About Us

YMCA of Upper Palmetto was first established in February of 1913. The headquarters were located in the offices of J.P. Hollis (above the Rock Hill Hardware Store). After several moves and efforts to raise funds for the building, the Charlotte Avenue YMCA opened its doors on December 22, 1950. Over 100 years later, YMCA of Upper Palmetto continues to serve in  York, Lancaster and Chester counties at twelve locations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Who We Are

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

For Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for the future. At the YMCA of Upper Palmetto, children and teens learn values and postiive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential.

For Healthy Living

Improving the nation’s health and well-being

Being healthy is about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. At the Y,  you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new activity, fostering connections with neighbors, or joining family-centered activities.

For Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of volunteers and donors that we are able to support and give back to our communities.

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