Give to the Capital Campaign!

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Your gift to the THIS IS Y Capital Campaign builds much more than a new facility. Your investment in a 21st century flagship YMCA will advance the health and well-being of children, families, seniors, and individuals throughout Lane County. With the generosity of Betty Soreng's challenge gift, every cash donation will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000!

 

Give to the Annual Campaign!

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We believe that YOUR Y SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL. Cost should never be a barrier that keeps a family from enrolling in much-needed childcare programs, someone finding strength and hope after a cancer diagnosis or a teen feeling a social connection at the Y. We invite the community to join us in our quest to tackle Lane County's most pressing needs while providing ACCESS FOR ALL WHO NEED IT. Our annual campaign is a powerful problem-solving vehicle because it creates immediate financial assistance to fulfill our community's critical needs. In essence, your gift to the annual campaign is what makes opportunities for all a reality to thousands of people each year.

 

Our Y's Story.

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 131 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 AND OPPORTUNITIES:
Danielle Uhlhorn, Chief Development Officer

danielle@eugeneymca.org / 541-686-9622