ABOUT US

The Y is in our community to give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has access to Y programs that make people healthy, confident and connected.

Our Mission

The YMCA of Greater Rochester is a charitable association of members that seeks to place Christian principles into practice through its programs for the community to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The Y throughout the years…

1850

1850's YMCA pioneers the first organized childcare programs for underprivileged children.

1850

1854

  1854 Rochester YMCA founded; 50 young men enrolled as charter members

1854

1861

1861 New York YMCA Army Committee forms to aid soldiers in the Civil War.

1861

1869

1869 YMCA "Boys Work" established in Massachusetts - the YMCA 's first entrance into youth work.

1869

1878

1878 Although women are not allowed to become members, a Women's Auxiliary is formed in Rochester.

1878

1880

1880 First "Railroad Y" is established on State Street.

1880

1890

1890 The South Avenue YMCA - the first YMCA building in Rochester - opens, boasting a gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and meeting rooms.

1890

1891

1891 YMCA invents the game of basketball at Springfield College, a YMCA training school.

1891

1892

1892 Summer camping is established, with 12 boys and two leaders camping in tents on Sodus Bay.

1892

1895

1895 YMCA instructor William Morgan invents the game of volleyball.

1890

1910

1910 YMCA sponsored and organized the Boy Scout movement in Rochester.

1910

1915

1915  George Eastman pledges $250,000 to a new YMCA fund drive to build a central YMCA operation and satellite branches, provided the city would raise an additional $500,000 in order to finance the projects.  Volunteers organize and surpass the goal in nine days!

1915

1916

1916 Central Y and Maplewood Y are completed and dedicated. 1917 YMCA pledges it support to World War I relief - provides recreation and religious services to improve soldiers' welfare.  

1917

1920

1920 Camp Cory opens on the shores of Keuka Lake as a resident camp for boys.

1920

1922

1922 A special building fund drive raises $450,000 in nine days, enabling the construction of the Monroe and Arnett Branches.

1922

1932

1932 First scholarship campaign conducted, allowing those affected by the depression to participate in Y programs without having to pay fees.

1932

1936

1936 Youth in Government Program is developed by the YMCA, seeking "to determine ways and means by which our Christian philosophy may be effective in civil life."

1936

1940

1940 United States Organizations (USO) is formed by the YMCA and five other national service organizations.

1940

1950

1950 - Racquetball is invented by the YMCA.

1950

1960

1960 Camp Arrowhead day camp facility is established. 1961 YMCA Camp Gorham opens in the Adirondacks, thanks to a generous donation from the Gorham Family. 1960s Women and families are welcomed to the YMCA with expanded programs and services.

1930

1960

1960 /span> Camp Arrowhead day camp facility is established. 1961 YMCA Camp Gorham opens in the Adirondacks, thanks to a generous donation from the Gorham Family.

1960

1967

1967 YMCA creates and trademarks logo with red triangle.

1967

1969

1969 YMCA youth soccer leagues developed.

1969

1972

  1972 To address suburban growth, the YMCA opens three suburban YMCA facilities - Bay View, Northwest, and Southeast.

1970

1982

1982 - The Chester F. Carlson MetroCenter YMCA opens in the heart of Downtown Rochester, replacing the Central Branch.  The project is made possible thanks to a $2.5 million gift from the Carlson Family.

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1982

1982 - School Age Child Care program is established, addressing the needs of working parents.

1982

1997

  1997  YMCA introduces enhanced Family Enrichment programs like Kids Gym and Family Prime Time.  

1997

1998

  1998 YMCA opens two new facilities - the Southwest Active Family Center and Victor Active Family Center.

1998

2001

2001 YMCA opens the Lewis Street Child Care Center, addressing the child care needs of hundreds of inner-city families.

2000

2001

2001 YMCA purchases land on North Greece Road to establish YMCA Camp Northpoint Day Camp and Family Center to serve the needs of children and families in Greece and surrounding communities.

