The YMCA was established in London, England, in 1844. In San Francisco, the Y has a rich history of community and volunteerism, as one of the founding charitable organizations in the Bay Area.
Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind and body.
Our strategic vision is that healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area, building the skills and habits for a healthy life, being empowered to reach their highest potential.
For more than 160 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has addressed the most pressing social issues of the day—whether that was helping immigrants adjust to life in America or supporting soldiers newly returned from war find jobs back home.
Our 14 YMCAs in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties strive to understand the complex nature of emerging needs and develop unique programming built upon community strength. We understand that each of our communities has unique challenges which are always addressed in a pro-active and compassionate way.