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 that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. 

WHO WE ARE

The Y is a cause-driven organization focused on three key areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. Our programs, services, and initiatives enable youth to realized their potential, offer families ways so have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind, and body, welcome and embrace newcomers, and help foster social responsibility. 

OUR MISSION

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. 

OUR COMMITMENT TO NONDISCRIMINATION, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA is an organization that embraces nondiscrimination, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. The Y believes that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive, when our doors are open to all, and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. 

As our laws and communities continue to change, one thing is constant: the Y is, and always will be, a place where individuals and families from all walks of life are welcome and where they may learn, grow, and thrive - together. 

OUR COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA works hard to keep our kids safe. We require a complete criminal, personal and professional background check of each staff and volunteer member. Additionally, all members and guests who enter the Y facility are immediately screened through a local and national sex offender registry. 

Here are some additional practices that the Y has in place to protect children in our care:

  • Not only all staff, but also volunteers, must read and follow our child abuse prevention policy. Our policy is strict: it prohibits a Y staff person or volunteer from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others. 
  • All staff and volunteers are required to participate in training about the prevention of child abuse, identifying the signs of abuse and reporting suspected abuse incidents. staff renew this training every year. Staff and volunteers in direct service with children are required to undergo additional child abuse prevention trainings. 
  • If any Y staff member or volunteer become aware of any incident of suspected child abuse, they are required to report the incident to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services immediately for investigation and follow up. 
  • Each month our membership database is screened for sex offenders using a national database. Results are reviewed by Y staff every quarter and, if needed, appropriate action is taken immediately. 

OUR HISTORY

The YMCA was founded in London in 1844. Since then, the Y has grown into an organization serving communities all over the world. 

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA was established in 1911 as a Railway Y, providing a safe, positive environment for men working on the railway away from their families.