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THE YMCA OF DANE COUNTY has a rich 125-year history of providing valuable programs and services throughout Dane County. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING, and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community's health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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Scott Shoemaker, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
608 664 9622 or scott.shoemaker@ymcadanecounty.org

Free Brown Bag Meals

Beginning Tuesday, July 3, the YMCA of Dane County kicks off a new Brown Bag program to provide community members in-need with a free, healthy, grab-n-go meal. Free meals will be available every Tuesday and Thursday, 5–7 p.m., to any hungry child or adult who needs one. The Brown Bag program will operate exclusively out of the Lussier Family East YMCA, 711 Cottage Grove Road in Madison, due to its location in a food desert. Meals will vary but will generally consist of a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. For example, the first brown bags will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apple, carrot sticks and milk. The East Y will have a food cart stationed outside the front entrance in nice weather or in the lobby in poor weather. Individuals are invited to stop by each Tuesday and Thursday evening to grab a meal. There are no eligibility qualifications such as YMCA membership or program participation; this program is simply open to anyone who is hungry and stops by. The Brown Bag program will be staffed by Y volunteers and funded with a grant from Wal-Mart/The Wal-Mart Foundation and YMCA of the USA as part of the national Feeding America program. It will also be recognized as a site for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, designed to ensure that no child goes hungry by providing nutritious meals when school is not in session. More


Friday Nights at the Y

A summer program designed to provide safe spaces and positive role models while helping to bridge racial gaps through relationship-building is back for its fourth year. “Friday Nights at the Y” opens to area 13–18 year olds for a summer of fun and healthy activity. The City of Madison Police and Fire Departments and Sun Prairie Police, Fire and EMS return as partners. Their support is essential as connecting teens with first responders in positive, non-stress interactions is how “Friday Nights” works to break down barriers in our community. More


Thanks, Jack Lussier

Like so many in our community, we reacted with great sadness at the news of John H. “Jack” Lussier’s passing on Friday, July 27. As he was with many nonprofits, schools and other institutions, Jack was incredibly generous to the YMCA of Dane County. Jack’s passion was helping others, and he was a strong supporter of our Y over many years. Today, we pay tribute to Jack’s life and philanthropic spirit by once again acknowledging all he did for our YMCA: 1998: West YMCA expansion (new lifestyle center, family gym, group exercise room and child care center), enabling the Y to consolidate all west-side operations from two locations into one facility, significantly increasing our level of service to west Madison 2001: East YMCA expansion (new lifestyle center, group exercise space, dance studio, family locker room and child care center) 2005: Outdoor splash pad (named “JackSplash”) and basketball court at the East Y 2007: Outdoor playground (“JackPlay”) at the West YMCA In addition to these special projects, Jack supported the YMCA through regular giving to our Annual Campaign and by creating a permanent endowment. Jack was also a regular attendee of our yearly, end-of-school ice cream socials and insisted on personally serving ice cream to all the kids! Because of Jack’s love and support for our Y, we added his name to our East and West facilities, re-christening them as the Lussier Family East and Lussier Family West YMCAs. Jack was a fixture in our community. He loved Madison and its people and gave from his heart to make positive and enduring impacts in the lives of so many. Our organization is forever grateful to Jack’s generosity, and we are committed to using his many contributions to change lives, realize potential and continue to bind our community together through healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. We extend our condolences to the Lussier family and also thank them for sharing Jack with us for so many years. Thank you, Jack; what a difference you’ve made for so many! More


Y Shares $80k Grant

The Y has supported Sun Prairie Community Schools for years, and we're excited to expand the partnership with the Sun Prairie School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County! We will leverage this $80,000 grant to make an impact for Sun Prairie students. Thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the opportunity! Learn more from the Sun Prairie Star. More