2019 Community Impact Report
Duluth Area Family YMCA
97 Organizations contributed to the YMCA Community Support Campaign. Together with over 52 Community Partner Collaborations we are strengthening our community FOR ALL.
in estimated work contribution to the community. THANK YOU!
meals in 2019 creating greater food access for youth struggling with food insecurity afterschool and on the summer weekends.
2019 COMMUNITY SUPPORT - THANK YOU FOR GIVING FOR ALL
Thank you to all of our donors and community partners!
Your commitment to our community is inspiring.
Together we are building a brighter tomorrow.
100% of donations made to the Community Support Campaign go to scholarships and program assistance for our community.
Our Associations served
Includes: General Membership Assistance, Summer Youth Memberships for Mentor Duluth Families, Diabetes Prevention Membership, and Open Doors Membership to families transitioning out of homelessness
*21st Century Afterschool scholarship, Swim Access, and Camp Access scholarships are funded in part through federal and Y of the USA grants.
Y Afterschool programs offer STEM programming to 1,893 youth across 14 sites in Duluth and 1 in Grand Marais.
860 individual donors
hours of volunteer time totaling
Grants to the YMCA support many of our community programs such as food access, diabetes prevention, swim access, and much, much more. THANK YOU to the foundations and corporations that support the work and mission of the Y through grant funding.
Community Support Campaign $224,417.54
wellbeing in Diabetes Prevention programs. Thanks to an Essentia Health grant 47 participated free of charge throughout our community.
Grants Awarded $903,722.22
The Duluth Area Family YMCA is making our community safer through Y led Health and Safety trainings As the top CPR & First Aid trainer in the Northland, we issued over 571 certificates in 2019. An over 200 of our employees received NARCAN training to help face this growing community need.
OUR Association - By the Numbers
YMCA Scholarship Support to our Community $588,627.19
$375,075.19 in YMCA MEMBERSHIP and PROGRAM ASSISTANCE*
people created healthy habits and improved their overall
FIFTEEN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS:
ONE COMMUNITY ONE IMPACT FOR ALL
$46,494.00 for CAMPSHIPS*
$167,058.00 in AFTERSCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS*
Families were served through
youth learn to swim and increased their water confidence through
212 Youth Participated
The Y is greater than a building, our Downtown Y manages 4 additional health and wellness sites, a day camp site, and hosts healthy living and safety trainings in 17 additional sites across Duluth.
visits to Kids Club where kids 6 months to 9 years of age can learn and grow with us as their caregivers not only attend a fitness class or work out, but also apply for jobs and/or completing school work
OUR PURPOSE: Give everyone a safe place to learn, grow, and thrive.
When we refer to “The Y”, we are referring to “Us.” Us is the foundation. Us is the future. Us is the strength of community. Us is a bond we are seeking to build.
OUR VISION: Improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and the community in safe and accessible environments.
OUR CAUSE: Strengthen the foundations of our community as an inclusive, charitable organization of people joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
OUR MISSION: To put into practice programs that build a healthy mind, body, and spirit FOR ALL.
OUR VALUES: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
Downtown Duluth YMCA
youth participated in organized youth sport programs focused on skill and character development
in outdoor learning over the summer and fell in love with the outdoors at Day Camp Kitchigami
swim lesson sessions
YMCA Community Service
youth experienced outdoor enrichment activities such as mountain biking and fishing through activities led by Youth Outdoors Duluth
YMCA Camp miller
was given out in camp scholarships to create access and opportunity to youth in our region who otherwise would have been unable to attend summer camp. This included youth from Center City Housing, the Family Freedom Center, and Fond du Lac Reservation attending camp for the first time ever.
served during the school week and throughout the summer at our drop-in Community Centers at Harbor Highlands and Gary New Duluth Rec Center
were engaged in out of school time enrichment to break down the summer learning loss rate through both school based summer programming and outdoor education
received full or partial campship to attend summer camp in 2019
Also serving Carlton & Pine counties,
ONE OF THE OLDEST
attended the YMCA Camp Miller Day Camp
Over the school year, at 14 sites across Duluth,
During the summer,
engaged in STEM learning and afterschool enrichment
from our region attended YMCA Camp Miller,
overnight camps in Minnesota for a summer of enrichment and outdoor activities
Opened in October of 2019
in Y Fun Day programming during the school breaks
visits to Kids Club
financial assistance for their membership and program participation
in the Y's Early Childhood Development Center
By the end of 2019, our newest branch had:
YMCA at the Essentia wellness center
Serving our community
were served through the generosity of our community partners
The Y.™ For a better us.
their Early Childhood Development and care throughout the year
learned to swim in
children and their families relied on us for
visits to Kids Club, the Cook County Community YMCA is strengthening our community and creating a place where families can learn, grow, and thrive
youth participated in Day Camp, 56 youth in Afterschool programming over 945 times
a contribution of
Cook County COMMUNITY YMCA
In addition to the five branches that make up our Association, the Duluth Area Family YMCA is proud to provide services to other Y’s.These currently include partnerships with the Mesabi YMCA in Virginia, MN, the Sioux Y in South Dakota, and most recently the Austin YMCA, in Austin, MN.
Independent YMCAs often face the challenges of having a smaller staff and a lack of access to resources available to larger YMCA associations. As a service delivery partner to other YMCA’s, the Duluth Area Family YMCA is fostering better utilization of resources for a more effective delivery of our shared mission.
“This is a dynamic way for our Y to serve other communities, as YMCA’s seek to maximize limited resources to better deliver the mission of the Y. Working in partnership with other YMCA’s makes great financial sense and allows us all to deliver better services to all the communities we serve.”
–Sara Cole, President and CEO of the Duluth Area Family YMCA
For the YMCA, our buildings are our tools and our programs are our method to strengthen and build community. Our mission is achieved by the impact we have on people’s lives by their participation in Y programs and services.
Our Y ensures that children have a greater understanding of the role they play in helping the environment, through both recycling, and the positive impact that they can have by educating themselves through STEM. We educate families about good nutrition and help provide nutrition and security to youth living in food desert communities.We are transforming neighborhoods into places where food resources are made abundantly available. Families learn to make healthy food choices at the Y, so that they can prevent diseases such as hypertension and diabetes in their homes and neighborhoods. In 2019, our Y provided more space spaces for youth to have a place to go before and after school — in a bright, welcoming and inclusive environment — and opened a second Early Childhood Development Center so that more children could participate in early learning programs.
Our Y is steadfast in supporting future generations. We are here for families at each and every stage of their journey. Volunteers, donors, and partners at the Y make a difference in the way that we address the needs of our local communities. Whether it is in implementing literacy programs, STEM learning, leadership mentoring, mental health awareness, or child abuse prevention, the Y impacts community health in a positive way. The Y supports children with free backpacks and supplies for school, weekend food access, clothing drives, and so much more. Every day and in every way, we seek to provide transformational experiences at the Y— now, and for years to come.
With Gratitude, Sara Cole
President & CEO, Duluth Area Family YMCA
2019 marked a meaningful year for our association. The Duluth Area Family YMCA welcomed a new branch located in Hermantown, MN which opened our programs and missions up to the larger community of Southern St. Louis County. The partnerships we have built through this endeavor are fostering a greater sense of belonging as we welcome all into our five branches from Sturgeon Lake to Grand Marais. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization, the Y develops programs that connect us all in spirit, mind, and body.
A mission Moment from our CEO