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Our Vision

When the first YMCA was established in 1844 in London,

England, its mission was to promote positive Christian values and healthy behaviors and activities. Today, the YMCA movement has spread to 124 countries around the world, supporting and influencing the lives of 21 million men, women and children of all backgrounds. Our local YMCA association has been serving Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas since 1888. We have created a tradition of enhancing the lives of people in our community through an ever-growing list of programs and opportunities.

Our Mission

"Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."

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We’re proud to serve the people of Northwest North Carolina. In 2021, we demonstrated that the Y is a safe place for all in our community to come focus on their health — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. 

  • We have 17 branches in Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties, which includes YMCA Youth Development, YMCA Sports, and YMCA Camp Hanes, that served our communities when they needed us the most.
  • $1,157,408 in financial scholarships were given for memberships and programs. 
  • 1,647 young people participated in Summer Day Camps at our branches, exploring new interests and cultivating friendships. 
    1,850 campers experienced adventure and the great outdoors at overnight camp at YMCA Camp Hanes, while another 746 campers participated in day camp at the scenic campsite. 
  • 2,089 youth had a safe place to go outside of school hours each month at the Y’s Before and After School Academies in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • 412 youth in the Latino Achievers, Black Achievers, Youth & Government, and Youth Achievers programs learned about the tools needed for success in higher education and career opportunities in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • More than 1,000 healthy meals and snacks were given to youth daily during out of school activities in 2021.
  • 1,263 pints of blood were collected at blood drives hosted across the Y association in 2021, saving 3,789 lives. In total, 56 blood drives were hosted at our Ys.
  • More than 90% of YMCA Literacy participants improved their English language, job, and interpersonal skills in 2021.

Read more here about our Community Network.

YMCAs are at work in more than 120 counties around the world, serving more than 40 million people. Read more about our International Partnerships by clicking here.

We place a special focus on these values as we interact with our members, our program participants, and our community.

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Faith

The people of the YMCA strive to reach these goals in everything we do.

  • Prepare youth and teens to succeed
  • Strengthen and support families
  • Develop caring communities
  • Encourage and inspire healthy living

Our 2021 Annual Report

As a not-for-profit organization with tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is required to obtain an independent audit of Association financial statements annually. Please direct any questions regarding these statements to Donna Rodgers.

Our audited Financial Statements

As a not-for-profit organization with tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is required to file annually a Form 990, Return of an Organization Exempt from Income Tax. The purpose of the form is to supply both quantitative and qualitative data to the IRS and the public. A key area of the annual filing is the statement of program service accomplishments which testifies to the exempt purpose of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. For a full copy of any years' completed Form 990, or questions regarding our Form 990s, please contact Donna Rodgers. Also, Guidestar is a website where the Form 990 for any exempt organization can be viewed.

Our IRS Form 990 Excerpts