Our Mission and Focus
The mission of the YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
In October of 1973, Dr. Louis B. Massad presented the idea to establish a YMCA in our community at a Rotary Club meeting. Later that month a group of interested people held the first meeting of the newly founded YMCA. The Rappahannock Area YMCA was incorporated and received its charter through the National YMCA in 1974. In January of 1982, the Rappahannock Area YMCA opened its first branch on Butler Road in Falmouth. The facility included a 25-meter indoor pool, family locker rooms and multi-purpose rooms for aerobics, youth programs and a weight room. This branch would later be named the Massad Family YMCA after Dr. Massad.
A Growing Cause
In 1999 the Rappahannock Area began serving Stafford County Public Schools with our School Age Childcare Program. We now serve 37 schools in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and provide care at our branches in King George and Caroline Counties. The Spotsylvania Family YMCA opened its doors on July 23, 2003 with a full facility: Gymnasium, pool, wellness/fitness center, aerobics/group fitness studio, spinning room, youth classrooms, Kidz Corner nursery, pavilion and inclusive playground. The facility was renamed the Ron Rosner Family YMCA of Spotsylvania County in 2009.
Thanks to the support and partnership of King George County, the King George Y opened in 2008 with a full facility: Gymnasium, pool, wellness/fitness center, aerobics/group fitness, spinning, youth classrooms, Kidz Spot area, playground/pavilion, and locker rooms.
2014: Caroline Family YMCA
The Caroline Family YMCA opened its doors in 2014 with a full facility: Gymnasium, pool, wellness/fitness center, aerobics/group fitness studio, spinning room, locker rooms, youth classrooms, and Kidz Corner nursery.
What We Focus On
At the Y, we create opportunities for people to improve their lives and their communities. Through empowering young people, improving individual and community well-being, and inspiring action, we aim to create meaningful change in our community.
Empowering young people to reach their full potential through programs that foster the physical, social and emotional development of kids of all ages, from infants to school-aged children, to teens. At the Y, kids will learn more about their world, develop healthy relationships with adults and other kids, build self-reliance, get help with their schoolwork and more — all in a safe, nurturing environment.
Improving individual and community well-being by providing facilities, programs and services that nurture a healthy spirit mind and body. With a focus on programs that support community health, chronic disease prevention, and active lifestyles from youth through senior ages – the Y is a place where anyone can develop healthy habits at any stage of life.
Giving back and inspiring action in our community is central to our mission. The Y gives kids, adults and families an opportunity to get involved with community-based service projects that make a real difference. Whether it’s planning a food drive, leading a cleanup effort or contributing to a community garden, together, everyone can help build a stronger community.