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.