The YMCA in the United States
Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change, to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read.
By nurturing and empowering every child and teen to reach their full potential, improving individual and community health and well-being, and supporting and inspiring action in our communities, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
The YMCA organization is collectively the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America. The YMCA welcomes all regardless of faith, race, ability, age, and income. With that said, the YMCA promises to never turn anyone away based on their inability to pay. Our strength is in the people we bring together.
Volunteer led, the YMCA works to nurture the healthy development of children and teens, strengthen families, and make its community a healthier, safer, better place to live through organized programs. YMCA programs are the foundation for building the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
Each YMCA is a charitable not-for-profit, qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Each Y is independent. YMCAs are required by the national constitution to pay annual dues, refrain from discrimination and support the YMCA mission. All other decisions are local choices, including programs offered, staffing and style of operation. The national office, called YMCA of the USA, is headquartered in Chicago.