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Mission Moment: Caring for the Whole Child

Nov 18, 2021
Our team often receives notes of thanks from families at the end of a program, but this one written to our President & CEO Jack Fucci particularly resonated this year. The Camp Chickami staff truly brought to life the “for all” in the Y’s mission; this parent’s words say it all (shared with permission). 
 
Dear Jack, 
 
Doreen, Evelyn, Dan, and Kathy

Why We Give: Doreen Quintiliani and Kathy Daly

Nov 18, 2021
Doreen Quintiliani grew up down the street from the Y, and recently made a multi-year gift in memory of her parents, Evelyn and Daniel Quintiliani.
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Celebrating a Legacy

Oct 26, 2021

For the past 67 years, whenever kids have returned to Chickami, they could count on plenty that’s special. Color War. Gold Rush Day. Crazy overnights. Sliding in the mud.

For 40 of those years, there was something else very special they could count on: Loch would be there. 

Youth Development at the Y: Mission in Action

Sep 29, 2021

Healthy youth development is a critical component of the West Suburban YMCA’s mission. Children and teens experience this in different ways — through our preschool, out-of-school time program, summer camps, instructional and team sports and aquatics, and simply hanging out in the gym after school.

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Free Meals for Kids and Teens All Summer at the West Suburban YMCA

Jul 06, 2021

West Suburban YMCA participates in Summer Eats, providing free lunch & snack to any child age 18 and under

Mobile Vaccine Clinic Comes to YMCA Camp Frank A. Day

Jun 19, 2021

Residential camp secures vaccinations for international staff and counselors

Five Days of Action: Join Us in Creating a Safer World for Children

Jun 08, 2021

West Suburban YMCA recognizes national Five Days of Action to protect children from sexual abuse

As summer activities and camps begin to ramp up, June is the perfect time to draw attention to the simple ways we can all make the children in our community safer. The West Suburban YMCA invites our community to join us this week as we participate in Five Days of Action.

Mission Moment: Ellen & Joel Peterson, Fun in the Pool During the Long Months of 2020

May 24, 2021

When the Y reopened in July 2020, the lap lanes were set to a reservation system. This allowed the staff to start learning members’ names and greeting them more regularly when they arrived at the pool. As we continued to greet the members, we started to learn more about them and their lives outside of the Y.

Physical Activity Tips for Older Americans Month

May 13, 2021

May is Older Americans Month, and the West Suburban YMCA is encouraging aging adults to make their health a priority.  Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can help prevent or manage some of the health problems that come with age, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke.    

Child Abuse Prevention Month: How to Talk About Abuse

Apr 27, 2021

Talking With Your Children About Abuse
Many parents and caregivers find speaking to their children about abuse to be uncomfortable. Framing these conversations around other safety conversations you have may help you work through some of that uncomfortableness. Below you’ll find age-appropriate ways to talk to your child about boundaries and preventing abuse.