NEWS & UPDATES

NOVEMBER 2017

Eugene Family YMCA Board of Directors Pledge in Excess of $1 Million for Capital Campaign

The Board of Directors of the Eugene Family YMCA is 100 percent behind the organization's current Capital Campaign with combined pledges and gifts that exceed $1 million. The Eugene Family YMCA plans to build a new facility to address the growing health and wellness, youth development and community needs in Eugene/Springfield and beyond. Already serving nearly 16,000 individuals annually, a new facility will ensure additional programming can be added to the roster of health and wellness work, while also generating the revenue needed to open satellite Y locations in under-served areas.

"The Eugene Family YMCA has long been a fixture in in this community, serving its needs for 130 years, but our current building was constructed for a 1950s world and the needs of our broader community require something much better," said YMCA Board President, Danielle Uhlhorn. "This board is 100 percent committed to ensuring this project gets done and proof is in the giving."

The Y will raise $26 million dollars for the land, construction and cost of the campaign. The Y has already completed important stages of the campaign by ramping up its staff, completing a feasibility study, conducting site tests and finishing the design development and value engineering stages required prior to construction.

"We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that this project is a success," said YMCA Executive Director, Dave Perez. "This is the kind of project that comes up in this community once every century, so we are marching forward very responsibly."

The Y is working closely with local firms PIVOT Architecture and Chambers Construction on the early planning and design of the project. In addition, Mark Miksis, a Eugene-based developer with deChase Miksis is serving as the Y's owner's representative.

Members of the Eugene YMCA's Board of Directors represent various interests within the community from residential construction, to law, education and banking. There currently are 14 volunteer board members.

More details on the New YMCA project can be found at www.NewYMCA.org.

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Eugene Family YMCA Partners with Trillium to Offer Diabetes Prevention Program to Medicaid Patients

The Eugene Family YMCA has partnered with Trillium Community Health Plan to provide the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (YMCA's DPP) to Medicaid patients in Lane County. The Y's ongoing work with the Centers for Disease Control and local health care providers has enabled it to develop evidence-based programming that helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

"Diabetes is the second highest cause of preventable death in Lane County. This is a tremendous step in demonstrating our capacity as an integrated community health partner providing significant help to decrease our community's rate of type 2 diabetes," said Eugene Family YMCA Executive Director, Dave Perez. "The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program works and our participants make no hesitation to proclaim that it has literally saved their lives."

The Y has long been involved in fighting chronic disease, but in more recent years has succeeded as an integrated community health partner in Lane County. The Eugene Family YMCA offers diverse programming in diabetes prevention, support for cancer survivors though LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and Enhance®Fitness classes for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions. By offering the YMCA's DPP to Medicaid patients, Trillium and the YMCA are furthering the reach for everyone in our community to take advantage of this significant program.

"This partnership and the work the Eugene Family YMCA is providing is critical for Lane County residents and proven to make a difference," said YMCA Board President, Danielle Uhlhorn. "Diabetes health care costs are 2.3 times higher than costs for individuals without diabetes, so reducing risk is good for everyone."

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. It is a year-long program that meets for 25 sessions with the overall goal to reduce the participant's total body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

"I was shocked when my doctor told me I had prediabetes as I'm not your typical candidate. Without the Eugene Family YMCA, I couldn't have turned this around; the Y saved my life no doubt," said YMCA's DPP participant Jessie Pileggi.

The YMCA has strategies, partners and donors that assist in providing program access to everyone at risk for type 2 diabetes regardless of a participant's socio-economic status, race or ethnic background. All YMCAs work to ensure that no one is denied due to an inability to pay.

To learn more about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, please visit www.eugeneymca.org/diabetes or call 541-686-9622.

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OCTOBER 2017

Julie Grossman, YMCA Executive Director, is departing Eugene

The Board of Directors of the Eugene Family YMCA have announced the departure of Executive Director, Julie Grossman. After 16 years at the Eugene Family YMCA, Grossman and her family will be returning to her home state of Wisconsin at the end of October.


