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In the event of adverse weather or other emergency situations, the Fox Valley Family YMCA may find it necessary to cancel programming and/or close facilities.  We will make all efforts to follow the “Level” system when determining to close or delay opening a branch location or to cancel programs.

*Snow Emergency: (As determined by the county where the branch is located)

Level 1:

  • YMCA will be open for normal operating hours.
  • Classes/programs will follow their regular schedule.

Level 2:

  • Fox Valley Family YMCA branches affected by a Level 2 snow emergency may have a delay in opening, early closure or program cancellations.
  • Announcements will be made through this website, our mobile app and local radio stations.

Level 3:

  • Fox Valley Family YMCA branches affected by a Level 3 snow emergency will be closed.
  • All classes/programs of the locations affected will be canceled for as long as the Level 3 snow emergency is in place.
  • Announcements will be made through this website, our mobile app (download M-Dock in the app store) and local media outlet.

At the YMCA we are committed to providing our facility and services to our members whenever safely possible. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in the event of closings and cancellations.

Due to scheduling conflicts, canceled programs may not be rescheduled or refunded.

Please visit this website, our mobile app or tune into the following for information:

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Our vision as the Fox Valley Family YMCA is to strengthen the foundation of our community by ensuring that participants have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We are dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good. We nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve our areas of health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Our Mission
To instill Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.

Our Values
Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility

Dylan, an 8-year-old student at Newark Grade School, has come a long way since he met Anne.

Anne, Dylan’s neighbor, took Dylan in when it became apparent that he wasn’t receiving proper care at home. She didn’t think twice. Right away, she and her partner, Will, took steps to create a healthy home life for Dylan. They changed their work schedules, bought a home and within six months, asked for custody.

“Right away, I wanted to give Dylan something that couldn’t be taken away from him. A life skill,” said Anne. Dylan’s school suggested contacting the YMCA to look into swim lessons. “The teachers at school got together and purchased a Y gift card to get him started. Now, Dylan is confident in the water, he can swim the length of the pool.”

In addition, the YMCA approved Anne and Dylan for financial aid making it possible for Dylan to utilize the Y’s Before and After School Care (SAFE) and Summer Camp program, allowing Anne and Will to work full time.

Four years later, Dylan is thriving. He’s doing well in school and enjoys attending the SAFE and Summer Camp program. “Field trips during Summer Camp and friendships formed at SAFE; without aid, we wouldn’t be able to give Dylan these experiences,” said Anne.

“Dylan’s behavior has come a long way,” said Amy Collins, School Aged Child Care director. “We’ve seen significant changes since he been part of a positive environment.”

“I like snow and I love to eat. And at school, we’re reading ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’” said Dylan.

Anne said, “There are good times. There’s learning moments and hurdles to jump. There are sad moments and moments of joy.”

“Anne and Dylan could be your neighbor,” said a news release from the YMCA. “Dylan could be in your child’s class. Anne could be your co-worker. They are the fabric of the Y and they allow us to live our mission. We serve to strengthen the foundation of our community by ensuring that participants have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We strive to nurture the potential of every youth, improve areas of health and well being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.”

“It takes a village and the Y is honored to be a part of that. Anne and Dylan’s story brings to light the importance of providing aid and the importance of working together. If you have the opportunity to give  – choose to give to an organization that is supporting your neighbor. This is how a contribution to the Y can affect a family directly,” said interim CEO Stephanie Majewski.

To give, click “Ways to Give” or stop into Central or West Branch locations to make a donation at the front desk.

Fox Valley Family YMCA is excited to announce Open Door as their 2020 Chosen Charity. The goal of the partnership is to provide opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chosen Charity is the Y’s yearlong commitment to a fellow community organization that shares in the Y’s mission. The Y and Open Door have planned monthly activities and events in an effort to build a stronger relationship between the two organizations.

“One of the Y’s goals is to partner with other non-profits in our community who share a similar vision,” says Stephanie Majewski, Fox Valley Family YMCA CEO. “Taking the thinking from ME to WE, together we can make a bigger, positive impact in our community.”

The Chosen Charity partnership will provide Open Door clients with opportunities to swim, take fitness classes and work in a community garden. The partnership will also support Open Door with monetary donations and volunteer opportunities.

In addition, Open Door staff will be providing specific training for Y employees that will expand their knowledge base on best practices for engaging and supporting individuals with disabilities. These classes will enable staff to best meet each person’s needs when participating in Y classes and activities.