2006

2002

2002 YMCA purchases land on Route 250 in the Town of Penfield for future development of the Eastside Family YMCA.

2002

2003

  2003 YMCA breaks ground to build a new, state-of-the-art facility - the Westside YMCA - the first new branch in more than 20 years.

2003

2004

2004 Bay View Splash Park opens Discovery Lodge at Camp Arrowhead completed Capital Campaign for Camping completed — over $5.7 million raised for camps Grand opening of Camp Northpoint Partnership with SilverSneakers® Program

2004

2006

2006 Eastside Branch opens. Invest in Youth Campaign (IIY) reaches $1 million mark. Northwest Branch expansion completed. The Y becomes the largest child care provider in Monroe County. 2007 Collaboration with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School

2006

2008

2008 Named #4 Best Employer for Workers Over 50 by the AARP 8,800 sq. ft. expansion completed at Westside 2009 Bay View Aquatics Pool Complex opens 2010 Y Diabetes Prevention Program launched Y-USA governance changes and brand revitalization with updated logo and identity for the Y Recognized by The NonProfit Times as the #15 Best Place to Work

2009

2010

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN A decade-long philanthropic effort to raise $75 million.  Starting with the Maplewood Renovation in 2010 and culminating with the Regional Campus for Healthy Living and Camp Cory Masterplan, this campaign is about impact investing from the community philanthropists and organizations to enable the Y to increase the capacity of our social economy for years to come.

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2011

2011 Triangle Society launched, ushering in an increased philanthropic focus. Maplewood Branch’s revitalization and reopening with new United Way and Lifespan senior center. 10th anniversary of the Y Love-15 urban youth tennis program. 50th anniversary of Camp Gorham; 90th anniversary of Camp Cory.

2011

2012

2012 Y surpasses its goal for IIY Campaign to raise $2 million! Jurij and Marie Kushner make largest estate gift to date and open 2 community gardens. Eastside Child Care Center opens at the Fairport Baptist Homes. Collaboration with Bivona Child Advocacy Center to create the Darkness to Light training to address the epidemic of child sexual abuse.

2012

2013

2013 Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change. Board Chair Mary-Beth A. Cooper named 13th president of Springfield College. Management agreement initiated with Corning Community Y. Land purchased for relocation of the Southeast Branch. 2014 MVP Health Care Living Well Center opens at Westside Branch, in partnership with the United Way, Lifespan, and the Y. Approval received from Penfield Planning Board for addition to the Eastside Branch and inclusion of a wellness partner, UR Medicine. Collaboration with city schools for extended day programs and expansion of universal pre-Kindergarten full-day program.

2014

2015

University of Rochester Partnership A first of its kind partnership in the Northeast, the YMCA and UR Medicine partnership allows both organizations to share resources and leverage unique assets, resulting in new services and offerings for the entire community with an emphasis on a convenient, high-quality continuum of care.

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2016

Maplewood Centennial  Throughout its 100 year history, the Maplewood Family Branch has continued to change and adapt to meet the needs of the neighborhood and the community.  Yesterday, today, and tomorrow the Y has been part of the bedrock that the community has been built and transformed on.

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Our Impact

25,911

Children in
childcare
programs

4

Licensed
full day
child care
centers

7

Day
Camps

2

Overnight
Camps

25,059

Youth in overnight
and day camps each
summer

2

Outdoor
education
centers

183,048

Local members and
program participants

17

Family
Branches

14,394

Seniors
participating
in unique
programs

3,000

Staff
serving our
community

18,140

Members receiving
financial assistance

1

million meals
given to kids and
families

578

Lives impacted by
YMCA LIVESTRONG and
YMCA Diabetes
Prevention Program

Organizational Profile

162 Years

As a dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners and allies, the Y is steadfast in its mission to build healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities throughout the greater Rochester area.

Erik M. Grimm
Chair

Erik M. Grimm

Matthew A. Kilmer
Vice Chair

Matthew A. Kilmer

Margaret S. Covney
Treasurer

Margaret S. Covney

Maureen Mulholland
Secretary

Maureen Mulholland

Paul F. Roland
Vice Chair

Paul F. Roland

William F. Sauers
Vice Chair

William F. Sauers

Salvatore A. LaBella
Past Chair

Salvatore A. LaBella

Shannon M. Bielaska
Community Volunteer

Shannon M. Bielaska

Erik G. Bond
Bond Financial Network, Inc.

