eugene ymca press release

Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program Supports Eugene Family YMCA's Capital Campaign For A New Y

The $20,000-plus gift is intended to improve quality of life where Union Pacific employees live and work.

Eugene, Ore., August 11, 2020 - The Eugene Family YMCA is pleased to announce the support of Union Pacific Railroad's Community Ties Giving Program for construction of its new flagship facility on the corner of 24th Avenue and Hilyard Street.


"Union Pacific and the YMCA are both long-standing drivers of prosperous and vibrant communities," said Danielle Uhlhorn, Chief Development Officer for the Eugene Family YMCA. "We are so pleased that Union Pacific is joining the community on this historic journey to build a flexible, modern new Y facility that will greatly enhance Lane County's community."


The Eugene Family YMCA received the $20,700 gift because of its demonstrated value as a special place that celebrates cultural diversity, artistic expression and the social interactions that enrich our lives.


"Union Pacific proudly supports organizations that improve the quality of life where our employees live and work," said Scott Moore, senior vice president-Corporate Relations, chief administrative officer and Union Pacific Foundation President. "Investing in high-quality, nonprofit programs like the Eugene Family YMCA puts our communities in a position for future growth and prosperity."


The Eugene Family YMCA plans to break ground on its 70,000-square-foot flagship facility in 2021. It will feature a fully ADA-accessible, flexible floor plan, a multi-generational activity center, a teaching kitchen, an expanded aquatics center and the addition of critical programs like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's support.


"Union Pacific is an excellent corporate citizen, recognizing that nonprofits such as the Y are essential to attracting businesses and tourism, and improving the quality of life in our community," said Eugene Family YMCA CEO Brian Steffen. "We are honored to partner with Union Pacific to continue our work to positively impact families and individuals through health and wellness programming, youth development services and social responsibility initiatives."




About the Eugene Family YMCA

The Eugene Family YMCA is one of the region's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each year across Lane County, the Y engages more than 18,000 people regardless of age, gender, income or background--- to nurture the potential of children, teens and seniors; improve health and well-being; and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2019, the Eugene Family YMCA awarded $464,675 in financial assistance. The YMCA has been serving the Eugene-area since 1887.


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August 11, 2020