The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is a charitable organization dedicated to making our community a healthier place to live. Since opening its doors in 1884 here in Birmingham, the focus has remained the same: to connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gap in community needs. Over the years, the programs and facilities have changed, but not the mission of service to the community.
Today, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham serves the metro Birmingham area through its 8 Membership Branches, 2 Youth Centers, and Camp Cosby Sleepaway Camp.
The Youth Development programming supports families and youth through various character-building programs, including Afterschool Academy, Summer Day Camps, 1st Class Pre-K, Sleepaway Camp, Youth Sports, Kindergarten Readiness, Swim Team, Swim Lessons, and Youth in Government.
The Y’s membership services provide access to contemporary group exercise classes, cardio and strength equipment, aquatic facilities, tennis courts, and gyms – all focused on providing Healthy Living options and programming to the community.
The Y’s commitment to Social Responsibility is best demonstrated through its recent response to the 2020 pandemic and the variety of community initiatives it implemented, including Red Cross Blood Drives, Farmers to Families Food Distribution, Volunteering, Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers, Financial Aid, and numerous collaborations with like-minded community partners to help overcome the financial, social, and economic disparities brought about by the crisis.
The following statement has been true throughout the Y’s extraordinary history:
“We lift each other. That’s what we do. Our goal is to create a movement for good in Greater Birmingham. The Y connects people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and incomes to shape lives and build community.”
Tim Blair, Immediate Past Board Chair of YMCA of Greater Birmingham