Erik G. Bond

Daniel J. Burns
M&T Bank

Daniel J. Burns

Margaret S. Covney
Paychex, Inc.

Margaret S. Covney

Erik M. Grimm
Suburban Disposal Corporation

Erik M. Grimm

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.
Bond, Schoeneck, & King PLLC

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.

Portia James
Paychex, Inc.

Portia James

Edward W. Kay, Jr.
Community Volunteer

Edward W. Kay, Jr.

Matthew A. Kilmer
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Matthew A. Kilmer

Jurij Z. Kushner
Community Volunteer

Jurij Z. Kushner

Salvatore A. LaBella
LaBella Associates, P.C.

Salvatore A. LaBella

Rebecca Lyons
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.​

Rebecca Lyons

William L. Mack
LeChase Construction

William L. Mack

Maureen Mulholland
Monro Muffler Brake, Incorporated

Maureen Mulholland

Dan Norselli
D&C Digital

Dan Norselli

Mary I. Ockenden
UR Medicine

Mary I. Ockenden

Thomas W. Parkes
O’Connell Electric Company

Thomas W. Parkes

David J. Riedman
Riedman Development Corporation

David J. Riedman

Christina Riley
Community Volunteer

Christina Riley

Mauricio Riveros
LeCesse Construction

Mauricio Riveros

Paul F. Roland
QCI Asset Management, Incorporated

Paul F. Roland

Michael Rotondo
URMC Faculty Group

Michael Rotondo

William F. Sauers
Sunday Siders

William F. Sauers

Timothy J. Tindall
Alesco Advisors LLC

Timothy J. Tindall

Michael J. Townsend, Esq.
Harris Beach PLLC

Michael J. Townsend, Esq.

Charles J. Vita
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Charles J. Vita

George M. Romell
President & CEO

George M. Romell

Michael Russell
Executive Vice President & COO

Michael Russell

Paul LeFrois
Sr. Vice President, Finance & CFO

Paul LeFrois

Michael Stevens
Sr. Vice President, Association Advancement

Michael Stevens

Fernán Cepero
Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Diversity Officer

Fernán Cepero

Sara E. Cole
Senior Vice President, Program Development & Innovation

Sara E. Cole

Paul M. Anderson
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Paul M. Anderson

Laura A. Fasano
Vice President, Healthy Living

Laura A. Fasano

Christopher Marks
Vice President, Properties

Christopher Marks

Marie Northrup
Vice President, Information Technology

Marie Northrup

Andrew Powers
Vice President, Philanthropy

Andrew Powers

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Vice President, Eastside Operations

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Chris Mangone
Vice President, Westside Operations

Chris Mangone

James C. Smith
District Executive Director/Carlson MetroCenter Branch

James C. Smith

Jason Letendre
Director of Risk Management

Jason Letendre

Carole Lombard
Vice President, Finance/Controller

Carole Lombard

Deanna Rose
Vice President, Human Resources

Deanna Rose

Michele Rowcliffe
Vice President, Camping Services

Michele Rowcliffe

Holly Malley
Executive Director
BayView Family Branch

 

Michele Rowcliffe
Vice President, Camping Services
Camp Cory

 

Anne Thornton
Executive Director
Camp Gorham

 

James Smith
Urban District Executive
Carlson MetroCenter

 

Gail Hostuttler
Executive Director
Corning Community Branch

 

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Vice President, Eastside Operations
Eastside Family Branch

 

Kate Eberts
Executive Director
Maplewood Family Branch

 

Amy Cuomo-Oberst
Executive Director
Monroe/Southwest Family Branches

 

Melinda Peck
Executive Director
Northwest Family Branch

 

Steve Henshaw
Executive Director
Southeast Family Branch

 

Chris Mangone
Vice President, Westside Operations
Westside Family Branch