Camarillo Family YMCA

A Leading Nonprofit

The Y is committed to strengthening local and global communities. Your local YMCA seeks to find and fill gaps in community services and develops activities to strengthen communities across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. With the presence and partnerships to both promise and deliver lasting personal and social change, the Y is listening and responding to our communities. The Y nurtures potential, believing that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Mission

The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women, and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind, and body.

Cause

Strengthening the community is our cause. A cause is defined as a principle or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate. We have a deep commitment to the communities we are in and work tirelessly to make each a better place for all.

Values

We’re a spirit, a movement, and a cause. Our members join us because they believe in our cause and the values we stand for—caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Areas of Focus

The Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

Youth Development – Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
All kids deserve an opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Through the YMCA, thousands of youth in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and lifelong achievement. Childcare at the Y is about more than looking after your kids. It’s about nurturing their development, providing a safe place to learn, developing healthy, trusting relationships, and building self-reliance. The YMCA offers children and families water safety skills, sports, play time, educational and leadership development activities, and life-changing camp experiences as well as daily care.

Healthy Living – Improving the nation’s health and well-being
With a mission centered on balance of the spirit, mind, and body, the YMCA encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, and shared interests. Healthy living is so much more than simply being physically active. It’s about creating and maintaining a harmony of spirit, mind, and body. At the Y we can help achieve that balance by providing opportunities to learn new skills, make personal connections with new friends, work toward better health, or bring your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside and the outside.

Social Responsibility – Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The Channel Islands YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs since 1887. Through the Y, thousands of volunteers, donors, leaders and partners across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are empowering others to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Together, we are committed to providing opportunities for kids, adults, families, and seniors to give, join and advocate for stronger communities. Our existence depends upon the generosity of members utilizing their time and resources for the benefit of others. Strong relationships with our passionate and cause-driven members and supporters enable us to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues, including child welfare, education, and public health. Consider how you might get involved as an advocate, a volunteer or a donor.

History of the YMCA

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.

In 1851, Thomas Sullivan, a retired sea captain, and lay missionary started the first U.S. YMCA in Boston. From there, YMCAs spread rapidly across America. Some were started to serve specific groups such as railroad and factory workers, as well as African Americans, Native Americans and recent immigrants. After World War II, women and girls were admitted to full membership and participation.

In 1881 Dr. Luther Gulick revolutionized the American approach to health and fitness with the idea that man’s well-being depends on a unity of body, mind, and spirit. That same year, Boston YMCA staffer Robert J. Roberts coined the term “bodybuilding” and developed exercise classes that anticipated today’s fitness workouts.

In 1885, Camp Dudley was founded, America’s first-known YMCA summer camp, at Orange Lake, N.Y. It aimed to help kids build skills and grow in self-reliance while making new friends. Over the years, the Y created more family and year-round camps and expanded the focus to include environmental stewardship, academics, arts, and leadership.

Our Local Y History

Established in 1981, the Camarillo Family YMCA, is a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, an association of seven YMCAs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Camarillo Family YMCA serves the communities of Camarillo, Somis, and Oxnard. We proudly offer the community popular and nationally recognized programs, involving 1800 youth and their families annually, including childcare, parent-child programs, youth sports, youth day and resident camps.

April 22, 2006, the Camarillo Family YMCA – Hiji Center opened the doors to our 14,000-square-foot facility at 3111 Village at the Park Drive. Since the 2006 opening, the YMCA has continued to grow and has become an important part of the community offering many programs such as child care, parent-child programs, youth sports and wellness, youth day and sleepaway camps, adult wellness and many more.
The YMCA movement in America has become the largest not-for-profit community-based organization in the nation, serving 20 million Americans. The nation’s more than 2,700 YMCAs unite men, women, and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. YMCAs are also at work abroad, serving more than 45 million people in countries across the world.

Financial Documents

Here at the YMCA, we are committed to the highest ethical standards of a public charity.The Channel Islands YMCA, an association of seven YMCAs, is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. We are governed by, and accountable to, an independent board of directors of community leaders and volunteers. Whatever you give to the YMCA, and whenever you give it, you can rest assured that your donation will be in good hands. For more information on what makes the Y a charity, please click here. 

Below are financial documents and other information that will help you confidently give the YMCA. To make a donation, please click here. 

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