The YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY was formed in May of 1889, one month after the famous Oklahoma Land Run. In those days, the Y's purpose was to provide a source of strength and positive influence for young men who had traveled far from their families to make a new life for themselves
Today, we have more than 900 full and part-time staff members serve in a wide variety of positions within our 16 branches, four program centers, and 25 community-based program sites. Program and administrative functions are coordinated through the Association Office. We have grown and changed with the times, providing services and solutions to community problems that impact the population. Financial assistance, teaching children to swim, teen leadership programs and providing school-age childcare are just some of the ways the Y provides for the community.
THE YMCA IN THE UNITED STATES
Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the United States. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide to an adult learning to read.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
In the U.S., the Y is comprised of the YMCA OF THE USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,600 Ys, with approximately 20,000 full-time staff and 500,000 volunteers across the country. The Y engages 9 million youth and 12 million adults in 10,000 communities across the country.
In 2014, the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY celebrated our 125h Anniversary! Oklahoma authors Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money spent countless months documenting our Association's history and published a limited edition commemorative hard-back book, which is available locally at Full Circle Bookstore at 50 Penn Place.
With CORNERSTONE: THE YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY, 125 YEARS, Lackmeyer and Money present a compelling, often dramatic tale of early day struggles to create a YMCA worthy of a growing boom town, it’s role in keeping the community together during the Great Depression, how such non-profits had to adapt to the Civil Rights movement and equal treatment for women, and it’s adaption to suburban sprawl and a changing population.
Packed with historic photos, CORNERSTONE, THE YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY, 125 YEARS, is no ordinary recitation of a non-profit’s history, but is a story that will interest anyone with a desire to understand more about Oklahoma City’s history and the efforts of those who sought to forever strengthen its collective mind, spirit and body.