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.

With the combined resources of four YMCAs, our newly formed association invested in a property in Ipswich, launched a capital campaign and built a new YMCA. The building opened in December of 1999; bringing the number of local Ys in our association to five. Numerous renovations and additions took place over the years to add space and amenities to all five YMCAs.

In 2006, the Haverhill YMCA joined the YMCA of the North Shore, growing our service area to 25 cities and towns. The Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA project also broke ground that year and the new building, which replaced the Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA, opened in December of 2008. Other projects in recent years included the opening and renovation of several spaces for teens in Gloucester, Rockport and Beverly, as well as a new childcare center in Haverhill, which opened in 2012.

The latest addition to the association is the Plaistow Community YMCA and its Early Education Center, which was added in 2014.

Providing affordable housing to North Shore residents is also a core component of our YMCA’s mission. In 2010, the much anticipated Powder House Village project in Ipswich broke ground and in 2011 Cabot Street Homes located in Beverly was completed and Holcroft Park Homes in Beverly began construction. Powder House Village and Holcroft Park are now home to dozens of families.

The YMCA of the North Shore has set an ambitious course for the future, with more than 45,000 members; our YMCA is poised to affect positive change in the communities we serve for decades to come.