At the Mattoon Area Family YMCA and Neal Center YMCA, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across our community. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

The Mattoon Area Family YMCA is committed to helping ALL people realize their fullest potential. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and incomes. In order to make our services and programs available to all people, we provide scholarships through our Membership for All initiative. All Y members receive the same membership benefits regardless of whether or not they are receiving assistance. In 2020, we provided over $300,000 in scholarships to local families. All of the funds raised during May Merriment support Membership for All, ensuring that your friends and neighbors have access to opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


The world didn’t stop because of the pandemic- and neither did the Y. We continued to grow- and we continued to care for our community. That’s why the theme for the 2021 May Merriment is “Forever Growing, Forever Caring.”

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions still in place in Illinois, we have made the difficult decision to forgo our usual dinner and auction and instead hold a virtual event on Saturday, May 1, 2021. We will offer several different ticket levels and are looking forward to auctioning off some incredible packages and items. More than ever, we are in great need of our community’s support.

Many of our members have stayed with us through the pandemic. However, between the shutdowns and the financial difficulties many of our members faced due to job loss, we have seen a decrease in membership of around 25%. In an effort to continue to offer opportunities for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in our community, we provided emergency membership assistance to anyone who experienced a loss of income during the pandemic. This assistance was in addition to the more than $300,000 in scholarships that we were already providing through our Membership for All initiative. This vital community program is possible only because of people like you.

Our gratitude for you runs deep. Our love and appreciation for the communities we serve is beyond description. Thank you for allowing us to continue to grow and care for our members.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Mattoon Area Family YMCA through May Merriment, contact Angela, Mattoon YMCA Marketing and May Merriment Director, at (217) 234-9494 or ahampton@mattoonymca.org.