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The McGaw YMCA is a leading nonprofit in our community and is committed to strengthening Evanston by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. We believe that in order to strengthen communities, we must understand the current issues and foresee the future needs of the people and communities we serve. We are guided by our strategic priorities and measure success by our positive impact on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Y by the Numbers

The nation’s 2,650 YMCAs serve 11 million people in 10,000 communities and are spread across all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The McGaw YMCA by the Numbers

600 kids engaged and empowered

The McGaw YMCA serves more than 600 children and teens each year, helping them to cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

1,500 kids and families connected to the outdoors

Our summer day camps and overnight camps at Camp Echo provide 1,500 kids and families with a chance to explore the wonders of the outdoors while discovering hidden talents and passions.

400 kids safe around water

We provide swim lessons to approximately 400 youth each year to help create a safe waterfront community.

156 men in supportive housing

Up to 156 men reside at the YMCA and receive supportive housing, life skills, and other resources to live and work.

One of the largest employers of youth in Evanston

The McGaw YMCA employs over 300 people year-round and over 200 seasonal employees each summer. The Y is one of the largest employers of youth in Evanston. We estimate that around 150 staff work at McGaw YMCA who age 24 and younger, and they all can be changemakers.

Continuous response to urgent needs

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our YMCA has responded to our community’s most pressing needs. In 2021 alone, McGaw Y provided children and families in our programs with over 78,000 meals as more Evanstonians face food insecurity.

Community Partnerships

We partner and collaborate with organizations that share our same vision for Evanston’s future, including other nonprofits, and organizations such as Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Northwestern University, and the City of Evanston.

Donors & Volunteers

People of all backgrounds give their time, talent, and financial support to the McGaw YMCA.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The McGaw Y recognizes that the effects of systemic racism show up in every aspect of society, from disparities in health care and education to housing, employment, and more. We're on a journey to become an anti-racist, multicultural organization within all areas of the Y. 

Our Strategic Roadmap

In 2021, we developed a strategic roadmap to help guide the McGaw YMCA on our four-year path to further meet our vision and mission, focus our impacts in the short- and long-term, and build organizational capacity.

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