The Altru Family YMCA is proud to share our Annual Report to the community. With the funding raised to date, we wrapped up our building renovations in 2012. Our re-grand opening of the YMCA was held with a ribbon cutting ceremony and family block party in September, 2012. Our renovations have included infant – toddler classrooms, 2 community rooms, 2 racquetball courts, new pool dehumidification system, creation of additional program space for single level cardio and strength training space, larger group exercise studio, 2 multi-purpose studios, a new cycling room, designated space for Altru Outreach Services and a remodeled lobby.
As a result of our unique combination of partner organizations with our local Park District and its owned and operated Choice Health & Fitness, along with Altru Health System and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, our staff and volunteer leaders have been busy developing more opportunities for health education, screenings and programs. It is almost overwhelming to think about the positive impact and endless possibilities the combined mission’s, knowledge, expertise and resources of each of the participating organizations can have on strengthening and nurturing the potential of both the young and the young at heart to live a more active lifestyle, make healthier choices and be more proactive in achieving their individual health and wellness goals. We are extremely excited the new services that have been established, but also about future opportunities to partner with all of these wonderful organizations. Together we can provide more diverse services, to more people, all at one time.
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 450 volunteers for your continued dedication and support of the YMCA and our mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Debbie Thompson, CEO