West Cook YMCA

West Cook YMCA Annual Gala


We are honored to share that at the 2019 Annual Gala, held Saturday, April 27, 2019, Phillip Jimenez, West Cook YMCA President/CEO announced that the West Cook YMCA in partnership with the Proviso Mental Health Commission have created an exploratory committee to determine the viability of building a new Y facility at the Old Menards located at 8311 North Avenue in Melrose Park.

The new site allows the Y to more centrally serve all ten of our communities, providing the same programs that we all have come to expect while also providing a comprehensive approach to population health through partnerships and collaborations to provide preventative care, primary care, and specialty care all from one facility. The facility at 255 N. Marion in Oak Park will not be negatively impacted. We will continue to look for ways to improve the Oak Park facility.

One aspect of our future is crystal clear, the West Cook YMCA will continue to stand with our neighbors from every zip code, every socio-economic group, every age from early childhood through retirement. We will continue to ensure that each person who truly wants to better him or herself will never be turned away because of financial barriers. We are invested in the community you call home, the community you drive through, the community where you work, and the community where neighbors, yours and ours, live. We are committed to neutralizing the impact of a zip code and replace it with confidence that anything is possible when it is coupled with determination, effort, and the support found at the West Cook YMCA.



Contact Phillip Jimenez, West Cook YMCA President/CEO at phillip@westcookymca.org

annual gala raises over $118,000

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the snow did not stop almost 200 guests raising over $118,000 during the West Cook YMCA's Annual Gala. The evening celebrated the partnerships and collaborations that has allowed the Y to increase accessibility and reduce the social determinants of health.

The evening began with sharing the Y's One Number Different video, showing how the zip code you live in can have an impact on your life. If one number was different, you could experience a whole other life.

We also shared how over the last five years, your West Cook YMCA has taken intentional steps to re-position itself so that the Y can neutralize the effects of social inequity, social determinants of health, and the lack of access to resources many in our communities experience daily. We have set out to reach a greater number and broader spectrum of our community members, ensuring each person has the opportunity to be healthy, to succeed in school, and to live independently and in safety.

The Y has also focused on making the cost of membership a non-issue through the $840,000 in financial assistance provided over the last five years. Plus, finding ways to reach our community members where they are by expanding our reach through 12 program sites. We believe its not enough to invite people to come to us, instead, we must go where the need is and remove every possible barrier to allow them to participate in life-changing and often life-saving programs.

Since 2015, the West Cook YMCA has acquired 6 evidence-based health intervention programs and built a community integrated strategy. The West Cook YMCA is working with 3 hospitals to address population health, these programs are offered at no cost to participants.

Moving forward, your Y is committed to youth development, working in partnership with school districts, communities, and families to close the Achievement Gap for those school districts who partner with the Y.

At the end of the evening, we were proud to honor Dr. Edward Condon, River Forest School District 90 Superintendent and Dr. Louis Cavallo, Forest Park School District 91 Superintendent with the 2019 Scott Gaalaas YMCA Partner Award for their commitment to youth in our community through Power Scholars Academy, a summer learning loss prevention program, benefiting both D90 and D91 students.