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Ocean County YMCA, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Young Mens or Womens Associations

Mission: Founded in 1883, YMCAs collectively make up the largest nonprofit community service organization in America. YMCAs are at the heart of community life in neighborhoods and towns across the nation. They work to meet the health and social service needs of 16.9 million men, women and children. Ys help people develop values and behavior that are consistent with Christian principles. Ys are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs' strength is in the people they bring together. In the average Y, a volunteer board sets policy for its executive, who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders. Ys meet local community needs through organized activities called programs. In its own way, every Y nurtures the healthy development of children and teens; strengthens families; and makes its community a healthier, safer, better place to live. YMCA programs are tools for building the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Longtime leaders in community-based health and fitness and aquatics, Ys teach kids to swim, offer exercise classes for people with disabilities and lead adult aerobics. They also offer hundreds of other programs in response to community needs, including camping, child care (the Y movement is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider), teen clubs, environmental programs, substance abuse prevention, youth sports, family nights, job training, international exchange and many more. Organization: Each YMCA is a charitable nonprofit, qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Each is independent. YMCAs are required by the national constitution to pay annual dues, to refrain from discrimination and to support the YMCA mission. All other decisions are local choices, including programs offered, staffing and style of operation. The national office, called the YMCA of the USA, is in Chicago, with Field offices in California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota and Texas. It is staffed by 241 employees. Its purpose is to serve member associations. International: YMCAs are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 30 million people. Some 230 local US Ys maintain more than 370 relationships with Ys in other countries, operate international programs and contribute to YMCA work worldwide through the YMCA World Service campaign. Like other national YMCA movements, the YMCA of the USA is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. History: The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 by George Williams and about a dozen friends who lived and worked as clerks in a drapery a forerunner of dry-goods and department stores. Their goal was to help young men like themselves find God. The first members were evangelical Protestants who prayed and studied the Bible as an alternative to vice. The Y movement has always been nonsectarian and today accepts those of all faiths at all levels of the organization, despite its unchanging name, the Young Men's Christian Association. The first U.S. YMCA started in Boston in 1851, the work of Thomas Sullivan, a retired sea captain who was a lay missionary. Ys spread fast and soon were serving boys and older men as well as young men. Although 5,145 women worked in YMCA military canteens in World War I, it wasn't until after World War II that women and girls were admitted to full membership and participation in the US YMCAs. Today half of all YMCA members and program members are female, and half are under age 18.

Target demographics: All Ocean County residents

Programs: Youth development - see schedule o

healthy living - see schedule o

social responsibility - see schedule o

Community Stories

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Client Served

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The state of this particular y is deplorable. The swim programs run by the head swim team coach do not care one iota about your child, however they do want your money. My daughter has swam there for 8 years and in that time this coach has done nothing to improve her skills. If your child happens to be a great swimmer then he will give them more attention, he wants elite swimmers and could care less about the others. The head swim team coach is condescending, intimidating and degrading to the kids, he practices verbal and mental abuse, and makes fun of of them. This guy should not be allowed to coach any of the kids. He can't handle criticism by a parent and will take it out on your child. These complaints are true and not from just one child. I usually don't complain but I want other parents to be aware. Also, If your child decides to leave the team he will call them "quitters".

As for the physical condition of the y, its bad. It is very dirty overall, especially on the pool deck and the bottom of the pool. I have seen many of the ymca's in NJ, from all the meets my daughter has swam, and this y is in need of a major refurbishment. I would like to know where all there money goes. Swimming on the team here is very expensive.

Again, be aware and talk to the other parents because they do complain. Attached below is there mission statement and apparently is not followed by the swim team leadership,

Mission Statement (taken from GuideStar.org)

The OCEAN COUNTY YMCA is a charitable, volunteer led public charity that includes men, women and children ofall ages, abilities, incomes, races and religions We are a community service organization serving over 12,000 members We are dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities by putting Judeo/Chnstian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong values, leadership development.

Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $4,261,710
Total Expenses $4,608,716

Review from Guidestar