Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all; is the basis of our organization.
The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo has had a long and rich history. The YMCA started in Kalamazoo in 1866, largely serving as a Christian reading room for young men. In 1892, the Y's 270 members moved into the organization's first building, where it stayed until a fire destroyed it in 1911.
Undaunted, the community set about constructing a newer, better building, and succeeded in spectacular fashion. Over 50,000 people were on hand less than nine months later as President William Howard Taft laid the cornerstone of the new YMCA at the corner of West Michigan and Park Street. The Y served the community from that location for the next 59 years.
As the community grew and changed so did the YMCA, moving to a larger facility with additional program areas on Maple Street in 1970. Soon after, tennis courts were added and subsequently a warm water pool. In 1985, programming expanded to include school-age childcare at three sites. In 1991, the Y had the opportunity to grow and move into an existing facility, extending our services to the Portage community. Two years later the aquatics facility was added. In 1992, the YMCA Program Center at Lincoln Elementary was opened on North Burdick Street, bringing services closer to families in the North Side neighborhood.
Today’s YMCA serves 21,814 members annually, with another 7,853 individuals participating in classes and programs.
1001 West Maple Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA
Primary Contact: Dave Morgan