YMCA of the Inland Northwest Programs
YMCA provides licensed childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at two sites serving 283 children daily. 70% of those in this program are from low income families. Licensed before and afterschool childcare is also provided for 600 children daily at school sites in six local school districts. 30% of participants in this program are from low income families and all support single and dual working parents.
Camping and Youth Development
Our resident camp, Camp Reed has providing programs since 1915 including a summer resident for youth from ages 8 to 14; mini camps for youth ages 6 to 8; and leadership development programs for teens and college students. Our camp has been voted the best Camp in the Inland Northwest for many years and provides life changing experiences that have been witnessed by generations of families. Teen programs play a prominent role in YMCA programming with teen centers at all three full facility branches that include recording studios in our Central and North branch and a skate park and rock climbing wall our Valley branch.
Healthy Opportunities for Everyone
In response to the growing rate of obesity in youth and adults and the increase of diabetes in low income families especially, a significant investment has been made into health and wellness facilities including aquatics, youth sports, exercise classes and equipment, gymnasiums, and family activity centers. 85% of YMCA members are families and 30% of our members have been able to join because of our sliding scale Membership for All program. We have significant collaborations with the medical community to insure that address people's health by healthy lifestyles is paramount. These programs touch close to 38,000 people in the Spokane County community.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We have opened two new full facility YMCAs in 2009 as a result of a $40.5 million capital campaign in collaboration with the YWCA. We now have three facilities located within a 15 minute drive over all Spokane County residents. Our Valley Y is 48,000 sq. ft.; our Central Y is 80,000 sq. ft.; and our North Y is 54,000 sq. ft. Both our Central and North Y will be LEED Silver certified. This has been the largest non profit investments ever in the Spokane County community. This will allow us to exponentially expand services to soon include 1 out of every 6 residents.
At the end of 2009 we have raised $38.5 toward a $40.5 million goal. Substantial naming opportunities still remain for those willing to invest and donate to our project. Annual support: Our annual Partners for Youth will need to double in size and increase by $350,000 to support the more than doubling of our membership and programs that has taken place in just a few months time. Any donations to support scholarships for deserving youth and families would be put to immediate use. Endowment: To insure long term financial stability and to be able to provide essential YMCA programs to perpetuity we will need to agressively grow our Endowment Fund. Those that would include our YMCA in their estate plan could help make this a reality. Our YMCA is also licensed in the States of Washington and Idaho to issue Charitable Gift Annuities which would benefit both the donor and our YMCA tremendously.