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About the YMCA
Together, the nation's 2,594 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.1 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are at the heart of community life across the country: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA.
YMCA stands for Young Men's Christian Association, but don't misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for "young, Christian men." From its start more than 150 years ago, when George Williams founded the YMCA as a substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets, the YMCA was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead YMCAs to recognize their strength is in the people they bring together -- Ys are for all people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. YMCAs' financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.
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REVIEW OF YMCA
The YMCA did not start out as a gym. When the first Young Men’s Christian Association opened in England over 150 years ago, it was meant to provide young men with bible study and an alternative to life on the streets. Although the YMCA no longer serves as a residence, it remains a nonprofit organization that is committed to community development. Today, there are 2,617 locations across the United States, with services available to men, women and children. In fact, according to the organization’s website, 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA. No other club chain can make such a claim. However, this does not necessarily mean that the YMCA is for everyone. This review will examine some of the services offered at “the Y” in order to help consumers determine whether this gym would suit their needs.
- posted by John Gerzetic on Feb 21, 2007, 7:30 pm