Rita Potter, Open Door Executive Director, says, “Open Door is honored to be selected as the 2020 Chosen Charity, and is looking forward to a deepened partnership with the Y. This will be an amazing opportunity for the individuals we serve.”

Open Door will be featured at the Y’s Healthy Kids Day on April 18, 2020. Learn more about Fox Valley Family YMCA’s mission at www.foxvalleyymca.org/about-us/mission-and-vision and Open Door’s mission at www.odrc.org/


 

 

Support the Y, Strengthen Your Community and GIVE today! 

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

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You know the challenges that we face as a society. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. Playing outside has become a rarity. Facetime happens through a phone. And instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.

But where society falls short, the Y—and donors like you—step in. We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a brighter future for Kendall and DeKalb counties, but we must take action today, and only your support will make it possible. Please consider making a charitable donation to the Y and take your first step in making a difference and building a better us. Together, we make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and a huge impact on each individual we serve. #GIVEFVFY
 

Walk into any of our program sites or our facility and you will see people of all ages and incomes. If a person or family is unable to pay for membership, scholarships are provided through donations from generous businesses, foundations and individuals. Over $50,000 from the YMCA last year was used to support membership scholarships and programs that change lives. The demand for scholarships and program sponsors increases every year. More than 500 individuals received assistance last year. Your donations are needed to keep the YMCA open to all. Contributions can be made with stock, cash, credit card, or through a small increase to your monthly membership bank draft. Thank you to those who gave to our 2016 campaign!

six easy ways to give!

  1. Click to Donate Now!
  2. Stop into our Central or West Branch locations.
  3. Click the Donate Now button on our Facebook page.
  4. Contact us: 630-552-4100 or 815-786-9998 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  5. Deduct through your Membership bank draft*.
  6. Drop your donation in the mail.

Please make checks payable to:
Fox Valley Family YMCA
3875 Eldamain Road, Plano, IL 60545
or 707 S. Main Street, Sandwich, IL 60548

*Monthly bank draft is applicable to total amounts of $50 or more.

All pledges are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Federal Tax ID# 36-3028169.

Why Give?

As the nation's leading charity organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, it's important to know that the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right here in our community. Through generous contributions, the Fox Valley Family YMCA is able to provide financial scholarships that enable all members of the community to utilize the Y, regardless of income, to the extent funds are available.

One hundred percent of these donations go to scholarships such as Membership, Child Care, Before and After School Child Care, Summer Day Camp, Youth Sports, Youth Aquatics, Community Outreach, Gymnastics, Dance, and more. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Give for a better us.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

In addition to annual contributions for scholarship and program support, the Fox Valley Family YMCA is actively reinvesting in facilities to meet the needs of kids, teens, families, and seniors for generations to come. The YMCA Capital Campaign raises funds for capital investment. Every gift, large or small, is important as we look to your YMCA's future. View our 2015 Community Benefit Report here.

PLANNED GIVING

  • Gifts by Will or Living Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts of Retirement Plans
  • Gifts by Life Insurance
  • Memorial Gifts

ENDOWMENT/HERITAGE CLUB

The Heritage Club is an organization of people who have shown their long-term interest and support of the Fox Valley Family YMCA by either a direct contribution to the Endowment Fund or by including the YMCA in their estate plans. It is the commitment rather than the amount that is the basic factor in qualifying as a Heritage Club member.

When you volunteer your time to the great causes that the Y stands for, your efforts impact everything around you. Spend the time. See the change. It’s all about what you put in. We look forward to seeing you here. Just stop in at either our Central or West Branch locations and ask about volunteering, or contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Going to work knowing that what you do each day has a profound effect on the lives of the people in your community is an opportunity few employers can offer. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. We work with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experience and you’ll enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from nurturing the potential of youth and teens, improving your community's health and well being and providing support to our neighbors. 

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DOWNLOAD AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
As one of the largest charities in Kendall County, the Fox Valley Family YMCA services over 20,000 people annually at over a dozen locations spanning across two counties and we need YOU to complete our team! The Y is a mission-centered, cause-driven charity organization dedicated to the people in each of the communities we serve. The Y positively impacts lives every day – maybe today is the day you join the cause and start making a difference too.

Access our New Employee Orientation portal HERE. 


