TWO RIVERS YMCA

2040 53rd Street | Moline, IL 61265

309.797.3945

Testimonials

Two Rivers YMCA Testimonials

We love to hear a good story! Look below to see all what our members have to say about Two Rivers YMCA and how we've made a difference.

Three years ago I weighed 235 pounds. I was a new mom who had just begun working from home and was feeling secluded and generally unhappy due to my lack of energy. As soon as I reached out and found the Y I knew we were going to be getting so much more than your average gym has to offer. I have lost 100 pounds, my husband has lost 30 pounds, and both of us have enough energy to keep up with our daughter Reese - a proud member of the "3's" preschool class at the Y. Reese also participates in gymnastics classes, plays soccer, and loves her regular visits to the kid's gym. We look forward to the day our one year old son Joey, can also participate in the amazing programs offered at the Y. Both of our children are going to love the new two-story play structure!

- Jessica’s Story, Moline

Jessica’s Story

The Two Rivers YMCA has meant more to me than I can express in words. I work with the teens in our community, mainly in outreach programs. The Y Winners program is an after school program that is changing the lives of teens and giving them life lessons and experiences. We pick them up after school, do an activity and a lesson, and then drop them off at their homes. One of our trips was to the Moline Public Library. We rounded up all the kids who didn't already have a library card. One of the girls had never been to a library before, aside from the library in her school. She was amazed and amused at all the information and resources that were available to her for free. We opened her eyes to a new experience that day. This is just one small story of many that happen all the time in this program. A young man in Y Winners says, "The Y changed my life a lot! The Y made me more excited to come to middle school and do good in school. Y Winners program got me motivated to meet new people and work my hardest in school and to be the best I can be. Without the Y, I wouldn't have as many new friends as I do now, and I would not be as interested in going to school. I am not shy to speak up, ask questions or make new friends."

- Aaron’s Story, Moline

Aaron’s Story

I am originally from Moline but moved away from the Quad Cities for several years. When I returned with my son in 2012, I was ready to change my life. We joined the Two Rivers YMCA and made it a part of our every day routine. Over the course of a year, I improved my health dramatically and managed to forge incredible friendships. My son and I are in a group of families with over a dozen children that love spending time together inside and outside of the Y. My son has wonderful friends and I have an amazing support system of women who have become my closest friends. After a year of being a member I applied to teach swim lessons. Swimming and teaching swim lessons was a big part of my past and I wanted to increase my role at the Y. Working with the Y children was an experience I will always treasure. Four months later, I was hired into Administration as the Development Assistant. Today, I have an incredible job working for an organization that I whole-heartedly believe in. My son goes to preschool at the Y and is learning new things every day in a creative and safe environment. Through the varied programs he has been involved with like Swim lessons, Soccer and other youth programs he has learned about teamwork and developed new skills that will last him a lifetime. Every day my son is learning new things, making new friends and developing useful skills. On any given day you can find me, my son, my friends, my family, and my support system at the Y. And I still run into my former swim students in the halls at the Y and get hugs and smiles. The Y has changed our lives. I can't imagine where we would be today without it. Because of that, I happily support the Two Rivers YMCA. It's not just a Gym & Swim. It's a cause. It's a support system. It's life-changing. Trust me - I know!

- Anika’s Story, Moline

Anika’s Story

My involvement with the Y began in early grade school when the Moline’s YMCA (that was the former name of the Two Rivers YMCA) was still located in downtown Moline. This is where I learned to swim. In those days the Y was a male only institution, so swim lessons were done in the nude to protect the fragile filter systems from the wool of that era’s swimsuits. How times have changed! I wasn’t much of an athlete but had some competitive swimming ability, so I joined the Y’s swim team and competed on it until I reached high school. Many of my teammates still remain good friends today. It was here that I first learned the lessons of competition and gained a confidence I didn’t have playing other sports. The Y even gave letters, and I remember proudly wearing my letter sweater to school. During my grade school years I went to the Y every Saturday morning for a progression of activities from calisthenics to gym games, leadership exercises, swimming, arts and crafts and movies. There was even a small bowling alley with several lanes and hand set pins. This was my first exposure to the YMCA’s emphasis on developing the entire person in Spirit, Body and Mind. Lessons learned in these early years have benefitted me throughout my life. My family also looked forward to open swimming a night each week. It was a good time to bond with my father and siblings. In the summer I participated in the Y’s camp activities including several sessions of day camp and two summers at Camp Hauberg on the Mississippi River. Here I learned new skills including archery, canoeing, camping and living in a small group with responsibility for getting along and keeping our cabin clean. I also learned selling and entrepreneurial skills by going door-to-door peddling mints to help pay for my camping experience. At about this same time my father joined the YMCA board and showed me the importance of volunteering in the community. When I graduated from college I returned to Moline and joined the newly opened YMCA on 53rd Street. Each night after work I went to the Y to swim, lift weights and exercise. Here I met many men that continue to be friends and mentors today. After getting married and having a family the Y continued to be an important part of my family life. I enjoyed time with my son and daughter in the Indian Guides and Indian Princesses programs. A highlight of these programs was the annual weekend at Camp Abe Lincoln where we had several unforgettable experiences. I also remember many Saturday mornings watching my children play Biddy Basketball in the YMCA gym. As I look back at my long relationship with the Two Rivers YMCA I can think of no other institution in the Quad Cities that has had more influence on my life and character. As co-chair of the Y’s current $3 million capital campaign, I am pleased to give back to this place that has meant so much to my family and me.

