The Gateway Region YMCA has launched a multi-year Capital Campaign in an effort to increase our impact by serving more people, innovating and improving programs, and ensuring we have purposefully designed spaces to support generations to come.

 

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Laying the Foundation for a Better Future

Learn more about our upcoming and our ongoing projects, and how you can support them. 

 

EAST BELLEVILLE YMCA

 

EAST BELLEVILLE CHILD WATCH CONCEPT DRAWING

 Opportunities include pool access for all, more opportunities for youth, multi-purpose spaces & kitchen, and getting people connected to nature.

O'FALLON ILLINOIS YMCA

 

O'FALLON YMCA KITCHEN CONCEPT DRAWING

Opportunities include an early childhood education center, youth zone, multi-purpose spaces & kitchen, wellness areas & outdoor courtyard, church partnership, welcoming and modern spaces.

CHESTERFIELD YMCA

 

CHESTERFIELD YMCA CHILD WATCH CONCEPT DRAWING

Opportunities include pool access for all, more opportunities for youth, multi-purpose spaces & kitchen, and getting people connected to nature.

O'FALLON MISSOURI YMCA

 

O'FALLON MISSOURI YMCA CHILD SPORTS CONCEPT DRAWING

Opportunities include a new gymnasium, wellness and group exercise areas, youth spaces, intergen space & community kitchen, refreshed facility, and aquatic play area.


Themed “Opportunity For All,” we have identified three focus areas to help us reach our goal to ensure all youth and families in our region have the resources needed to succeed.

Focus Area 1: Bridging the opportunity gap

We believe every child deserves access to high quality, enriching life experiences. The Y provides opportunities for all youth to connect, belong and achieve.

Need

Depending on their family's income levels, kids grow up in separate and unequal communities. Their fate is unfairly tied to the zip code in which they are born and the resources available in their communities.

Our Vision

All pre-school aged children start school developmentally on par with their peers, and ready to learn. All children read at grade level by the end of 6th grade. All children at risk of drowning are equipped with key swimming skills and drowning prevention instruction.

Focus Area 2: Connecting communities

We believe in the power of connection and are committed to supporting people from all communities to develop positive, supportive relationships. The Y provides safe spaces and the opportunity to convene individuals from across our region for relationship-building, volunteer activities, the formation of community partnerships and working toward collective impact and equity for our region.

Need

Positive relationships in safe spaces between people from different backgrounds, abilities, ages and experiences support stronger communities and a greater appreciation of diversity.

Our Vision

All youth with disabilities will receive one-on-one support to enable them to participate in all Y programs with their able-bodied peers through inclusion services. Teens will have a place at the Y where they feel they belong, are valued and build positive relationships with adults. While building this cohesion, they will affect positive change in their communities through service projects and civic engagement. All individuals, families and groups will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful volunteer experiences that strengthen the foundation of our communities.

Focus Area 3: Cultivating health equity

We believe where you live should not dictate your quality and length of life. The Y provides supportive environments and community integrated health programs to address these disparities.

Need

Research for the St. Louis region has shown that life expectancy can vary up to 35 years, based on communities located less than 30 miles apart. 

Our Vision

All youth programs facilitate healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards to prevent childhood obesity. Youth and families at risk of, and currently experiencing food insecurity will have access to healthy food through community gardens and Y programs. Adults and youth at risk for chronic disease have access to evidence-based programs that have been shown to result in healthier lifestyles, increased physical activity and decreased weight.

 

Check out some of the progress we have made so far!

 

BAYER YMCA

 

A $1.5 million donation from Bayer and a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor, led to an expanded Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) and Teen Tech Center, a community kitchen, increased health and wellness services, and a new family changing room. 

EMERSON YMCA

 

A $1.5 million donation from Emerson led to an expanded community kitchen, expanded health and wellness services, a new family changing room, a new teen hub and child watch area, and new multipurpose space. 

SOUTH COUNTY YMCA

 

South County Core and Functional Training Room

The South County YMCA celebrated $1.25 million in renovations that included an expanded health and wellness center, new fitness equipment and a larger gym, a new core and functional room, new group exercise class studio, and a new universal locker room.

JEFFERSON COUNTY YMCA

 

Jefferson County Universal Locker Room

The Jefferson County YMCA added a new universal locker room that will provide a safe environment for families with young children, people with diverse abilities, and caregivers, to ensure the Y continues to be a place for all.

Contact Us

Contact Wendy Cornett-Marquitz, CFRE, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at 314-436-1177 ext. 21650


Donation & Tax Details: The Gateway Region YMCA is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax identification number is 43-0653616. Contributions to the Gateway Region YMCA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.