EUGENE FAMILY YMCA . CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2012-2022
THIS IS Y.
The Y’s history is one of filling needs that might otherwise go unmet.
The YMCA opened its doors on the State
University (now the University of
Oregon) campus, then in its 11th year. It was a time
when THE CITY THRIVED ON TIMBER AND
AGRICULTURAL JOBS and the city’s population
was under 2,500. Paved roads and automobiles,
electric lighting, and telephones were yet to come.
The first Y building was erected on
WILLAMETTE STREET. It had reading
rooms, a gymnasium and a pool. From this building, the Y
supported our World War I and II troops and their families.
Our current Patterson building
evolved to respond to the
need for a comprehensive approach to
healthy living: afterschool child care when
mothers began entering the workforce;
the first JOGGING GROUPS WITH BILL
BOWERMAN; swim lessons for our youngest
members; and evidence-based chronic disease
prevention for individuals at any age.
The current Y building serves more than 18,000
youth, families, seniors and other individuals in
Lane County every year, but was clearly designed to serve a 1950s
world. COVID-19 closed our facility for 6 months—making the
inadequacy of the current facility absolutely apparent. The
inflexible design and small hallways and spaces provided
challenges for reopening. Even with much-needed maintenance
work completed during the shutdown, the building remains in
a constant state of costly structural decline. With population
growth, declining graduation rates, SURGING HEALTH-
RELATED ISSUES AND A STRUGGLING ECONOMY AFTER
COVID-19, our Y is needed more than ever before.
2 I LONGEVITY
THIS IS Y.
Join us in continuing this legacy through our THIS IS Y Capital Campaign
to address our community’s needs. You will help build much more than a new
facility: You will invest in a 21st-century flagship YMCA advancing the health and
well-being of children, families, seniors and individuals throughout Lane County.
“Having a modern Y in Eugene is an integral
part of building a strong business and tech
community. Affordable child care, health
and wellness programming—they are
obvious needs for the Eugene community.”
—SABRINA PARSONS, CHAIR
THIS IS Y CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
OUR LEGACY I 3
THIS IS Y.
YUJIN GAKUEN JAPANESE
IMMERSION & CORRIDOR
RIVER ROAD /
EL CAMINO DEL RÍO
The Eugene Family
care and enrichment
at 20 ELEMENTARY
serves 3 SCHOOLS
at the Y facility.
CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ
& CHINESE IMMERSION
EUGENE FAMILY YMCA FACILITY
CAMAS RIDGE COMMUNITY
CHARLEMAGNE FRENCH IMMERSION
BOHEMIA, DORENA, LONDON
HARRISON & (COTTAGE GROVE)
“Our Y plays a critical role in helping schools close the
academic achievement gap, and helping families focus on
the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development
of our youth. The flagship facility will allow the Y to take on
an even bigger role to fully meet our children’s needs and
to help kids succeed.”
—DR. GUS BALDERAS, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT
EUGENE SCHOOL DISTRICT 4J
4 I YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Academic and enrichment
programs in partnership with
Eugene School District 4J
At the Y, we believe all children have incredible potential. That’s why our programs
focus on enrichment activities that promote leadership, exploration, curiosity, physical
activity and social-emotional skills.
THE Y IS THE LARGEST YEAR-ROUND CHILD CARE PROVIDER IN
LANE COUNTY, serving thousands of kids in our preschool,
afterschool, youth sports and summer camp programs each
year. We provide enrichment opportunities that improve
the academic and social-emotional achievement for
more than 700 YOUTH EACH SCHOOL DAY. The
Y’s proven efforts to “Close the Achievement Gap”
help students succeed in school. Children involved in
strong afterschool programs like ours increase their
academic performance by nearly 40 percent and have
fewer absences, according to studies.
(Naftzger et. al., 2007, youth.gov).
WHEN COVID-19 CLOSED OUR SCHOOLS, YOUR Y
RESPONDED by providing free, all-day child care services for
first responders, medical professionals and essential workers. Today, the Y’s
all-day child care program includes online distance learning support, healthy
snacks and meals, and expanded health and safety protocols.
The Y’s youth development programs routinely fill up within days of opening registration. Parents often
can’t leave their children under supervision at the Y’s Playcare while they work out because the room is full.
Afterschool enrichment can’t continue to expand into underserved areas until the Y significantly grows
membership to support financial assistance for families in need.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT I 5
THIS IS Y.
Your community Y is at the forefront of DELIVERING HEALTH AND WELLNESS
PROGRAMMING THAT BENEFITS PEOPLE of all ages—supporting the specific health
needs of cancer survivors and people with chronic health conditions, individuals with
physical challenges and the increasing number of seniors in our community.
