, the fond du lac ymca is able to offer a half-day 4-year old kindergarten program, as well as, childcare for those children needing to stay for additional time during the day.
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