The HORNELL AREA FAMILY YMCA was founded in 1883 to serve the Hornell community with a permanent facility erected in 1911. Originally founded as a low-cost housing and recreational sporting facility for railroad employees, the YMCA included two floors of dormitory housing, a gymnasium, and meeting space. Throughout the twentieth century, the building was modified and added to in order to provide a pool, teen center (the Foxhole), child care and preschool facilities, a fitness center, and weight room.
By 2002 it became clear that a new facility was required to serve the changing needs of the community. With a lead gift from Bob & Ann Fletcher, over 700 donors contributed to build a new YMCA. The Y opened in July 2011. A second capital campaign immediately began to raise funds to build the pool, led by a gift from the Steiner family and including contributions from over 600 donors. The pool opened in March 2014, completing the Y’s new facility.
Since 1883, the HORNELL AREA FAMILY YMCA has served the City of Hornell and 30 surrounding communities in Steuben, Allegany, and Livingston Counties with facilities and programs that nurture mind, body, and spirit.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundation of community. Our cause is to ensure that everyone regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
OUR 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.
DEFINING OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.