Vision & philosophy

At the YMCA, communities come first. As a community not-for-profit with a rich history our vision is clear:

With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community; and help those who are not.

We believe in the benefits of physical activity, empowering young people and building community connections. This commitment is what we have been about since we first opened our doors in 1853, and we’re proud to continue to help Victorians lead healthier and happier lives.

Over 6,000 staff and volunteers work in the areas of health and fitness, swimming lessons, childcare, student accommodation, camping programs, and youth services, delivering accessible programs so that more people have the opportunity get active and involved.

We continue to work with government, corporate and community partners who are also committed to improving the health and happiness of all Victorians. Because we believe that health and happiness should be within everyone’s reach, regardless of circumstance, we ask for the support of sponsors and donors to ensure we can continue to help those less fortunate.

Download our Community Impact Report to read more about our work.