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Advancing Equity

We recognize that the YMCA needs to be a leader in advancing the equity and inclusion of all our members, colleagues, and communities that we serve. We work with our staff teams to listen, learn, and lead a culture of opportunity and inclusivity for all.

As the YMCA, our cause is strengthening communities. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We believe that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, economic status, or any other consideration have equal value and deserve equal access to opportunities and respect. Discrimination of any kind has no place in this endeavor.

The Crossroads YMCA is dedicated to making sure that you feel welcome, valued, and safe at any of our Y facilities. This commitment is happening throughout our organization. We aspire to be an ally in the fight for racial justice, diverse ability awareness and economic equality within our communities. We believe that by listening, learning, and leading, we will continue to reach that goal.


Monthly Recognitions

Advancing Equity Committee has participated in the following monthly celebrations/recognitions during the year. The list is continuing to grow as our committee's work moves forward. 

  • Black History Month
  • Women's History Month
  • Neurodiversity Month
  • Mental Health Awarness Month
  • LGBTQ+ PRIDE Month
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month

We Believe

We believe in a diverse and inclusive environment.

We believe all Y leaders, members, and volunteers deserve equal access to opportunities and respect.

We believe in strengthening communities through thought, word, and deed.

We believe our actions impact the fight for racial justice.

We believe everyone that comes into Crossroads YMCA should feel welcomed, valued, and safe.

We believe in committing to valuing each other to reach the goal of equity and inclusion.

We believe in the importance of professional development and training to enhance the learning of our leaders, members, and volunteers.

We believe in breaking glass ceilings.

We believe advancing equity serves to feed and grow the mind, body, and spirit.

We believe diversity and inclusion in all its forms breed strength in organizational structure and hope for future generations.

Partnership with Crown Point Community Schools

The Advancing Equity Committee of Crossroads YMCA began a partnership with Crown Point Community Schools in 2021.  This union was started in an effort to give people with disabilities a safe place to volunteer and gain real life work experiences.  During these experiences students work on jobs assigned by YMCA staff.  Roles include assisting in aquatics, member engagement, custodial services and administration.  This partnership is also beneficial for all in learning how important these types of collaborations are to the entire community as they serve to teach equity and inclusivity.

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Symposium

Group Speakers

The Crossroads YMCA was so honored to participate in the Urban League of Northwest Indiana’s 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. This year’s theme was Defend Democracy, Demand Diversity and Defeat Poverty. The Crossroads YMCA’s President and CEO Jay Buckmaster, Corporate Board Member, Steph Madison, Whiting Executive Director, Vannessa Hernandez-Orange, VP of People and Culture, Rebecca Cheek, and Executive Assistant, Nicole Ochoa shared the presentation with fellow “Moving the Needle” award winners, Strack & Van Til.

Sessions involved honest discussion on the arduous work it took to implement DEI in the two vastly different types of working environments, positive outcomes achieved so far, challenges faced and how the work continues, and why it is never-ending.

Food & Coat Drive

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Crossroads YMCA members across Northwest Indiana came together this fall to help in the provision of coats and food this holiday season. Gently used coats, hats and gloves were distributed to several charities for those in need. 515 coats were distributedIn a recent food drive, members donated over 1187 pounds of food, which was delivered to the Food Bank of NWI to help fight food insecurity in our communities. The Advancing Equity Committee thanks you for caring, giving and your willingness to help in Transforming Lake County.

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Partnership

Our Packing Days and Mobile Markets with The Food Bank of NWI happen quarterly to increase our efforts to fight food insecurity in the community.

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Carl ZurbriggenCarl Zurbriggen

Packing Day w/NWI Food Bank
Corporate

Knowing that there are countless individuals and families with food insecurity was more than a reason to spend half a day volunteering with friends at the Food Bank of NWI. Not only did I have a warm feeling of altruism, I had a blast working alongside a group of like-minded people who want to give back to their community.

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RashaunRashaun Cherry

Packing Day & Mobile Market w/NWI Food Bank
Corporate

My name is Rashaun Cherry. The reason why I volunteered is that volunteering strengthens the community, and it gives you a chance to give back. It also gives you a chance to be relieved from the office for a little while. Being able to pass out some food for those that were in need that day, and seeing a smile on their face as they drove away made me feel positive. It made me feel that I was doing good for others in the community, which gave me a sense of accomplishment, knowing that I could help.

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Advancing Equity Members

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Jay Buckmaster

Metro

Ashley Orendorff

Ashley Orendorff

Hammond

Becky Cheek

Becky Cheek

Metro

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Jeremy DeBold

Southlake

Mellisa Barker

Mellisa Barker

Hobart

Nick Dapkus

Nicholas Dapkus

Metro

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Nicole Ochoa

Metro

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Steph Madison

Board

Tamara Gibson

Tamara Gibson

Southlake

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Yesi Powers

Southlake

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100 W. Burrell Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
219 663 5810
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Hammond, IN 46324
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1938 Clark Street
Whiting, IN 46394
219 370 5091
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1345 N. Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319
219 750 1082
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221 US-41 A
Schererville, IN 46375
219 661 7031
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Hobart, IN 46342
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