Our History

Serving the Midlands Community Since 1854.

YMCA of Columbia, one of the original fifty Ys in the United States, has been fostering a sense of community and common fellowship since its inception in 1854. During the mid-to-late 1800s, the Columbia YMCA provided vital support to thousands of residents, offering affordable housing, Bible studies, a strong Christian mission, and recreational activities.

Throughout the 1900s, the YMCA of Columbia adapted and persevered, delivering emotional support, a sense of community, and holistic well-being to all. Despite the challenges of the Great Depression and the changing social landscape, the Y continued to make a profound impact by serving the Columbia community and promoting healthier lifestyles.

In the 21st century, the YMCA of Columbia remains committed to addressing social challenges and making a significant difference in the lives of individuals and the community at large. Through quality childcare, camps, afterschool programs, and initiatives that promote healthier lifestyles, the Y has positively influenced the lives of tens of thousands of children and countless adults.

For nearly 170 years, YMCA of Columbia has stayed true to its mission of putting Christian principles into practice. By offering programs that nurture the spirit, mind, and body, the Y continues to uphold its five core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith.

Taking the YMCA from a Place to a Purpose

About Us

YMCA of Columbia empowers individuals and strengthens the community through diverse programs and services. With a rich history since 1854, we promote health, fitness, and social responsibility. Our state-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive fitness options, specialized programs, and recreational activities, fostering belonging and making a positive impact on individuals and families.

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Our Mission

The YMCA of Columbia is dedicated to implementing Christian principles through programs that foster the well-being of the spirit, mind, and body for individuals of all backgrounds. With five locations spanning Richland, Kershaw, Lexington, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties, we strive to serve and support our communities.

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Your contribution can make a meaningful impact on our community. Support the YMCA of Columbia and help us continue providing essential programs and services to individuals and families in need. Every donation counts and brings us closer to building a healthier, stronger community together.

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Volunteering at the Y is a catalyst for positive, lasting change in your community. By joining our dedicated team of caring individuals, you actively contribute to making a difference. Embrace the opportunity to work alongside like-minded volunteers, united in their commitment to create a better future for all.

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