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KANKAKEE AREA YMCA

Kankakee Area Y Service Club

Ys Mens Club

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The Kankakee Area Y's Men's Club is a worldwide association. This worldwide Christian fellowship includes men and women of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, and socio-economic levels. We have loyalty to the local YMCA and provide needed funds through watermelon, Christmas tree, and wreath sales to help subsidize youth programs. The Club meets at the YMCA on the first Saturday (7:30 a.m.) and third Monday (6:00 p.m.) of each month. For more information about the Y's Men's Club, please call the YMCA at 815-933-1741.

Y's SERVICE CLUB INTERNATIONAL

OUR CHARTER

Originally founded as a "service club," Y's Men International is more than that. Sure, we serve. But we are specifically oriented to leadership and service within the YMCA and the communities served by the Y. This means that you could become involved in anything from day camping to drug problems. You'll help decide what your priorities are in Your community. Then you can act on them. Our clubs target primarily problems here at home - but we have sharing interest in working with the Y internationally as well. Of course we're concerned about world problems; but Y's Men and Y's Women are first concerned about specific problems of the local community.

OUR PURPOSE

... to be a worldwide fellowship of men and women of all faiths working together in mutual respect and affection, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, and with a common loyalty to the Young Men's Christian Association, striving through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all mankind.

OUR DIRECTION

  1. Y's Men and Y's Women reflect the original concept of the YMCA - people concerned about their fellow human beings.
  2. Y's Men and Y's Women receive continuing orientation in all YMCA programs.
  3. Our desire to alleviate human crises helps people make the Y a great community servant meeting urgent human needs.
  4. Each Y Service Club provides the potential for greater international understanding because it is linked with clubs around the world in an ever-increasing fellowship.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. To function primarily as service clubs for the YMCA and youth.
  2. To support other worthy organizations.
  3. To encourage justice in civic and international affairs, abstaining always from party politics.
  4. To keep members informed on, and actively involved in religious, civic, economic, social and international matters.
  5. To cultivate good fellowship.
  6. To support International, Area and Regional projects of Y's dom.

Y SERVICE CLUBS HELP LOCAL YMCA's

  1. Provide personal and financial resources for community outreach to disadvantaged youth.
  2. Provide a source of Y Board and Committee members.
  3. Create public relations programs and develop good will for the YMCA.
  4. Organize and lead Youth Clubs and groups.
  5. Participate in campaigns for new members.
  6. Provide leadership for campaigns for YMCA funds.
  7. Recruit and train volunteer leaders.
  8. Serve as volunteer staff substitutes for YMCA offices and program activities when needed.
  9. Cooperate with the Y in maintenance and support of YMCA Camps.
  10. Provide "fathers" and "mothers" for one parent boys and girls in Y youth activities.
  11. Provide leadership, stimulation, and resources for involvement of young people.
  12. Provide a base for contact and mutual support of other service clubs and community groups.
  13. Spearhead the international emphasis for your YMCA, including leadership for your World Service activities.
  14. Assist in organizing YMCAs in communities where there are no clubs.

Y SERVICE CLUBS ARE WORKING FOR A BETTER INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS:

  1. The Brotherhood Fund, enabling members to travel and visit Y's Men and Y's Women families in far away countries.
  2. The International Brother Club program which makes it possible for club members to learn about people in other parts of the world through exchange of letters, slides, tapes, visits, etc.
  3. The Youth Education Exchange Program, (YEEP) where youth, are given a possibility to study, live and travel for one year in a foreign country, living as a member of a Y's Men & Y's Women family.
  4. The Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) where children and grandchildren of Y's Men and Y's Women between the ages of 15 to 25 stay with a Y's Men & Y's Women family from 3 to 11 weeks.
  5. The "Time of Fast" is an international project, in which money is raised basically through asking each member to fast one or several meals during a specific month (usually February) and contribute the money thus saved to the "Time of Fast" fund.

GRANT PROGRAM

Our club maintains a grants program to support activates and programs that have a beneficial impact in the community. The Clubs priority is serving children and youth; therefore the preference is given to projects involving and benefitting young people. Click here to view our grant application.

KANKAKEE AREA YMCA MISSION
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.