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Monday, August 15, 2022

The Y – We are not just a gym, be part of something bigger


It is always exciting to change the calendar from December to January. A new year is filled with potential and the chance to start fresh. In addition, after the busy holidays filled with celebrations and tables of delicious treats, it is not surprising that, according to a 2019 survey, 65 percent of people resolved to exercise more with the New Year.

But what if your New Year’s resolution could benefit more than just yourself? When you join community-based organizations like the Naperville YMCA, you are committing to more than simply becoming healthier; you are supporting the values and programs that strengthen the communities where you live.

Community-based organizations like the Y provide the resources and opportunities that people need to reach their full potential, and supporting those organizations through membership and philanthropy helps ensure they can continue to help build the communities we all want to live in.

Membership at the Naperville YMCA helps provide support for programs that address chronic disease prevention, family strengthening, teen leadership programs and so much more. From athletics to academic achievement, and volleyball to volunteerism, the Y does not just strengthen bodies—it strengthens people, families and communities.

As our friends and neighbors look to make themselves healthier in the New Year, we want them to remember that when they join the Naperville YMCA, they are not simply joining a gym—they are joining a community. The YMCA brings together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations and ensures that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

To learn more about joining the Naperville YMCA, you can call us at (630) 904-9595 or find additional information at www.fryymca.org.

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Erika Wood
Erika Woodhttp://www.ymcachicago.org/pages/safe-n-sound-staff
Erika Wood is the Executive Director of the YMCA Safe ‘n Sound. Contact her at ewood@ymcachicago.org.

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