Advancing Equity

The Crossroads YMCA continues to reflect on recent community and national events. In this time of uncertainty and change, 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 have been working 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. Racism and discrimination have no place in this endeavor.

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


Volunteer with Us

If you are interested in volunteering on our Advancing Equity Team, please contact Nicole Ochoa at 219 321 8771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Crossroads YMCA & Food Bank of Northwest Indiana | Pantry Pack

Pantry Pack Program

The Food Bank launched its Pantry Pack Program in a response to provide Covid relief to families and individuals that were unable or did not have access to nutritional food. We create a pre-packaged box of food and deliver a 30-pound box of donated or purchased food to a partner non-profit for their enrolled clients to pick up while they are on-site for services. This eliminates the transportation barrier some clients may have in gaining access to food from a local pantry.  In addition, this ensures the client has a minimum of 25 meals in their home each month and frees up the limited financial resources they have for other basic needs like housing and healthcare. 

If you have children in your household, you qualify for a Pantry Pack each week now through August 31! Simply complete the form below and bring to one of our Y locations in Griffith, Hammond, Whiting or Crown Point. We look forward to seeing you at the Y!

Food Drive

Every branch of the YMCA will participate in a food drive from June 28 through July 16.

Donate non-perishable food items to help those in need. All items will be distributed at future mobile markets for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Most needed items for the food drive include: Canned Proteins; Peanut Butter and Unsalted Nuts; Mixes and Cereals; Canned/Dried Beans/Lentils/Chickpeas; Ready-to-Eat Fruit.

Mobile Market

This is a food distribution program that directly serves individuals and families in areas where additional food assistance is needed. The Hammond YMCA will host the mobile marketplace this summer. Mini Mobile Market will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 1-3:00pm on a first come, first serve basis.  

Advancing Equity Members

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Jay Buckmaster

Metro

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Becky Cheek

Metro

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Dominique Maclin

Whiting

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Elena Dwyre

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Jeremy DeBold

Southlake

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Kedar Miller

Hammond

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Natalie Galindo

Whiting

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Nicole Ochoa

Metro

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Sasha Cano

Griffith

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Stephanie Madison

Board

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Dr. Ugochi Okoro

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Yesi Garibay

Southlake