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The YMCA of MV launches its Capital Expansion Campaign of $15 Million ($12 M Capital cost with a $3 M Endowment) to complete construction of the Y.
The YMCA of MV and the MV Ice Arena enter into a Management Agreement while exploring merger conversations.
The YMCA of MV and it's neighbor MV Ice Arena begin talks of a partnership and possible merger, working together on a Capital Campaign of $4 Million to renovate the Ice Arena.
The YMCA of MV completed the Tower Family Endowment Challenge, eliminating the remaining Capital Debt of $1.5 Million from the original construction of the Y, while also creating an Endowment of over $3 Million, preserving the Y for the future of Martha's Vineyard.
The YMCA of MV completes its Second Strategic Plan.
After one year of construction, the YMCA of MV Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center opens.
YMCA of MV first Stars + Stripes Festival is created and becomes the Y's number one annual fundraiser.
YMCA of MV breaks ground for the new Alex's Place Teen Center.
The YMCA of MV opened its doors to the public with a full offering of programs and services for children, families and individuals, including Y FOR ALL Financial Assistance for discounting rates based on need.
First Lady Michelle Obama chose the YMCA as the venue to launch the pillars of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity. Positioning the YMCA as an important partner in preventing chronic disease throughout the nation, Y-USA garners the support of high-ranking government officials.
The YMCA of MV kicked off its Charter Member campaign and within less than a year had over 300 members.
The YMCA of MV qualified for membership with the national YMCA.
The YMCA of MV began preliminary building designs and laid the foundation for a $14 Million capital campaign to construct a full service YMCA.
The YMCA of MV became an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard signed a 60-year lease with the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for 5+ acres of land.
The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard received its provisional charter membership with the national YMCA.
The YMCA held its first National Healthy Kids Day!
Many African American YMCA's became meeting places and rallying points for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1967, racial discrimination was banned in all Ys.
The game of Basketball was invented at the International YMCA training School in Springfield, MA by physical education teacher James Naismith, by hanging peach baskets to the bottom of a second-level running track. Today, basketball is second to soccer as the most popular sport in the world.
1st U.S. YMCA founded in Boston by retired Boston sea Captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan, working as a marine missionary, noticed a similar need to create a safe "home away from home" for sailors and merchants.
1st YMCA founded by 22-year-old George William in Industrialized London, a place of turmoil and despair. The Y offered something unique for its time - the organization's drive to meet social need in the community was compelling and it's openness to members crossed the rigid lines separating English social class.
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.
Living on Martha's Vineyard.
Living a healthy lifestyle through our health and wellness programs that help with rehabilitation, social interaction, fitness and health year-round with friends.
Participating in healthy programs for individuals of all ages and families.
Receiving financial assistance in Summer Camp and After School programs.
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 and bridge the gaps in community needs.