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At the Eugene Family YMCA, we believe everyone deserves opportunity regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, gender, sex, age, belief, size or culture. And no one is turned away for inability to pay. In 2018 alone, your Y provided $451,618 in financial assistance to those in need.  

Throughout the past 132 years, your Y has operated out of train cars in logging camps, rooms on the University of Oregon campus and open spaces in the downtown corridor and now at its current location on Patterson Street. Regardless of location, our mission has always been the same: to provide Opportunities for All.

Our new Opportunities for All fundraising campaign aims to continue sending kids to camp, but also meeting more of our community needs by supporting teenagers, families, seniors, cancer survivors and the alter-abled throughout Lane County.

For decades now, your Y consistently addressed the community's needs—by supporting families when mothers entered the workforce or when troops were sent away during war. Your Y has always created a place for health seekers and children learning to swim.

Now the community's needs have evolved, expanded and grown more urgent. Lane County residents desperately need:

  • safe, reliable afterschool programs for working parents
  • a place to help disconnected youth
  • support for those diagnosed with cancer, prediabetes, arthritis or other health-related issues
  • a solution to Oregon's low graduation rates
  • connection for the 43,000 Lane County residents who self-report a lack of social or emotional support
  • an outlet for the 40,000 Lane County residents who self-report no physical activity outside of work support for the rapidly expanding senior population that is facing isolation and decreased independence

Your Y is well-positioned with our existing programs and services to take on these problems. In fact, each year we see increased demand for all that we offer. At the same time, we believe that your Y should be available to ALL. Cost should never be a barrier that keeps a family from enrolling in much-needed childcare programs, someone finding strength and hope after a cancer diagnosis or a teen feeling a social connection at the Y.

With your help, your Y is here to create opportunities for all.

We invite the community to join us in our quest to tackle Lane County's most pressing needs while providing access for all who need it.

The Opportunities for All campaign is our most powerful problem-solving vehicle because it creates immediate financial assistance to fulfill our community's critical needs. In essence, your gift to this fundraising campaign is what makes Opportunities for All a reality to thousands of people a year.

Danielle Uhlhorn, Senior Director of Philanthropy / 541-686-9622