History and Mission of the YMCA 

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.

Since 1854, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has served the diverse needs of our community. We are fortunate to be part of an international organization that has been instrumental in developing, influencing, and providing human service programs since 1844. The support and guidance of our dedicated volunteers, as well as the heartfelt effort and commitment of our staff members, is what makes the difference at the Y. By drawing on our rich history, we help build a brighter future for our community.

See how the Y has changed and grown throughout the years.
Our first 150 years | 1854 - 2004
160 years and beyond | 2004 - 2014

Youth Development

  • 2 outdoor education centers
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 4 licensed full day child care centers
  • 7 day camps
  • 3,930 children in youth programs everyday
  • 12,000 youth in overnight and day camps each summer

Healthy Living
  • 11 family branches
  • 18,140 members and program participants receiving financial assistance
  • 19,000 seniors participating in unique programming
  • 128,000 local members and program participants

Social Responsibility
  • $3.3 million given in financial assistance in 2013
  • 3,000 staff serving our community
  • 578 lives impacted by YMCA LIVESTRONG and YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program