• YMCA of Columbia-Willamette YMCA of Columbia-Willamette


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Mission Statement

To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy, spirit, mind and body for all through love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service.


At the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette we provide quality, affordable services that build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Since 1868 our YMCA has offered a diverse range of innovative programs for people of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels and now reaches more than 60,000 people annually throughout the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington five-county regional area. We are locally funded and managed.

We are a mission driven, values based organization, providing services, opportunities and tools to meet community needs. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all through love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service. Our mission guides us in all of the work we do. After all ... You are what you do. What We Do We're a community where relationships are built and individuals are encouraged to take personal responsibility
for their wellbeing and actively care for others. As a charitable organization and social service provider, YMCA programming goes beyond the pool and the gym and is a critical community resource at every stage of life. Our local YMCA addresses major health and human service needs that promote the holistic development of children and youth, encourage the health and wellbeing of all and strengthen families. § Early childhood development - nurturing a child's healthy development § Before and after school enrichment - creating social competencies and growth § Teen development - developing personal responsibilities and positive behaviors § Health and fitness - promoting wellbeing through exercise and health education § Youth sports - emphasizing recreation, teamwork and fitness § Year-round resident camping - building self-reliance, new friends and new skills The YMCA promotes healthy, active living and transforms lives. At the YMCA children thrive and grow and young people are inspired to lead. YMCA programs provide fun, safe, caring environments, positive role models and opportunities to serve the needs of others.




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