Strengthening Greater DC

Our Story & Yours

160 Years of Faith & Courage

Every day, your YMCA makes a positive and lasting impact on thousands of people in the DC region. For 160 years, we’ve been creating experiences that help children and adults grow – summer camp, child care, basketball, warm embraces, swim lessons, connections in classes, meaningful volunteer work, and so much more. At the Y, we empower our members and neighbors to Do Good, Be Good, and Feel Good each and every day.

YMCAs in the U.S. have a history of serving their communities in resourceful and innovative ways. Click the image below to celebrate our anniversary and learn more about an organization that has become the fabric of our nation! Alexandria Mayor William Euille and DC Mayor Vincent Gray have already joined in the celebration with powerful proclamations about how we’ve addressed our region’s most critical needs.

Help us Tell the Y Story

Whether you come to the Y to work, play or give, whether you are 5 or 55, we want to know what the Y means to you. Your experience inspires us to serve you better and will inspire others to lead healthier, happier lives through the Y!

Please take a moment to share with us why you come to, work for, volunteer with, or give to the Y. Share your experience, your fond memories, your passion, or what keeps you coming back!

Click here to share your Y story. Our legacy begins with your story!