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2021 Community Christmas Meal for Naperville Seniors and Families in Need

The YMCA and Naperville Park District, through the generous support of community donors and volunteers, will continue the annual tradition of providing a special Christmas meal for Naperville seniors and families in need. Volunteers will deliver meals to the homes of Naperville seniors and families on the morning of Friday, December 24. Reheating instructions for meals will be provided.

To make a meal reservation, contact Robert Fields at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 630-579-5705 and provide your name, home address, phone number, email and the number of meals needed. There is a maximum of 2 meals per household. Those interested in receiving a meal are encouraged to make a reservation as soon as possible, as meals will be provided for up to 300 people and reservations may fill before the December 16 deadline. Recipients must be Naperville residents and must be at home on Christmas Eve between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon to receive their meal.

“The Park District is happy to partner with the YMCA again this year to support the Community Christmas meal program,” said Ray McGury, executive director of the Naperville Park District.

Donations to help support this annual holiday initiative also are being sought from community members. To make a donation, visit and select the online registration link. From there, click on the “Donations” tab at the top of the webpage; there is a link for the Community Christmas Meal.

"Providing Christmas meals has been a treasured community tradition for many years,” added Stephanie Kuzelis, executive director of the Fry Family YMCA.  “A special thank you to the donors and volunteers who bring joy to seniors and those in need this holiday season."  

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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