About

South Wood County (SWC) YMCA has three locations meeting the needs of the community; Wisconsin Rapids, Adams and Port Edwards. In addition to the two facilities, SWC YMCA has a Camp located on a lake near Wisconsin Rapids. Kids can enjoy a variety of activities year-round, and facility rentals are available to the public. Come visit SWC YMCA – there’s SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The YMCA is a cause driven non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening our communities in spirit, mind and body. Much more than just a fitness center, we focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility as well. At the Y we know we aren’t simply in the community, but a part of it, and when we strengthen others we strengthen ourselves. Welcome to the Y. You belong here.
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This photo of the YMCA in Port Edwards was taken in 1958. Photo Courtesy of Alexander House Archives.

Our History

The YMCA has been serving South Wood County since 1957. The Y is the place to go for family events, activities, and fun! Annually, over 15,000 individuals participate in YMCA programs and no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. The Y offers over 100 programs for anyone from toddlers to active older adults. In addition, the YMCA runs 7 before and after school programs that serve nearly 200 families in the community. During the summer, YMCA Camp Alexander offers the opportunity for over 500 youth to experience the joys of day and resident camp.

What began as a Young Men’s Christian Association now includes men and women of all ages with a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. We have never forgotten our story, however, that we still remain an association which seeks to serve people and adapt with current times, cultures and needs. Today, the South Wood County YMCA is proud to have served our area since 1957. With our trusted brand and longstanding history in our community, today, we are able to touch more lives than ever before.
The Y is the place to go for family events, activities, and fun! Annually, over 15,000 individuals participate in YMCA programs and no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. The Y offers over 100 programs for anyone from toddlers to active older adults. In addition, the YMCA runs 7 before and after school programs that serve nearly 200 families in the community. During the summer, YMCA Camp Alexander offers the opportunity for over 500 youth to experience the joys of day and resident camp.

We take pride in the work we do. However, we cannot rest on past accomplishments or assume that the good work we do today will speak for itself. We are continuously and proactively calculating ways to benefit the community and grow our facilities and programs for the next generation.

For an even deeper look into the YMCA’s past, including the founding of the first YMCA by George Williams in London, England in 1844, visit our national YMCA website

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Youth Development

At the Y, we don’t just teach swimming lessons or coach soccer. We’re about youth development: ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in our programs reach their full potential by helping them grow— physically, mentally and socially— from young children into engaged, active members of their communities.

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Healthy Living

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.

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Social Responsibility

To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.

Partners

Together We Can Do So Much More

With programs from A to Z – like athletics to advocacy, dance classes to disease prevention, volleyball to volunteerism – we don’t just strengthen individuals, we strengthen our community.
Yet there is so much more to do.
South Wood County faces challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, community, volunteers, staff and generous donors to make a difference. No other organization can impact as many people as powerfully as we do every day.

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When We Work As One We Can All Move Forward

South Wood County faces challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, community, volunteers, staff and generous donors to make a difference. No other organization can impact as many people as powerfully as we do every day.

For information on contributing to our Annual Campaign, or making a gift to our Endowment Fund contact Bret Salscheider at 715 818 6020 or [email protected]

Corporate Sponsors

 

Advance Janitorial Logo

Advance Janitorial Services & Supply

Aspirus Riverview Logo

Aspirus Riverview Foundation

Connexus Cares

ERCO Logo

ERCO Worldwide

Marshfield Clinic Logo

Marshfield Clinic

Miron Logo

Nekoosa Port Edwards State Bank

Mortenson Bros Farms Logo

Mortenson Bros. Farms, Inc.

Nekoosa Port Edwards State Bank Logo

Roberts Physical therapy

Renissance Learning Logo

Renaissance Learning, Inc.

Roberts Physical Therapy Logo

Solarus

Solarus Logo

Roberts Physical therapy

Spectrum Insurance Group Logo

Spectrum Insurance Group

Walmart Logo

Walmart

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics Logo

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Our Staff

Marti Henke

Marti Henke

Aquatics Director

(715) 818-6014
Erin Hess

Erin Hess

Associate Center Executive

(715) 818-6015
Jon Gutierrez

Jon Gutierrez

Sports & Recreation Coordinator

(715) 818-6031
Heather Khachani

Heather Khachani

Assistant Childcare Director

Staci Kivi

Staci Kivi

Member Engagement Director

(715) 818-6041
Lynn Mlodzik

Lynn Mlodzik

Business Services Administrator

(715) 818-6011
Bret Salscheider

Bret Salscheider

CEO

(715) 818-6020
Hannah Van Hoof

Hannah Van Hoof

Community Development Director

(715) 818-6017
Mike Vechinski

Mike Vechinski

Facilities Director

(715) 818-6032
Tracy Vruwink

Tracy Vruwink

Childcare Director

(715) 818-6019
Matt Zakowski

Matt Zakowski

Program Operations Director

(715) 818-6012

Our Board of Directors

Luke Weiland | Chief Volunteer Officer

Luke A. Weiland, Attorney at Law

Rick Rustad | Vice Chief Volunteer Officer

Current Technologies, Inc.

Tim Birkhauser | Secretary

Spectrum Insurance Group

Justin Huebner | Treasurer

Solarus

 

Lauren Arendt

Noonan Arendt Law, LLP

Sherriff Shawn Becker

Wood County Sherriff’s Department

Luke Bord

WoodTrust Bank

Jon Byom

Renaissance Learning, Inc.

Kristen Henslin

Whittlesey Cranberry Company, Inc.

Keith Johnson

Nekoosa High School

Michael Kirschling

Insurand Wealth Planning

JoAnn Lester

Emeritus

Dr. Shelly Mondeik

Mid-State Technical College

Kristie Rauter-Egge

Wood County Health Department

Mary Sigler

Nekoosa Port Edwards State Bank

Chris Stines

Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics

Wisconsin Rapids

601 West Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

(715) 818 9622

Port Edwards

211 Wisconsin River Drive
Port Edwards, WI 54469

(715) 818 9622

YMCA Camp Alexander

1053 Camp Road
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

(715) 818-9622

Adams

393 Pine Street
Adams, WI 53910

(715) 472.5400