Campaign Endorsements

“As the owner of a local software company, and mother of three children, I understand how critical a reliable and affordable childcare program is to a vibrant workforce. The vision for a new flagship Y ensures that working families have access to affordable child care and youth enrichment programs. I am often asked about childcare when recruiting and am proud to say, “Yes! We have a wonderful YMCA in our community!”
- Sabrina Parsons
CEO, Palo Alto Software
Eugene Y Capital Campaign Chair

“We, as physicians, know the importance of health as well as community, and there is an institution that embodies both—our local YMCA. The physicians at Lane County Medical Society have seen the benefits this institution brings to our community as a pillar of support for families and encouragement toward a healthy lifestyle. Some of us have even used the facilities at the beloved Y right next to our patients. LCMS is happy to endorse the YMCA and support their Capital Campaign for a new building."
- Dr. Kevin Modeste
Board President
Lane County Medical Society

“Our Y is a community hub filled with languages from around the world, individuals with all manner of abilities and disabilities, and families from all levels of the socioeconomic spectrum. It’s a place that stands for diversity and inclusion - a welcoming place every community needs - but it is rundown and small. A new flagship Y is necessary to reflect Lane County’s current and future population of unique individuals.”
- Lucy Vinis
City of Eugene

“We learned the importance of a vibrant YMCA in our community a long, long time ago as kids attending “Y” summer camps. We’re in our 90’s now! It is extremely gratifying to see hundreds of other community members realize the importance of our “Y” to our community and become generous supporters.”
- Betty Soreng and Eben Dobson

“The Eugene Family YMCA is an essential partner in PeaceHealth’s Mission to promote personal and community health for everyone in our community. The Y continually demonstrates its commitment to encouraging healthy living, nurturing the potential of youth and providing wellness and educational opportunities to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We need the YMCA’s continued growth and leadership as we work together for a healthier Lane County."
- Todd Salnas
Chief Executive
PeaceHealth Oregon Network

“At the Chamber of Commerce, we believe in supporting the growth and economic development of our community. The new YMCA will not only strengthen the health and education of our community’s families, it will support the health of our workforce.  The construction of the new Y will have a positive economic impact as our community continues its recovery from the challenges of COVID-19."
- Brittany Quick-Warner
President & CEO
Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

“Our Y plays a critical role in helping schools close the academic achievement gap, and helping families focus on the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of our youth. The flagship facility will allow the Y to take on an even bigger role to fully meet our children’s needs and to help kids succeed.”
- Gus Balderas  
Former Superintendent of Schools
4J School District

“As one of Live Healthy Lane’s key partners, PacificSource is acutely aware of the importance of the local Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The Eugene Y shares the plan’s emphasis on targeting Health Equity, Health Disparities and the Social Determinant of Health. They do this in part by offering a robust financial assistance program that ensures access to all ages and income levels.”
- Kenneth P. Provencher
President & CEO
Pacific Source

“This project embodies the values of the Chambers Family Foundation in an exceptional way,” said Michelle Allen, Executive Director of the Chambers Family Foundation. “It is clear that the Y’s impact on the community is significant--from youth sports and cancer survivors to after school programs and disease prevention. The Y has a vision for what they see in the new building. Once it is a reality, even more amazing good is going to come to pass.” 
- Michelle Allen
Executive Director
Chambers Family Foundation

“When my parents helped build the current YMCA in 1955, I am certain they had a dream and a hope for the impact it could achieve. It is remarkable to see the legacy the YMCA has made in the lives of thousands of children, seniors, and families over the years. Our family continues to believe in the vision and impact of the YMCA and that is why the John and Robin Jaqua Donor Advised Fund at OCF will contribute $1 Million towards this project to help ensure this dream is achieved.”
- Jon Jaqua
John & Robin Jaqua Donor-Advised Fund at the OCF

“The Eugene Y has proved to be a vital part of the health and wellness of Lane County, especially during the pandemic. Their ability to swiftly shift services to meet community needs was remarkable. Their work to support kids and families with distance learning, expanded safety protocols and commitment to being inclusive to ALL is inspiring.”
- Maylian Pak
Director of Donor Relations
Oregon Community Foundation

“United Way of Lane County has worked with the YMCA to address deep challenges our communities experience within early learning. Through this collaboration, we have had a chance to see how an expanded YMCA could better serve our communities and address educational opportunity gaps so many children face.”
- Noreen J. Dunnells
President & CEO 
United Way of Lane County

“As the kid of a single working mother, the Eugene Y was a fun and safe place for me to spend my time. As a local business owner and parent now myself, I strongly support the Y and the child care options it makes available to working parents. Having a thriving Y is important to our community and its growth in the years to come.”
- Chad Barczak
Lead Investor and Board Member
Odysys LLC

“At the Lane Workforce Partnership, our mission is to meet the workforce needs of employers and individuals through partnership and innovation. We believe that the new YMCA is an important partner in furthering our mission because affordable child care is a critical part of a healthy workforce.”
- Kristina Payne
Former Executive Director
Lane Workforce Partnership


Danielle Uhlhorn, Chief Development Officer
541.686.9622 ext. 247

The Eugene Family YMCA is 501c3 non-profit. EIN 93-0500679