The Lompoc Family YMCA, established in 1981, is a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, an association of seven YMCAs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Lompoc Family YMCA offered 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 all from rented spaces within the community.
April 22, 2006 the Lompoc Family YMCA opened the doors to our 14,000-square-foot facility at 201 W College Ave. We had a dedicated team of volunteers and YMCA executives who helped raised funds. Since the 2006 opening we have continued to grow and have 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.
A Leading Nonprofit
The YMCA is unlike any other organization. As a leading nonprofit, the Y is committed to strengthening communities throughout the nation. Your local Y seeks to fill gaps in community services and develop activities, strengthening communities across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Y has the presence and partnerships to promise and deliver lasting personal and social change.
Believing that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, the Y nurtures potential and brings people of diverse backgrounds together. The Y has local presence and national reach, mobilizing local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
Be a part of an organization that cares.
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.
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.
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 the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, 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.
With so many demands on today’s families, parents often need additional support. Child care 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 Y 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 The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance of the spirit, mind and body, the Y encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports and shared interests, to achieve greater health and well-being for the whole person.
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 you work toward that balance by providing opportunities to learn a new skill, 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.
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 enables us to organize grassroots efforts that influence public policy around a range of social issues. 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. The same year, Boston YMCA staffer Robert J. Roberts coined the term “body building” and developed exercise classes that anticipated today’s fitness workouts. In 1885 Camp Dudley was founded, America’s first-known Y 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 In 1887 The YMCA was formed in Santa Barbara and Ventura, the same year the first train came to Santa Barbara. Originally headquartered on the second floor of a downtown office building, the Santa Barbara Y offered fellowship, music and exercise programs to the community. In 1910, construction began on the first official Y building in Santa Barbara, on the corner of Chapala and Carrillo Streets. The facility opened in 1912 and offered gymnasium classes, wrestling, boxing, handball, summer camps, hikes, athletics, swimming, and a variety of clubs and social services.
Since then, the Channel Islands YMCA has grown to include six health and fitness facilities, a Youth and Family Services branch, and more than 20 child care locations.
The YMCA movement in America has become the largest non profit community-based organization in the nation, serving 20 million Americans. The nation’s more than 2,700 YMCAs unite women, men and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Y also works abroad, serving more than 45 million people in countries across the world.
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.
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