YMCA of Boulder Valley 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/indoor 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. The YMCA of Boulder Valley now strengthens the communities of Boulder, Broomfield and Weld counties.
The YMCA of Boulder Valley is unique amongst 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, 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 Boulder Valley CEO and President
As the Board Chair for the YMCA of Boulder Valley, I have had the pleasure of watching this organization expand into so many areas of the community throughout my tenure. I am constantly reminded that it truly takes a village to raise our kids and keep our community healthy and thriving. The YMCA is so many things to so many people, and it stretches way beyond our main facilities and gyms. In fact, the real mission and impact the YMCA has is not simply through the gym facilities but through our community outreach and involvement. With before- and after-school programs, day and overnight camps, youth sports teams, swimming lessons, senior group exercise classes and Parkinson's fitness programs, we are there for everyone regardless of gender, age, income and ethnicity. We are there to provide a safe and encouraging environment where kids can be kids and learn what it is to be a responsible and engaged member of our society. It's where adults can bring their kids and know they will be safe, or where they have a supportive place to pursue a healthy lifestyle and be a part of something larger than themselves. We are there for all, regardless of ability to pay for our services. Please remember that we are much more than a "swim and gym," and the dollars that support the YMCA support all.
We are the YMCA of Boulder Valley. We are community. And we thank you for being a part of our community and your YMCA!
Kristi Stephan, Board Chair for the YMCA of Boulder Valley
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.
-With a $50 donation, Julio, a 4-year-old in the local Head Start program, overcame his fear of the water and learned basic water safety techniques along with 29 other students.
-A $100 donation provided a subsidy allowing girls from the "I Have a Dream" Foundation in Boulder County to play on a Y basketball team and learn important lessons in sportsmanship.
-A $250 donation provided a day camp scholarship for Anna to continue to attend the program when both of her parents were laid off from work, keeping them free from worry.
-A $500 donation supported the YMCA All Stars Basketball Team, in which Charlie, a boy with Down Syndrome, and his friends, who have conditions such as Asperger's and cerebral palsy, show us that regardless of limitations, all kids have a desire to compete and to achieve.
-A $1,000 donation provided the Miller family with a Y membership for a year allowing the entire family to participate in activities at the Y. The Millers were surrounded by supportive Y staff while they dealt with the enormous financial and emotional burdens that accompanied their youngest child's life-threatening illness.
-$2,500 provided a program subsidy for Thomas to attend day camp, a week of resident camp and after school programs allowing his single mother to know that her son was well taken care of while she worked.
-The $5,000 donated by the Dave Arguijo Project sponsors youth ice programs and provides scholarships, equipment and instruction.
These opportunities build a life-long love of ice sports along with sportsmanship, teamwork and confidence.