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Experience the YMCA of Greater Seattle's 2014 Annual Report
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 Who We Are


For Community 

Welcome to the YMCA of Greater Seattle! We’re an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility.
Our Cause & Community Presence
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace and beyond.
  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • More than 200 program sites
Our Mission
Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.
We live our mission daily, one person and relationship at a time:
  • Reaching 234,170 people of all backgrounds, abilities and financial circumstances
  • Nurturing 96,009 children and teens to develop their gifts and give back to our community
  • Engaging 18,746 volunteers who contribute 344,196 hours of service each year
  • Working with community donors investing $9.7 million in local kids and families
Everyone is Welcome
The Y is a membership organization open to all people. We welcome women, men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations and financial circumstances. Our programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our communities.
Special Accommodations
The Y is committed to helping everyone achieve their potential. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available for those needing assistance in paying for the full cost of a YMCA program or membership. Please ask for a confidential scholarship application at the Member Services desk at any branch. If you have a disability and would like to request assistance or more information, please contact your local Y or call our TTY line at 206 382 5346.

 Press Releases

The YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, April 28: Play, Learn, Connect
National Diabetes Awareness Month: The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Expands from 4 to 8 Branches
Phil Smart, Sr. Honored at 28th Annual YMCA A.K. Guy Award Luncheon



 For Media


We Welcome You

If you’re a member of the media seeking information from the YMCA of Greater Seattle or one of our branches or program sites, please contact:
Karen Westing, Copywriter & Media Relations Manager
206 839 8911 – office
206 549 5833 – mobile

Our Expertise

We can connect you with experts on the following topics, as well as Y member and volunteer stories and spokespersons:
Youth Development
Child care
Academic enrichment
Learning loss prevention
Leadership development
Day and overnight camps
Youth sports
Healthy Living
Family health & well-being
Chronic disease prevention, including diabetes prevention
Childhood obesity
Exercise trends/classes
Swimming & water safety
Active older adults
Social Responsibility
Youth violence prevention
Childhood hunger
Foster & homeless youth
Transitional housing
Environmental education
Global service learning


 Our History


Community-Driven from the Start

In 1876, Seattle pioneers Dexter Horton, Rolland Denny and Catherine Maynard began meeting regularly to discuss strengthening their rapidly growing community, especially for the young. On August 7, 1876, they formally established the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
The same spirit of collaboration that united Seattle's first families has been passed from generation to generation, as the Y continues to nurture youth, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility.  

Learn more about the Y’s history:

 YMCA Leadership


Board of Directors

Tom Hull, Chair, Retired, Precor
Carolyn S. Kelly, Vice Chair, Retired, The Seattle Times
John F. Vynne, Vice Chair, Thunderbird Mining Systems

Katie O’Sullivan, Vice Chair, Perkins Coie
Nathaniel "Buster" Brown, Treasurer, Independent
Molly B. Stearns, Secretary, Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Alison Prince, Nordstrom
Brent Beardall, Washington Federal
Demir Vangelov, Oberto Brands
Diane Dewbrey, Foundation Bank

Douglas T. Boyden, Retired, Mercer Consulting
Fred Kiga, Retired, Vigor Industrial

Frank Shaw, Microsoft

Galen Smith, Outerwall
Jason Hamilton, Richmond Public Relations
Jill Naas-Blackburn, Wells Fargo
Kris Stred, Stred Executive Search LLC
Matt Griffin, Pine Street Group

Michael McQuaid, McQuaid Commercial Real Estate Brokers

Hon. Richard A. Jones, United States District Court

Stephen Lozano, Retired, Union Bank
Scott Luttinen, Washington Trust Bank
Trevor Stuart, Intellectual Ventures

Mark N. Tabbutt, Saltchuk Resources, Inc.

Association Leadership 

Robert B. Gilbertson, Jr., President/CEO
Sue Camou Arrant, SVP, Chief Operating Officer
Julie L. Brown, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Barbara Pamplin, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
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