Each YMCA is a little different, because we serve the needs of our local communities, however some challenges are so great that they impact communities all across the state of Virginia. We focus on critical issues that face our state and our nation with a collaborative approach that brings diversity of knowledge, talent and experience together to find solutions that better the lives of Virginians.


Diabetes Prevention

A group of people in a YMCA Diabetes Prevention education session

One in three Virginians is prediabetic, but only 11% of them know it. This can progress to type 2 diabetes, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.

Safety Around Water

A young girl learning how to swim

For children under the age of 14, unintentional drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death and is 100% preventable.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention

Student against a chalkboard with drawings of space suit and rocket in her imagination

Research shows that if students aren’t learning during the summer, they can lose ground academically—and once children fall back, the gap in achievement can grow with each year.