Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To fulfill our purpose of strengthening community for all, the Y is committed to being an inclusive organization and leveraging our collective impact to address social inequities. The Y is made up of people of all ages, from all walks of life, working side-by-side to strengthen communities. Together, we strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Every day, we work to create an environment in which all members, staff and other stakeholders experience an organization rich with multicultural inclusivity, the promotion of equity across all walks of life and a genuine sense of belonging FOR ALL.


The Y is made up of people from all backgrounds working side by side to strengthen communities. We are committed to advancing equity for all in everything we do so that everyone—regardless of who they are or where they come from—has an opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

Read each section below to learn the ways in which our YMCA is working to advance equity in our community.

The YMCA is Committed to a Better Future for All

Ability-Based Barriers

We create welcoming, inclusive spaces where people of all abilities can fully participate in our programs and services, receive the support they need and connect with one another.

Special Needs
Financial Barriers

We work to ensure everyone can access the support they need, whether by offering financial aid to access programs within our facilities or by providing services, outside our four walls at health care centers, schools and other places in the community. We never turn anyone away due to inability to pay, and we work hard to eliminate other barriers.

Open Doors
Educational & Out of School Time Disparities

We help all children and teens to reach their full potential by providing them with access to nurturing environments, enriching academic experiences and support systems that reduce barriers and strengthen cognitive, physical and social-emotional development.

Impact Programs
Food Insecurity

We are committed to helping all kids and families thrive by expanding access to healthy food and addressing the systemic inequities that contribute to hunger and food insecurity. The Massad Family YMCA’s Giving Garden has been providing the community with fresh produce at no cost. We also partner with local food banks to collect donations of non-perishable items.

Generational Barriers

We ensure all our spaces are accessible and welcoming to people of all ages. We create community and connection for older adults through our programming and facilities, and provide vital services to help seniors achieve good physical and mental health.

Enhance Fitness
Physical Health Disparities

We ensure everyone has the opportunity to live their healthiest life. We help people overcome barriers to healthy living by improving access to health-promoting resources, like quality health care, preventative services, healthy environments, mental health support and quality living conditions.

Community Health
Mental Health Disparities

We provide access to programs and social opportunities where people of all ages and walks of life can make friends and develop strong social connections which are vital to good mental health.

Staff and Volunteer Representation Disparities

We know that representation matters and we strive to ensure that our staff and volunteers represent and reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.

Water Safety Inequities

The Y is committed to helping all kids become strong, confident swimmers and reducing water-related fatalities in every community. At the Y, inability to pay will never prohibit a child from learning how to swim.

Swim Lessons
Youth Leadership Opportunities

The Y is committed to raising the next generation of changemakers who will create the strong, equitable communities we all want to live in. We strive to engage young people in critical leadership roles, amplify the voices of changemakers globally, and help kids and teens to create change in their communities.

Day Camps