Our first local YMCA opened its doors in temporary offices in Arlington on October 1, 1958, after a $400,000 fundraising campaign led by then-Mayor Tom Vandergriff. For nearly 60 years, the Y has grown to three branches serving all communities in Arlington and Mansfield. It is the city’s largest provider of child care for school-age children.
Who We Are
The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Areas of Focus
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Improving our community’s health and well-being.
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, 500,000 volunteers and thousands of donors, leaders and partners across the country are empowering millions of people in the U.S. and around the world to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
For additional information about the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA, visit Guidestar.org.