Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Together, the nation's more than 2,400 YMCA's are one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America. In 10,000 communities across the country, YMCA's work to meet the health and social service needs of 17.9 million men, women and children. YMCA's are designed for people of all faith, race, abilities and income. In short, no one is turned away. The "Y's" strength is in the people it brings together. Because each community's needs are specific, not all YMCA's are the same. The YMCA in your community may offer programs and services not offered in other communities. YMCA's extend beyond the American borders. YMCA's can be found in 120 countries, serving more than 30 million people. About 230 American YMCA's maintain relationships with Y's in other countries. This link helps to extend the Y's goal worldwide of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.