Subject: Our members are back—come & join us!

McGaw is open and welcoming members! We are vigilant about following all health and safety guidelines across all McGaw programs and spaces. Take a look and make a reservation – we’d love to see you!
McGaw by the numbers... 
  • 830—With reservations spaced throughout the day, members are really excited about being able to work out at McGaw – we had 830 reservations last week for the Fitness Center and HIIT & Cycle Studio.
  • 328In addition to welcoming back MYST—our swim team—McGaw had 328 reservations last week for adult members to get their laps in! New for families, we are introducing Family Swim next week. Please reserve your spot for your family in the 4-Lane pool.
  • 219—Missing your classes at McGaw? You don’t have to as we have options for everyone! Last week, we had 115 reservations for classes here at McGaw (both inside and outside) and another 104 reservations for virtual classes.
  • 1-on-1—Need that extra support and encouragement to get and stay on track? McGaw’s personal trainers are here for you! Training sessions in-person and virtually so get started.
  • 75—McGaw has sleep away camp for the whole family all summer and into the fall! We’re hosting about 18 families (75 people) in Michigan each week. Stay in your own cabin and take part in fun and safe activities. Many sessions are full but there is some availability later in August and weekends this fall.
  • 95—School age Day Camp is back and going strong! Our 95 campers, at two sites, are enjoying the fun of summer camp with some modifications. The kids are safely having a great time! Parents have thanked us for giving their children some safe and “normal” summer fun.
  • 95—McGaw’s little ones are back in action – we have 95 kiddos at the Children’s Center and our Head Start program at Family Focus. Our health and safety protocols are designed to keep the children, their families and their teachers safe while giving the children a warm, enriching environment in which to learn and grow.
For more information and to make reservations, please go to McGaw’s Welcome Back page.
The McGaw YMCA is home to over 165 men. The Residence program is an integral part of supporting these men and addressing housing instability in Evanston. Here’s a snapshot of our residents and our program:

Our residents are adult men of all ages
  • 21% - 65+
  • 53% - 51-65
  • 13% - 41-50
  • 13% - 18-40

The men’s length of stay is also wide ranging
  • 49% - 6 years or more
  • 31% - 3-5 years
  • 20% - 3 years or less

And in addition to housing and a range of amenities including full membership, our residents have access to a range of supportive services:
  • Navigating health insurance options and applying for coverage
  • Job searching and resume building
  • Budgeting and payment planning for rent
  • Referrals for mental health and substance abuse support
  • Transportation
  • One-on-one case management
  • Regular wellness checks and access to medical care

The Residence program receives no government subsidies, however your generous donations and support, especially during this difficult time, has allowed us to provide safe housing, additional financial support, and day to day supportive services. 

Your membership fees provide an important financial base for McGaw and our community. These fees support access to health and wellness for those who need it. Access to programs such as Early Childhood Education, Camp Echo, Summer Learning, MetaMedia, and wellness programs in Residence are only possible through the additional generosity of our members and donors. Please consider making a gift.

McGaw continues to enhance and follow all health and safety guidelines and protocols. Staff and members are screened each time they seek to enter the facility. All members (and staff) have their temperature checked. We will also ask you several health screening questions before you can enter the facility. Please note that in keeping with McGaw’s travel policy informed by, we will ask all members and staff if they have recently traveled to any international or domestic area considered a “hot spot.” If so, we are asking our staff and members to stay home for 14 days after returning to Illinois.

McGaw YMCA 1000 Grove Street, Evanston
W P 847-475-7400
1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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