- Hunt’s Story, Moline

Hunt’s Story

My name is Kari and I am 36 years old. I have been a member at the Two Rivers YMCA for as long as I can remember. I have fond childhood memories of participating in classes at the YMCA. I was a preschooler there and truly enjoyed all of the fun programs offered to children throughout the year. My mom taught kids aerobics and was very big into living a healthy lifestyle. So the Y was our second home while growing up. When my husband and I moved to Rock Island, we joined another fitness center due to the distance factor. However, that membership only lasted one year because I missed so much about the Y! I missed the teachers/participants of the exercise classes, the large amount of fitness classes available, the wonderful Kids Gym that my children loved, and the friendly faces I grew to know over the years. I knew it was time to re-join the YMCA and stay a member there forever, which I did, as soon as my other membership expired. My three children (6, 4, & 2) missed being a part of the Y that year as well. They absolutely love it here! They have all grown so much self-confidence over the years when it comes to learning new things. My daughter, Ashley, used to be so fearful and overly cautious of anything new presented to her. She has become so comfortable with all of the caring teachers and coaches over the years. We are blown away at how much she has improved in every new challenge. She has improved so much in her abilities, mainly because she feels "safe" at the Y and knows the adults are there to help guide and cheer her on. We are grateful to have our children be surrounded by such a happy and optimistic place like the YMCA. Not to mention, I have become friends with many of my children's teachers and coaches at the YMCA, which makes me feel blessed. My children have participated in so many activities such as swimming, soccer, tee-ball, tumbling, dance, exercise class, and adventure summer camp. They enjoy the Kids Gym so much, which helps me in the long run because I get a short break from being "mommy" and get healthier by having the opportunity for working out more. I also love that the YMCA promotes healthy living year round in so many different ways. I enjoy the fact that my children see me exercising and enjoying it. My husband and I enjoy taking them to the family fun days offered throughout the year. Everything about the YMCA is positive and I hope the lessons learned there will forever carry over into my children's lives as they grow older and take charge of their own healthy ways of living.

- Kari’s Story, Rock Island

Kari’s Story

I have always enjoyed working with children. As a Director of the Two Rivers Before and After School Programs, School's Out Club, and Summer Camp I know I am helping children and families every day. Without these programs many parents would not be able to work and still have the peace of mind that their children are being cared for in a safe, healthy and loving environment. Our Programs focus on the whole child...spirit, mind and body. I am happy and proud of work for an organization such as the Two Rivers YMCA! Children all throughout the Illinois Quad Cities are thriving with the help of the Two Rivers YMCA School-Age Care programs. With the Before & After School Youth Achievement Program children can achieve more and It also helps parents who need somewhere for their kids to stay until they get off work. A full-time working mom of a Before and After school participant says, “Thanks to the Y, my children are provided with a structured and healthy routine at their school setting. I have peace of mind and the kids have enjoyed the experience. Without the Y’s after school care I would be unable to keep my full time job. I am truly thankful for the support the Y gives our community.” Many in our community don't know that It is a goal of the Y that no one be denied participation in a program because of financial limitations. Your donation can help a family have a safe and educational place for their kids to go, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. A Single dad whose son participates in the program says, “I can’t begin to explain how this program has helped me and my son. My son is the only child at home and the after school programs allows him time to play with other kids before I get off work. He is able to eat healthy snack, have fun, and also get help with homework. It’s a wonderful program. And I have a peace of mind. Thank you so much for the financial assistance to insure my son can attend this program. If only you know how much the YMCA has helped me and my son. Thank you so very much.”

- Cami’s Story, Moline

Cami’s Story

Since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to work with youth. I had many positive role models in my life who made a difference and I wanted to have that impact on someone else. I started working for the Y as a counselor and loved it so much that I knew I wanted to stay with the Y for good. We have the opportunity at the Before & After School Program to help support parents while their children are being cared for in a safe and healthy environment. We provide children with life skills that will help them grow into caring, honest, respectful and responsible adults. What an amazing environment to be a part of every day! Children all throughout the Illinois Quad Cities are thriving with the help of the Two Rivers YMCA School-Age Care programs. With the Before & After School Youth Achievement Program children can achieve more and It also helps parents who need somewhere for their kids to stay until they get off work. A full-time working mom of a Before and After school participant says, “Thanks to the Y, my children are provided with a structured and healthy routine at their school setting. I have peace of mind and the kids have enjoyed the experience. Without the Y’s after school care I would be unable to keep my full time job. I am truly thankful for the support the Y gives our community.” Many in our community don't know that it is a goal of the Y that no one be denied participation in a program because of financial limitations. Your donation can help a family have a safe and educational place for their kids to go, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. A Single dad whose son participates in the program says, “I can’t begin to explain how this program has helped me and my son. My son is the only child at home and the after school programs allows him time to play with other kids before I get off work. He is able to eat healthy snack, have fun, and also get help with homework. It’s a wonderful program. And I have a peace of mind. Thank you so much for the financial assistance to insure my son can attend this program. If only you know how much the YMCA has helped me and my son. Thank you so very much.”

- Shannon’s Story, Moline

Shannon’s Story

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