The mission of the YMCA Retirement Fund is to empower YMCA employees to achieve economic security, resulting in loyalty to the YMCA Movement. And no one has been more loyal to the YMCA Movement than YMCA Retirees.
The YMCA Retirement Fund was created more than a decade before Social Security, at a time when private pensions were rare. At the dawn of the 20th century, the seeds that grew to become the YMCA Retirement Fund slowly took root. At that time, the YMCA Movement was facing a devastating staff turnover rate along with a low education level of employees.
And so, the concept of a retirement fund was developed to encourage YMCA employee retention, as well as an annual conference on professional training. The YMCA Retirement Fund was incorporated in 1921 by a special act of the legislature of the State of New York.
More than 14,000 people are receiving a lifetime annuity from the Fund. It’s a reward for dedicating a career of service to the YMCA. More than 4.5 million monthly annuity payments have been made to Y retirees in the history of the Fund, without a miss.
The Fund’s staff liaison to YMCA Alumni is James Kirschner, Chief Strategy Officer of the YMCA Retirement Fund.
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YMCA OF THE USA
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Communities all across the United States are growing stronger with the help of people just like you. Six hundred thousand Y volunteers help people of all ages and from all walks of life get the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. Whether it's coaching sports, teaching classes, raising funds or extending a hand to kids or adults, there’s so much you can do to help.
At the Y, you're not just a member – you're part of a community. Our mission is to help you and your family achieve a balance of spirit, mind, and body by encouraging good health, fostering connections with friends, and giving back for a stronger community.
The World Fellowship of YMCA Retirees (WFYR) is first a fellowship of faith among friends. Many of our members have remarkable stories advancing the mission of the YMCA often in harm’s way around the world. Just as YMCA Alumni is a national fellowship for the USA, there are national retiree fellowships organized on all continents where the YMCA has a strong presence. WFYR provides the link to further international relations we enjoyed during our careers.
Pioneered by Annie Limbert, beloved wife of Paul Limbert, during his watch as Secretary General for the World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva, Secours Speciaux was initiated to raise funds to help colleagues who have no secured retirement with emergency assistance. This is the primary charity for WFYR, just like EAF is for YMCA Alumni.
All YMCA Alumni members are eligible to join WFYR for a nominal fee of $25. Please send your check to Ken White, 46 Squirrel Road, Doylestown, Pa.18901 with your contact information, including email. To donate to Secours Speciaux, mail your check to Bonnie Mairs, 315 W. 100 St., N.Y., N.Y. 10025.
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Phil Dwyer, WFYR Chairperson, and his wife Debby, at YMCA Stitzer Center, Springfield College.
Contact: Kim Moser
Senior Manager, YMCA Professional Network (YPN), Talent & Knowledge Management
YMCA of the USA
101 N Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60606
(800) 872-9622 ext. 4026
Y PROFESSIONAL NETWORK (YPN)
Connect with hundreds of YMCA professionals in your local area, your
region or nationally. Your next project, idea or mentor can result from
connections made in the Y Professional Network.
Members can engage peers in areas of interest to discuss emerging
best practices, troubleshoot common challenges, learn innovative
approaches and inspire collaboration. E-learnings and chapter events provide professional development experiences for YPN members complementing the leadership development experiences offered by Y-USA.
Prime members of YPN are eligible for grants from the Emergency Assistance Fund supported by colleagues and members of YMCA Alumni. YPN is an integral part of the Talent & Knowledge Management, Y-USA.
Mary Beth Cooper,
An Historic Relationship
Springfield College was established in 1885 as the School for Christian Workers with the intent of educating young men to become directors in YMCAs.
The name was changed to the YMCA Training School in 1890 and then in 1891 it changed to the International YMCA Training School.
Springfield College is devoted to the education, preparation, inspiration, and placement of young adults as future leaders to the YMCA Movement. The work of the YMCA Office, with its YMCA Professional Studies Program, includes student recruitment, formal education, career development, leadership development, and career placement within the YMCA Movement across the county.
The YMCA Office also provides support to a YMCA Club on campus. The 80-plus students who are members of the club meet weekly to plan volunteer events with local YMCAs such as Healthy Kids Day, family weekends, Halloween activities, participation in the YMCA Alumni Homebuilding Project and fundraisers.
The YMCA Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of thrHarold C. Smith Learning Center on the Springfield College campus.
The Sioux YMCA is very small, located in a log building in Dupree, South Dakota, and serving the large Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The reservation encompasses 5,400 square miles, the size of Connecticut. The mission is to serve the youth and families of the reservation in ways that help them fulfill their greatest individual and collective spiritual, mental, and physical potentials.
The Y must raise its entire budget each year, and almost all donations come from outside of our service area because of the poor economy in this very rural isolated area. We depend upon volunteers for help in making this happen. Three full time staff cannot begin to cover the entire reservation on a daily or even a weekly basis, so volunteers help us meet our financial and programmatic goals.
There are so many things that volunteers can do, and not everything has to be done on-site. There are always jobs to be done if people would like to volunteer on-site. Volunteering can be one day or many months.
YMCA Alumni are in an ideal position to support the Sioux YMCA in whatever way works best. YMCA retirees have knowledge, connections, skills, time, and many other attributes with which to support this Y.
THE SIOUX YMCA