"Julie has served the Eugene Y and this community in many capacities over the past 16 years," said YMCA Board President, Danielle Uhlhorn. "Julie's devotion to building a better Y is a reflection of her passion to help us all build a stronger community — and she did so in many ways both within the Y and with other community organizations." Grossman will begin her next chapter as the President and CEO of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA in Wisconsin on November 13, 2017, returning to her hometown to be nearer family.

The Eugene Family YMCA Board of Directors unanimously selected previous Executive Director, Dave Perez, to return to the interim role. Perez was previously the Executive Director for the Eugene Family YMCA for 25 years and has remained active in the Y's Capital Campaign to build a new facility. All told, Perez has 50 years with the YMCA including leadership tenures in Los Angeles and Seattle before coming to Eugene.

"I am proud and thankful to have served this YMCA and this community since I began my first days in membership back in 2001," said Grossman. "For all those years, I've been honored to build relationships with so many talented and committed volunteers, staff, members, donors and community partners, who have guided and encouraged me and all of our Y leaders. We have built a strong foundation upon which this Y will continue to thrive and bring incredible programs and services to so many."

The Eugene Family YMCA is a volunteer-led organization serving nearly 16,000 individuals annually and is the largest child care provider in Lane County. It has an operating budget of nearly $4 million and is currently in a capital campaign to raise $26 million for a new Y facility designed to meet the youth development and healthy living needs in Lane County.

"Our Y has some exciting moments ahead and although we are saddened to say goodbye to Julie, we trust that with her leadership, we were able to build a strong, savvy team of management, staff and volunteers to continue the Y's long history of service to this community, beyond its 130 years thus far," said Uhlhorn. A committee for a national search for a new Executive Director will be appointed soon.

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APRIL 2017

The Eugene Family YMCA Celebrates 130 Years of Service in Lane County


In 1887, Grover Cleveland was President, the United States was in the middle of the Gilded Age, the phonograph was invented, Georgia O'Keeffe was born and the Eugene Family YMCA got its start.

Locally, 'The Guard' newspaper was just 20 years old and the University of Oregon's first class had convened just 11 years prior. On April 22nd, 1887, a group of volunteers gathered on the campus of what was then known as the State University; that meeting was the catalyst for what has become one of Eugene's longest lasting legacies: The Eugene Family YMCA.

"We began as a small gathering of volunteers chartered with welcoming new students to Eugene City," said Julie Grossman, Executive Director of the Eugene Family YMCA.  "Our mission began with a specific constituency and has evolved to embrace all of our citizens.  The Y has a legacy of addressing the needs of our community and to that end, we have served the greater Eugene area for more than a century."

During the past 130 years, the Y has supported families through wartime, provided young men and women with job training, assisted refugees in assimilating to a new country and earn citizenship, integrated curriculum-based youth programming to address Achievement Gap and STEM-related learning deficiencies and added chronic disease prevention to our mix of health programming.

"In Eugene and our surrounding communities the Y is more than a gym, it's a place of community," continued Grossman. "Today we work to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their full potential — whether that's through afterschool programs, swim lessons, diabetes and arthritis classes, cancer survivor programs and more — we're here for you and your family."

To celebrate 130 years of serving Eugene and Lane County, the Eugene Family YMCA is inviting our community to take part in the celebration. This Saturday, April 22nd, the Y will be hosting a Birthday Block Party! EVERYONE is INVITED to the FREE celebration! There will be live music, inflatable bounce houses, an obstacle course, kid crafts and more. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks and of course there will be birthday cake!

"Congratulations to the Eugene Family YMCA on celebrating its 130th birthday and best wishes for many more years of success in Oregon nurturing the potential of our young people, supporting a healthy, able workforce, and engaging everybody in a true sense of community," offered Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

It's a big year for the Eugene Family YMCA - not only because we celebrate our 130th year - but because we're excited to start building a foundation for our next 130 years. While still fundraising dependent, the Eugene Family YMCA is firmly on track for a groundbreaking of our new facility at 24th and Hilyard Streets later this year.

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ABOUT THE EUGENE FAMILY YMCA:
The Eugene Family YMCA is one of the region's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across Lane County, the Eugene Y engages nearly 16,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than just our building on Patterson Street, the YMCA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Oliver, Media Inquiries

jeff@eugeneymca.org / 541-686-9622 x234