About Us

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 Strategic Plan

Our Mission

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

Our Community Involvement

We’re proud to serve the people of Northwest North Carolina. Below are some of the ways we live our mission.

  • We served over 156,500 people with our memberships and programs in 2018
  • In 2018, through Annual Giving Campaign support and grants, our Y provided $4.7 million dollars in charitable assistance, scholarships, and subsidized and free programs
  • 19,547 neighbors in need benefited from Open Doors Financial Assistance for membership and programs
  • We helped 212 people learn to read through the Y’s Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and Family Literacy programs in 2018
  • In 2018, 464 academically at-risk children attended a YMCA Summer Learning Academy, to help close the achievement gap
  • 1,764 Achievers learned about the tools needed for success in higher education and career opportunities
  • 346 teens learned about the governmental process to Youth and Government
  • 913,082 visits to group exercise classes building camaraderie along with physical activity
  • 194 Adventure Guides dads and their children spent quality time and made memories
  • 141 cancer survivors rebuilt strength and spirit in LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
  • 23,388 senior members participated through programs and insurance-based membership
  • 31 women participated in RISE: Refugee and Immigrant Society of Entrepreneurs where they taught eight RISE International Cooking Classes and had 7 Pop-up Craft Sales
  • The YMCA is the largest provider of child care in the nation, and here locally over 18,000 children were served in Before and After School Academies, Preschool Academy, Summer Exploration Academy/Day Camp, Youth Swim Lessons, Youth Sports, and at YMCA Camp Hanes
  • 8,207 individuals and organizations donated to the YMCA Annual Giving Campaign
  • Community Network

Our International Involvement

YMCAs are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 30 million people. Read about our International Partnerships by clicking here.

Our Character Development

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

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Faith

Our Objectives

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 2018 Annual Report

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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 obtain an independent audit of Association financial statements annually. View a PDF of our 2019 audited financial statement. Please direct any questions regarding these statements to Donna Rodgers.

Our IRS Form 990

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 both 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. View these excerpts of our 2019 Form 990. For a full copy of any years’ completed Form 990, or questions regarding our Form 990’s, please contact Donna Rodgers. Also, Guidestar is a website where the Form 990 for any exempt organization can be viewed.