Overview & Mission

Welcome to the Garden City Family YMCA!

Since 1964, the YMCA has been serving Finney County and the surrounding communities behind the foresight of three gentlemen; Clifford Mayo, Bryce Roderick Sr and Carlos C. Spikes. The YMCA was blessed back then by our founding fathers and today we are fortunate to have the community support our non-profit organization. Being a membership and program-driven organization, we rely on volunteers and contributions to help support our mission. From our first campaign of $300,000 to build the YMCA to our very latest Capital Campaign of over $2 million, this YMCA is built from donors, friends and foundations who believe in our mission! This is pretty awesome.
Please join us in any of our five program areas – Aquatics, Sports, Health Living, Child Care, or Family  – as we strive to emphasize our core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. Better yet, sign-up to become a member and enjoy all the great benefits and privileges of our YMCA. Our local slogan “The YMCA – Where Value Meets Values,” was given to our CEO, Chad Knight from an outgoing board member who served as Board President. Mr. Knight thought very highly of this slogan and more importantly felt the YMCA had a special place in the heart of that volunteer to be handed that piece of paper as he exited his last board meeting. I salute all of our wonderful volunteers, caring staff and special friends for making the Garden City Family YMCA the place to be in Garden City. I encourage you to stop by and come visit our YMCA for a free tour and guest pass. We would love to have you join our family!
"To Put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all"
We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus. The Y 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.
For Youth Development
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
For Healthy Living
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
For Social Responsibility
We know that when we work as one, we move people and communities forward. That's why we are committed to providing support to our neighbors and opportunities for kids, adults and families to give, join in or advocate in the name of stronger communities.
We have four core character development values that are shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, our interactions with each other, our programs and our decision-making. These values guide our discipline discussions with situations and serve as reminder for our staff to exemplfy at all times.
  • Respect
  • Responsiblity
  • Caring
  • Honesty