We are a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together.


Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs, services and relationships that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Vision: To connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community collaboration. To position the YMCA of Rock River Valley as one of the region's most valued assets in building youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Our Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Faith 

Purpose Statement

The YMCA is committed to putting Christian principles into practice.  YMCA programs, activities and relationships teach and model Christian values in order to strengthen kids, families and communities.  Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith are core values evident in all that we do.

We are a private, not-for-profit, membership organization that serves the Rockford area community.  We seek to broaden an individual's involvement, first from participant to member and later to volunteer, donor and advocate.

YMCA programs are developmental in nature, helping people grow in spirit, mind and body, while recognizing the benefits of recreational time and pursuits.

We seek to be fairly priced, affordable to all, and perceived as a good value.  Charitable and earned revenue together provide the necessary resources to accomplish our mission.  A generous and easily accessible financial assistance program keeps our programs and facilities open to all.

The organization's planning and administrative functions are centrally coordinated while program delivery is decentralized.