At the Y we are for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
The Itasca County Family YMCA responds to community needs by…
Serving people of all incomes, ages and abilities.
We served more than 6000 people in diverse communities within Itasca County. We bring together young and old, men and women, people of all faiths, backgrounds and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Scholarships, subsidies and outreach provide critical access to low-income families. We provided $89,902 in financial assistance and subsidies for 1,136 children, youth and families to participate in YMCA programs and membership.
Serving vulnerable populations in our community.
Children: Our YMCA serves 4467 members -- 27% of those members are children and youth. The YMCA provides a wide range of activities to foster healthy, productive children, including a youth center, youth tutoring center, youth sports, youth & family special events. All youth activities incorporate the YMCA Core Values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.
Low Income Families: We are one of the largest providers of affordable child care in the community. We offer high-quality child care to working families, and financial assistance is available.
Elderly: One of the fastest growing segments of our membership is members over 60 years of age. We provide a free, drop-in senior center with meals available two days each week, specialized fitness programs, social activities and events to assist seniors in continuing to live full and healthy lives.
Mobilizing community resources to meet community needs
Locally Driven: Our YMCA is driven by an ongoing assessment of community needs and is controlled by a local board of community volunteers.
Contributed Income: Our YMCA receives $51,378 in support from annual community contributions.
Volunteer Hours: This year, our YMCA has mobilized over 200 volunteers to serve the community. These volunteers contributed $66,145 worth of time.
Key Partnerships: Recognizing the importance of collaborations, our YMCA created key partnerships with the following organizations – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Itasca County Public Health, Itasca Community College, City of Grand Rapids, The Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Education and School District.
Relieving the Burden of Government: Our YMCA received $35,528 in Government Funding, including grants and contracts to provide front-line service that relieved the burden for the government to provide many of these services.
Promoting healthy lifestyles to prevent obesity
Health Crisis/Childhood Obesity: Our YMCA has a longstanding dedication to provide programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We continue this commitment today by engaging and supporting children and all health seekers – individuals of all ages who wish to pursue a healthy lifestyle. We are the leaders in the Get Fit initiative to create a healthier Itasca County.