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North Suburban YMCA

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Situated in the center of Northbrook, the North Suburban YMCA draws in more than 200,000 individuals from across the North Shore who take advantage of its modern facilities and full range of excellent programs.

Established in 1960, the North Suburban YMCA has been at home in its current facility at 2705 Techny Road since 1969. The Y’s later years saw expansion and renovation measures, which resulted in today’s 85,000-square-foot building.

Life has not always been easy for the Y, as it found itself at a financial crossroads. The Y had accumulated a $2 million debt; but thanks to the dedication of new leadership and the help of the community, the North Suburban YMCA completely erased its debt on February 29, 2008.

“Under new leadership, the entire board, as well as key leaders in the community and charitable contributors including Allstate, stepped up to the plate in an effort to literally save the North Suburban YMCA,” explains Howard Schultz, Executive Director/ CEO. “With our debts paid, we are now able to empower the community on a solid economic basis.”

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Between November 2006 and March 2007, the Y raised over $3.175 million in campaign commitments. “The combined payoff of $2.3 million left us with over $800,000 to which will help meet the future needs,” said Schultz.

This next stage of growth aims to raise additional capital support in order to refurbish and expand the current facility, while at the same time attracting strategic partners and ensuring a financially healthy future for its membership and the community at-large, according to Schultz.

“We have already begun retrofitting the Y with ADA compliant and accessible equipment, replacing old mechanical systems, and giving the Y an updated, clean, new look,” he says. “In addition we have expanded many of our programs, including opening the X-Zone gaming facility, building a yoga studio, and providing new fitness and other programs for children with disabilities.”

One such program was in the summer of 2009, as the Y offered a new special needs camping experience in partnership with the Center for Psychological Services in Northfield.

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Also included in Stage 2 of the YMCA Capital Campaign are new partnerships with local organizations in order to provide a multitude of health and wellness services. “Because of the growing buzz about what we’ve been doing at the Y, we have been approached by different organizations to join in as partners to help make our vision a community reality,” related Schultz.

Learn more about the North Suburban YMCA’s Capital Campaign and its assortment of programs and services by visiting www.nsymca.org.

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