The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, an IRS recognized 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, received its provisional charter membership with the national YMCA in January 2003 and qualified for membership in January of 2007. The Y signed a 60-year lease with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in May 2004 for 5-plus acres of land. In 2005, the Y began preliminary building designs, and laid the foundation for a $14 million capital campaign to construct a full service YMCA. In August 2009 the Y kicked off its Charter Member campaign and within less than a year had over 300 members. On June 19, 2010, the Y opened its doors to the public with a full offering of programs and services for children, families, and individuals.
VISION & MISSION
Our Vision is to create a year round recreational community center that brings Islanders and visitors of every age group and economic level together in one place to help them attain their individual goals in a balanced holistic method.
Our Mission: The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, individuals, families and the Island community by helping our members realize their fullest potential through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through our programs, we aim to achieve the following goals:
- To provide year-round services for youth, adults and families
- To prevent and intervene with at-risk youth and teens
- To bring different sectors of Island life together through the offering of a multitude of services and intergenerational opportunities
- To develop health and prevention programs, leadership development, job skills training, learning opportunities, and leisure activities for these identified groups.