At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y is a nonprofit like no other because we are in neighborhoods across the Rock River Valley area. We have the presence and partnerships to not just promise but deliver positive change through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Y is community centered.

For nearly 135 years, we've been listening and responding to our communities.

The Y brings people together.

We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.

The Y has local presence
and global reach

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y nurtures potential

We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.

Meet the People Who Make it Happen

Brian Watkins
Jane Johnson
Michelle Polivka

When you choose a career, remember to keep your eyes open to the real rewards. Working for the YMCA means you can have a high-quality lifestyle and reap the rich rewards of helping others. You take home the smile you get from teaching children to tie their shoes or to do the backstroke. You feel pride in watching teens you have mentored graduate from high school and achieve honors. You thrive from the excitement of an adult fitness member who has reached a new goal. You know what it means to impact someone's life.