Even during a crisis that closes our doors, the Y
adapts to continue to promote wellness and
reduce the risk for disease. YouTube and live
Zoom fitness classes offered DURING
THE COVID-19 CLOSURE HELPED
INDIVIDUALS maintain their balance,
strength and flexibility. The YMCA’s
Diabetes Prevention Program continued
U CAN GYM
Adaptive wellness program to help
individuals with mobility restrictions
CDC-endorsed lifestyle change program
proven to reduce risk of Type II diabetes.
LIVESTRONG ® AT THE YMCA
12-week course for cancer survivors to reclaim
physical health, improve confidence and selfesteem
and provide support.
ENHANCE ® FITNESS
CDC-endorsed senior fitness program proven
to increase cardiovascular health, muscle
strength, bone density, mental sharpness,
flexibility and balance for those dealing with
arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic or
to meet virtually. And personal phone calls
to members addressed social isolation and
helped to combat depression and anxiety.
As we watch the healthcare crisis mount, there
is one thing on which we can all agree: health
care services cannot succeed unless MORE
PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN PROMOTING
THEIR OWN HEALTH. In order to help people
do this, community-based programs must be
expanded to help people bolster their health
to prevent disease, and to support those with
chronic illnesses in managing and controlling
6 I HEALTHY LIVING
“The Eugene Family YMCA is an essential partner in PeaceHealth’s
Mission to promote personal and community health for everyone in
our community. The Y continually demonstrates its commitment
to encouraging healthy living, nurturing the potential of youth
and providing wellness and educational opportunities to people
of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We need the YMCA’s
continued growth and leadership as we work together for a
healthier Lane County.”
—TODD SALNAS, CEO
PEACEHEALTH OREGON NETWORK
The Y simply does not have the space for people to
participate in our disease prevention, wellness and
healthy living programs. Each space is woefully
undersized to meet the number of members
we have today let alone the thousands of
community members that seek and benefit
from these types of programs. Looking to
the future, we cannot expand into new
areas of healthy living programming—to
support individuals with Parkinson’s or
Alzheimer’s, for example—within the
confines of a building built for a 1950s
At any given time, there are dozens on the
waitlist for the LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA
program. Our pool is inadequate for warm water
rehabilitation programs. Yoga and mindfulness
classes are unable to meet the demand, and the Y is
forced to turn people away because we literally cannot fit them
inside our current spaces.
HEALTHY LIVING I 7
The Y is committed to supporting and providing
aid to our residents, RESPONDING TO OUR
COMMUNITIES’ MOST CRITICAL NEEDS
and inspiring a spirit of service.
Our commitment to social responsibility
is evident when we open our doors
for warm showers and power after
historic snowstorms that leave
thousands without electricity or
heat. The Y demonstrates it everyday
with discounts to individuals in need:
struggling federal workers furloughed
during a government shutdown,
AmeriCorps cohorts serving in the
community and recently arrived families
seeking a home base while they learn about
their new community.
The Y knows that building a strong community starts with
joining forces with like-minded organizations. DURING
COVID-19, THE Y HAS PARTNERED with the city of
Eugene, five local school districts, United Way, Oregon
Community Foundation and others to provide child care
to working families along with financial assistance if
needed to participate.
8 I SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
THIS IS Y.
WE GAVE $413,506 IN
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN 2020.
NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY FOR
INABILITY TO PAY.
We believe that all people deserve the
opportunity to thrive regardless of race, religion,
socioeconomic status, gender, age, ability, belief
and culture. One of the ways that we do this is
through our financial assistance program to
ensure that no one is turned away due to financial
constraints. Last year, 3,411 INDIVIDUALS
received some form of financial assistance.
At its essence, the Y embraces EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, which ultimately
builds strong and robust communities.
“Our Y is a community hub filled with languages from
around the world, individuals with all manner of
abilities and disabilities, and families from all levels
of the socioeconomic spectrum. It’s a place that
stands for diversity and inclusion—a welcoming
place every community needs—but it is rundown
and small. A new flagship Y is necessary to
reflect Lane County’s current and future
population of unique individuals.”
—LUCY VINIS, MAYOR
CITY OF EUGENE
The Y is operating at maximum capacity. Our ability to continue to provide aid to our residents, respond to
emergencies and partner with other local nonprofits is severely hampered by our cramped and inflexible spaces.
In order to grow our financial assistance to the community, we need to grow our membership and revenue, which
is limited within our current facility.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY I 9
6-LANE LAP POOL
FAMILY REC POOL
EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
Our vision for the next century of growth starts with the construction of a modern facility
—one with the capacity to serve our community for many years to come.
