Our Mission ~ The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice, and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.
FOR A BETTER US ~ When our communities are strong, our country is strong. But right now, the bonds that hold us together are fraying and we need a place to make them whole. In over 10,000 communities across the country, the Y is that place. It fills the gaps, bridges our divides, and gives us common ground to stand on. But they can’t do it without your support.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ~ For more than 165 years, the Y has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of America. There have been times of peace and times of conflict, times of unity and times of discord. Through it all, our democracy has persevered, and the Y has been a safe, welcoming place for people from all backgrounds.
HOPE IN THE FACE OF TENSION ~ At the Y, we know communities can be safe, vital and cohesive, because we have seen it happen — indeed, we have helped make it happen, by respecting all people and creating welcoming environments.
WE BELIEVE ~ The Y must continue to lead the way to a brighter future by following our belief that we are stronger when our doors are open to all. Our policies, practices, and programs must advance our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants, in partnership with our colleagues at Ys in 120 countries. We must ensure all people — across all dimensions of diversity — feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.
OUR CHANGING COMMUNITIES ~ Communities across the U.S. are rapidly changing. As neighborhoods become more diverse, it is important that we, with great intentionality, understand who is in our communities and how best to serve their interests and needs.
OPEN FOR ALL ~ We also believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all. It is therefore critical to both our mission and our business that Ys develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all. This commitment to access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s continued relevance, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening the community.