YMCA Celebrates 175 th Anniversary since Founding in 1844

TOLEDO, Ohio – June 6, 2019 – The YMCA today celebrates Founders Day and the 175 th anniversary of its founding in London in 1844. The milestone will be celebrated at nine of our local branches today with staff, members, volunteers and others.

“Few organizations achieve their 175 th anniversary,” said Brad Toft, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, which itself was founded in the Y’s 21st year in 1865. “Today, we’ll celebrate the positive outcomes we’ve been able to produce in our local communities, while also taking pride in being part of a global organization that last year alone served more than 45 million people in 120 countries.”

Local Y staff today will mark the anniversary doing what they do best – connecting with members, volunteers, and others in the community. Enjoying food and refreshments, connecting with friends, and, in one case, hosting a luau will bring people together in Y branches. Bringing people together, helping kids succeed in school, and improving people’s health and well-being are the three focus areas of the local Y.

Last year, about 110,000 people visited the Y’s 40+ program sites – including YMCA Storer Camps about five million times. About 70,000 of the people served locally receive some level of fee assistance (totaling $10 million).

“Fee assistance is a high-return investment in the future of our community, in people of all ages, from all walks of life,” added Toft. “For example, $1 of fee assistance invested in early childhood development has been shown to yield upwards of $9-12 to society long term.” (The Y has 29 child development and education centers in the area.)

Committed to continuous improvement, the Y has created a direct correlation between program participation and outcomes. For example, it has measurably proven that its team of 1,200 employees and wide range of programs directly:

  • Help children prepare for kindergarten and succeed later in school,
  • Improve health outcomes through its chronic disease prevention programs, and
  • Reduce social isolation by giving members safe places to belong, learn, and achieve.

“On behalf of the global YMCA, I’m proud to say in our 175 th year, we’re more committed than ever to serving people throughout our community, across our country, and around the world,” said Toft.

About the YMCA of Greater Toledo

The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are committed to helping kids succeed in school, improving people’s health and well-being, and bringing people together. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for more than 150 years. Learn more at www.ymcatoledo.org; learn about the national organization at www.ymca.net.

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