By Cynthia Germain
Over the last 100 years, the YMCA has grown in numbers of facilities and beyond the United States borders to serve each facility’s residents uniquely. The Door County YMCA is one of the organization’s most successful facility, boasting 8,000 members and offerings that span all ages of residents in the community. Tom Beertsen, CEO and President of the Door County YMCA, is proud of the offerings, including those programs that serve a third of the membership as older adults as well as programs that recognize the need for education related to water safety. Beertsen also attributes the Door County YMCA’s success to its ability to remove barriers to serve the needs of all community members.
The Door County YMCA has a focus on young people and has special funding to assure that all families and community individuals have access to meaningful programs. Beertsen believes that this focus on family is integral to not just be a provider in the community but be a part of the community that it serves. With the leadership of Beertsen and the board, the YMCA takes great care with existing and new funding sources as well as the facility’s strategic plans. These plans include the development of specialty classes for older adults to maintain wellness and programs geared towards children, particularly character building and social responsibility. Beertsen has been a part of the YMCA organization since a teenager, and he sincerely believes that the YMCA can change people’s lives with its core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.