The Y is arguably the most powerful social institution this country has ever known. The Y helped found the USO (United Service Organization) and the Peace Corps was patterned after a YMCA program. If you've ever gone to a public library, taken a night course, or celebrated Father's Day, your life has been touched by the work of the Y. If you've ever played basketball or volleyball, or gone camping, you've enjoyed the work of the Y.
Here in Snohomish County, the Y has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901. We've been here through economic booms and busts, wartime and peace, and social upheavals both subtle and life-changing. Our movement is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life, all working side-by-side to ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, income or background, has the opportunity to live life to its fullest.
We value caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and everything we do stems from this. Our staff and volunteers are kids, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and local leaders who are all personally committed to understanding what our neighborhoods need. Together, we use our knowledge to develop stronger, more integrated communities, provide support for people and families, and promote positive change overall.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is composed of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and religious affiliations united in sharing the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through programs that build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.