Who We Are
The YMCA is a non-profit like no other that provides services and programs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With over 10,000 Y’s across the nation, we are creating partnerships to create a positive change.
When you join the Y, you are more than a member of a gym. You are a member of a movement and place where:
- Parents’ find a safe, positive environment for children to play and learn.
- Families join together to spend quality time and create healthy habits together.
- Individuals find connections, pursue new goals, and live healthier.
- Community members come together support each other and give back.
Together we work to ensure that everyone – regardless of ability, age, cultural background, faith, race, ethnicity, income, gender identity – is treated equally. We do this by building inclusive, safe and joyful environments where people can connect to a cause greater than themselves. We are here for ALL. Every day we work side by side with our community to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive through a healthy body, spirit, and mind.
Our impact is felt when:
- Individuals feel a sense of belonging
- Life-saving skills are learned
- Friendships are forged
- Goals are achieved
- Access is equal for all.
The Young Mens’ Christian Association was founded in 1844 by George Williams in London, England in response to unhealthy social conditions at the end of the Industrial Revolution. The Y’s purpose was to provide a source of strength and positive influence for young men during a period of uncertainty.
Similar to George Williams, Dr. Melanie Elfrink saw a need for our community and with their support, in 1996, the Salt Fork YMCA was founded. Today, we provide programs and services to address our communities’ needs through youth development, social responsibility and healthy living.
Click here to learn how you can join the movement and make an impact in our community.
YMCA Founder George Williams