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Annual Campaign

You Make More Possible! At the Edwardsville YMCA, we strive to help as many people as we can.

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Annual Campaign

The Edwardsville YMCA has a strong history of service to the greater Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area. Since its inception in 1949, the Y has been dedicated to enriching the lives of all individuals and families.

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That is why the YMCA Financial Assistance Program has and always will be a high priority. Through that program, and because of your support, thousands of people have enjoyed the facilities, programs, and services offered by the YMCA. They are your friends, neighbors, coworkers, customers.

Through our Financial Assistance Program, we give people a helping hand whether it is for a membership or class, summer camp or even a spot at our Early Childhood Development Center. The need for assistance has grown dramatically over the years and now more than ever we need the support of our community, members and friends to lend a hand to help others.

Every gift makes a difference.
Everyone has a role to play.
Together, we can do so much more.

At the Edwardsville Y, strengthening community is our cause. We know when we work together, we move more individuals, families and our community forward. Every day, Y staff, volunteers, members, friends, and community partners work side-by-side to ensure that everyone can enjoy the YMCA.

Together, we can make this a reality for the YMCA and those that need and want our services. The possibilities are endless because of committed Y friends and generous donors like you.

Our Stories

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Mitch ‘N Friends Adapted Tennis

One of the newer mission programs offered at the Edwardsville YMCA has actually been available to the community for over a decade. The Mitch ‘N Friends Adapted Tennis Program was started at the Edwardsville Futures Men’s Pro Circuit Tournament as a free event that allows children and young adults with special needs an opportunity to learn and play tennis. The YMCA took over the event two years ago and adapted it to be offered to the community for free every month on the second Thursday at 6:00pm at the Meyer Center.

The inspiration for Mitch ‘N Friends, expanded from Mitchell McGinnis taking lessons with coach Dave Lipe and made into a yearly event for special needs individuals. His parents, Kevin & Sharla, established a love of tennis in the family. Mitch helped manage the boys and girls tennis programs at EHS for six years, when his twin sister Morgan and younger sister Annie both played for the team. The McGinnis’ are loyal members of the Edwardsville YMCA since moving here from Springfield over 20 years ago; they have built up strong bonds in the community and at the Y. Over the years, the family have been involved in the Niebur Preschool program, Adapted Swimming, enjoy playing basketball, working out and walking the track.

Mitch’s sisters even worked at the Y in Tennis (Morgan) and at Summer Camp (Annie); passing on their passion for youth programming.
Continuing to build upon the great program that they started has been such a gift to all involved at the YMCA. It is wonderful to see new players enjoy the game of tennis and volunteers from the EHS Tennis Team and Y staff help to facilitate each month. We encourage families to participate and try their hand at something new! Mitch ‘N Friends Adapted Tennis is just one of the special offerings that we can’t wait to continue to provide in 2024!

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Childcare At The YMCA

One of the areas the YMCA prides itself on is being a safe space for children. We offer childcare in many different forms throughout our three branches. At the Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center, we offer full day care during the week for infants 6 weeks through children 5 years old as they head off to Kindergarten. This center has been helping to shape young minds since 2013. The staff work hard to provide a nurturing environment with classes to help get kids ready for their future. Parents know that their kids are getting quality care while they are at work.

The Meyer Center has transformed for almost 20 years from May to August to be the home of our Summer Camp program. Over 400 kids spend their week with their peers forming friendships, learning new skills and having fun playing sports, swimming, creating art projects and more! The teen program has additional projects and vocational opportunities that help to build their confidence up as they move onto high school. Parents can rely on the YMCA to help take care of their children in the summer and beyond.

The Niebur and Meyer Centers offer drop-in Child Watch for children to have a place to play while parents workout or watch their other child in a program. This year we introduced Infant Care (6 weeks – 1 year) at the Niebur Center to be able to help new parents get that little bit of time for themselves. All of these programs are vital to the Edwardsville YMCA and the community who rely on us to take care of our future leaders.

Levels of Giving

Together We Are Changing Lives! All donations to the Annual Campaign go towards our Financial Assistance Program.

Your contribution will go towards a child who needs year-round care, the program or membership needs of children, teens and their families, as well as older adults on a fixed income who desire to be more active, disabled individuals in need of a place to exercise and socialize, military families, single parents struggling to make ends meet, and anyone in our community striving to live healthier, happier lives.

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Recognizing Our Donors

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our generous donors, without whose support we simply couldn’t do what we do.

Our donors have a powerful impact on the Y’s capability to achieve our mission of serving all. They are vital to the YMCA community and incredibly appreciated. You Make More Possible!

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Where Your Contribution Goes

Your donation can help in numerous ways! We are more than a place, we’re a cause for all.

Where Your Contribution Goes:

A child with disabilities can participate in an inclusion program designed so that all children can learn to play various sports together for $30.

A child can learn about teamwork on their soccer team for $50.

$100 allows three kids to learn how to swim.

$250 can assist several children in providing full day childcare.

A senior couple can swim, workout and socialize for a full year’s membership for $450.

$1,500 sends a child to Camp for the whole summer.

All of these possibilities can be achieved from one generous donation of $2,500!

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