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Our Vision

When the first YMCA was established in 1844 in London,

England, its mission was to promote positive Christian values and healthy behaviors and activities. Today, the YMCA movement has spread to 124 countries around the world, supporting and influencing the lives of 21 million men, women and children of all backgrounds. Our local YMCA association has been serving Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas since 1888. We have created a tradition of enhancing the lives of people in our community through an ever-growing list of programs and opportunities.

Our Mission

"Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body."

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We’re proud to serve the people of Northwest North Carolina. In 2020, a year like no other, the Y continued to meet community needs and provide vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We have 14 branches in Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, and Yadkin counties, which includes YMCA Youth Development, YMCA Aquatics, YMCA Sports, and YMCA Camp Hanes.
  • 1,465 young people participated in Summer Exploration Academies (day camps) at our branches at YMCA Camp Hanes day camp, while 782 campers experienced adventure during overnight camp at YMCA Camp Hanes.
  • 638 youth and their families had a safe place to go to virtual school through the Y’s E-Learning Academies. 146 children of essential workers were provided emergency child care when schools closed in the spring.
  • 1,368 youth in the Latino Achievers, Black Achievers, Youth and Government, and Youth Achievers programs learned about the tools needed for success in higher education and career opportunities. (This is the number of students enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year.)
  • 168,222 meals and 39,341 snacks were provided to address food insecurity among vulnerable populations.
  • 1,101 pints of blood were collected at blood drives hosted across the Y association, saving 3303 lives.
  • 3,283 seniors received wellness calls to keep them connected to the Y during the pandemic.
  • 228 adults worked with trained volunteers in the YMCA Literacy Initiative to receive tutoring in reading or English as a second language. 

Read more here about our Community Network.

YMCAs are at work in more than 120 counties around the world, serving more than 30 million people. Read more about our International Partnerships by clicking here.

We place a special focus on these values as we interact with our members, our program participants, and our community.

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Faith

The people of the YMCA strive to reach these goals in everything we do.

  • Prepare youth and teens to succeed
  • Strengthen and support families
  • Develop caring communities
  • Encourage and inspire healthy living

Our 2020 Annual Report

As a not-for-profit organization with tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is required to obtain an independent audit of Association financial statements annually. Please direct any questions regarding these statements to Donna Rodgers.

Our audited Financial Statement

As a not-for-profit organization with tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is required to file annually a Form 990, Return of an Organization Exempt from Income Tax. The purpose of the form is to supply both quantitative data to both the IRS and the public. A key area of the annual filing is the statement of program service accomplishments which testifies to the exempt purpose of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. For a full copy of any years' completed Form 990, or questions regarding our Form 990s, please contact Donna Rodgers. Also, Guidestar is a website where the Form 990 for any exempt organization can be viewed.

Our IRS Form 990


2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report coming soon

2018 Annual Report coming soon