WWW Family YMCA to sponsor Chamber After Hours

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Wolverine World Wide (WWW) Family YMCA as sponsor of its May After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area business community and is scheduled for Monday, May 10.

WWW Family YMCA, located at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Bev Thiel, executive director of the facility, and her staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun.

The organization has been serving the local area for more than four years and has grown in size, membership and programs. The YMCA features programs that reach people of all ages, from children to seniors. On average, the facility is visited 23,000 times each month by members and guests taking advantage of the variety of programs it offers.

The Belmont location has hosted many fundraisers for area organizations, this includes the Hats and Mittens Project, the Migrant Worker Project, adopting families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operating as a referral pantry through the North Kent Service Center. Not losing sight of its own membership, the YMCA provides financial assistance to those who could not afford to be members through its Strong Kids Campaign.

“When we received the [Chamber’s] Quality of Life Award, we realized the impact that we make in the community and that the community responds to our work,” Thiel said. “What a gracious community we live in and what a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ by opening our doors to our chamber peers and the community, and share our services and opportunities.”

There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for the WWW Family YMCA and its staff to properly plan for this event, the Chamber requests reservations by May 7. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to membership@rockfordmichamber.com. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders.

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