About the Y
Founded in 1854, the YMCA of East Tennessee is a charitable organization working toward a better community for us all. Every day, the Y supports kids, adults, seniors, and families with programs that connect, teach, protect, heal, nourish, and encourage. 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.
How We Make A Difference:
- We strengthen the foundation of communities through:
- Youth Development: Empowering young people to reach their full potential
- Healthy Living: Improving individual and community well-being
- Social Responsibility: Giving back and inspiring action in our communities
We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. The Y responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions to help those in need to reach their full potential. We are also committed to inspiring a spirit of service by uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. The Y. For a better us.™
To learn more about how the Y makes a difference in our community, click on the programs below:
Social Services & Volunteering
Giving Back to the Community
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Y provides crucial programs and services to more than 230,000 people every year. With the help of generous donors, we are able to provide more than 250 homeless youth safe, stable housing, 115,000 healthy meals to school-age youth, and more than $9.5 million in financial assistance to more than 27,000 people to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and belong at the Y.