BUSINESS MANAGER

Part-Time /Full-Time

The Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano is looking for a manager to run the business office of a $5M charitable organization with over 200 staff. The qualified candidate will be responsible for all accounting/finance including monthly general ledger; profit/loss and balance sheet reporting along with production/reconciliation of semi-monthly payroll/payables; 1099’s and related tax filing/payments. Additional responsibilities include new hire intake, benefits, and personnel record management and reporting, ACA, and annual budget preparation. The position requires excellent accounting, time management, and organization/communication skills along with attention to detail.  Benefits include paid time off, numerous insurance offerings, retirement, and a family YMCA membership. A Bachelors Degree in accounting or equivalent work experience preferred.  Salary based on experience and if the candidate is full or part-time.

Send a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 1, 2020. Please include a reference as to where you saw the job posting.


Before & After School Counselors

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is now hiring part-time positions for S.A.F.E., our School Age Child Care Department. We are seeking creative individuals for the position of Before and After School Counselors to help support our growing Before and After School and Camp programs. Responsibilities include direct supervision of children at the offsite school locations in Yorkville. Counselors plan and implement program activities, curriculum, and games and crafts. This is a fun, hands-on position and offers the potential for growth within the Y. Prior childcare experience is required. Please, direct applications and questions to Amy Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 630-552-4100 x233.


Front Desk stAFF 

Responsible for the program registration, parent check-in and out, membership engagement and various other front desk duties as well as taking the lead on supervising the building. Afternoon and night shifts Monday-Sunday at Central Branch must be available to work at least 2 shifts per week. Pay commensurate with experience. Email application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


DANCE INSTRUCTOR  

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The Fox Valley Family YMCA School of Dance is hiring qualified dance instructors for our youth dance classes. Instructors need to have experience in the field of dance and love working with children ages 2-13. This is a part-time position and will be paid a competitive hourly wage based on experience and qualifications. Interested applicants should submit an application and/or resume to Dance Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Personal Trainers

These are part-time positions and trainers will be paid a competitive hourly wage based on experience and qualifications. Other benefits include membership to the Fox Valley Family YMCA and program discounts. Interested applicants should submit an application to Michelle LeMaistre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax number 630-552-9623. 


 

 

The Fox Valley Family YMCA offers competitive wages, complimentary YMCA membership, and generous program discounts. All successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment screenings through YMCA background checks.

At the Fox Valley Family YMCA, we believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our children, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y is a charity organization like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change. This is our commitment at the Y, but we can’t do it alone. We count on the generosity of our members and community partners to help us continue this vital work. Together we can build a stronger community and create a brighter future for our children.

If you'd like more information on how you can become a Community Partner, contact our CEO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK

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Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week through a network of 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior centers, and has a number of other direct distribution programs to assist hungry neighbors.
 
The Food Bank provides a variety of child nutrition programs, including several federal feeding programs such as the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), in addition to nonfederal programs such as the BackPack Program. Collectively, these programs provide nutritious meals to kids after school, over the weekend, and during summer months. The Fox Valley Family YMCA has partnered with the Food Bank the past two summers for its BackPack Program, providing more than 400 backpacks with healthy meals to kids and their families.
 
Northern Illinois Food Bank also sponsors the Y’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) each year, providing breakfast and lunch to an average of 122 children each day at no cost. The Y has also partnered with the Food Bank in previous years to provide snacks through the USDA’s after school snack program, CACFP, at four schools within the Plano school district.  
 
In addition, Northern Illinois Food Bank received grant funding this summer intended to support a Summer Food Service Program site. With that funding, they generously donated a commercial refrigerator to the Y’s Summer Food Service Program.

Thank you, Northern Illinois Food Bank!

Precor

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Precor is a global leader in providing fitness equipment, designed and built for effective workouts that feel smooth and natural. For three decades, Precor has driven fitness forward with a passionate focus on ergonomic motion, proven science, and superior engineering. Their recent donation of two Stretchtrainers to the Fox Valley Family YMCA is aligned with their mission to help people live the lives they desire.

Thank you, Precor!

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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The Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch is a more secure facility thanks to a recent $19,955 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The YMCA, Kendall County’s largest charity, serves over 9,000 members and 11,000 program participants annually through Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility based programs.

