Welcome to the Greater Scranton YMCA!
We are a place where all people, no matter their age or background, can come together to grow stronger in spirit, mind and body. The Y is a cause-driven nonprofit organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe positive and lasting personal and social change comes about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
The Y offers something for everyone in our community. From youth sports and enrichment programs to chronic disease prevention initiatives and from early childhood education and programs designed to combat the achievement gap to programs geared towards engaging older adults and children with physical and development disabilities, the Greater Scranton YMCA makes a profound and lasting impact on the lives of the individuals and families we serve. We are proud to turn no one away for an inability to pay, providing financial assistance to children, adults and families in need, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer.
While a lot has changed at the Y since March 2020, our pledge has remained: to always be here in times of need. When the devastating effects of COVID-19 swept across the country and landed on our doorsteps, we quickly mobilized to determine how to best serve our community. Our capital renovations will allow our Y to continue addressing the growing needs our community faces as we work to heal the whole person and return to normal. Construction began in September 2021 and will end in early January.
Among the renovations:
YMCA of the USA identified our community as one in need. Community demographics fit the profile for children needing free or reduced meals. With a goal to provide the children we serve with nutritious meals year-round, the Y needs to expand its kitchen space to more efficiently offer meals to the children we serve. Meals will be served all year to children in the Y’s existing programs and children from the community who may need them. The Y is establishing a commercial kitchen and teaching kitchen acceptable for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Post-COVID, as restrictions are lifted, the Y’s hope is to also serve seniors. The teaching kitchen will allow staff to offer classes to participants of all ages and backgrounds.
This dedicated space will also allow the Y to launch new and expand existing innovative programs to take on challenges like childhood obesity, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
The Greater Scranton YMCA remains committed to strengthening the whole person. We are proud to offer chronic disease prevention and management programs for our community, including Enhance®Fitness, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Matter of Balance and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. The newly created teaching kitchen and the creation of designated community space will provide us with the resources needed to expand these programs, as well as more efficiently address issues like the academic achievement gap and veteran’s welfare.
The teaching kitchen and community space will provide a larger area for meals to be served and outside community organizations to use as needed. This space will enhance many aspects of the community’s health and wellbeing, such as chronic disease prevention classes, isolation/mental health programs, senior events, community organization events and a place to eat when meals are served.
Older adults are some of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s most committed and dedicated members. We provide membership options for active older adults, active older adult families, SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit and more. Through creating space dedicated to community development and socialization, it is our goal to lessen senior isolation and provide older adults in our community with the space needed to feel more connected and secure.
It’s the Greater Scranton YMCA’s goal to foster relationships and strengthen the family unit and the Y’s current welcome center layout can become more conducive to that. Moreover, the current layout poses concern over security, as well as efficient traffic flow. The current traffic pattern will be redirected for a cleaner traffic flow. By streamlining crisscrossed traffic patterns, congestion will be reduced during busy times. This will also add a security benefit, allowing staff members to easily see members coming and going. By creating dedicated space for conversation and members to congregate together, the Welcome Center will become more user friendly and community-oriented.
For more information on the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Capital Campaign, visit us online at www.greaterscrantonymca.org/support-our-mission/capital-campaign/.