YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties | Our Mission
We are dedicated to enhancing the spirit, mind, and body of all persons through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
The YMCA’s mission is our reason for being, and the Y’s cause is our mission in action – a promise to do everything in our movement’s considerable power to enrich the common good and make life better for individuals, families and our community. At the YMCA, 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.
We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and our community, we must be focused and accountable. That’s why we focus our work in three key areas that are fundamental to strengthening community: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
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, under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development – all grounded in the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Healthy Living – Improving our community’s health and well-being
We help people and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults, families and seniors from all walks of life improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger community.
Social Responsibility – Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
With our doors open to all, we bring together people from all backgrounds to support those in need. We take on the most urgent needs in our community and inspire a spirit of service in return. Our members, volunteers, staff, and supporters demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by giving back together.
The YMCA is for everyone. The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – and they guide everything we do.
Our programs, services and initiatives enable kids to realize their potential, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body; prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a community-wide service ethic. And that’s just the beginning.