To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Five core values guide the Athens YMCA:
To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity, to make sure your choices match up with your values. Honesty is represented by the color BLUE for true blue truthfulness.
To put others before yourself, to love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others. Caring is represented by the color RED for love and the heart.
To treat others as you would have them treat you, to value the worth of every person including yourself, to be cordial even if you disagree with someone. Respect is represented by the color YELLOW for the Golden Rule.
To do what you should, to do what is right, to be accountable for your behavior and obligations. Responsibility is represented by the color GREEN for our fiscal and environmental responsibilities.
To develop your relationship with God, to be a seeker of truth, to trust God with your life, to be sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Faith is represented by PURPLE for the Kingdom of God.
$196,968 was contributed to programming and financial assistance for children, teens, adults, families and seniors
232 people volunteered 4,903 hours at the YMCA
26 children with special needs participated in adaptive swim and music therapy
3,221 children and teenagers were involved in programs and participated in faith-based lessons
714 seniors stayed healthy and connected at the Y
563 individuals participated in life-saving swim lessons
81 individuals and families benefitted from income-based memberships
The history of the Athens Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) began with George Williams, who in 1844 found himself dissatisfied with his life in the big city of London, England. During the Industrial Revolution, young men and boys were leaving their farming communities for cities like London - cities "full of prostitution and other immoral temptations." Williams, a young drapery worker, met with eleven other men who shared his discontent and organized the YMCA... Read more