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Greater Peoria YMCA breaks down the barriers to basic swim knowledge

PEORIA (25News Now) — As we enter the summer season, temperatures and drowning numbers rise. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years old and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children 5-14 years old, according to the CDC. The CDC also states that deaths have been higher in recent years, with over 4,500 people drowned each year between 2020-2022. While swimming is an essential skill that can save a… Read Full Post

Greater Peoria YMCA camps provide summer fun for kids

PEORIA (25News Now) – The Greater Peoria Family YMCA has events planned to keep kids busy this summer. The organization has summer camps and activities that are underway. Operations Director Trey Chandler says this will be the biggest summer ever for area kids and teens. “We will have three camps functioning at the same time between all of our locations,” Chandler said. More than 200 kids will attend these camps, which is an increase from… Read Full Post

Planned health and wellness center for Elmwood receives federal grant

Peoria, IL, USA 1470 & 100.3 WMBD TJ Carson Jun 29, 2023 | 3:17 PM ELMWOOD, Ill. – A rural community in Peoria County is one step closer to having a community wellness and health center. A $15 million capital campaign is underway to fund the Elmwood Rural Health and Wellness Center.  The campaign has so far raised a third of the amount, boosted by Congressman Darin LaHood announcing Thursday of a $3.75 million federal… Read Full Post

Proposed community wellness center to help those in rural areas

by: Benjamin Fries Posted: Jun 29, 2023 / 05:42 PM CDT Updated: Jun 29, 2023 / 05:42 PM CDT ELMWOOD, Ill. (WMBD) — A community health and wellness center may be on its way to Central Illinois, and its target demographic is those living in rural areas of the region. The center would be connected to the existing Graham Medical Clinic in Elmwood. Federal funds secured in part by Rep. Darin LaHood are in the range of $4… Read Full Post

Elmwood prepares for a new health and wellness center for the surrounding rural communities

Published: Jun. 29, 2023 at 5:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2023 at 6:23 PM CDT ELMWOOD (25News Now) – Rural fitness dreams are coming true. On Thursday, the Elmwood Community Foundation, Graham Medical Group, and the Greater Peoria YMCA announced their plans for 33-thousand square foot wellness facility. This new facility offers local access to a swimming pool, workout equipment, sports courts, after-school programs, social activities for seniors, and the list goes on. It will replace the… Read Full Post

Peoria YMCA unveils new playground

Published: Jul. 6, 2023 at 11:35 PM CDT SOURCE:

Impact Central Illinois 2023 Nonprofit Grant Recipients Selected

The members of Impact Central Illinois celebrated at their Annual Meeting on June 6, 2023 at the Country Club of Peoria. Members voted that evening and those members who could not attend in person, voted absentee. To date, Impact Central Illinois has awarded $924,000 in grants to nonprofits in four years. Three (3) $100,000 IMPACT Grants were awarded in three categories for a total of $300,000 and one $25,000 INSPIRE Grant was awarded to a smaller nonprofit. Greater… Read Full Post

Greater Peoria YMCA has a blast with first ever doubles pickleball tournament

The ‘Luck of the Irish’ was in full force as the greater Peoria YMCA kicked off its first ever Pickleball tournament on Sunday afternoon. A doubles event, all proceeds from the tournament went to benefits the YMCA’s annual scholarship campaign. The campaign also provides discounts for individuals and families so they have access to the organization’s programs and facility. Ruthie Bertram, director of marketing and development, said the event attracted people from all over Central Illinois. She said they just… Read Full Post

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