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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Human Services, Young Mens or Womens Associations, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Under one roof, the community is united. Structured YMCA activities are as diverse as our members. From computers to camping, exercise to entrepreneurship, book clubs to basketball, each person shares the same good feelings of self-improvement and hope. All YMCA programs aim to build competence and confidence in a safe, secure environment for social and emotional growth.

Results: Increase academic achievement and social success of youth; Improve health and reduce childhood obesity; Provide global opportunities to serve others

Target demographics: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents, students, visitors; all welcome

Direct beneficiaries per year: 175,000

Programs: Healthy living - affordable health and wellness programs: ymca programs and services offer individuals and families healthy solutions across all economic and demographic circumstances. Ymca membership engages over 137,000 individuals annually, providing an inclusive approach to connectedness among families and individuals in our community through youth and adult sports, education, and wellness programming. Ymca programs are open to the general public with options for scholarship funding. A ymca membership provides access to information, facilities, and programs. The y encourages a healthy lifestyle that connects people for healthier and happier living--from family yoga to toddler swim instruction to healthy kids days . In the ymca's diabetes prevention program, a 12-month group-based program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes can benefit their health. In 2014, the y served 149 individuals at 17 class locations through the region. Over 250 weekly sessions were held with an average weight loss of 5. 4% at end year.

youth development - child care: the ymca recognizes that high quality, affordable, child development services are critical for today's working families. The ymca has before and after school child development programs, as well as award-winning quality infant through preschool care. As one of the largest providers of child development services in the greater cincinnati area, the ymca is acting on its commitment to support family life, as a core education program for the future. Focusing on the diversity of the community, two infant sites, 12 preschool sites, and 70 before and after school programs provide a safe, educational, and enriching environment for over 5,000 children each week. In 2014, the ymca expanded the scope of its early childhood education program by beginning the management of an existing early learning center in colerain township that serves 95 children and a new online assessment tool that supports effective teaching and children's development and learning. Like all y programs, child care is open to all, with financial assistance available. The ymca provides financial assistance to needy families to help defray the cost of participation. A major portion of the cost of child care program expenses, over related revenue in this area, is covered by grants, government contracts, and contributions.

youth development - camps: the y provides a safe environment for kids to have an unforgettable summer of fun. We maintain the highest standards regarding program safety and quality. The camps are designed for children to learn about themselves and how to get along with others, caring and sharing in an atmosphere consistent with the mission and vision of the y. In 2014, over 4,700 children and teens enjoyed amazing experiences at 12 ymca summer day camp locations and one amazing overnight camp at ymca camp ernst. An excellent option for working parents, many families find this character-building time as important as a critical source of summer child care. Day camp programs have implemented drop everything and read initiative to encourage youth to read for a minimum of 30 minutes per day in order to combat summer reading loss and a summer passport was given to each camper to stay engaged and active all summer long. At our overnight camp (ymca camp ernst), over 2,000 children and teens were served weekly for ten weeks. Over 300 of these camp participants were awarded full or partial scholarships to cover the cost of camp. The camp provides an incentive for all campers to perform community service (known as community exchange) for as many as 20 hours. More than 150 teenagers worked at ymca camp ernst as members of the crew program for a minimum of two to three weeks. The crew helps serve meals to campers and participates in camp improvement projects. Each crew member puts in 80 hours of community service throughout the summer months.

healthy living - swim, sports, and health programs: a critical part of the ymca is the opportunity for people to enjoy fellowship and community connectedness through activities including, senior exercise classes, adult sports leagues, informal education programs, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, soccer, and sports skills classes. Over 3,000 youth enrolled in ymca sports and recreation programs in 2014. As a leading provider of resources for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. With the support of community wide collaborations in ohio and northern kentucky, the ymca has developed effective, sustainable strategies to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the region. Ymca staff regularly work with community partners to provide glucose screenings, diabetes education, blood pressure checks, and health fairs.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I recently moved to Kentucky from a very small town in Illinois. I have been a member at four different YMCAs as an adult. RCDurr is, hands down, the worst.

I was very excited to see all of the programs they offer. I talked with someone about membership and was told about the pools and water parks. My kids saw cheerleading and tumbling programs. They were stoked!

The first time we went there we were asked if we were referred. We weren't, but it seems to be common practice for whoever is walking past you in the lobby to refer you. Both get 20% off of the membership. If you refer more people you get $20. Why not just reduce the price 20% so that more people would come? I have to say this YMCA is the most expensive I've seen also.

My family has been there a total of four times. The second time I went there it was for my daughter's swim lesson. I dropped my first grader and 6-month-old in the child watch center. Between changing, the class, and changing again my kids were left in the care of the child watch center for a little less than an hour. I hadn't even gotten to the desk when a woman barreled through the doors and yelled, "Are you S****'s mother!?! He's been crying since you left!". Firstly, I was not only in the building, but I was also only 30 feet away. Why would they let an infant cry for an hour? I went to go inside and grab my hysterical baby. She stepped in front of me and refused to allow me inside. I was livid. She said employees only and parents are not allowed in the room under any circumstance. I told her that I know that's illegal in Illinois and I intended to find out if that's the case in Kentucky.

Upon investigation, it is against the law to prevent parents from entering a childcare facility. This YMCA gets around that because they're not licensed. I called the CEO and no one responded. The executive director did call me. He pussyfooted around subject talking about "exceptions to the rules" and I was aghast. "It's for the safety of the children", he explained. Four YMCAs and this is the first that does not have better security measures than to keep parents out of there. It looks highly suspicious, at best. After several conversations and emails I was told that the policy (which was never explained to me fully. Parents are allowed inside. No, wait, only in certain circumstances. No, they can't come inside. Well of course you can come inside to calm your child or breastfeed) will remain, but the employees only sign would be removed.

Fast forward two weeks. Again, I dropped my baby and first-grader in the child watch room. I made it very clear that I do not want my child crying for more than 10 minutes. Fifteen minutes later I was pulled from the tumbling class to get my son. I said he may want to breastfeed. Again, I was blocked from entering to retrieve or feed my baby. Instead, I was left standing in a very busy lobby on a Monday at 5 pm with my breast exposed.

This is beyond ridiculous. They did promise refund my membership fees and program costs. The fact still remains. I don't know what they're doing in there and they certainly don't want me to know. My kids will NEVER be allowed in any room or facility where I can't walk inside and see what they're doing.

Review from Guidestar