Since our founding in 1885, the Greater Wichita YMCA has been a volunteer-led, mission-driven, nonprofit that prioritizes the well being and health - spirit, mind, and body - of our community. While known for our fitness facilities, the heart of our organization is our programs and activities that allow children and adults of all backgrounds, perspectives, mindsets, and aspirations to share time and build relationships around shared interests.
When you join the Greater Wichita YMCA you join a community that is served through our branches, YMCA Farha Sports Centers, Outdoor Water Parks, and Camp Hyde. We offer unlimited use of these facilities and the activities they house to our members for no additional cost and we offer discounts on programs - like sports - for our members. These facilities also serve another purpose - that serve the entire community.
Through generous gifts to our Strong Community Campaign (with a 2020 goal of $3,000,000) You are also making it possible for us to offer programs and services to kids and adults in Butler, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, and Sedgwick Counties at reduced- or no-cost to thousands more in our community through our mission-based program including:
- INCOME-BASED PRICING reduces the costs of membership and program fees based on the ability-to-pay.
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE keeps licensed Child Care, Before- and After-School care, and Camp accessible.
- MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM gives older kids a safe, empowering place to spend time.
- SPLASH PROGRAM teaches thousands of kids basic water safety to reduce drownings and create swimmers.
- TEEN LATE NIGHT gives high schoolers a positive place to spend Saturday evenings with friends and mentors.
- NUTRITION EDUCATION helps kids, adults, and families make better food choices and enjoy meals together.
- JOB PREP offers classroom and real-world experience to older teens who will soon enter the workforce.
We know that these personal interactions with our staff and volunteers, our friendly and welcoming members, and the larger community make every person we serve feel more integrated and involved in who we - as Southcentral Kansans - are.
A BETTER COMMUNITY
We know happy, healthier, more engaged people - at every age and position in life - make for a better community. We know that a better "me" makes a better "us".
THREE AREAS OF FOCUS
The Greater Wichita YMCA, to live our mission, has three areas of focus that guide our programs and helps us make the greatest possible impact:
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that the Greater Wichita YMCA is the region's leading organization for licensed child care and camp programs and is also home to the area's largest youth sports program? Use the tiles below to explore some of the ways we are empowering tomorrow's leaders.
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Did you know the Greater Wichita YMCA goes way beyond just our fitness facilities in terms of how we support healthy living? We are a leader for wellness, education, and empowerment programs. Use the tiles below to see some of the many programs we offer for those pursuing healthy spirit, mind, and body.
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We cannot be all things to all people but we know we have a role to play in ensuring the success of everyone in our community. The Greater Wichita YMCA has more than 60 formal partnerships to jointly provide services and resources throughout the area and our 1,400+ employees volunteer thousands of hours, annually, in ways that are important to them.
MAKING HEALTHY CONNECTIONS
The Greater Wichita YMCA offers myriad ways for relationships to form through shared interests including: