As a nonprofit organization, the Greater Wichita YMCA has - since 1885 - sought to put our mission to work to improve the lives of our neighbors and improve the community and those we serve.
The Y serves 300,000+ neighbors (including 180,000+ members) through nine branches, four water parks, three sports centers, 1,000+ employees, 800+ weekly group exercise classes, and hundreds of programs including organized sports, education, empowerment, and support in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, and Wichita and throughout South Central Kansas including Butler, Harvey, and Sedgwick Counties.
The Y is also the region's largest provider of swimming lessons, child care, before and after school support, and summer programs and is the area's largest single resource for health and wellness and all services are free or offer ability-to-pay-based pricing.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of ability to pay.
A BETTER COMMUNITY
We know happy, healthier, more engaged people - at every age and position in life - make for a better community. We know that a better "me" makes a better "us".
THREE AREAS OF FOCUS
The Greater Wichita YMCA, to live our mission, has three areas of focus that guide our programs and helps us make the greatest possible impact.
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that the Greater Wichita YMCA is the region's leading organization for:
- Child Care
- Before and After School Programs (Kindergarten through Eight Grade)
- Summer Camp Offerings and Participation
- Swimming Lessons and Water Education
- Organized Sports for Kids 3-18
- Saturday Late Night Programs
And a leader for teen job prep, first jobs for teens and college students, and more. Learn more about some of our youth initiatives that benefit our whole community by developing our children by clicking the tiles below:
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
In addition to being the leader in youth development, we are also among the area's largest providers for support of healthy living. We not only offer fitness facilities, group exercise classes, recreational sports, and more but formal, education programs in areas including:
- Diabetes Prevention and Disease Management
- LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
- Nutrition Education
- Corporate Partnerships
- Rehabilitation and Therapy
- Active Older Adults Programs
We also offer various membership categories and options that help match member needs and ability-to-pay and are a proud participant in Silver Sneakers and other partnerships that support our aging population. Click the tiles below to learn more:
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We know that we cannot be all things to all people but we know we can support all in one or more ways - including through partnerships and good citizenry. To that end, we exercise our social responsibility in a number of ways that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- COOPERATIVE AGENCIES - We partner with 60+ other local and regional nonprofits on referrals, shared initiatives, and strategic development of programs
- COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS - We collaborate with government agencies, nonprofit and community service groups, churches, schools, and other groups
- HEALTH AND WELLNESS COALITION OF WICHITA - We are the founding organization of this important, region-wide group that promotes better living
- YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS - We offer support for teen parents and dozens of classes, activities, and programs for family time and parental respite
We also hold a Coat Drive and We Care Thanksgiving Dinner each year and have recently launched our Y Takeover series that will take our fitness programs off-site. Learn more about some of our social responsibility initiatives with the links above and tiles below:
ACCESS REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY
The Greater Wichita YMCA is committed to access to our facilities, programs, offerings, and initiatives regardless of ability to pay. We encourage all in need to consider and apply for income-based financial assistance or to contact us for more ways we can help.
The Greater Wichita YMCA, with over $2.8 million in support from hundreds of community relationships with individuals, organizations, companies, foundations, and more in 2018, funds all our community development and community impact programs and more through our philanthropy department. Contribute to our Strong Communities Campaign or participate in our annual community-based fundraising events below:
ANOTHER REASON Y
The Greater Wichita YMCA is a leader in community support and hundreds of other ways to support a healthy spirit, mind, and body including: