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South Loop Supporting change

 “Community” is about more than just the relationships within our gym.

We are actively involved in initatives supporting our local neighborhoods.


“South Loop Supporting Change” is our public commitment to improve our local communities through fitness, coaching, and nutrition.

Expert guidance has a profound capacity to change lives, but this coaching is often walled off from the people who would benefit the most. We invest our time in organizations that bring coaching to groups who may not otherwise have access.

We also donate our time to organizations working in local Chicago communities.

south loop supporting change in action in our local communities

Our members and staff donate their time to causes helping local communities

We’ve worked with several local organizations to participate in food drives with the Travis Manion Foundation and builds in our local communities with Habitat for Humanity Chicago.

Our staff works with organizations that leverage our expertise to help at-risk youth

We run weekly classes for youth with New Life Centers. We’ve also partnered with several local schools in the Noble Network as well as the Big Shoulders Fund to provide fitness instruction for our communities.

we host regular fundraisers for local organizations

We regularly organize events that raise funds for an organization that we believe in. In the past, we’ve worked with OUTWOD, the Travis Manion Foundation, and the Autism Tree Project Foundation.

Donate to Drop In

We Run donation drives on Saturdays throughout the year.

We waive our normal drop-in fees, and instead ask people to bring in clothing and personal care items that are in high demand with our partner organizations The Night Ministry and Cradles to Crayons.

Items can be gently used, but must be of an appropriate size for children. Cradles to Crayons will not accept any items larger than a size Medium (Men’s or Women’s). Below is a list of the most in demand items. 
  • Winter Coats (size newborn to adult medium)
  • Hats, scarves and gloves/mittens
  • Winter boots (up to adult size 10)
  • Winter long sleeved shirts, sweaters, etc (size 2T to adult medium)
What counts as “gently used”? What other rules are there for donations?
  • No rips, tears, or stains
  • No family/religious references
  • Only Chicago professional sports teams are allowed – Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, Blackhawks, Chicago Sky
  • No high schools, career academies (Major Colleges & Universities are OK)
  • No items from a specific event – Hot Chocolate 5k, Boston marathon, YMCA camp shirts, etc
  • Double check the text is “child appropriate”

Reach Out to find out about our next volunteer opportunity

Email us at if you’d like to participate in our next volunteer opportunity or fundraiser or if you’re part of an organization looking to partner with us.