About the Y


We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Our Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Harrison County YMCA is ‘To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.’

Our Strength Is in Community

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.
• The Y is community centered. For 50 years we have been listening and responding to our communities.
• The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
• The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
• The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

Our Areas of Focus

The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

Opportunities for All

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And, that’s just the beginning.

Why is the YMCA a charitable organization?

The YMCA is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization as defined by the IRS. The YMCA must maintain our charitable status yearly by showing that we give a significant amount of support to the community. The YMCA does this primarily through our YMCA Financial Assistance, or Scholarship Program. The YMCA strives to turn no one away due to inability to pay.  Each year, the Harrison County YMCA grants over $50,000 to families, children, seniors and teens that would not have been able to receive much needed YMCA services without assistance.