The Fox Valley Family YMCA Central Branch is a more secure facility thanks to a recent $19,955 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The YMCA, Kendall County’s largest charity, serves over 9,000 members and 11,000 program participants annually through Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility based programs.
The security improvements to the facility include a new public address system for the playgrounds and 75,000 square foot facility, as well a new entrance intercom/video/scanning system to the Early Learning Academy. In the photo, Mallory Everhart, baby Ryder, and daughter Riley test out the new scanning system at the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s Early Learning Academy before heading in to Preschool.
Further grant based security features now include a new, closed circuit video camera system for playgrounds and in each room of the Early Learning Academy, as well as improvements and additions to the current video system for the remaining facility.
YMCA CEO Andrew Bobbitt says, “although a more secure Academy is greatly appreciated by the working parents we serve daily, the ability for staff to now communicate items as critical as taking shelter during tornado warnings, to someone leaving their car lights on, can finally be managed by a staff member with the touch of a button, facility wide.”
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities, and Kendall County, Illinois. For more information on the Community Foundation, please visit their website.