Chief Executive Officer’s Message
The Altru Family YMCA is proud to share our Annual Report to the community.
In 2017, the YMCA continued to focus our efforts on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We expanded our support to the Grand Forks Public School District, by offering
“Fit N’ Fun” early school dismissal recreational programming at Discovery and Kelly Elementary Schools. Our Swimming Lessons and Day Camp adopted a new YMCA enhanced curriculum, with more individualized focus on skill building and STEM enhancement. In Healthy Living, our work in providing support services and programs to individuals diagnosed with a chronic disease continues. Several individuals have been able to enhance their well-being and connect with others in our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, Diabetes Prevention Program and Parkinson’s Wellness Program. We have now added a “Rock Steady Boxing”, a non-contact boxing training program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, to assist with their strength, balance and coordination. In Social Responsibility, we have enhanced and updated our Safety Around the Water Program, formerly known as Summer Splash, to educate youth about swimming and safety in and around the water. In addition, we were successful in working with our leadership and the community to raise the necessary funds to renovate our outdoor playground to create a more accessible play surface and equipment options, which can be utilized not only by our programs, but also by all children in our neighborhood. Finally, we continue to look at ways the Y can partner with other community organizations to strengthen our community and fulfill our mission to youth and families in the area.
Through support received from grants, United Way, the annual YMCA Partner of Youth Campaign, area Foundations, Businesses and Individual Community Leaders, we were able to provide the necessary financial support to insure that no child, individual or family is being turned away from YMCA programs and services due to the lack of financial resources. In addition, the accessibility of our services and programs continues to be enhanced through the sharing of memberships with Choice Health & Fitness, and the combined commitment of our partners, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to our 200 staff and over 400 volunteers for your continued dedication and support of the YMCA and our mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Bob McWilliams, CEO