West Cook YMCA


December 2016 CEO Message
Published: 12.06.16 -

Christmas Greetings and good wishes for a Happy Holiday season to all from the West Cook YMCA family to you and your families.

Since the day after Thanksgiving, our 44th annual Christmas Tree sale has been in full swing and will continue through December 24. Purchase your tree today through December 24th and receive a free sample of our specially blended coffee.

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Living Strong with Cancer
Published: 10.20.16 -

Since 2011, 77-year-old Oak Parker, Glen Benoy, has been diagnosed with two different forms of cancer, which after treatment transitioned him into a state of remission twice.

He credits his returning strength and overall physicality to the programming of the West Cook YMCA, and specifically its new evidence-based "Livestrong at the YMCA" program, which debuted in February 2016.

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October 2016 CEO Message
Published: 10.04.16 -

Ah, October.

A time to refresh, renew, and rejuvenate after summer's lazy hazy days.  Fall is nature's paintbrush gone wild and is surely a favorite month by any measure.  

Here at the West Cook YMCA, October is a time to welcome and to thank all the many new members who have joined the Y in recent weeks. Since August 29, we welcomed 338 new family members and an additional 181 individual members have joined.

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Preschool Update: Only 11 Openings Left
Published: 10.03.16 -

A child's preschool experience can have a major impact for the future because a child who attends preschool gains important skills that provide a foundation for reading and math success in elementary school. And here's another reason why this is such an important choice - the benefits of preschool continue as a child grows! In fact, a child who attends preschool is more likely to finish high school and attend college than children who don't.

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September 2016 CEO Message
Published: 09.10.16 -

Isn't it wonderful when you rediscover a great restaurant where you've enjoyed a terrific meal? Or maybe you've had the opportunity to revisit a favorite vacation destination that brings back fond memories. For some people, rediscovering their own family roots brings a great sense of pleasure and reassurance to their lives.

By the time you read this message we'll be ready for all West Cook YMCA members to "Come Rediscover their Y."

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August 2016 CEO Message
Published: 08.08.16 -

August used to be the month when nearly everyone expected to be uncomfortable with the heat and humidity.

But today, in addition to coping with the challenges of Midwestern weather, it seems that we're constantly being tried and tested via intrusive print and broadcast outlets and the ever present social media platforms -- with sights and sounds of senseless violence, shootings, and unsettling disturbances both around the world and in nearby communities.

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West Cook YMCA Discusses Water Safety with NBC5 News
Published: 06.23.16 -

"Children of minority communities are 2-3 times more likely to pass away from drowning. [Ultimately] we believe it's very important to provide these free swim lessons here in the community in order to address that particular issue." —Phillip Jiménez, West Cook YMCA President & CEO

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June 2016 CEO Message
Published: 06.13.16 -

As we begin another program season at the Y, I should note that last month I marked my second year as CEO of the West Cook YMCA.

It has been both a humbling and a very enriching experience to have the opportunity to be at the helm of this Y at this time.  These past two years have been marked by our version of the three Rs-"renewal, repositioning and reinventing" ourselves to better serve our communities. 

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