Statewide Initiatives



Togetherhood, the Y’s Signature Program for Social Responsibility, empowers members to plan and lead volunteer service projects that address the needs of their communities. Working side by side with neighbors and community partners, Togetherhood volunteers make new friends, improve lives and contribute to a stronger and more inclusive society.



The YMCA was founded on a simple but powerful idea: by bringing neighbors together to advance the common good, we can improve lives and strengthen communities. That idea came to life 170 years ago when George Williams convened 11 volunteers to improve the lives of young men struggling to overcome the challenges of life in industrialized London. Today, in the United States alone, the Y has nearly 600,000 volunteers who, in partnership with full- and part-time staff, engage 22 million youth and adults each year through YMCA centers and programs that help them to reach their full potential.