The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga now serves approximately 60,000 members each year. Nationwide, America's 2,594 YMCAs serve more than 20.1 million people. YMCAs are the heart of community life in the U.S. In fact, 42 million families and 72 million households are located within 3 miles of a Y.

Who We Are

The Y is a leading nonprofit organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Community is our cause. For 150 years, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga has worked to bring people of all backgrounds together to bridge gaps in our community and strengthen its foundation – one child, one family, one individual at a time.

Our Mission

The mission of the Y is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  


Areas of Focus

The Y strengthens communities by connecting people to their potential, purpose and to each other. In 10,000 communities across the county, we have the presence and partnerships to not only promise, but deliver positive change.
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Healthy Living
Our programs encourage people of all ages and activity levels to improve their overall health - and we provide a supportive environment to do so.
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Social Responsibility
The YMCA believes communities are strongest when everyone is included and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We welcome and connect people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives.
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Youth Development
At the Y, nothing is more important than fostering children's potential. Every year, the Y impacts thousands of children and teens through various programs and activities that provide them with meaningful experiences.

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Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

Our Mission to Inclusion: At the YMCA, we strongly believe we should all work together toward achieving a member environment that is welcoming for individuals, regardless of age, religion, abilities, gender or socioeconomic status. To achieve our mission of empowering all people to reach their full potential, the Y is committed to providing an environment that embodies our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.