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Greater Valley Young Mens Christian Association

aka Greater Valley YMCA   |   Allentown, PA   |  www.gv-ymca.org

Mission

The Greater Valley YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. At the GVY, we are more than just a gym; we are a nonprofit providing opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every community member is served at the Y, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or ability to pay. Day in and day out, we are here for our neighbors, creating healthy, connected and secure children, families and adults.

Ruling year info

1944

President/CEO

Mr. David Fagerstrom

Main address

2132 South 12th Street Ste 201

Allentown, PA 18103 USA

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EIN

24-0798706

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Greater Valley YMCA (GVY) is a mission-driven nonprofit, providing essential services and programs for all members of our communities. We serve the entire Lehigh Valley, with Branches in the communities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton/Phillipsburg, Nazareth, those comprising the Slate Belt region, Catasauqua and Northampton. Our doors are open to all, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or ability to pay--no child or family is turned away due to financial hardship. In 2021, we awarded over $516,000 in financial assistance and subsidy to community members in need. We currently offer the following essential programs: Preschool Programming, Essential Child Care, Fitness and Wellness Classes (with virtual options), Social Responsibility Programs, Chronic Disease Prevention Programming, Allentown Warming Station for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, Bethlehem Affordable Housing Program, Senior Connection Programs and so much more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility

At the Greater Valley YMCA, we offer programs for all centered on our three focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Our Youth Development programs include Preschool Programming, School Age Child Care, Youth Summer Day Camp and more. We also offer a variety of youth sports and recreation activities. Our Healthy Living resources include a studio of fitness equipment, program studios for our various fitness classes, gyms, pools and much more. Our fitness classes are constantly changing to meet trends and demands, and are open to members of all abilities. We offer many of these classes in a virtual format as well. Our Social Responsibility Programs include Free Youth and Adult Meals Program, Beautiful You Female Cancer Support Program, Diabetes Prevention Program and more. We also offer a robust Financial Assistance Program, ensuring that all members of our community are able to access our programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We serve all members of our community, from birth through span of life. We are committed to meeting emerging needs in the Lehigh Valley, and providing opportunities for all to find health, friendship and belonging at the Y. At our YMCA Branches, we offer a studio of fitness equipment, pools, gyms and fitness classes for all to reach their health goals. We also offer high-quality, affordable childcare for our families; while in our care, children participate in activities keeping minds and bodies engaged. Other youth programs include School Age Child Care, Preschool Programs (including Pre-K Counts), Youth Summer Day Camp and more. Through our Social Responsibility programs, we are committed to providing health and connection to our community members. These programs include our Beautiful You Female Cancer Support Group, Diabetes Prevention Program, Free Youth and Adult Meals Programs and so much more. And of course, our core Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are woven into all programs. Our goal is to help our community find friendship, health, confidence and belonging by participating in our programs both at the Y and within our neighborhoods.

Throughout the past two years, the Y has stepped up as a key community resource in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We worked alongside our community partners to provide innovate solutions to emerging pandemic needs. These programs include our Free Family Meals Program, Essential Child Care Programming, Youth Summer Day Camp, Virtual Fitness and Wellness Programming, Senior Check-In Calls and more. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we still made so much progress in meeting community needs throughout 2021, including:
• Served over 85,000 meals to youth and adults in the Lehigh Valley through our Free Family Meals Program
• Provided the Best. Summer. Ever. to over 582 children in our 2021 Youth Summer Day Camp
• Offered our Y Wellness 24/7 Suite to our members, which is a suite of virtual fitness classes included with membership. This program helped our members who are not yet comfortable returning to the Y with fitness options for all ages and stages of wellness
• Offered hybrid program delivery for our Wellness Programming, ensuring that our members were able to participate however they feel most comfortable. We currently have 68 participants enrolled in our Beautiful You Female Cancer Support Group and 25 participants in our Diabetes Prevention Program.
• Provided 4,343 warm beds to our neighbors experiencing homelessness in our 2021-2022 Warming Station Season
• Awarded over $516,000 in financial assistance and subsidy to our community members in need throughout 2021
• Provided innovative solutions for our members to feel connected and engaged at the Y even when we were unable to be together.

