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Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers EVERYONE, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit charity committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Members join the Y because they believe in us and our core values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. To learn more, visit ymca.net.


Through volunteer and donor support, our Y makes accessible the opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Learn how we will continue to strengthen the foundations of the Knox County community through our strategic plan and how we give back by investing in the community.


The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844, as the Young Men’s Christian Association, to help people develop character in the daily lives of young men.  The movement spread fast and reached the United States by 1851. An 1867 handwritten record reports the YMCA of Vincennes was first organized on February 25, with 12 members.
In 1912, Major Gould and the community laid the cornerstone of the first YMCA in Vincennes at the corner of 4th and Broadway.  The original cornerstone now resides at the front door of the Y facility at 2010 College Avenue. The present building was constructed in 1974 and has been expanded twice since that date.  The YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Senior Center was constructed in 1999.
As our Y moves forward into our next century of service, we continue to strengthening the foundations of the Knox County community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


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