Help Write the Next Chapter in Our Y History


At the beginning of 2020, the YMCA proudly served more than 10,000 communities across the United States. Our unwavering commitment to community, fueled by people like you, empowered our organization to become the nation’s leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. But then in March, we all faced an unprecedented crisis that challenged us and led us into spaces we did not know.

If there’s anything that we’ve learned thus far, it is that our people – including you – can overcome any adversity. Our lens may have been a little foggy then, but our vision has always been clear. The Y is here to develop new generations of changemakers who will create communities we all want to live in.

We can only do this by providing spaces where people can achieve health, gain confidence, make connections, and feel secure at every stage of life. But how do we do this when our days are often clouded by uncertainty?

We innovate and relentlessly chase the day when we can all come together again.

People are coming back to the Y. Our facilities aren’t crowded, but they are lively. Smiles are hidden behind masks, but we can still see the joy in people’s eyes when they re-enter their community. Children are learning to swim and dance again. Parents are going back to work, knowing that their kids will be cared for safely. People are working toward their health goals. And yes, Zumba is back.

Getting to this point was not easy. It was hard – incredibly hard. Decisions were made to ensure the viability of our organization, and none more painful than having to say goodbye to some of our beloved colleagues. Their work and passion to advance our Mission still remains with us, and we appreciate them. Our hope is in knowing that the Y has endured obstacles in the past and found a way to thrive and serve communities better. We will be stronger, and we will come together once more.

Our 175-year history is full of stories shaped by people like you. We know that there is still much uncertainty, but we are committed to helping you return to normalcy, feeling confident, and safe. This is one of the hardest chapters in our story, but we know that we will prevail. There is always an opportunity to see and do good. During the pandemic, we distributed thousands of meals for families in need, provided child care for essential workers, and cared for our vulnerable populations. Our future is determined by what we do next. One thing is clear. You are a part of our future.

Whether you come back to the Y facilities, enroll in child care, sign up for a program, participate in our virtual YMCA, or make a donation; we need you to make the next chapter better. We will get through this, and we will see each other again, soon.


Ishmael Behrhorst
Digital Marketing Director
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