About the Y

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The Y is More Than a Place, We're a Purpose

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting people to their potential, purpose and each other. With four locations, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines provides spaces to play, to learn, to be healthy, to eat well and to give back. Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive.

Our Mission and Areas of Impact

The mission of the Y is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our areas of impact capture how we strengthen communities throughout central Iowa.

Youth Development

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

Healthy Living

Improving individual and community well-being

Social Responsibility

Providing support and inspiring action in our communities

Impacting Central Iowa

For over 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has empowered communities by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive.

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People call our supportive housing campus home


Individuals given access through scholarships


People served in central Iowa

Learn about our Impact

Directors And Leadership

As a nonprofit organization, the Y relies on the dedication and guidance of a board of directors and YMCA leadership staff to guide and deliver the mission of the Y to our community. Meet the determined team of Y volunteers and employees who guide our efforts to strengthen the community in Central Iowa.

Meet the Teams

News & Stories

Stay up to date on the latest happenings around the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. Our blog is where we share news about upcoming events, success stories of Y members, and the role the Y plays in the community.

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Where We Operate

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines operates 5 fitness branches around the metro so it’s easy to find a Y branch in your community.