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. The Portland YMCA continued to grow and programs soon extended to sports and aquatics as health and physical education gained popularity. By 1920, their educational classes served to become a technical school called the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Today, 150 years later, we are known as the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. Join us for a birthday celebration on Oct. 27.
In 2017, we provided opportunities for more than 68,000 people to experience personal growth, strengthened relationships and better communities. We are better able to meet our members, participants, parents and family’s needs because of generous contributions from donors. We provided more than $1.6 million in financial assistance last year, so more people of all ages could participate in affordable Y programs.
We are excited and honored to be such a large part of this vibrant community. Throughout the year, our YMCA programs and Y locations will showcase our anniversary and champion 150 years of service through a variety of events in the Portland and Vancouver metro communities.
We hope you will join us as we celebrate 150 years of service in our community as well as our ongoing commitment for many years to come. The festivities will include an intimate concert with GRAMMY Award winner, Amy Grant, in addition to a Y experience, BBQ dinner and live auction.
YMCA 150 Anniversary Event
150 Years of Service
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Oregon Convention Center