Since their beginnings, the Allentown YMCA continually evolve to respond to the critical needs of the community. To this day, community leaders on Y Boards along with dedicated staff address issues that affect the quality of life in Allentown.
Today, the YMCA address current issues and respond:
The health and obesity crisis is addressed through YMCA Active America and ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change). A partnership in its fourth year led by the Allentown YMCA and the Health Bureau, we draw on community leaders from the city, colleges, hospitals, and school district to create a healthier community together.
Youth Development: With a focus on character development, asset development, educational and literacy programs, skill development, thousands of you are guided in a direction to become caring, compassionate, successful adults.
Over 90% of the children at our 15th Street child care center come from low income families.
Over 400 total are enrolled in child care and day camp in 12 sites in the Lehigh Valley.
The aging population is served through 27 classes that provide strength, endurance and socialization to help 800 seniors stay independent and strong.
The government and community support for our current services in this increasingly low income neighborhood is nearing $1 million annually. Local organizations frequently call on the Y as a partner in responding to community needs.