Social Responsibility

The Y has been listening and responding to Snohomish County's most critical social needs since 1901. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse populations through global services, or preventing disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect that all people deserve. Our volunteers, donors, leaders, and partners are empowering the people in our community to be healthy and confident, connected and secure.

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We know that when we work as one, we can move forward. That's why we are committed to providing support to our neighbors and opportunities for kids, adults, and families to learn, grow and thrive. Collaborations with policymakers, community leaders, and private and public organizations to develop youth, prevent chronic disease and build healthier communities, and encourage social responsibility.

We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experience, strong relationships, and presence in Snohomish County mean that we can organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues, such as child welfare and public health.

Global Services

Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 124 countries. Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in the growth and strength of the global organization, and continue to partner with other Ys around the world to address critical social issues. From welcoming newcomers in the U.S. to working to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, Ys have the expertise and commitment to strengthen communities and bring about positive change.

The YMCA of Snohomish County builds its programs around the diversity of the communities we serve. The Minority Achievers Program (MAP) motivates immigrant students and students of color to achieve higher educational and career goals. From global curricula in afterschool programs to diversity celebrations to international service-learning opportunities and partnerships, the Y gives people the knowledge, experience and confidence to successfully interact in our increasingly globalized society.

Social Services

We provide training, resources, and support to empower our neighbors to make change, bridge gaps, and overcome obstacles. 

Y-Community, based at the Everett Family Branch, helps reduce the trauma of homelessness for children and families in the Snohomish County network of shelters and transitional housing. Families who participate in the Y-Community program gain both a better understanding of the support network our community offers, as well as some much needed “family time” away from the noise, stress and distraction of a housing shelter.

Your Y sponsors several programs geared toward people with special needs. From Miracle League baseball to weekly Special Needs Aquatic Playtime and swim lessons, children and adults with special needs and their families receive the individualized attention and community support they need.

We also provide references to other social services resources within Snohomish County.

Volunteerism & Giving

The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our hundreds of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to give back to the communities we serve in Snohomish County.

When you give to the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward. As the nation's leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsiblity, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in our own backyard. Learn more about Giving to the Y >

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