• A fully ADA-accessible, flexible
floor plan that can change as needed
• A multi-generational activity center
for academic tutoring, maker spaces and
• A teaching kitchen for families and
individuals to gain nutritional knowledge
• Expanded Wellness Center that includes
walking track and Spin Cycle Room
10 I THE NEW Y
• An expanded aquatics center to teach
youth safety skills, support rehabilitation
and preventative care, and a splash pad for
introducing water to toddlers
• The addition of critical programs like
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s support, Blood
Pressure Awareness and Falls Prevention
• The highest level of seismic standards
so the builiding can be re-purposed as a
shelter after a devastating earthquake.
Design + Construction
Management + Administration
EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
The new, open facility is designed to
accommodate significant growth and
changes in health and wellness programming
in the decades to come, as well as eliminate
inefficient or unusable spaces.
THIS IS Y.
THE NEW Y I 11
Today, Y VOLUNTEERS,
SUPPORTERS AND PUBLIC
AND PRIVATE DONORS
REMAIN AT THE HEART
OF OUR ORGANIZATION.
It is only through this
support that we are able
to serve more people and
deliver on our cause to
strengthen Lane County’s
The Y’s funding plan for the
capital project incorporates
numerous resources and opportunities
that broadly address the needs of the
community while also creating opportunities
for a variety of donors.
CAPITAL PROJECT FUNDING SOURCES
BILL & MICHELLE SERVICE’S
12 I INVESTING IN IMPACT
“I grew up at the Eugene Y. The Y’s
counselors and numerous afterschool Y
programs helped support my adolescent
My wife Michelle and I are proud that
our three sons grew up with the Y
and now their kids are future Y kids.
We believe in the miracles that the
Y gives families of all shapes and
sizes because we have witnessed its
broad and diverse impact over three
We are inspired and committed to
making this project a reality. The case
for constructing the new YMCA in Eugene is
compelling and timely.
Michelle and I invite you to be a part of this important project. Please
join our family in this extraordinary vision for a YMCA that will
impact everyone in Lane County for generations to come.”
—BILL AND MICHELLE SERVICE
& Y VOLUNTEERS
Your gift to the THIS IS Y Capital Campaign helps
complete one of the most transformative projects
in Lane County and will help generations of children.
By donating now, you continue the momentum toward
a flagship facility that will provide programs and services
to hundreds of thousands of people.
INVESTING IN IMPACT I 13
THE TIME IS
More than ever, the Y’s critical role in this community is
obvious. COVID-19 showed us that the Y IS STRONG,
EASILY ADAPTABLE AND QUICK TO RESPOND to
provide essential services.
The need to build THE NEW Y IS AS URGENT AS
EVER. Economic, health care and educational crises
grow daily, and the new Y will be part of the solution:
Expanding our umbrella of proven preventative health
and wellness programming and a financial SUPPORT
NETWORK THAT SERVES EVERYONE.
“As the kid of a single working mother, the Eugene
Y was a fun and safe place for me to spend my
time. As a local business owner and parent
now myself, I strongly support the Y and
the child care options it makes available
to working parents. Having a thriving Y
is important to our community and its
growth in the years to come.”
—CHAD BARCZAK, CEO
14 I THE TIME IS NOW
TAKE THE NEXT STEP.
You can help your community lead healthier, more
active, more connected lives—regardless of their
background or financial situation—by giving in one of
CASH, STOCKS OR MULTI-YEAR PLEDGES
• Provide a charitable donation to support the
THIS IS Y Capital Campaign
• Opportunities for naming recognition available
ONE-TIME OR MULTI-YEAR PLEDGES
• Provide financial support in exchange for benefits such
as corporate naming and brand visibility in the
• Engage in multi-year partnerships to match your
WILLS AND TRUSTS, BEQUESTS OR LIFE-INSURANCE
• Consider the Eugene Family YMCA in your estate plans to
support the Y after the new Y is built.
Danielle Uhlhorn, Chief Development Officer
LEAVING A LEGACY I 15
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
YMCA Board President
Oregon Pacific Bank
YMCA Board President-Elect
YMCA Board Secretary
Lane Community College Foundation
YMCA Board Treasurer
Rainbow Valley Design & Construction
Paula Ciesielski, M.D.
University of Oregon (retired)
School Administrator (retired)
Marketing Professional (retired)
Community & Economic
ICL of Oregon
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CABINET
Palo Alto Software
Warren W. Barnes
Tom Ewing, M.D.
Just Move Fitness
McKay Investment Company, LLC
High School Football Coach
Silvan Ridge Winery
University of Oregon (retired)
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN STAFF
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Development Officer
Capital Campaign Coordinator
Casey Woodard Consulting
Lund Development Solutions Inc.
Eric McCready & Associates
Eugene Family YMCA
2055 Patterson Street
Eugene, OR 97405
Bob Ballin, Sabrina Parsons, Chip Radebaugh, Brian Steffen
and Danielle Uhlhorn at the site of the new Y.