The Sonoma County Family YMCA seeks to enhance the lives of all people through programs designed to develop spirit, mind and body. We are dedicated to the values of caring, honesty,respect and responsibility.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL:
Sonoma County Family YMCA programs are available to everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation or religion.
Financial assistance is available.
The Sonoma County Family Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That's because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
The generosity of others is at the core of the Y's existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.
GET TO KNOW US:
LOCAL YMCA HISTORY
1954 YMCA founded in Sonoma County. Indian Guides and Summer Camp programs serve youth and families.
1972 Program and physical education facility built near downtown Santa Rosa, where it remains today. Aquatic, Sports and Family programs begin to expand.
1993 4,000 square foot Activity Center added to expand original complex. Aerobics, Fitness, Parent-Child and Childcare programs expand outreach.
1995 Teaching pool added, providing the capacity for special water-based activities. Aquatic programs for challenged and disabled adults and children enhanced.
2003-2005 Lobby and Child Watch area remodeled and enhanced. Added new 4,700 sq. foot 2nd story Fitness Center with all new fitness equipment; larger locker room areas, including Youth & Family areas, and a unisex changing room. Put in a new, improved members' lounge, complete with snack and beverage cart. Improved the natatorium by adding new large pool liner, skylights and a dehumidifier system. Emphasis was added to Activate Youth and Asset Development programming.
2012 On July 1st the Sonoma County Family Y expanded to include the new Y Annex, located adjacent to our Administrative offices at 610 Stewart Street, the Y Annex will offer a variety of youth and adult special interest classes.
NATIONAL YMCA HISTORY
Together, the nation's 2,617 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.2 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are at the heart of community life across the country: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA.
YMCA stands for Young Men's Christian Association, but don't misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for "young, Christian men." From its start, more than 150 years ago, when George Williams founded the YMCA as a substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets, the YMCA was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead YMCAs to recognize their strength is in the people they bring together -- Ys are for all people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. YMCAs' financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.
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INTERNATIONAL YMCA HISTORY
The World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations is a confederation of National Councils of YMCAs around the world. The National Councils are composed of local associations within their countries. The World Alliance was established as early as 1855, at the first International Conference of YMCA held in Paris. As such, it is the oldest voluntary international organization in the world today. At the first international conference of the YMCAs there were representatives from 38 YMCAs mainly from countries in Europe and North America. Today, the World Alliance represents YMCAs in more than 120 countries of the world and is continuing to expand.
Commitment to its mission has led YMCAs to work with all people in the community irrespective of religious, racial, gender or cultural background. This commitment has also led the YMCA to work for social change, addressing the root causes of issues and problems faced by people. In addition to recreation, sports and educational activities as well as the front-line services to refugees and displaced people, in many countries the YMCA is also engaged in the formation of movements for social change. It is involved in people's issues through community organizing and programs for empowering the people. Issues such as racism, youth at risk, and unemployment are creatively addressed by many YMCAs in response to growing secularization, consumerism and fragmentation. The YMCA, in keeping with its spiritual basis, continues to explore and renew a spiritual basis.
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