About the YMCA
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids ensures a stronger, healthier community for all with a commitment to nurturing the potential of our youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
The Y is one of West Michigan's leading non-profits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At the Y strengthening community is our cause. We believe that positive, lasting, personal, and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. We are a unique environment where kids learn and grow. We are a neighborhood resource allowing those that need us most access to a healthy and rewarding life. We have a long history of changing lives.
Our Mission: Guided by our Christian principles, we strengthen the spirit, mind and body of all individuals.
Dedicated to Today’s Youth
At the Y, we don’t just teach swimming lessons or coach soccer. We’re about youth development: ensuring that the children and teens in our programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into engaged, active members of their communities.
Focusing on Healthy Living
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.
Driving Social Responsibility
The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.
Career readiness means knowing all the options. Y Achievers understand what it takes to prepare for college and how to build vocational skills that translate to employability.
Healthy Corner Stores
The YMCA Healthy Corner Stores Initiative is part of a comprehensive effort to connect small scale growers and distributors with urban corner stores to increase the fresh fruits and vegetables available to families in Grand Rapids.
YMCA Veggie Van
The YMCA Veggie Van is West Michigan’s first and only mobile farmers market.
Community Group Fitness
Our Community Group Fitness classes are designed to bring communities together in the spirit of improving well-being by reducing barriers to good health.
Cooking Matters® connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.