Our Purpose 2017-04-01T07:58:32+00:00

Our Purpose

Our Strength in Community

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  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 is community centered

For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.

The Y brings people together

We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.

The Y nurtures potential

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y has local presence and global reach

We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

Our Mission:

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Vision:

Strengthening community is our cause and 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.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is a dedicated association 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. Strengthening community is our cause and 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.  We recognize that for communities to succeed everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure and we, therefore, work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity through our programs and services to be empowered to learn, grow and thrive.  Our goal at the Y is to turn no one away due to the inability to pay for much-needed services to enhance children and their family unit.  With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we nurture the potential of every youth thereby assisting with improving the nation’s health and well-being and by providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors within our community.

Our History

Property:
  • Property was dedicated to youth services in the 1970’s
  • Branch of the Collier County YMCA in 1978
  • Became an independent YMCA in 1985
Facilities:
  • 15,000 square foot multi-purpose building constructed in 1992
  • Four Hard Surface Tennis Courts
  • 25 yard lap pool with exercise/recreational area constructed in 1991
  • Baseball field constructed in 1996
  • Skatepark constructed in 1996
  • Expanded Nautilus Room and State of the Art Cybex Equipment in 1998, 2000 and 2007
  • Five Clay Tennis Courts added in 1999
  • Playground expanded with new equipment in 2001-2002
  • Skatepark reconstructed with teen center and retail store in 2002
  • Three additional clay tennis courts added in 2002
  • Airnasium and storage building constructed in 2004
  • Additional parking at north end of property added in 2007
  • 5,750 square foot youth development center constructed in 2015

Program & Services

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Youth Development Programs include: Early Learning programs that focus on holistically nurturing child development. Summer Camp programs including day and specialty camps give kids the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents and make new friendships and memories. by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. After School programs aid in increasing the student’s acumen, encourage exploration of new horizons, engage them and help them stay active during nonstructural hours.

EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Education and Leadership Programs such as Youth in Government and Mentoring Programs designed to make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future. Mentoring programs include Pre-teen Development Program, Wonder Girls and Strong Boys. Each are year round programs that meet two days a week; after school and during summer at Marco Island Charter Middle School (includes Manatee area pre-teens).

SWIM, SPORTS & PLAY PROGRAMS

Swim, Sports & Play Programs with benefits that far outweigh the physical. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out with a focus on drowning prevention.

HEALTH, WELL-BEING & FITNESS PROGRAMS

Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMS

Social Responsibility Programs that include a focus on helping others in need, especially connecting retired adults to kids in a mentoring for literacy setting. This encompasses our volunteer opportunities as well as outreach programs and programs offered primarily as social opportunities for seniors and the older adults in our demographics including Bingo, Mah-jongg, etc.