West Cook YMCA


Many organizations offer programs as an end to themselves, but YMCA offers programs as a vehicle to deliver our unique mission of putting Christian principles into practice to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The goal of YMCA programs is to help enrich lives and teach people how to grow spiritually, mentally and physically. As a YMCA member YOU are part of a worldwide movement, which is in over 120 countries dedicated to making this world a better place—one person at a time. Collectively, YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America. YMCA's are at the heart of community life in over 2,800 neighborhoods and towns across our great nation. Y's are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. We believe that the YMCA's strength is in the people they bring together. The Y is built on the Christian principles of Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility.


The West Cook YMCA, rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition, is dedicated to developing the spirit, mind, and body of all persons through quality leadership, programs and services, in cooperation with community groups for the common good.


The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen community. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, ability, cultural background, faith, gender identity, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential with dignity. We share values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Since our YMCA began taking shape in 1903, our dedication to spirit, mind and body has never wavered. In 2018, the West Cook YMCA celebrated 115 years of service to youth and families in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and several other surrounding areas. Our YMCA continues to enhance the quality of life in our communities with mission-based programs that meet the needs of today’s youth, families, adults and seniors. We encourage, teach and demonstrate the YMCA character values of caring, honest, respect and responsibility in all programs. For more about the history of the Y movement, click here.


The Y’s commitment to America is to raise new generations of change makers who are capable of creating the kinds of communities we all want to live in. Through a heightened focus on youth, the Y will help more young people grow into thriving adults who can transform communities into places where everyone feels welcome and safe and has equal access to opportunity. We offer programs to strengthen spirit, mind, and body for all, we strive every day to make the community stronger. We believe every child deserves a safe place to learn and play, every adult should have access to tools for healthier living, and communities must have opportunities to give back. As a cause-driven organization, we are focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility- and we never turn anyone away for inability to pay.


To strengthen the foundation of our communities.


Caring… show a sincere concern for others

Honesty… be truthful in what you say and do

Respect… follow the golden rule

Responsibility… be accountable for your promises and actions


The YMCA Mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Together we have enriched the lives of thousands of families and individuals in our community. We offer youth, adult, senior citizen, and family health and fitness programs to enhance individual needs as well as provide alternative day care programs for infant, toddlers, preschool and school aged children. We also offer many special events and clubs for all ages within the organization.

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