Did you know YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association?
The “C” in our name is there to remind us of our mission to serve others by promoting a healthy spirit, mind, and body.
We have a strong Christian heritage at the YMCA.
The YMCA was born as a response to deteriorating working conditions in England. Textile worker George Williams, who had recently begun to grow in his relationship with God, noticed the poor spiritual condition of his fellow workers. He began organizing a series of Bible meetings for anyone who was interested, which grew into the first Young Men’s Christian Association chapter in London on June 6, 1844.
In the mid-1800s, marine missionary—and retired Boston sea captain—Thomas Valentine Sullivan noticed a need to create a safe “home away from home” for sailors and merchants. Inspired by the stories of the Y in England, he led the formation of the first U.S. YMCA in Boston on December 29, 1851.