In 2019, our Y Association completed our first-ever strategic planning process. The one-year process utilized feedback from community leaders, Board Members, volunteers, members, program participants and staff to create a vision for the Y’s next few years. During this planning process, the Y identified key areas of community need to include affordable child care, support for vulnerable & poor populations, the continuing disintegration of core values, obesity in children and adults, and mental/behavioral health. The Y committed to addressing these key community needs with three organizational impact statements:

• We will engage the community within and beyond our walls and meet their needs.
• We will use the resources/capacity we currently have to better achieve our mission.
• We will strategically grow our financial strength.

We are currently working on developing a new Strategic Plan that we will share with our community later in 2022.

We are also committed to expanding community relationships helping address local needs together. We are fortunate to have many partners who support our mission and help us to create a stronger and healthier Lehigh Valley. Over the past two years, we have expanded our community partnerships to meet emerging community needs. Please refer to our 2022 Annual Report for further information about our community partners and supporters.

At all of our Branches, we work to ensure that our youth development programs meet state and government standards. All of our childcare sites comply with all DHS regulations for staff and safe spaces. We operate 3 three PA STARS certified Pre-K Counts sites in our Association; our Allentown Branch and Forks Education Center are proud of achieving a STAR 4 accreditation in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Program, and our Bethlehem Branch maintains a STAR 3 accreditation. Keystone STARS is a program for enhancing the quality of childcare provided to the community. Through Keystone STARS, a childcare provider works to increase its standard of care above the state’s minimum health and safety licensing regulations. Research shows that high quality childcare increases a child’s learning skills and school readiness level.

Our staff works with members of all ages and abilities, so that we can best help members achieve their goals. Our staff maintain certifications in many different specialties to deliver high-quality programming to our community members. For example, our Y staff take place in Y-USA trainings, such as Cultural Lenses and Dimensions of Diversity. Additionally, our aquatics department is one of the leading local partners to train in CPR/AED/Lifeguarding. We also manage some of our local municipal pools during the summer, providing Y programming at these locations.

We maintain relationships with more than 100 community partners and other local health networks and organizations, collaborating to create stronger programs and meet the needs of our communities. We also host various community events at the GVY, including the Y-USA Annual Healthy Kids Day event. The goal of the day is to showcase the Y’s children and family programs, provide families with other local health and wellness resources, and create a sense of community and celebration. Additional community and fundraising events at the Y include our 5K Races, Golf Tournaments, Community Gala and more. Proceeds raised through these events support our Community Outreach and Financial Assistance Programs at the Y.

In 2017, we completed a decade-long merge bringing all of the individual YMCAs in the Lehigh Valley under one corporate entity, the Greater Valley YMCA. Today, we serve over 12,000 community members, and thousands more in community outreach programs. Thanks to generous donors, Foundations and community partners, we maintain a robust Financial Assistance Program, ensuring that no child, family or adult is turned away due to financial hardship. In 2021 alone, the Greater Valley YMCA provided more than $516,000 in financial assistance and subsidy to community members in need.

We have made so much progress over the past two years, despite the hardships we have faced as a result of the pandemic. We have served more community members than ever before, expanded our community partnerships and were able to bring back some of our regular programming. As we slowly recover from the pandemic, our Y will continue to adapt, evolve and innovate our program in direct response to community needs. We will continue to grow our partnership relationships, collaborating to create innovative solutions to emerging needs. While there is much unknown about the future, we know that our Lehigh Valley is stronger together.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Greater Valley Young Mens Christian Association

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Dent

CDG Environmental

Peter Dent

CDG Environmental

James Cotter

Jim Cotter Associates

Mackenzie Guyer

Lumen

Stephen Bajan, II

Edward Jones Investments

Sedgwick Harris

Northampton Community College

Ellen Iobst

Iobst Supply Chain Consulting, LLC.

Kelly Shak

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Paul Story, Jr.

Wells Fargo

Jack Zilfou

Zilfou Law

Julie Ambrose

Allentown School District

Katie Santana

ASR Media Productions

Ira Wolfe

Poised for the Future Company

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.