What the Y Does


Throughout our community, countless people know the Y, but there’s so much more to the Y than one might think. From athletics to academic achievement, summer camp to senior activities and volunteerism to violence prevention, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies. It strengthens our community.

Our Mission: Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.

Who we are: The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1876, we enhance the lives of more than 220,000 people annually through 13 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites throughout King and south Snohomish counties.

We live our mission daily, one person and relationship at a time:

  • Reaching 220,069 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances
  • Nurturing 79,187 children and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community
  • Engaging 15,007 volunteers who contribute 325,988 hours of service each year
  • Working with 15,071 community donors investing $8.7 million in local kids and families

Everyone is Welcome

The Y is a membership organization open to all people. We welcome women, men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations and financial circumstances. Our programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our communities. ​​​​