Click here to download the 2011 Annual Report of the YMCA of Centre County.
YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY MISSION
The YMCA of Centre County is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides opportunities to all individuals and families in the community by putting high moral values and principles into practice through facilities, programs, services and activities that build healthy spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Centre County fully accepts diversity and promotes community development and cooperation.
THE YMCA – NATIONALLY
The Y is the nation’s leading non - profit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
THE Y’S IMPACT
More than 2,600 locations in 10,000 communities across the country.
21 million people (12 million adults and 9 million youth) of all ages, incomes, backgrounds and abilities come to the Y to learn, grow and thrive.500,000 volunteers–kids, parents, individuals, and business and community leaders–are personally vested in strengthening their communities.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
To get a glance at our rich history, and a snapshot of our many successes over the last 160 years on behalf of the individuals and communities we are privileged to serve, visit www.ymca.net.
THE YMCA – LOCALLY
The YMCA of Centre County was formed January 1, 2009, as a merger of the Bellefonte and State College YMCAs. The original charter of the Bellefonte YMCA, dated 1869, is still held by the organization, making it the third oldest Y in Pennsylvania. On January 1, 2012, the Moshannon Valley YMCA became the third branch of the YMCA of Centre County. We look forward to continuing our work in the communities that our Ys serve, as well as expanding opportunities here in Centre County.
The YMCA of Centre County is available for all members of the community. We particularly recognize the need to be here for kids, adults and families in need, by turning no one away due to inability to pay. Financial assistance provided through our Open Doors program keeps the Y available for those who often need us the most.
THE Y: OUR STORY AND YOURS
In 2011, the Y gave over $307,000 in Open Doors memberships, programs and services back to the community. The true measure, however, of what the Y does for the community can be seen on a daily basis. Just a few examples:
A 5-year-old “graduate” of the Early Care and Education program starts kindergarten with self-confidence, social skills, and a readiness to learn.
A 13-year-old, after years of attending summer day camp, gets his long anticipated opportunity to be a LIT (Leader In Training) for that same camp.
A 16-year-old travels to Peru, helps others, experiences another culture and has the experience of a lifetime.
A single parent, working hard to finish her schooling, has an affordable, safe, nurturing environment for her 4 children to spend their after school hours.
A disabled veteran rediscovers a healthy lifestyle and gains a new passion for helping others.
An active older adult gains a whole new social and support network, and a feeling that there is always someone who can help.
A whole family comes to the Y to spend quality time and give back to the community.
This is “Our Story And Yours”. Whether you are a program participant, member, board member, donor, volunteer, staff, or general supporter, YOU make all that the Y does possible for our communities. Thank you for your support throughout 2011. We look forward to continuing to work alongside you, to enrich the lives of our neighbors here in Centre County.
GROWING STRONGER TOGETHER
Since September 2010, the Moshannon Valley YMCA had been operating under a management agreement with YMCA of Centre County. Throughout the course of this agreement there had been an ongoing discussion regarding the Moshannon Valley YMCA becoming part of the YMCA of Centre County to better serve the residents of the Moshannon Valley region.
In September of 2011, the boards of directors of the YMCA of Centre County and the Moshannon Valley YMCA unanimously voted to merge and work together as one; and on January 1, 2012, Moshannon Valley YMCA officially became a branch of the YMCA of Centre County. By doing so, the YMCA will be better positioned to serve youth, adults, and families and strengthen communities throughout the county. In 2012, YMCA of Centre County leaders will work to update the current strategic plan, so that we may continue to address issues and needs in the communities we serve.