We Are Stronger Together
The YMCA was founded in 1844 by George Williams who pictured an organization united together by faith. In 1855, the First World Alliance of YMCA’s held in Paris France reaffirmed a call for unity with the following Bible passage from John 17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
The Springfield community has seen many changes since 1855, but the call for unity for all Springfield community members continues to remain great as we struggle against the ongoing community issues of homelessness, hunger, drug addiction, and domestic violence.
The YMCA works to bring people together through volunteerism, childcare financial assistance for working parents, and a sense of community for like minded people working to improve their health and well being.
The Y is more than a fitness center, it is a community in which people can grow together and learn healthy habits together. As a member of the YMCA, you are a part of this community. Reach out to one another, smile at someone you don’t know, say “hi” to someone who is working out with you in a fitness class, and listen to others.
Maya Angelou once said that “Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.” We are all stronger together.