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Aurora Family YMCA Endowment Fund

Established 1991

Aurora Family YMCA
Aurora Family YMCA

The Aurora Family YMCA, established in 1869, was the second oldest YMCA in the State of Illinois.

The organization is now a part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

The first meeting of the Aurora YMCA was held on South Broadway in downtown Aurora (later the Sencenbaugh building) at the office of David Iliff, Justice of the Peace.

Within a few months, plans were made to construct a facility on the island in downtown Aurora. The building opened in 1871 and was located on the north side of Fox Street on a lot donated by Joseph G. Stolp.

In 1908, a new YMCA was constructed at the southeast corner of Fox (now East Downer Place) and LaSalle Streets.

In 1958, the organization relocated to a new facility at the corner of Garfield Avenue and View Street.  This facility no longer serves the community as a YMCA.

Community-based YMCA programs in Aurora now focus on addressing pressing needs such as swim lessons, camp experiences, after-school programs and technological education.

The organization remains committed to its promise to serve all children and families without regard to financial ability.

Additional information on the YMCA may be obtained by contacting the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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