The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility!

More than 150 years of innovation... 
The most important measure of the YMCA is the impact it has on the lives of the people and communities it serves. By growing and changing to meet the current needs of our community, we have been able to ensure that everyone finds a place of welcome and belonging at the Eugene Family YMCA. We are an organization that builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Through our staff, programs and childcare sites throughout the community, the YMCA positively impacts people of all ages, races, faiths and economic backgrounds.

Our Mission...
The Eugene Family YMCA strengthens our diverse community by offering programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Values...
We want to be a positive, unique influence in service to our community. Our organization is grounded in our commitment to the following values- We create an environment where trust flourishes and people are safe.

- We demonstrate unconditional love for self and others.
- We develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect.
- We appreciate diversity.
We are fair. 

Fun Facts...
- Basketball (1891) was invented at the YMCA. So was volleyball (1890's) and racquetball (1950).
- The YMCA housed the first "swimming bath" (1885). (Swimming pool)
The YMCA was the first to build an indoor, filtered pool (1910).
The term "body building" was coined by Robert Roberts, of the Boston YMCA (1881).
Certification and training in SCUBA Diving was pioneered by the YMCA (1959).
Father's Day started at the Spokane, WA YMCA (1911). 

Our Y's Story.

The Y has been a trusted leader in healthy living, youth development and community-building in Eugene since 1887.

That year, we began our work by welcoming new students from across the country when they arrived at the Eugene train station, helping them thrive in their new home. By 1909 the first YMCA building was erected in Downtown Eugene on Willamette Street. The facility housed reading rooms, a gymnasium and a pool that sometimes leaked up to a foot of water every night. It was from this building that the Eugene Y supported our troops upon their return from World War I and World War II, and their families while they were overseas.

In 1955, the Eugene Y moved to its current location on Patterson Street. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Y evolved into being more than a community meeting place. When mothers entered the workforce, childcare became a local and national priority for our organization. When heart disease was recognized as a national issue, the Y helped bring "fitness" to the forefront. When legendary U of O track coach, and Nike co-founder, Bill Bowerman created a world renowned jogging program, the first participants in his program came from the Eugene Family YMCA. The very first jogging groups met at the Y on Patterson Street.

Y leaders have made many memorable contributions to our society - James Naismith invented basketball; the Y's World Service program served as the pattern for John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps; Sonora Smart Dodd organized one of the first Father's Day celebrations; and the Y has nurtured the confidence and skills in notable leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Neil Armstrong.

Today, the Y is the largest non-profit organization focused on preventative health care and healthy living, and the largest youth development and child care provider in the United States. Our own Y facility in South Eugene currently serves 6,494 members on-site and more than 700 kids daily in youth development programs throughout Lane County.

We have a 132 year legacy of responding to the needs of our community's children, families, adults, and seniors — and we need your help to continue. 

Privacy Policy:
Any personal information collected by the Eugene Family YMCA will be kept strictly in-house. The Eugene Family YMCA will not sell or provide this information to third parties. Although the Eugene Family YMCA does not collect personal information on its main site, information is gathered through our online registration and payment system. This information is also kept strictly in-house by the Eugene Family YMCA.

Refund Policy:
The Eugene Family YMCA will issue refunds for any unused portion of a paid program fee. Registration fees (or deposits) are non-refundable; however they are transferable to other Eugene Family YMCA programs. Full program fee refunds may be returned via the credit card they were purchased on or though a check. Partial program fee refunds will be issued via check only.