Joe Carmichael, YMCA Board President
Oregon Pacific Bank
"I volunteer at the Y because I have deep family connections to the Y and understand the power of our YMCA in this community. My grandparents joined the Eugene Y in1955. My grandmother, Ingrid, helped raise capital funds to construct the current Y facility at 2055 Patterson St and served on the Y board for 10 years."
Matthew Longtin, YMCA Board President-Elect
"I volunteer at the Y because I love that Y programming is so important to every walk of life. Everybody is included and nobody is turned away. Spend some time in our lobby and watch the diversity of people come and go and how important what we offer is to them and their families. The Y increases people’s quality of life – plain and simple."
Katie Gatlin, YMCA Board Secretary
Lane Community College Foundation
"I volunteer at the Y because I believe so much in the impact it makes in our community. The new Y means that when staff members identify needs in our community, there will be the space for more collaborations."
Chip Radebaugh, YMCA Board Treasurer
Rainbow Valley Design and Construction
"I grew up at the Eugene Y, going to summer camps and playing in the gym and pool. As a young adult, I spent time at the Y seeking a healthy outlet for his spare time. Our Y is special because of the people who pour their heart and soul into creating a safe, welcoming, and enriching environment for everyone who walks through the doors."
Paula Ciesielski, M.D.
“I love our Y family and I believe the new building will provide better physical access for those with disabilities, be a reliable resource during disasters, 5 times the current parking and so many new ways to bring us together as a community."
University of Oregon (retired)
School Administrator (retired)
"I volunteer at the YMCA because I believe in helping people and because the Y has provided important services to me, my family and my community. My hopes and dreams for the new Y are that it will continue to expand the availability of health and wellness programs. The need for these social and physical programs will increase as the population and cultural diversity of Eugene and Springfield expand.”
Marketing Professional (retired)
“I volunteer at the Y because it does more for folks in the community than any other agency. All ages are served. Best of all, the staff is the heart of the Y: Friendly, welcoming and professional.”
Community & Economic Development Consultant
"I volunteer to keep the organization strong, effective and responsive to the community’s health and economic needs. The Y provides a vast array of tools designed to improve the health and well-being of everyone. It is affordable, accessible and fun. It puts the community first.”
"I grew up at the Eugene Family YMCA, attending afterschool and summer camp programs. As a teenager, one of my first jobs was at the Y's Welcome Center. Our community without the YMCA is unfathomable. We need the continuity and the breadth and depth of innovative programming for the future and we can't do it in the current building."
"I invest my time in the Y because I believe deeply in the need the Y fulfills and the positive impact we are able to make. The Eugene YMCA is a melting pot in our community across social, economic and diverse backgrounds. The Y connects us."
ICL of Oregon
"I joined the Y in 1970 and have been an active member ever since. Both of my children learned to swim and play tennis at the Y. One thing that is so special about our Y is that it provides programs, services, and classes for all ages groups. I am especially impressed with our youth development, terrific programs, and outstanding staff.”