NEW the Y IMPACT Newsletter - January 2021

January 25, 2021


Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.  The impact is felt when individuals make a healthy choice, when mentors inspire a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

We can all agree this past year has been extremely challenging.  The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives: how we work; how we learn; how we socialize; our need and dependency on technology; and the harsh reality that many in our community need help.

Not every parent is able to work from home, and when schools close, whether planned or at the last minute, and children must stay home and learn virtually, these families need somewhere to turn for help. 


As part of our mission to strengthen the community and those who live there, The Lake County Y has stepped up as a resource by providing full-day emergency and virtual learning child care during this time of great need. 

In the absence of the classroom, our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and thrive in a safe and peer surrounded setting.  It is also our responsibility to ensure a healthy spirit, mind and body through physical activity, fun games, and social interaction, all while operating under the guidelines of the CDC, federal, state, and local authorities.

Read about how this program has impacted a family in our community. 


"The Lake County Y’s Virtual Child Care Program at the West End Y branch has been a lifeline for local working families, myself included. The program has allowed my son to continue his kindergarten education virtually while I continue to work as a medical resident at a local hospital. The COVID pandemic has been difficult for everyone and I feel very grateful that the YMCA is able to support my family through this difficult time."  -Lindsay Perusek

Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Dinner: - The West End Y made a pivot in 2020 for their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner, usually held in person, to a drive-thru event that served 275 people meals that could be taken home and heated up.  This event is annually open to our entire community to give those who might not have a place to celebrate the holiday, a chance to be in community with others.  We are thankful for the many volunteers and donors who supported this event and our community during these challenging times.
PB&J Drive:  With the help of community members, Y staff and volunteers and the Y Leader’s Club, we were able to collect 1589 jars of peanut butter and jelly in the month of December to help feed those in need.  These donations will support local Food Pantries including, End 68 Hours Of Hunger, Madison Food Bank, St.Vincent De Paul, McKinley Community Center, and Eastlake Kiwanis.
Leader’s Club Sock Drive: - Teen Leaders Clubs across the Lake County Y kicked off their meetings with an act of service by collecting 912 pairs of socks and delivered them to Project Hope for the Homeless and the Sub Zero Mission.
Shoebox Project: - The West End Y collected 392 shoe boxes from members and friends in the community to support the Homeless Care Package Project. The shoe boxes were filled with some of the following items toiletry items, socks, face masks, hand sanitizer, water bottles and non-perishable snacks that were distributed to those in need.