We’re privileged to celebrate our 125th anniversary this year, and do so with the full knowledge that we’ve reached this milestone only because of the care and support of members, staff, volunteers, donors and community partners who have sustained the Sewickley Valley YMCA from its earliest days.
Today, we sit in the shade under a tree that was planted over a century ago by a handful of Sewickley residents who envisioned a stronger, healthier and more connected community. They organized and formed the Young Men’s Christian Association of the Sewickley Valley in the summer of 1894 and ended that year with 322 members. Through thoughtful and careful cultivation over the years, our membership now stands at over 12,000, along with thousands more served through programs and community outreach each year.
Much has changed at the Y from its earliest days. We moved to our current location in 1904 and expanded several times over the next century. More importantly, the Y’s programs and services have evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. But the mission of the Y remains steadfast: To build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In the past year, our Y has fulfilled this mission by expanding programming for those suffering from chronic conditions like Parkinson’s disease and cancer. We’ve worked with community partners to provide programs for children, families and the elderly. Our financial assistance program provided almost $550,000 in subsidies for high-quality child care, summer camp, swim lessons and health and wellness activities. We consider it an honor to be an integral part of so many people’s lives, and treasure the opportunity to be a part of many more stories in the years to come.
Thank you for believing in and supporting the mission of the Sewickley Valley YMCA.
Craig Heryford Trish Hooper
Chief Volunteer Officer Chief Executive Officer