YMCA of Northern Colorado strengthens community through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. One out of three of our members access Y programs with the aid of financial assistance.
Early in its history, the YMCA offered prayer meetings and Bible classes, lectures and social events and served as a safe haven for young men trying to avoid the temptations of life in cities. Today, the YMCA of Boulder Valley is still a safe haven--for people of all ages, all abilities, all ethnic backgrounds and all walks of life. The Y is a nonprofit, non-denominational, charitable, private organization under 501C3 of the internal revenue tax code.
The YMCA of Boulder Valley was founded in 1874 as a wholesome sanctuary for young men and boys in the wild West. Inactive in the 1940s, the Y was re-chartered in 1955. In 1966 the Mapleton Center opened its doors. Renovations to the Mapleton Center were completed in 1979, 1998, 2000, 2007 and most recently in 2009. In the summer of 1998, as the new millennium approached, the Arapahoe Center facility was built to serve the East County region. Unique for any YMCA, the Arapahoe Center has a year-round ice rink and artificial turf field. In the summer of 2010, the Y opened the new family aquatic center at the Arapahoe Center in Lafayette, complete with outdoor pool, giant slide, splash park, wading pool, volleyball courts and picnic tables. And in 2015, the Longmont Y and the YMCA of Boulder Valley merged to become one newly strengthened organization. We opened the Johnstown Community YMCA in 2020 and changed our name to YMCA of Northern Colorado to better represent the communities we serve in Boulder, Broomfield, Weld and Larimer counties.
The YMCA of Northern Colorado is unique among the nonprofits of the area. We have been in existence since the state was founded and have continued to serve the community in whatever manner has been needed at the time. Certainly, it is clear that the YMCA changes with the times to stay relevant. Currently we are focused on several key issues: obesity and chronic disease prevention, learning gaps among various groups of children, early childhood education, teen leadership training, drowning prevention and senior fitness. These are all areas that we can have a positive effect in and make peoples' lives better! Help us help the community by joining the Y or donating today.
Chris Coker, YMCA of Northern Colorado CEO and President
As the Board Chair for the YMCA of Northern Colorado, I've had the opportunity to get to know and work with amazing people. Their dedication to our surrounding community is unwavering. When the COVID-19 shutdown hit, the first question we asked was, "How can we help?" We were among the first in the state to open our doors to frontline workers for childcare services. Working with the state Health Department, we received a special waiver in order to continue operating our local daycares for hospital employees, police officers, and firefighters. This is just one example of how we step up to serve our communities every single day. We offer before-and-after-school enrichment for students, youth sports programs, swimming lessons, senior group exercise classes, Parkinson's fitness programs, youth leadership activities, Food Project Farm, student nutrition projects, and much more. Our credo is, "We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities." Thank you in advance for your support. Together, we will build a better world.
Brandon Shaffer, Board Chair for the YMCA of Northern Colorado
When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. Our programs give children a safe place to go after school, Y youth sports build skills and teach teamwork, senior fitness classes create community and support independence, health and fitness programs foster well-being and family programs create connections and promote fun.
This is our commitment, but we can't do it alone. We count on the generosity of our members and partners to help us continue this vital work. Together, we can build a stronger community and create a brighter future for our children.
-A $50 donation supports The YMCA/BVSD Weekend Nutrition Bag Program provides a healthy food source for children over weekends and holiday breaks.
-A $100 donation provides life-saving swim lessons for a low-income child. Studies show that formal swim lessons are associated with and 88% reduction in the risk of drowning.
-A $250 donation provides a week of day camp where campers learn to build confidence and resilience by challenging their abilities, and they nurture new friendships with children from different walks of life.
-A $500 donation gives two weeks of full day childcare or remote learning assistance
-A $1,000 donation provides a full month of preschool to a family in need. Preschoolers enjoy a creative and research-based curriculum designed to build on their individual strengths and interests, setting them up for a lifetime of learning success.