Volunteer founded and volunteer led, the YMCA was established in London, England, in 1844 by George Williams, a draper’s shop assistant, to give young men an alternative to life on the streets.
First YMCA was founded in London England.
Second oldest YMCA was founded in Boston
Third oldest YMCA was founded in Montreal.
Fourth oldest YMCA was founded in Springfield- 5/3/1852 (second oldest Y in the USA) Old First Church was the site of the first association meeting.
Milton Bradley (publishing/lithography) was elected President now known as Chief Volunteer Officer from 1873 – 1874.
YMCA International Training School now Springfield College.
Luther Gulick, superintendent of the physical department, at the International YMCA Training School, assigned the task of creating an indoor game to be played by students. The game of basketball was invented by James Naismith.
Camp Norwich, on Lake Norwich Huntington, MA was the first Y camp in New England. Closed in 1989; sold to Springfield College 1994; purchased back 2002; sold to Hampshire Regional YMCA 2006.
Springfield YMCA Railroad – Railroad YMCA associations popped up nationwide.
Horace Moses; President 1915 – 1917.
New Central branch moved to Chestnut Street & Hillman Street location. West Springfield Branch – Horace Moses, Strathmore Paper, was involved with the development of this branch as well. Endowment gifts from Mr. Moses still support the YMCA of Greater Springfield with our mission.
The YMCA contracted with Northeastern College to become a division of the Springfield Northeastern College now known as Western New England College (WNEC).
Women were invited into “everything YMCA”.
Paucatuck Park Family Center/Camp Weber established; Years later the Agawam Family Center/Camp Millbrook was established.
Moved to 275 Chestnut Street, Springfield.
Scantic Valley YMCA – “Y Without Walls”.
North End Youth Center was established in the old Jefferson Theater, Main St, Springfield. It was a collaboration of local agencies to keep our kids safe and off the streets.
Capital Campaign started; the purpose of the campaign was to build a new branch for the Scantic Valley YMCA and create a new home for the NEYC.
NEYC moved to its new location at 1772 Dwight Street, Springfield in the former Blessed Sacrament Church in January.
Scantic Valley YMCA opened its new facility at 45 Post Office Park in Wilbraham in September.
Scantic Valley Child Development Center was established: it is also located in Post Office Park Wilbraham, opened in September.
Y-AIM program Inception
Dunbar YMCA Family & Community Center Inception
YMCAs are collectively the largest not-for-profit community service organization in the U.S. YMCAs are for people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs are the heart of community life in America: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA.