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YMCA of MARTA'S VINEYARD

Proud past,
bright future

Who we are

As a local, independent 501(c)3 charity, we work every day to address local Island needs and ensure that all people are welcome and no one is turned away due to inability to pay. We are proud to be a part of a national movement of YMCAs in over 10,000 communities, as the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening local communities and helping people grow stronger in mind, body and spirit.

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Our Timeline

Summer

2017

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.

During

2017

The YMCA of MV and the MV Ice Arena enter into a Management Agreement while exploring merger conversations.

During

2016

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.

During

2015

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.

During

2014

The YMCA of MV completes its Second Strategic Plan.

Winter

2011

After one year of construction, the YMCA of MV Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center opens.

Summer

2011

YMCA of MV first Stars + Stripes Festival is created and becomes the Y's number one annual fundraiser.

Winter

2010

YMCA of MV breaks ground for the new Alex's Place Teen Center.

Summer

2010

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.

During

2010

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.

Summer

2009

The YMCA of MV kicked off its Charter Member campaign and within less than a year had over 300 members.

Winter

2007

The YMCA of MV qualified for membership with the national YMCA.

During

2005

The YMCA of MV began preliminary building designs and laid the foundation for a $14 Million capital campaign to construct a full service YMCA.

Fall

2004

The YMCA of MV became an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Spring

2004

The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard signed a 60-year lease with the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for 5+ acres of land.

Winter

2003

The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard received its provisional charter membership with the national YMCA.

Spring

1992

The YMCA held its first National Healthy Kids Day!

During the

1960's

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.

Winter

1891

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.

Winter

1851

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.

Summer

1844

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.

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.

AREAS OF FOCUS

  1. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
  2. HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being.
  3. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

17,000

YEAR-ROUND RESIDENTS

Living on Martha's Vineyard.

7,000

People of all ages

Living a healthy lifestyle through our health and wellness programs that help with rehabilitation, social interaction, fitness and health year-round with friends.

25-30%

Island Community

Participating in healthy programs for individuals of all ages and families.

Up to 50%

Youth

Receiving financial assistance in Summer Camp and After School programs.

VISION

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.

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