How we make a local difference
We strengthen the foundation of OUR community through:
We believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen. The Y creates safe, structured environments for young people to become their best selves. Through high-quality programs grounded in youth development theory, we harness our communities investment in kids here in Spokane. Watch how the Y supports Amy’s children in their development.
We believe wellness comes from a balance of spirit, mind and body, and that with connections and support, everyone, at every age, can make healthier choices. We’re committed to improving the health and well-being of Spokane by empowering all people to lead fuller lives. At the Y, one in seven residents in our community receive support, guidance and the connection they need to get and stay healthy. Watch how Joan got her mojo back at the Y.
We believe that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. Since 1884, the Y has responded to society’s most pressing needs by uniting people from all walks of life to deliver lasting personal and social change in Spokane County. Read how the Y was able to provide Richard with a place he calls home.
How the YMCA Benefits the Spokane Community
The benefits of any organization are always so much more than the numbers. The true benefits lie in the lives made stronger, the families supported and the children given the tools to learn, grow and thrive. And so much more.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest and our surrounding community work collaboratively to serve and meet the needs of our fellow citizens, friends, and neighbors. The power of community partnerships and collaborations propels the reach of the YMCA further than where we could go alone. See Partnerships and Collaborations.
The Y is able to bring these moments to life through the service of over 75,000 members and program participants each year in Spokane. Our purpose drives us to give everyone a safe place to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. We put our purpose into action across our region at our 4 YMCA branches: Central Y, North Y, South Y and the Valley Y; at our overnight camp YMCA Camp Reed; at our 18 child care sites providing before-and-after school programs in 7 school districts; and at our 2 early learning centers.
Our teen programs partner with families, schools, businesses, and the entire community to provide them with the tools they need to build a bright future. Our teen programs serve a variety of interests from Youth & Government to Music Lessons and Safe Sitters to Reach and Rise.
Our four branches: North Spokane, Central Spokane, South Spokane and Spokane Valley serve children and teens in addition to the greater Spokane community where 1–in–7 Spokane county residents engage with the YMCA. Our branches have a multitude of Y programs that give our members and guests the opportunity to stay fit while benefiting physically, socially, and mentally.
Through YMCA Camp Reed and our 18 child care sites, the YMCA serves on average, over 30,000 children each year. Child care and day camp programs are about more than just looking after kids, it’s about nurturing their development and providing them with a safe place to learn foundational skills and develop healthy, trusting relationships.
YMCA Camp Reed is another opportunity for children to experience how the YMCA lives out our mission while having the opportunity to explore nature, try exciting activities, gain confidence, and make lasting friendships and memories at Fan Lake.
Impact is felt when
a recent widower can find friendship and comfort through the relationships built during fitness classes and social time together.
Impact is felt when
the newest member of the flag football team grows in confidence as her skills increase and her teammates encourage her progress.
Impact is felt when
the mom of two toddlers finds a safe and nurturing place for her children while she gets moments to exercise her body and mind as she swims laps.
Impact is felt when
high school graduation rates improve thanks to the Outside the Box program, helping teens in high school meet and overcome the obstacles they face to realizing their potential and achieving success in school, and in life.
In the US, the Y is the largest charitable:
non-profit service organization
We have 554,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities, from urban to rural, representing a diversity of faiths and ethnicities.
provider of health & wellness programs
We focus on diabetes prevention and provide opportunities for social, emotional and physical wellness at every stage of life.
non-profit childcare provider
After school and in summer camp, from preschool through High School; our goal is to help youth achieve their highest potential.
Why We're Here
Youth who participate in after school programs increase their odds of graduating high school by 50%.
58% of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
1 in 5
One in five children are obese before their fifth birthday. In turn, today’s children are the first generation whose life spans are predicted to be shorter than their parents.
By the 8th grade, children who have not engaged in summer learning, like camp, are three years behind their peers academically– disproportionately affecting low-income families.
As our community’s oldest not-for-profit, we are often asked to step up…to answer some of the more pressing needs of our community by living our cause and focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The past year, 2016, has been just that, a year of stepping up and achieving goals and it didn’t happen without our most important resource, our people!
It all begins with our volunteers: our governing Board of Directors who give of their time, treasure and talent to set policy that meets community needs while making certain that our Y stays true to its charitable mission; our Advisory Board members representing Camp Reed and the Central, Valley and North branches and Sandpoint, who work with their local staff to provide positive experiences and community impact; our nearly 400 volunteer youth sports coaches who teach the values of teamwork and sportsmanship while ensuring that the sports experience is skill based and fun; our 213 RSVP Project Warm-up volunteers who knitted 16,000 scarves and hats for the marginalized and homeless across our community and distributed them to forty-three local agencies.
Working in partnership with our hundreds of dedicated volunteers are the 1,161 people who worked for our YMCA in 2016. It proved to be a workforce of commitment and spirit, dedicated to our mission and our collective purpose of giving everyone a safe place to learn, grow and thrive. Learn more about the YMCA and the impact we have on the Spokane community in our annual report.