Since 1868 the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette has offered a diverse range of quality, affordable programs that help children thrive and grow, inspire young people to lead, bring families closer together and encourage individual health and wellness. The Y is a volunteer-driven charitable nonprofit. Everyone is welcome, including you
Igniting the Passion for Excellence: Spirit, Mind and Body
To put the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our Christian Principles are defined as love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service. It is these principles that set us apart in all that we do. More than a health provider or a place for children to play, the Y’s mission is to engage the entire person – spirit, mind and body – with the goal of leading them to become their best. Today, intentional dialogue around these principles serves to equip staff, volunteers and members in living out all that we do.
In 1844, George Williams invited a group of friends to meet regularly as a Christian alternative to the hardships and temptations associated with the Industrial Revolution. Soon, these gatherings evolved into a “missional community” addressing the basic needs of the human condition – spirit, mind and body. Little did Williams know his new terminology would serve as the centerpiece for the vision and purpose of the Young Men’s Christian Association.