THE Y. FOR A BETTER US.
The Y has been a trusted leader in healthy living, youth development and community-building in Eugene since 1887.
That year, we began our work by welcoming new students from across the country when they arrived at the Eugene train station, helping them thrive in their new home. By 1909 the first YMCA building was erected in Downtown Eugene on Willamette Street. The facility housed reading rooms, a gymnasium and a pool that sometimes leaked up to a foot of water every night. It was from this building that the Eugene Y supported our troops upon their return from World War I and World War II, and their families while they were overseas.
In 1955, the Eugene Y moved to its current location on Patterson Street. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Y evolved into being more than a community meeting place. When mothers entered the workforce, childcare became a local and national priority for our organization. When heart disease was recognized as a national issue, the Y helped bring "fitness" to the forefront. When legendary U of O track coach, and Nike co-founder, Bill Bowerman created a world renowned jogging program, the first participants in his program came from the Eugene Family YMCA. The very first jogging groups met at the Y on Patterson Street.
Y leaders have made many memorable contributions to our society - James Naismith invented basketball; the Y's World Service program served as the pattern for John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps; Sonora Smart Dodd organized one of the first Father's Day celebrations; and the Y has nurtured the confidence and skills in notable leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Neil Armstrong.
Today, the Y is the largest non-profit organization focused on preventative health care and healthy living, and the largest youth development and child care provider in the United States. Our own Y facility in South Eugene currently serves 8,800 members on-site and another 7,500 children in youth development programs throughout Lane County.
We have a 129+ year legacy of responding to the needs of our community's children, families, adults, and seniors — and we need your help to continue.
FOR MORE GIVING INFORMATION & OPPORTUNITIES:
Lisa MacMaster, Senior Director of Philanthropy
/ 541-686-9622 x205