The security improvements to the facility include a new public address system for the playgrounds and 75,000 square foot facility, as well a new entrance intercom/video/scanning system to the Early Learning Academy. In the photo, Mallory Everhart, baby Ryder, and daughter Riley test out the new scanning system at the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s Early Learning Academy before heading in to Preschool.

Further grant based security features now include a new, closed circuit video camera system for playgrounds and in each room of the Early Learning Academy, as well as improvements and additions to the current video system for the remaining facility.

YMCA CEO Andrew Bobbitt says, “although a more secure Academy is greatly appreciated by the working parents we serve daily, the ability for staff to now communicate items as critical as taking shelter during tornado warnings, to someone leaving their car lights on, can finally be managed by a staff member with the touch of a button, facility wide.”

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County, Illinois. For more information on the Community Foundation, please visit their website.

Thank you, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley!

Groot Industries, Inc.

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Groot Industries, Inc., formerly Complete Sanitation, is a full service waste and recycling hauling company located in Plano, Illinois. Groot Industries operates as the largest independent solid waste management services provider in the State of Illinois and operates a modern fleet of eco-friendly collection vehicles that ensure the most reliable service in the Fox Valley area. Groot Industries, Inc. supports local communities by re-investing back into the community by supporting other local businesses.

Shawn McDowell, Groot Industries, Inc. manager, says, “The YMCA has been a pillar in our community since my childhood. We now have the pleasure of our own children getting to benefit from and enjoy all of the programs the Fox Valley Family YMCA has to offer. We are grateful and humbled to be able to give back to an organization that has helped so many people at our local level.”

Thank you, Groot Industries, Inc.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company

In January 2015, Heartland Bank and Trust Company presented the Fox Valley Family YMCA with a $3,000 donation in support of Winter and Summer Day Camps. Pictured with Winter Break Camp participants from left to right are Amy Collins, Jen Vandermeir, Lori Johnson, Mary Forester, Andrew Bobbitt, Theresa Jennings, and Michele Kolka.

Thank you, Heartland Bank and Trust Company!

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1979 
Our organization was created through the hard work and efforts of our Board of Directors who wanted a YMCA for their community.

1992
Over the years we grew from community based programs to store front facilities before building a 50,000 square foot facility in Plano, known as the Central Branch, in 1992.

1999
A capital campaign was held to construct the eight lane indoor Aquatic Center at the Central Branch.

2002
An expansion was completed and more space was added to the Fitness Center at the Central Branch.

2005
We opened our 14,000 sq. ft. West Branch in Sandwich. Our current YMCA service area covers over a 28 mile radius, incorporating over 20 communities. Last year we served over 22,000 members.

2007
The addition of the 11,000 sq. ft. Early Learning Academy, incorporating Child Care and Preschool rooms, was opened at the Central Branch.

 

President: Rebecca Morphey

Vice President: Bill Vogel

Treasurer: Larry Nelson

Secretary: John Purcell 

Board of Directors: Mike Burgin, Harold Dannewitiz, Jeff Downs, Lynn Dubajic, Stan Free, Joseph Gillespie, Bryan Harbin, Phil Haugen, Peter Henning, Boyd Ingemunson, James Jensen, Marlene Kee, Thomas Klatt, Kelly Kramer, Carole Liske, Tom Martin, Rebecca Morphey, Larry Nelson, John Purcell, John Shaw, Tim Shimp, Bill Vogel, Grant Wegner.

Please mail correspondence to the Board of Directors at:
Fox Valley Family YMCA
Attn: Board of Directors
(or indicate a specific Board Member)
3875 Eldamain Road, Plano, IL 60545

Aquatics Director

 

 Mike Click  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 237

Business Manager

 

     

Arts & Humanities Director

 

Christine Milakis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 243

Early Learning Academy West Director

 

Dana Lowe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 815-786-8914

Gymnastics Director

 

Jenny Menz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 228

Healthy Living Director

 

Michelle LeMaistre This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 247

Facilities Director

 

 Dan Rome  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 240

Marketing & Communications Director

 

 Sarah Fletcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 226

Membership Director

Angie Heyl-Sanders This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 229 

Music Coordinator

Lacey Wehrli This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 235

Sports Coordinator

 

Dustin Wayne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 224

School-Age Child Care Director

 

Amy Peterson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 233

Senior Child Care Director

 

Amy Schultz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 262

Senior Operations Director

 

Stephanie Wayne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext. 223

West Branch Director

 

Jackie Eade This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 815-786-9998