stories of impact

Irene and her sons in Nairobi

Irene and her sons in Nairobi


Irene, from Kenya, arrived in Eugene with her two sons in 2014. As a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, Irene’s workload is significant, especially as an international student raising three children on her own. In her unique situation, Irene found the Y as a welcoming space within which she could be an outstanding parent and student. Read more about Irene's inspirational story click here >>

Danielle Uhlhorn
(Past Board President 2012-2018). Board participation is completely voluntary, but critical to the YMCA as we are a volunteer-led organization. Often, our Board members are inspired in some way by the Y’s cause-driven work as a non-profit organization that has been in Eugene for 130 years.

Read more about Danielle’s inspirational story click here >>>


youth development

The YMCA serves the families of nearly 800 children who require safe, affordable and caring childcare in the form of preschool, after school care, and summer programming. The Y’s efforts to “Close the Achievement Gap” are a tangible benefit to strengthening our community so that local children can succeed in school. On any given school day, we provide an afterschool home for more than 500 youth and help them build confidence, create connections, learn and dream.

The Y has a unique opportunity to effectively influence the academic outcome of the youth who come through our doors. Evidence shows kids who feel safe and hopeful perform better in school. In 2016, we launched our first STEM-based after school program in partnership with the Eugene 4J School District and BEST at Spring Creek Elementary School. This program provides nearly 90 students with added instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as reading, and is proven to improve their capacity to learn. Ultimately, our goal is to positively influence the scholastic and daily success of Eugene youth – by integrating academic-based after school activities, physical activity and reducing the summer slide, we hope to help improve the outcome of the graduation rate in Lane County.

Currently, the YMCA enriches the after school experience at 16 4J elementary schools.

In addition to childcare efforts, the Y also influences nearly 9,000 kids annually through our Youth Sports programming. From 3-years old through their teens, the Y provides programming for youth to build skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models. 

For more information, or to sign up for family and youth programming click here >>>


The Eugene Family YMCA is the largest after school childcare provider in Lane county.



healthy living


The Y is so much more than a gym or fitness center! We served 14,700  individuals and families in 2017 through facility memberships, healthy living programs, youth sports, childcare, swim lessons, volunteer opportunities and more. A new, larger and more flexible facility will double our reach in health and wellness programming, while also increasing our dedicated chronic disease prevention programming. 

Being a member of the Eugene Family YMCA – in the past, now or in the future – is much more than having access to a lap pool lane, a treadmill, free weights and yoga classes. As a member of the Y, you are making the commitment to better yourself and better your community.

Membership dues help support programs like Diabetes Prevention, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, and Enhance Fitness for those who suffer from Arthritis and Fibromyalgia-related ailments. Our focus on building strength, balance, and endurance benefits individuals who struggle with chronic health problems and side effects from medication and lack of sleep.  

With the number of baby boomers retiring, demand on senior services will only increase in our community, so the ability to add programming like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Blood Pressure awareness is critical.

For more information, or to sign up for health & wellness programs, click here >>>


10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day in the United States.*

*Pew Research Center and Social Security Administration.



social responsibility

At the Y, we understand that the desire to belong and help others is human nature, and everyone has something of value to contribute. Often, people just need to be motivated to act, and the Y has the credibility and expertise to be a catalyst. To foster social connectedness, strengthen support networks and encourage investment in communities, both locally and globally, the Y activates resources and engages people from diverse populations for individual and collective action.

Each year, more than 1,425 volunteers contribute more than 85,000 hours of their time to help support the Y and the values we believe in. Our volunteers coach basketball teams, U Can Gym, serve as mentors and drive the direction of our mission-driven work on our Board of Directors.

For more information on ways to volunteer, click here >>>

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In 2016, the Eugene Family YMCA awarded more than $700,000 in financial assistance to the local community to ensure that no one is ever turned away from the Y for an inability to pay.