- About Us
To strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Santa Maria Valley YMCA nurtures and supports an environment that reflects, respects, and celebrates our differences, while embracing the richness of our diversity within our membership and staff.
We strive to learn from all cultures to improve our programs and to ensure that people of all backgrounds and capabilities feel welcome to participate in rewarding activities that will strengthen the health and vitality of the YMCA and the communities we serve.
At the SMVYMCA, we welcome and value individuals of all ages, races, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, abilities, sexual orientation, or financial circumstances. Our YMCA operates in accordance with California law which gives people the right to access the locker rooms changing rooms, and bathrooms that align with their gender identity. In addition, we rely on subject matter experts, laws, and guidelines established by the State of California to ensure our policies are welcoming and respectful for all community members.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We’re a spirit, a movement and a cause. Members join us because they believe in us and the values we stand for—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in communities across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, we have the presence and partnerships to both promise and deliver lasting personal and social change.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
Improving the nation’s health and well-being
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, thousands of youth, adults and families in our communities are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The Santa Maria Valley YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs since 1964. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through community services, or building healthier communities through collaborations with community leaders, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, thousands of volunteers and donors, leaders and partners across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are empowering thousands of people in our community to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.