The Young Men's Christian Association arrived in Richmond in 1854. To present, it has become a major and much-loved part of life in Central Virginia. The YMCA has demonstrated its ability to endure and thrive during war and peace, economic boom and bust, social stability and upheaval.
The Richmond YMCA began as a fellowship society and Bible study group for young evangelical males. Today, it is a family-oriented institution welcoming all to develop their spiritual, mental and physical gifts. Through numerous transformations, the YMCA of Greater Richmond has offered lasting benefits to the city and communities it serves.