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Young Mens Christian Association Of East Tennessee Inc

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Causes: Human Services, Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports, Young Mens or Womens Associations

Mission: To put christian principles into practice through programs and activities that develop the spirit, mind and body of youth, adults and families in knoxville, tn and surrounding communities. The ymca encourages growth for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. Ymca activities are progressive and challenge individuals to learn, grow and thrive. Reaching out to the community is as important as developing membership at ymca facilities. We will remain fiscally sound to provide affordable services to all members of the community.

Programs: Youth development - our ymca is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why we help young people cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Our ymca programs, such as afterschool child care, summer day camp, and teen leadership, offer a range of experiences that enrich cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth. Expenses include subsidies and direct financial assistance that make participation possible for 85 percent of the young people we serve.

healthy living - the ymca is a leading voice on health and well-being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fund and shared interests. As a result, over 50,000 people in our community are receiving the support, guidance and resources they need to achieve greater health in spirit, mind and body. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with an obesity crisis, families struggle with work/life balance and individuals search for personal fulfillment. Our programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. In 2017, we provided over 1,700,000 in financial assistance to people who otherwise may not have been able to afford to participate.

social responsibility - our ymca believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. We have been listening and responding to our community's most critical social needs for more than 163 years. Y programs, such as community giving gardens, diabetes prevention, alzheimer's referral, hypertension monitoring and aquatic safety programs are examples of how we deliver training, resources and support that empower our neighbors to effect change, bridge gaps and overcome obstacles. In 2017, we engaged over 50,000 ymca members, participants and volunteers in activities that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been members for over 50 years. They have exceptionally well trained staff that take great care of you. I am a silver sneakers member and love the classes I take. The people are so friendly and supportive.


Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Y because they make our community better. Helping schools, churches, parents, grand parents improve the quality of life for all people who come to the Y. Life changing.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member for many years and can not say enough about them. They are like family. I have been a donor for many years and love the impact they have on my neighbors in need. The new community giving gardens are so cool. Feeding hungry people with healthy food, awesome.

Review from Guidestar

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the YMCA. They quietly do lots of things to help people in our community. I contribute knowing every penny of what I give goes to help people.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I joined in a low income program being a disabled veteran. The staff were totally unorganized and often confused. Trying to talk to someone with any kind of authority was all but impossible. Shabby equipment at all their facilities and frequent breakdowns such as pool heaters and steam room breakdowns were a common experience. Would not ever be interested in going or joining there again. Christian organization???? What a joke.