Since 1868, the Y has made roots in the Portland area. On March 31, 1868, Edward Quackenbush and William Wadhams held the first meeting of the Portland YMCA in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church. Early social and cultural activities included educational classes, lectures, mission meetings, musical entertainment and theatrical events. The Portland YMCA continued to grow and programs soon extended to sports and aquatics as health and physical education gained popularity. Technical classes in automotive, plumbing, electrical crafts, and horticulture were also held at the Portland YMCA beginning in the early 1900’s. By 1920, their educational classes served to become a technical school called the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Today, we are known as the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. We strive to positively impact the communities we are involved in and we passionately pursue new ones. We work hard to display our mission through giving opportunities to families who are struggling by providing children with summer lunch, opening our doors to individuals who need shelter, and walking alongside you in your health and wellness goals.
This year we celebrate our 150th anniversary of serving the Portland–Vancouver metro area! We are excited and honored to be such a vibrant part of this community. Throughout the year, we will host several events which highlight our deep involvement in the community. Keep an eye out for more information.
We hope that you will join us as we celebrate 150 years and prepare for the next hundred and fifty.
Save the date
150 Years of Service
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Beaverton Hoop YMCA
9685 SW Harvest Court
Beaverton, OR 97005