Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA

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Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA has been deeply rooted in the community for over ten years. Our organization is service based and reaches nearly every area of the county. Whether you're a local or brand new to the area, being a Y member gives you the opportunity to explore the many ways you can join us in a fit and healthy lifestyle. When you're at the Y, you can make friends, discuss the latest best seller in the AOA book club, recreate and relax after a long day, or simply sit and have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper.

You can work out alone, with a personal trainer, or join a class led by a certified instructor. The Y's friendly and highly trained staff is available to answer your questions and acquaint you with the many activities we offer. There is something for everyone of every age...sports; swimming; yoga; Pickleball; dance; and much more. If you want to be active and involved in your community, the Y is the place to be.

Our goal is to help you develop your mind, body, and spirit in a relaxed atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. We believe in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We offer financial assistance, payment plans, away-member benefits, and senior programs covered by many insurance plans. The YMCA invites you to come in and see what we have to offer.

The YMCA is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with 501(c)3 status. Our tax identification number is 41-1908049.  Questions? Contact the YMCA at 320-222-9622 or email theresa@kandiymca.org .

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When you give to the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward. As the nation's leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact in our community.

Lend a Hand Mentor Program

In January 2004, the Mentor Program moved to the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. The YMCA has room for further program growth and development, programming for mentors and mentees and a central location or “meeting” place for activities.

The Lend A Hand Mentor Program takes youth referred from the Kandiyohi County area and matches them with volunteer adults from the area who have passed a thorough screening and background check process. Youth aged 6 to 15 are referred to the mentor program through teachers, child guides, social services, community corrections, parents and even the kids themselves. The mentor and mentee can use the YMCA free when doing activities together. Regular contact is maintained throughout the match by the YMCA Mentor Program Coordinator.

How do I refer a child to the program?

How does a child receive a mentor?

How do I become a mentor?

If you have questions or would like further information about the mentoring program, please contact Leah Thorpe, the Mentor Program Coordinator at (320) 222-9622 or via email at mentor@kandiymca.org


The Y is a cause for strengthening communities, committed every day to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring impact right in our community. The YMCA welcomes volunteers in the following capacities:

Program Volunteers

The YMCA has a variety of program volunteer opportunities available! If you have the time and interest, we could use your help. The YMCA utilizes volunteers in all of our program areas! If you have an interest in impacting the quality of life for the kids, adults and families in our community, please contact Karla at (320) 222-9622. We are often looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Child Care Center
  • Child Watch
  • Day Camp Garden
  • Front Desk
  • Maintenance / Grounds
  • Youth Sports
  • Youth, Teen and Family Nights

(Please be aware that certain volunteer positions require extra training due to state licensing and a minimum time commitment is necessary)

Policy Volunteers

The YMCA is always looking for individuals with expertise in various areas to serve as a policy volunteer for the YMCA. The following is a current list of the standing committees that are commissioned by the YMCA Board of Directors.

As the YMCA continues to grow and expand, we will continue to seek out volunteers to assist with the development of our association. If you have an interest in serving, please contact Theresa Wittenberg at (320) 222-9622 for more information on:

  • Board of Directors
  • Building and Grounds Committee
  • Child Care Parent Advisory Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Human Resource Committee
  • Membership, Program & Marketing Committee


The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our donors that we are able to give back to the community we serve.

Y Partners Campaign

Become a donor!

The YMCA strongly believes that everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to become a member or participate in one of our many and diverse programs regardless of their ability to pay.

The "Y Partners" Campaign raises the necessary dollars annually to provide membership and programming opportunities for kids, adults, seniors and families that are financially challenged. We are committed to providing opportunities to those who need a YMCA experience but do not have the financial resources. The YMCA helps build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. With your help, we will succeed.

  • Responsibility Level (Up to $99): Donors will be recognized on the Y Partners recognition wall in the Y lobby and web site.
  • Honesty Level ($100 - $249): Donors will be recognized on the Y Partners framed recognition wall in the Y lobby and web site.
  • Respect Level $250 - $499): Donors will be recognized on the Y Partners framed recognition wall in the Y lobby and web site.
  • Caring Level ($500 - $999): Donors will be recognized on the Y Partners framed print in the Y lobby and web site.
  • *Spirit, Mind and Body Level: ($1000+): Donors will have a banner placed in the gymnasium recognizing your family or business for their generous support for the Y Partners Campaign, as well on the Y Partners recognition wall in the Y lobby and web site.

Help Us, Help Them

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Y Partners Campaign. Your support provides the funds that allow us to offer membership and program assistance to hundreds of kids, adults and families. In 2010, over 895 individuals, or 17% of all YMCA members received a total of $150,465 in membership and program subsidy with another $24,494 in community support to local non-profit and service organizations being funded. In years to come, numbers served by financial assistance will be in the thousands. Give generously and help your friends and neighbors today! Consider a one-time gift from your family or business, or simply add a few dollars onto your monthly membership payment.

YMCA Facility Use and Rental

The YMCA is available for a variety of functions and multiple options are available.

Non-profit organizations may use the YMCA meeting rooms at no charge when space is available.  Groups should reserve a room in advance.  There is a daily guest fee if meeting participants wish to use other areas for the facility for activities.

Schools and other groups may visit the YMCA for special events.  These visits must be reserved in advance to ensure the necessary staff and space are available.  Chaperone ratios are required and fees are based on the number of participants.

Families, businesses and other groups may rent space at the YMCA.  Many options are available for meetings, reunions, parties, etc.

Churches and other groups may host lock-ins on Sunday evenings or overnight on Friday or Saturday.  Groups have use of the lower level and  select the time during which they would like to swim.

For questions, date availability and to make a reservation contact Rachel Smith at 320-222-9622 or by email.