About Our Organization
The mission of the Southeast Nebraska YMCA Foundation is to fulfill the charitable goals of our donors, to assist with current and future needs of the YMCA and to make a profound difference in the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve.
We are thrilled about the Y's renovation, but one of the areas we are most excited about is the Teaching Kitchen. This kitchen will be located right next door to our Learning Center/Before & After School Childcare room so it will provide meals for both of these programs as well as kids during Summer Camp. Did you know the Y provided roughly 100,000 meals to kids in our Childcare programs in 2019? Did you also know that one in four children in Nebraska is overweight or obese, with 30% of adults being obese or overweight? Renovating this space in particular at the YMCA will enable us to continue programs that have been established for disease prevention and support, and will allow us to offer additional programs for children and adults to address issues like obesity. For the past 5 years, our kid's summer camp program has grown a vegetable garden to teach the children how to plant/grow a garden as well as exposure to healthy eating. The addition of a classroom with a teaching kitchen will expand this by allowing the children to learn to prepare/cook the food that they have grown. In addition, the teaching kitchen will be used by our adult disease prevention/management programs like Living Healthy with Diabetes, LiveSTRONG at the Y for cancer survivors, Parkinson's, and obesity education and prevention classes.
Our Vision 2020 Goal is to raise $6 million to renovate our facility so it will meet the current and future needs of our community. It will be entirely funded by generous donors in the community... like you! Every dollar donated to the Southeast Nebraska YMCA Foundation will stay local and will have a lasting impact on the people of Gage and surrounding counties. Your contribution will bring our commUNITY together. (Photos courtesy of Kathryn Katz Photography)
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