BIG Distribution & Activity Day
7:00 am07:00

BIG Distribution & Activity Day

  • Broadway Armory Park

This Event is Not Open to the Public

Join us as a volunteer for our largest distribution event of the year. Over 10,000 of our signature Back 2 School kits will go out the doors on this day and will end up in the hands of children from area YMCA’s all over the city of Chicagoland area as well as to other area community organizations. We also will be hosting 400 children for a series of educational and fun activities. We need tons of volunteers to work throughout the day. 

If you are interested in helping us with our largest school supply event of the year contact Joey McDonald, our Office Manager, at

POWER UP! Boot Camp
9:30 am09:30

POWER UP! Boot Camp

  • West Lawn

Join us at our annual POWER UP! Boot Camp at West Lawn Park on the South Side. In partnership with the Chicago Park District this 6-hour event will have 300 children rotating through a series of activities and classroom settings to get them active as well as learn about the importance of regular exercise and proper nutrition. 

The Boot Camp is designed to emphasize how combining regular exercise with a good diet will help a children maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Participants in the Boot Camp are provided with lunch, a Boot Camp t-shirt and fitness/nutrition pack to take home. To gauge the success of the program, children are tested at the start of the camp, end of the camp and several months later to measure how much they’ve learned and retained. Parents are also invited to attend a 30-minute program to provide instruction on help ensure their child(ren) get the most out of the Boot Camp. 

The 2017 application is accessible via our POWER UP! Boot Camp page.  

If you wish to volunteer to work the day before or the day of the Event, contact Joey McDonald, our Office Manager, at

Kickoff Dinner
5:30 pm17:30

Kickoff Dinner

  • Galleria Marchetti

Join us at our annual Kickoff Event which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, college scholarship awards, and more. This year’s festivities will be emceed by NBC5 Weekend Traffic Anchor Marley Kayden. 

For full details of 2017's event, click here!

If you are interested in serving as a Table Captain and hosting a table,
contact our Events Coordinator,

If you are interested in helping us secure silent auction items and/or volunteering for the evening, contact our Events Coordinator,