YMCA of Greater Des Moines
Founded in 1868, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been a constant in the changing horizon of the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has embraced the YMCA because of the strength & number of facilities operated to serve our growing region; our life-impacting programs delivered to support all people, and in the manner we engage with people - through our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has 9 facility branches & 2 specialty campuses that include the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, and our beautiful year-round Y Camp. Annually the Y serves over 100,000 individuals.
Healthy Living. The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health, and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun, and shared interests. As a result, over 18,000 individuals in our community are receiving the support, guidance, and resources they need to achieve greater health in spirit, mind and body. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with an obesity crisis, families struggle with work/life balance, and individuals search for personal fulfillment. Our programs are accessible, affordable, and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities, and income levels. In 2017, we provided over 2.3 million dollars in financial assistance to people who otherwise would have face economic barriers to participation.
Social Responsibility. Our YMCA believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. Y Programs, such as the Y Supportive Housing Campus, and the weekend backpack program operated by the Waukee Family YMCA are examples of how we provide support that empower our neighbors to effect change, bridge gaps, and overcome obstacles. In 2017, we engaged just under 4,000 volunteers in activities that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations to thrive.
Youth Development. Our YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That is why we help young people cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement. Our YMCA programs, such as out-of-school time programming that includes summer day camp and afterschool programs, youth sports, and swim lessons, offer a range of experiences that enrich cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth.