Julie Grossman, YMCA Executive Director, is departing Eugene

The Board of Directors of the Eugene Family YMCA have announced the departure of Executive Director, Julie Grossman. After 16 years at the Eugene Family YMCA, Grossman and her family will be returning to her home state of Wisconsin at the end of October.

"Julie has served the Eugene Y and this community in many capacities over the past 16 years," said YMCA Board President, Danielle Uhlhorn. "Julie's devotion to building a better Y is a reflection of her passion to help us all build a stronger community — and she did so in many ways both within the Y and with other community organizations."
Grossman will begin her next chapter as the President and CEO of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA in Wisconsin on November 13, 2017, returning to her hometown to be nearer family.

The Eugene Family YMCA Board of Directors unanimously selected previous Executive Director, Dave Perez, to return to the interim role. Perez was previously the Executive Director for the Eugene Family YMCA for 25 years and has remained active in the Y's Capital Campaign to build a new facility. All told, Perez has 50 years with the YMCA including leadership tenures in Los Angeles and Seattle before coming to Eugene.

"I am proud and thankful to have served this YMCA and this community since I began my first days in membership back in 2001," said Grossman. "For all those years, I've been honored to build relationships with so many talented and committed volunteers, staff, members, donors and community partners, who have guided and encouraged me and all of our Y leaders. We have built a strong foundation upon which this Y will continue to thrive and bring incredible programs and services to so many."

The Eugene Family YMCA is a volunteer-led organization serving nearly 16,000 individuals annually and is the largest child care provider in Lane County. It has an operating budget of nearly $4 million and is currently in a capital campaign to raise $26 million for a new Y facility designed to meet the youth development and healthy living needs in Lane County.

"Our Y has some exciting moments ahead and although we are saddened to say goodbye to Julie, we trust that with her leadership, we were able to build a strong, savvy team of management, staff and volunteers to continue the Y's long history of service to this community, beyond its 130 years thus far," said Uhlhorn. A committee for a national search for a new Executive Director will be appointed soon.

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APRIL 2017

The Eugene Family YMCA Celebrates 130 Years of Service in Lane County

In 1887, Grover Cleveland was President, the United States was in the middle of the Gilded Age, the phonograph was invented, Georgia O'Keeffe was born and the Eugene Family YMCA got its start.

Locally, 'The Guard' newspaper was just 20 years old and the University of Oregon's first class had convened just 11 years prior. On April 22nd, 1887, a group of volunteers gathered on the campus of what was then known as the State University; that meeting was the catalyst for what has become one of Eugene's longest lasting legacies: The Eugene Family YMCA.

"We began as a small gathering of volunteers chartered with welcoming new students to Eugene City," said Julie Grossman, Executive Director of the Eugene Family YMCA.  "Our mission began with a specific constituency and has evolved to embrace all of our citizens.  The Y has a legacy of addressing the needs of our community and to that end, we have served the greater Eugene area for more than a century."

During the past 130 years, the Y has supported families through wartime, provided young men and women with job training, assisted refugees in assimilating to a new country and earn citizenship, integrated curriculum-based youth programming to address Achievement Gap and STEM-related learning deficiencies and added chronic disease prevention to our mix of health programming.

"In Eugene and our surrounding communities the Y is more than a gym, it's a place of community," continued Grossman. "Today we work to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their full potential — whether that's through afterschool programs, swim lessons, diabetes and arthritis classes, cancer survivor programs and more — we're here for you and your family."

To celebrate 130 years of serving Eugene and Lane County, the Eugene Family YMCA is inviting our community to take part in the celebration. This Saturday, April 22nd, the Y will be hosting a Birthday Block Party! EVERYONE is INVITED to the FREE celebration! There will be live music, inflatable bounce houses, an obstacle course, kid crafts and more. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks and of course there will be birthday cake!

"Congratulations to the Eugene Family YMCA on celebrating its 130th birthday and best wishes for many more years of success in Oregon nurturing the potential of our young people, supporting a healthy, able workforce, and engaging everybody in a true sense of community," offered Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

It's a big year for the Eugene Family YMCA - not only because we celebrate our 130th year - but because we're excited to start building a foundation for our next 130 years. While still fundraising dependent, the Eugene Family YMCA is firmly on track for a groundbreaking of our new facility at 24th and Hilyard Streets later this year.

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The Eugene Family YMCA is one of the region's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across Lane County, the Eugene Y engages nearly 16,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than just our building on Patterson Street, the YMCA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Jeff Oliver, Media Inquiries / 541-686-9622 x234