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The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Y Stories

Chris Cox Hired as Orthman YMCA Sports Program Manager
Chris Cox

New York native and former college football player Chris Cox has been hired as the sports program manager at the Orthman Community YMCA.
Chris started work in late June organizing youth and adult sports and enrichment programs. One of his first tasks will be leading the YMCA Summer Day Camps that start July 11.
He is taking over the sports position from Gustavo Ramirez, who is leaving to attend the Kansas State Patrol Academy.
“I am looking forward to working with the youth and families in the community,” Chris said.

Triplets & Their Moms Find Support at YMCA
Ashley Larson & Trish Nitchie and Their Triplets

When Trish Nitchie and Ashley Larson walk through the doors of the YMCA, twelve little eyes brighten. The two moms have found the YMCA to be a great place for their preschool-ages triplets to learn, socialize and create while they find time for stress relief, adult interaction and exercise.

Czochara Serves God, Families in YMCA Career
Julie Czochara

Julie Czochara has lived in major cities on both sides of the United States, and now she’s living in the middle of the country in a small rural town tackling the challenge of beginning programs and operations at the new YMCA at Gothenburg Health.
She started her YMCA career six years ago at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara as the business and sales coordinator for YMCA Camp Weona.
“I loved what I did, and I loved the difference I was seeing in the lives of not just the kids that I worked with but their families as well,” Julie said of her first experience working at a YMCA. “It is the most gratifying work I have ever done. My gift is serving and holding true to my Christian faith and values. The YMCA is the avenue that God has given me to do that.”

Eustis Friends Find Second Home at YMCA
Sherry Timm & Marcia Keller

Five days a week, Sherry Timm and Marcia Keller meet up on a corner in Eustis and drive 25 minutes together to exercise at the Orthman Community YMCA.
The two self-described Y “gym rats” have discovered their second home at the Y, which they have found to be more than just a nice place to exercise.
“I think it’s an amazing facility,” Marcia said. “I cannot think of one thing I would complain about.”

The two have become unofficial “Y ambassadors,” raving about the welcoming staff, the quality and variety of classes, the facility cleanliness, the social connections they have made and the overall organization.

Building Brighter Futures at R7 Learning Center
Shannon Reicheneker

Shannon Reicheneker has been hired at the new Child Care Director at the YMCA’s Early Learning Center in Holdrege. She has a passion for working with kids and is excited to help strengthen local communities and families in her new position.