Building Healthy Minds + Bodies, Together.
Rock Island YMCA + Library Capital Campaign
Big changes are in store for our community! We are excited to announce that the Two Rivers YMCA and Rock Island Public Library have teamed up to open a new shared facility in Rock Island at the former Tri-City Jewish Center.
The YMCA and Library have been meeting the social service needs of Rock Island for well over one hundred and thirty years. Together we have a successful history of serving as a complement to the school systems and other service organizations, with community-based strategic plans and mission-based programming.
As we look to serve youth and families in the future, we seek to raise $7.8 million to acquire and modernize the existing building in Rock Island for shared use. To-date we are proud to have over 170 donors including individuals, families, businesses, and foundations contribute to the project and 75 volunteers involved in the campaign! We aim to raise the remaining funds by the end of the summer before starting on construction this fall, and anticipate opening the new facility to the public in Summer 2022!
Because we are stronger together and can have a greater impact on the community. We have many of the same people who use our facilities, so a shared facility will be more convenient and maximize resources. What’s more is we can avoid duplication of services/programs through collaborative activities! Our community is changing and this facility embraces the new programs and services our community needs such as meeting spaces, technology access, and affordable childcare and healthy living opportunities.
- Affordable Health and Wellness: Through the Y's Income-Based Membership program no one will be turned away due to the inability to pay.
- Accessible and Welcoming Place for All: We will welcome people of all ages and backgrounds, and embrace opportunities to support historically marginalized populations. This location is centrally located, in a walkable neighborhood, along existing bus routes and walking distance to 6 schools!
- Addressing Youth Health and Hunger: Through the Y’s Nourish food program, we will serve hundreds of free, nutritious meals every day to kids across Rock Island County at YMCA and partner sites, directly addressing hunger relief in our community.
- Advancing Racial Equity: This project is focused on creating equitable and sustainable solutions that address both the immediate needs of the community and the systemic root causes that lead to inequities. Furthermore our programs and services will target underserved groups and feature equitable access to programs and resources.
- Life-long learning and growth: From birth to seniors, this project will ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Through programs and services we will address youth reading and learning loss prevention, provide teens safe and enriching places to study, advance personal and community development through seminars and community events, and help job seekers access vital technology and resources.
- Group Fitness Classes
- Walking/Running Track
- Workout Centers with Cardio and Weight Equipment
- Child Watch Area
- Cycling Studio
- Chronic Disease Prevention, Treatment Programs
- Mental Health Services
- Nourish Kitchen
- Youth Sports
- Summer Camp and School’s Out Club
- Teen Programs and Designated Teen Area
- Library collection for browsing and borrowing
- Spaces for meetings and study groups
- Technology including computers and Wi-Fi access
- Large Community Room
- Outdoor Reading and Learning Space
Get a feel for this collaborative space and imagine the possibilities!
At the collaborative facility we will be able to:
■ Combat food insecurity by serving 300,000 MEALS per year in the IL QC through the Nourish program
■ Get kids reading over 5,000 BOOKS during the Summer Reading Challenge
■ Engage over 400 KIDS in healthy physical activities
■ Hold over 300 PROGRAMS for adult lifelong learning
■ Log over 20,000 VISITS to group exercise classes
■ Attain registrations for 600 NEW LIBRARY CARDS
■ Experience a 20% INCREASE in library traffic
■ Serve 2,500 Y MEMBERS including 1,000 Income-Based Memberships
■ Engage over 50 PEOPLE in chronic disease prevention programs
■ Host over 350 PROGRAMS for youth literacy
■ Serve a daily average of 30 SUMMER DAY CAMPERS