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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

Social Responsibility

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

Healthy Living

Improving the nation’s health and well-being.

Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.


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.


“I love the equipment and the classes. I love that there are multiple locations. And I love that I don’t have to sign up for a long-term membership. Other gyms were asking for 3-year commitments! Plus, I prefer to share my money with organizations that have a philanthropic arm.”

– Catherine

“I love the Y! I have been there 14 years and hope for many more. Great set-up, friendly staff and there are plenty of convenient locations to choose from. The Y is my happy place and I let it be known. Keep it up!”

– Kristin

“Excellent equipment choice! Great and helpful employees. Usually not that crowded”

– Hillary

“The convenience of the YMCA and it’s accessibility makes it a great choice!”

– Connie

“Love the YMCA. Great programs, location, price – everything I want in a gym.”

– Michael

“Good location, variety of equipment, and classes are included in membership.”

– Larry

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