Since 1868, the Y has made roots in the Portland metro area. On Mar. 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 where we offer programs and actively reach out to communities who have an interest in partnering with our YMCA. We are a mission driven organization and truly believe that we are better together.
This year we celebrate our 150th anniversary of serving the Portland and Vancouver metro area! We are excited and honored to be such a part of this vibrant 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 you will join us as we celebrate 150 years of service in our community as well as our ongoing commitment for many, many years to come.
Save the Date
150 Years of Service
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Beaverton Hoop YMCA
9685 SW Harvest Court
Beaverton, OR 97005