OUR CAUSE DEFINES US
We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Our Areas of Focus
The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
Our Strength is in Community
The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.
- The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
- The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
- The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
- The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.
Mission & Vision
Our Y welcomes all. We strengthen communities, educate and nurture children, and promote healthy living in spirit, mind and body.
Where all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.
Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
Our Strategic Plan
Delivering our Cause
Our Y’s mission is our reason for being, and our Y’s vision is our determined hope for the future. More than 160 years of innovative programs and delivering trans-formative responses to urgent social challenges has produced and reinforced a set of basic beliefs about how and why our YMCA effects meaningful, enduring change. Our Strategic Priorities are grounded in these beliefs.
Our Annual Report
“The Y’s impact is not limited to our buildings, it transcends location. We are reaching beyond our walls and meeting our community where they are in order to support, encourage and discover innovative ways to help.” Chris Lovasco CEO, YMCA of the North Shore
Our Community Reach
The YMCA of the North Shore serves the communities of Amesbury, Atkinson (NH), Beverly, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Newton (NH), Plaistow (NH), Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Swampscott, Wenham & West Newbury.
The YMCA of the North Shore is comprised of seven local YMCAs that have joined together or been developed over the last decade and a half to create one YMCA association. YMCAs in our association date back to the 1850s, beginning with the Salem YMCA. In 1994, when the Beverly Regional YMCA merged with the Cape Ann YMCA, our association started developing and strengthening a sense of community across the North Shore. The Salem and Marblehead/Swampscott YMCAs joined our association in 1999, officially creating the YMCA of the North Shore.
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