YMCA, an International Movement
The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution. Growth of railroads and centralization of industry and commerce brought many rural young men who needed jobs into cities like London.
George Williams was one of these young men. He was born on a farm and moved to London 20 years later to work at a draper’s shop, a forerunner of today’s department store. He and a group of fellow drapers organized the first YMCA to substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets. The Y has always been nonsectarian and accepts all faiths.
The YMCA idea spread rapidly. In 1851, the first YMCA in this country was started in Boston. Two years later the Quincy YMCA was founded becoming the 50th YMCA in the United States.
Quincy Family YMCA
The Quincy Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit community service organization, serving Quincy and the surrounding communities as part of the YMCA of West Central Illinois Association. We are committed to strengthening the foundations of the community through programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
The Y association features three traditional Y branches in Illinois, along with a Program Center in Ursa, IL. Y facilities provide community gathering and recreational areas, as well as fitness centers, swimming pools, child care facilities, and sports programming. Today’s Y programs serve youth and teens, families, adults, seniors and communities throughout the West Central Illinois area.
Through membership and programming based on our Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, the Y strives to serve everyone and provides financial assistance to those who qualify. Financial assistance is made possible by the YMCA Annual Campaign.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.