YMCA of Greater Rochester: Meeting the Challenges
2010 – 2015
The YMCA of Greater Rochester’s comprehensive, philanthropic effort to address the challenges of our community began in 2010. Starting with the renovation and expansion of the historic Maplewood Family YMCA, the Y was able to address the health disparities that abound in the urban core. Those who live in poverty, with transportation barriers and limited resources have a nearby and safe resource – open to all – for skilled support in pursuit of their wellness goals.
The expansion of the Eastside Family YMCA that opened in early 2015 was another milestone in the Y’s ability to be a community leader for health and wellness. A first of its kind partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center has put full-time physicians, nurses and physical therapists in the Y where they are able to utilize the facility’s resources to address the health needs of the community.
During the first five years of this effort, the Y has also secured unprecedented support to ensure there are no financial barriers for children, families or individuals to engage in our community. The Annual Campaign exceeded $2,000,000 for the first time in 2012, and all total has raised $12,178,649 during this period.
To bring about lasting change, there must be a plan for the future. Leaders who understand the need for the YMCA of Greater Rochester to remain committed to supporting the community understand the critical role of growing an endowment and generously supporting its growth. Since we began this comprehensive effort to build our capacity for now and the future, our Y has received its largest ever pledge to the endowment. To date, more than $5,250,000 has been pledged for endowment growth including intentions aligning with donor’s passions to support overnight camps, urban youth, and aquatics.
2015 – 2020
In the coming years, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is focused on capital projects that respond to the critical challenges faced by our community’s residents. Each of these projects contain key design elements that will allow for program development or expansion to help our neighbors overcome the health and wellness challenges they may face – regardless of where they live.
The new Southeast Family YMCA will be a regional campus for healthy living – a national model for YMCA facility innovation. An estimated 130,000 square feet will be designed to combat health disparities and engage individuals of all ages with diverse abilities. By tripling the size of the current space, the new Y, located at the intersection of Clover Street and Jefferson Road, will have space to significantly expand programs in youth development from infants to teens. State-of-the-art gymnasiums, wellness, and aquatic facilities will attract, engage, and accommodate a much larger membership base to address their personal health and wellness.
YMCA Camp Cory (est. 1921) is nearing its 100th anniversary and for the first time in history has
expanded with the acquisition of 6 additional acres, growing the total camp parcel to 27 acres.
A new master plan – the Centennial Plan – will provide opportunities to grow programs and serve more overnight and day campers than ever before. Improvements to the existing waterfront, dining hall, and infirmary facilities will enhance functionality to accommodate more program participants. On the new acreage, cabins, a barn, pavilion, and activity fields will be constructed to increase the children and families who are able to participate in the camp’s essential outdoor programs.
Projects in the Y’s urban service area of Rochester will enable expansion of current programs while creating opportunity for new offerings. The growing socio-economic diversity among our urban populations requires us to think innovatively about our facilities while ensuring we remain in the communities that are often overlooked.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester uses annual philanthropic giving to offer programs and services that address Challenges for Our Youth, and Challenges for a Healthy Lifestyle across the region. In addition to removing any barriers to participation by providing financial assistance to the community,
annual support funds allow for innovative programs and services.
Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical process that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. At the Y, we know that a successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy. Program offerings throughout the Y include:
- Early Childhood Education
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- Achievement Gap
- Overnight, Day, and Specialty Camps
- Youth Sports
- Swim Instruction and Aquatic Programs
- Teen (ages 13 and up) programming
- Tween (ages 8-12) programming
Healthy Living is about spirit, mind and body at every age and stage. Ys offer classes and programs for those dealing with chronic disease, joint and injury rehabilitation, stress and pregnancy, in addition to health assessments and wellness coaching. With a commitment of being “open to all” the Y is uniquely positioned to address the need for equitable access to the tools and resources that provide opportunities to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Program offerings throughout the Y include:
- Wellness Goals
- LiveSTRONG® at the YMCA
- YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
- Healthy Weight and Your Child
Social Responsibility for the YMCA of Greater Rochester is about giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
- Financial Assistance for membership and programs
- Military Outreach
- Food Stability
- Diversity and Inclusion