About Your Y

Welcome to the YMCA
in the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area!

Discover the rich history and vibrant community of the YMCA in the Portland Metro Area. For over a century and a half, we've been committed to empowering individuals, families, and communities to thrive through our diverse programs and services.

Our roots in the Portland community run deep. Since 1868, we have been dedicated to promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our first meeting was in the basement of a Presbyterian church all those years ago. Since then, we have evolved to meet the changing needs of our community while staying true to our core values.

We are proud to be a part of the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area community and are committed to positively impacting the lives of those we serve. Through our outreach programs and partnerships with local organizations, we strive to address the most pressing needs in our community and create a more inclusive and equitable society.

Join us at the YMCA and experience the difference for yourself. Together, we can build a stronger, healthier, and more connected community!

Your Y

The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is dedicated to providing opportunities for kids and adults to find health and build community through play.

At the YMCA, we're passionate about strengthening communities through a holistic approach to health, wellness, and youth development. With our three cutting-edge facilities and robust network of partnerships spanning over 30 schools and centers, we're committed to providing unparalleled opportunities for individuals to pursue their passions while fostering meaningful connections with their peers.

Our mission is simple yet profound: to foster belonging by engaging our members and program participants to positively impact the communities we serve. Through our diverse programs, classes, and chaplaincy, we strive to empower individuals of all ages to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Located in the vibrant cities of Portland, Beaverton, Sherwood, and Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest, the YMCA proudly serves as a hub of health and community engagement for families across the Columbia-Willamette region. From top-notch childcare facilities to dynamic clinics, classes, and camps, the YMCA offers something for everyone.

Join us in applauding the incredible work of our dedicated team as we continue to empower kids and adults alike to embrace an active lifestyle, have fun, and forge lifelong friendships. Let's strengthen our community one step, one smile, and one heartfelt connection at a time.


Our Mission is to put the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility, and service into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


Strong communities are inspired through family, fitness, faith, and fun.

Areas of Impact

The YMCA saves lives through countless programs and services that strengthen the communities we serve.

Drowning Prevention

Through Safety Around Water classes and Swim lessons, the Y teaches critical, life-long skills to be secure around water.

Empowering Future Generations

Whether its overnight camp, youth sports, child care, enrichment classes, or Youth & Government (just to name a few!). The Y provides opportunities for youth to achieve their full potential.

Hunger Initiatives

The Y recognizes the need children and families have for nutritious meals and has invested in establishing hunger initiatives. Initiatives designed not only to feed but to educate for lifelong health.

Aging Well

The Y supports our older adult communities through classes and programs designed to improve their physical wellness and opportunities to build community.

Chaplain Services

YMCA Chaplains meet people where they are. They come alongside those in need to provide community connection, mental well-being support, life skills, and family support.



YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Regional Map