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THE YMCA
IN THE 
UNITED STATES
Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation's leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate from influencing our nation's culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read.

By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation's health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

Here's a glance at our rich history, and a snapshot of our many successes over the last 160 years on behalf of the individuals and communities we are privileged to serve.

THE STORY OF OUR FOUNDING
In 1844, industrialized London was a place of great turmoil and despair. For the young men who migrated to the city from rural areas to find jobs, London offered a bleak landscape of tenement housing and dangerous influences.

Twenty-two-year-old George Williams, a farmer-turned-department store worker, was troubled by what he saw. He joined 11 friends to organize the first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets.

Although an association of young men meeting around a common purpose was nothing new, the Y offered something unique for its time. The organization's drive to meet social need in the community was compelling, and its openness to members crossed the rigid lines separating English social classes.

Years later, retired Boston sea captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan, working as a marine missionary, noticed a similar need to create a safe home away from home for sailors and merchants. Inspired by the stories of the Y in England, he led the formation of the first U.S. YMCA at the Old South Church in Boston on December 29, 1851.

George Williams founded the YMCA in 1844
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THE HISTORY OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAMILY Y
PROGRESS REPORT OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA. 
OUR HISTORY FROM NOVEMBER 1992 TO PRESENT. 

In November 1992 a small group of people interested in Montgomery County and its future, gathered to begin the process of bringing a YMCA to Montgomery County.

Many were interested in providing safe and wholesome activities for kids and families. The YMCA, with its 153-year history of service to communities, is a leader in fitness, youth programs, swimming, recreation, child education, senior adults and much more.

Montgomery County Family YMCA Facts
  •  1992 Recreation Committee formed
  •  1994 Founders Campaign $200,000
  •  1994 -Montgomery County Family YMCA Board formed 
  •  November 1994 - 4-H Facility provided YMCA first office
  •  January 1995 - Nick Zimmer, first Executive Director hired
  •  April 1995 - first program started
  •  January 1996 - second office & multi-purpose room were added due to program growth
  •  September 1996 - National YMCA Charter presented
  •  April 1997 - YMCA volunteers have grown to 1,000 
  •  May 1997 - YMCA Board of Directors select the architect firm of Ellison-Auxier to serve as the YMCA's architect.
  •  September 1997 - YMCA Board of Directors selects the fund-raising consultants of Egbert & Associates to conduct capital campaign feasibility study.
  •  October & November 1997 - YMCA conducts capital campaign feasibility study.
  •  December 1997 - YMCA Board of Directors learns of feasibility study results. Indicated and agreed upon to conduct a full pledge capital campaign for a full facility YMCA with initial $500,000 endowment fund. YMCA announces a $4.7 million dollar capital campaign goal.
  •  January 1998 - first capital campaign gift is given to the YMCA of $176,000 for endowment fund program from Tom & Catherine Carder of Red Oak, Iowa.
  •  September 1998 - YMCA public capital campaign kick-off event was held with an announcement of a $1 million gift given to the YMCA from Charles & Norma Wilson of Red Oak, Iowa, bringing campaign funds to $1.5 million raised.
  •  December 1998 - capital campaign reaches $2.3 million dollar goal and YMCA secures $500,000 endowment goal.
  •  December 1997- YMCA Board of Directors learns of feasibility study results. Indicated and agreed upon to conduct a full pledge capital campaign for a full facility YMCA with initial $500,000 endowment fund. YMCA announces a $4.7 million dollar capital campaign goal.
  •  January 1998 - first capital campaign gift is given to the YMCA of $176,000 for endowment fund program from Tom & Catherine Carder of Red Oak, Iowa.
  •  September 1998 - YMCA public capital campaign kick-off event was held with an announcement of a $1 million gift given to the YMCA from Charles & Norma Wilson of Red Oak, Iowa, bringing campaign funds to $1.5 million raised.
  •  December 1998 - capital campaign reaches $2.3 million dollar goal and YMCA secures $500,000 endowment goal.
  •  July 1999 - ground is broken for site of YMCA at Legion Park in Red Oak, Iowa.
  •  September 1999 - Oakview Construction of Red Oak, IA is hired by the YMCA to serve as our Project Manager for construction of $4.3 million dollar construction project and later to construct four (4) indoor tennis court project.
  •  September 30, 1999 - YMCA reaches enough funding to start a full facility construction for the YMCA building of $4.3 million dollar construction cost.
  •  October 1999 - YMCA construction begins in full force with anticipated grand opening of October 2000 for a full facility YMCA.
  •  November 1999 - YMCA formulated transitional plans through thirteen (13) volunteer committees to assist the YMCA to move from a storefront operation to a full facility YMCA of 34,000 square feet.
  •  December 1999 - YMCA capital campaign funds reach $4.8 million dollars.
  •  January 2000 - YMCA Board of Directors announce the final phase of having indoor tennis courts fund-raising efforts begin from grants, special events, through children's events, etc.
  •  January 2000 - YMCA staff changes begin within the front office, membership & marketing and program staff.
  •  February 2000 - YMCA capital campaign funds reach $4.8 million and YMCA has committed pledges of $225,000 for indoor tennis center.
  •  March 2000 - YMCA hires first time ever Aquatic/Program Director
  •  June 2000 - YMCA Capital Campaign funds reach $5.2 million and YMCA has committed pledges of $420,000.
  •  June 2000 - YMCA hosts a Sneak Peek Preview of the YMCA construction project during Junction Days 2000 - over 500 residents tour the facility.
  •  July 2000 - YMCA hires first time ever property manager.
  •  July 2000 - YMCA hosts another Sneak Peak Preview of the YMCA construction project during the Montgomery County Fair with another excellent turnout.
  •  July 2000 - YMCA announces to the public the new full facility membership rates and what a membership will include.
  •  August 2000 - part-time staff is hired in various departments to meet the needs of the YMCA members and the service area.
  •  August 2000 - YMCA Capital Campaign funds reach $6.3 million and YMCA has committed pledges of $1.3 million for (4) four-court indoor tennis center.
  •  September 2000 - YMCA Auxiliary formed. The club is designed to help and meet the needs of our members.
  •  September 2000 - staff training.
  •  September 2000 - first ever After School Programs was implemented to the youth of the area.
  •  October 2000 - YMCA conducts several Pre-Membership Sale Nights to allow customers the opportunity to purchase their memberships prior to the YMCA opening its doors.
  •  October 2000 - YMCA hosts Great Plains Cluster Fall Assembly. Over 160 people attending.
  •  October 2000 - YMCA opens its doors "to build healthy body, mind, and spirit for all"
  •  October 2000 - first ever YMCA of Montgomery County Iowa formed a Winter Swim Team.
  •  November 2000 - YMCA hosts the official Grand Opening and Dedication of the YMCA.
  •  December 2000 - YMCA receives anonymous endowment gift of $500,000 to bring the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s total endowment investment fund to 1 million dollars.
  •  January 2001 - Montgomery County Family YMCA hosts its first ever indoor swimming meet in Red Oak, Iowa or Montgomery County, Iowa on Saturday, January 6, 2001. YMCA Stringrays Swim Team vs. Southern Prairie YMCA Youth Swim Team.

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