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.

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1854

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

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1861

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

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1869

1869 YMCA “Boys Work” established in Massachusetts – the YMCA ‘s first entrance into youth work.

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1878

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

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1880

1880 First “Railroad Y” is established on State Street.

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1890

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

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1891

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

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1892

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

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1895

1895 YMCA instructor William Morgan invents the game of volleyball.

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1910

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

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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!

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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.  

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1920

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

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1922

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

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1932

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

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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.”

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1940

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

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1950

1950 Racquetball is invented by the YMCA.

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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.

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1967

1967 YMCA creates and trademarks logo with red triangle.

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1969

1969 YMCA youth soccer leagues developed.

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1972

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

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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.

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1997

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

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1998

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

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2001

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

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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.

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2002

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

164 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.

Matthew A. Kilmer
Chair

Matthew A. Kilmer

David J. Riedman
Vice Chair

David J. Riedman

Paul F. Roland
Vice Chair

Paul F. Roland

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.
Vice Chair

Edward P. Hourihan Jr.

Maureen E. Mulholland
Vice Chair and Secretary

Maureen E. Mulholland

Margaret S. Covney - Dugan
Treasurer

Margaret S. Covney - Dugan

RACHEL BARANELLO

Harris Beach PLLC

Johanna Bartlett

Xerox Corporation

SHANNON M. BIELASKA

(Community Volunteer)

ERICK G. BOND

Bond Financial Network

DANIEL J. BURNS

M&T Bank

MARGARET S. COVNEY-DUGAN

(Community Volunteer)

TAREK ELDAHER

Brown and Brown of New York, Inc.

COLBY FEANE

Armbruster Capital Management, Inc.

Michele Grazulis

Rochester Regional Health Foundations

ERIK M. GRIMM

Suburban Disposal Corp.

EDWARD P. HOURIHAN JR.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

PORTIA JAMES

Paychex, Inc.

EDWARD W. KAY

(Community Volunteer)

MATTHEW A. KILMER

Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

JURIJ Z. KUSHNER

(Community Volunteer)

REBECCA LYONS

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

WILLIAM L. MACK

LeChase Construction

JETT MEHTA

Indus Hospitality Group

MAUREEN E. MULHOLLAND

Monro Inc.

MARY I. OCKENDEN

UR Medicine

THOMAS W. PARKES

O’Connell Electric Company

DAVID J. RIEDMAN

Riedman Development Corporation

MAURICIO RIVEROS

LeCesse Construction

PAUL F. ROLAND

QCI Asset Management, Inc.

MICHAEL F. ROTONDO

University of Rochester Medical Center

TIMOTHY P. SHEEHAN

Midwest, Inc.

TIMOTHY J. TINDALL

Alesco Advisors LLC

CHARLES J. VITA

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

JAY WEGMAN

Wegman Companies, Inc.

 

George M. Romell
President & CEO

George M. Romell

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Executive Vice President & COO

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Paul LeFrois
Sr. Vice President, Finance & CFO

Paul LeFrois

Michael Stevens
Sr. Vice President, Association Advancement

Michael Stevens

Todd Michel Waite
Vice President of Youth Development

Todd Michel Waite

Pam Cowan
Chief Marketing Officer

Pam Cowan

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

Chris Mangone
Vice President of Operations

Chris Mangone

Jason Letendre
Director of Risk Management

Jason Letendre

Kelly Mitchell
Controller

Kelly Mitchell

Deanna Rose
Vice President, Human Resources

Deanna Rose

Michele Rowcliffe
Vice President, Camping Services

Michele Rowcliffe

Holly Malley

Executive Director
Bay View Family Branch

 

Michele Rowcliffe

Vice President, Camping Services
Camp Cory

 

Anne Thornton

Executive Director
Eastside Family Branch

 

Matt Engel

Executive Director
Camp Gorham

 

James Smith

Urban District Executive
Carlson MetroCenter Branch

 

Gail Hostuttler

Executive Director
Corning Community Branch

 

Jeff Cogan

Executive Director
Southeast Family Branch

 

Kate Eberts

Executive Director
Maplewood Family Branch

 

Amy Cuomo-Oberst

Executive Director
Monroe Family Branch
Southwest Family Branch

 

Melinda Peck

Executive Director
Northwest Family Branch

 

Rob Gilchrist

Executive Director
Westside Family Branch