Welcome to the Y. We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
YMCA of Bristol
YMCA of Bristol is a leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our mission is to strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.
With the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our guide, we believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why 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.
At the Y, we welcome everyone. When you join the Y, you belong to a community of men, women and children who strive every day to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. When you give to the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward by providing financial assistance for people who need us the most. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in making a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own community. When you advocate for the Y, you join a diverse movement committed to supporting and serving our community through promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Together, we make a difference
Our locations include two full YMCA facilities located in Bristol, Tennessee and 1 seasonal outdoor facility located in Bristol, Virginia. We are currently exploring opportunities and forming partnerships in Virginia with Russell County to operate health and fitness programming for all ages as well as senior and adult activities in Russell County.
The YMCA of Bristol has a presence in seven schools throughout the region by providing after school programs, health and fitness activities, and initiatives to engage adults with youth for positive experiences. We also partner with nearly ten other community organizations to help children and adults live healthier and become more active.
How We Are Funded
YMCA funding is generated from membership and program fees, individual and corporate donors, foundations and grants, and the United Way of Bristol. The annual Community Support Campaign raises money for financial assistance to ensure that no one is turned away for lack of funds in an atmosphere of inclusion and support. The expansion of local facilities is done through the YMCA Capital Development Campaign, contributing to the health and well-being of residents throughout the surrounding areas.
YMCA of Bristol is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The YMCA Board of Directors sets policy and oversees activities of the entire Association. In addition, each of the YMCA locations throughout the YMCA of Bristol is governed by its own Board of Managers.