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Family YMCA of Black Hawk County Iowa - Together We Play Inclusion Program

Brief Description of Your Organization's Activities:: 

The YMCA of Black Hawk County, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being. The YMCA is values-based, mission-driven and totally focused on building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The "Together We Play" program in Black Hawk County provides inclusion services for children and youth with disabilities into recreational activities in the community. The program mission is to enrich the lives of all who participate and increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of human life.

Together We Play started in the fall of 2001 with the vision that all youth feel welcomed, included, and valued in recreational and developmental programs within the community. The important initiatives Together We Play is focused on include:

  • INCLUDE youth with disabilities into existing recreation programs throughout the Cedar Valley.
  • COLLABORATE with partner agencies and parents of youth with disabilities to help ensure a positive experience in the leisure activities of choice.
  • INDIVIDUALIZE supports and help provide respectful accommodations.
  • ADVOCATE for families and children to ensure inclusion within the activities selected.


The program serves the residents of Black Hawk, Bremer, and Grundy Counties through the following partner organizations:

Referral Organizations:

  • Area Education Agency 267
  • Cedar Valley’s Promise
  • Covenant Medical Center
  • Exceptional Persons, Inc.
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley

Current Program Partners:

  • Cedar Falls Parks and Recreation
  • First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Hearst Center for the Arts
  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church
  • Sturgis Youth Theatre
  • UNI Paddling Panthers
  • United Sport and Athlete
  • Waterloo Center for the Arts
  • Waterloo Leisure Services
  • Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • YMCA


What do you need to do to get started?

  • Call the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County to make an appointment with Susie Lund, Inclusion Director (319) 233-3531.
  • You will work together to find programs that best suit your child’s interests and decide the best way for your child to participate.

What is the cost of inclusion services?

  • The only cost is the regular fee associated with the program of interest! Together We Play provides inclusion services to families at no cost, thanks to generous donations from our program sponsors.



Contact: Susie Lund, Inclusion Director

669 South Hackett Road
Waterloo, Iowa  50701

Telephone: (319) 233-3531

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