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Why a Wellness Center?

While researching this project, we engaged the Rural Economic Technical Assistance at Western Illinois University to measure not only the potential interest in the communities but also what programming was most popular with
those surveyed. 

We also met with directors of similar centers in Iowa and Illinois to find out what worked best for their communities. This important input will be taken into consideration once we begin developing the center. 

Our goal is to offer a wide range of programs and classes so that everyone will benefit – from children and senior citizens to area schools and businesses. According to the research conducted, the “most desired” or “high-interest” programs included:

  • Indoor pool with aquatic features
    and activities

  • Indoor walking track

  • Gymnasium

  • Weight areas with both machines
    and free weights

  • Fitness instruction and fitness 
    programs like CrossFit

  • Classes for children and adults

  • Preschool and daycare options

  • Organized sports for children and adults


Knowing the needs of the community early will help us plan a facility that will fit the desires of those who will be using it.

Our Current Project
Working together to bring a new Community Wellness Center & YMCA to our area.

Over the last several years the Elmwood Community Foundation has been working earnestly to determine the interest in and support for a wellness center that will serve our rural communities, including eight neighboring towns. Our findings have encouraged us to take the next two important steps – publicizing this exciting project and seek the necessary financial support. No tax dollars will be used for this project. 100% of the cost will be through grants and philanthropic giving.


We are excited that our partnership with Graham Health System and the Greater Peoria Family YMCA has secured our vision for a new Community Wellness Center & YMCA. 


The center will be located adjacent to the Graham Medical Group building on the north edge of Elmwood, giving people quick and easy access to wellness and fitness programs for all ages. We believe this facility will greatly improve the quality of life, not only for ourselves, but for our grandchildren and generations to come. 

It is a bold vision and the task is too big for any one town to accomplish on its own. We invite you to join us with your tax-deductible gift or pledge of support for the new Community Wellness Center & YMCA.

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