The Newton YMCA is a leading nonprofit in Jasper County committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is the unparalleled cause for strengthening community because we are the community. We are 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.
With the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our guide, the Newton YMCA believes 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 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.
At the Y, we welcome everyone. When you join the Y, you belong to a community of men, women and children who strive every day to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. When you support the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward by providing financial assistance for people who need us the most. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in making a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own community. When you advocate for the Y, you join a diverse movement committed to supporting and serving our community through promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.Together, we make a difference.
What's Happening At The YMCA
YMCA announces restructuring
The Newton YMCA announced today the Y is restructuring to further increase its service to Jasper County and provide more positive programming for all ages.
Beginning Oct. 1, Executive Director Tom Vanderlaan will transition into a new role at the Y as Program Executive. The 20-year veteran of the YMCA will take on management of recreational and competitive sports, health and wellness, and aquatics departments. The restructuring comes after more than 18 months of strategic planning led by Vanderlaan and the Y’s Board of Directors.
“My passion and background has always revolved around sports and working with kids and their development,” he said. “It’s who I am. I am excited about being able to put 100 percent of my work into hands-on, direct impact on kids and families.”
During Vanderlaan’s tenure as executive director the YMCA has remodeled its facilities, including new conference rooms, updates to all workout areas and the addition of child care to the main campus. He also has taken an active role in the community by serving on a variety of boards and committees. He facilitated disbursement of more than $150,000 a year in financial assistance, led collaborative efforts to further ties with the Newton High School Athletic Department, and helped bring competitive sports - basketball, volleyball and Little League baseball – under Y management.
“I love the YMCA and want to further see us grow to meet the needs of the community,” Vanderlaan said. “I see lots of potential for the YMCA and am excited about the new opportunity.”
With Vanderlaan’s new position, Director of Finance & Business Development Frank Buckley will take the helm of the Newton YMCA as Executive Director. Buckley has served in his current position for more than four years helping to develop partnerships with area businesses and organizations, managing the endowments and helping raise funds to help facilitate many upgrades to the YMCA. He is bringing more than three decades of management and leadership skills from corporate America to his new position.
“I’m extremely excited to see Tom get the opportunity to follow his passion with the development of sport leagues and programs. Having Tom lead this area is a huge win for our community and now places the Y in a more prominent role of youth sports development,” Buckley said. “With this change I have the opportunity to lead the Newton Y in our mission of fostering youth development, promoting healthy living and encouraging social responsibility.”
In addition to new positions for Vanderlaan and Buckley, Office Administrator Andy Karr will step into the role of Director of Finance & Human Resource Coordinator, effective immediately. With these changes, Board President Chantelle Lundberg stated the YMCA will be positioned to provide more quality services to area residents.
“Speaking for the entire board we are in full support of our staff and their efforts in making the Newton YMCA the ‘go-to’ place in the community,” Lundberg said. “With Tom’s passion for youth and athletics and Frank’s strategic vision and leadership we will be in a position to not only serve the communities of Jasper County, but to grow into the future. This is a win-win for everyone, and I along with the entire board could not be more proud of the direction the YMCA is headed.”
Newton Elks #1270 supports youth sports leagues, Oak Trails camp
Newton Elks Lodge #1270 member Pam DeBruyn presents Newton YMCA Business Development Director Frank Buckley with a check for $1,250 which will support youth soccer and basketball leagues, and the annual Oak Trails Camp.
The summer is winding down and thoughts of a new school year are beginning to surface. Thanks to Newton’s caring Elks Lodge #1270 many kids had the opportunity to participate this summer in both a soccer and basketball league run by the Newton Y.
“These leagues started last summer and continue to have great appeal to our kids. Both leagues offered six weeks of play which kept many participants physically active and socially engaged during the otherwise slow summer months," said Buckley. “Our director of youth programs Scott Taylor came up with the idea and has done a fantastic job with both leagues.”
In addition, the Elks funding also allowed the continuation of the Newton Y’s annual Oak Trails Camp. The camp offers many exciting activities, includes swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, crafts and a chance to spend time outdoors.
“The Newton Y sincerely appreciates the great members of Lodge #1270 for all they do for our community. They truly care and are willing to share with those around them,” Buckley said.
Youth wanting to continue with sports opportunities should begin registering for the fall leagues at the Newton Y. For more information about leagues, contact Scott Taylor, Sports Director, at (641) 792-4006.
1701 S. 8th Ave. E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Beginning Sept. 2
5 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday
6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Closed on New Years Day (Jan. 1), Easter Sunday, Memorial Day (Sunday and Monday), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
Cancellations, Closings & Updates
Kids Zumba is postponed for the summer. The class will return in September. (7-25-14)
The YMCA is closed Monday, Sept. 1 in honor of the Labor Day holiday.
The Newton YMCA is proud to announce official designation as a TRX Registered Facility. The YMCA boasts four trained TRX instructors to provide a range of classes to our patrons.
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