At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work with our members, volunteers and neighbors to bring lasting and meaningful change to Northwest Florida. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through programs that connect them with others.

In 2016, we reached more than 12,000 people in Northwest Florida. During that year, we provided $488,800 in community benefit to men, women and children right here in our own neighborhoods through mission-based outreach. That total includes direct financial assistance, subsidies, facility use, community outreach and education. We also engaged 390 volunteers, who collectively provided us with $188,228 in time and talent to make our programs possible.

Hear from two Y members how the Y has impacted their lives:


Although much has changed in the Y movement since its founding 160 years ago, one thing hasn’t changed: the Y’s commitment to shared values that hold us together.

As part of our values commitment, we hosted more than 300 special needs kids for our Halloween at the Y trick or treating event. Our facilities are used for worship and Bible study and as a program and meeting place for other non-profits who need a place to gather to pursue their mission. We want to be a good community partner – both inside and outside our walls.

One of the toughest decisions parents must make is deciding who will care for their children while they’re at work. In 2016, 1,190 youth experienced enriching after-school and camp programs at our Y.  Our out-of-school time is filled with activities to stimulate young minds, promote active play and help develop interpersonal skills and values. Our programs provide kids a healthy snack, help with homework, academic enrichment, structured physical activity, creative play, and a chance to have fun with friends.Blue Ridge

About 40% of the children in our out-of-school programs receive some level of financial assistance. When school is out, those same children find a safe place in Y summer day camp and holiday camp.

Last year, we taught 1,222 youth swim lessons. Our pools welcome church baptismal services, Scout groups testing for badges, youth enjoying pool parties and lock-ins, and even groups like the Special Olympics swim team


Through aquatics, we offer a safe, effective exercise option for seniors and those suffering from arthritis or recovering from injury. We also train new lifeguards and host the Wahoo Swim Team and Club Sailfish Swim Team at our branches.

Our youth sports celebrate the spirit of the game with programs where youth learn the rules and techniques, but also learn good sportsmanship, teamwork and respect for coaches and the other team. The lessons we teach in Y sports go far beyond the court and the field. They are life lessons that will serve kids for years to come.

More than 1,300 youth participated in Y sports programs. Every child makes the team and plays at least half of every game.

The Y has responded to the growing number of seniors in our community – and their desire to remain active and engaged – by providing senior-friendly group fitness classes, a safe and non-intimidating environment and plenty of social opportunities.

About 20% of our members are 65 and older
, and most enjoy membership through subsidized services. For them, the Y becomes a place for physical activity as well as social connectedness.

Corp CupThe idea of membership is central to the Y mission. Central also are the final two words of our mission: “for all.” We believe that the opportunity to build healthy spirit, mind and body is an opportunity that must be accessible to everyone, so we are committed to providing financial assistance to all in need, so that, together, we can all grow stronger.

On average, about 15% of our members receive some sort of financial assistance with membership. We especially reach out to those who are new to exercise, the physically and mentally challenged and those overcoming addiction or facing difficult transitions in their lives.