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

1524 West Linden Street Ste 209

Allentown, PA 18102 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 2019, we awarded over $1,060,000 in financial assistance and subsidy to community members in need. Through our Community Needs Programming, we provide endless resources for our neighbors, addressing key social needs. As we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community relies on our essential programming now more than ever. Although our Y Branches and regular programs were halted in Spring 2020, we continued to serve our community.

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 everyone centered on our three focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Our Youth Development programs include Preschool programs, School Age Child Care, Youth Summer Day Camp and 7th Grade Initiative, among others. We also offer a variety of youth sports and recreation activities as well. 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 provide opportunities for Social Responsibility through many of the programs that we run to meet community needs. We maintain relationships with many community partners, working together to address emerging community needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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, the 7th Grade Initiative 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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our work is critical now more than ever. As many of our community members face healthy living barriers, we are working to ensure our community feels supported in these challenging times. Examples of our programming include the following:
-Free Youth and Adult Meals Programs: In mid-March, we quickly shifted our regular meals programming to a grab-and-go system at four sites. As the months of the pandemic continue, we expanded to 17 sites meeting increased need from our community members. We also began to offer free Adult meals at many of our sites. In total, we served over 100,000 meals from March through September, and continue to serve meals into Fall 2020 as our students return to hybrid or completely virtual school settings.
-Edu-Childcare Program during Fall 2020: In this program, children in Kindergarten through age thirteen complete their remote lessons at the Y in a safe, well-equipped classroom with supervision and support.
-Allentown Warming Station: In our 2019-2020 Season, we served 398 unique individuals. Although we closed our Season early due to the pandemic, we continued to offer resources and services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We opened our 2020-2021 Station on November 1st.
-Social Responsibility: We decided not to charge membership or childcare fees while our facilities were closed. Knowing that our Y serves many low-to-moderate income families, our organization decided this was “the right things to do” during this difficult financial period.
Please see our Annual Report for further information on all our COVID-19 Relief Programs.

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.

Though the Y’s program focuses have changed during the pandemic, we have held true to these strategic areas of focus and organizational impact statements. All pandemic service innovations align with the Greater Valley YMCA’s current strategic plan.

The Y is also a sound steward of our financial resources, making several difficult decisions through the pandemic regarding staffing, safe reopening of our facilities, and current offerings to remain sustainable. Despite these difficulties, our Y decided to halt membership and childcare fees while we were closed, supporting the families we serve through these hard financial times. Once we reopened, our Y continued experiencing losses in membership and childcare usage, in line with what most Ys are reporting in the State and throughout the nation. However currently, our Y remains financially stable, partnering with more Foundations, Businesses, Community Leaders and Donors than ever before to keep our essential programs running. Given this year’s events, the Greater Valley Y Association budget is just over $9 million. Throughout the pandemic, the Y has received more than $1,000,000 in grant awards focused on helping the Y offset financial losses and remain sustainable. Accordingly, we realize our Y is an essential player in supporting the Valley’s vulnerable populations and community. Despite organizational hardships through the pandemic, we must continue to operate key programs.

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. Especially through the pandemic, we have expanded our community partnerships to meet emerging community needs. For example, we partnered with the United Way of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers to operate our Edu-Childcare Program. Additionally, many of our food program partners are new, as we expanded to underserved areas of the Lehigh Valley to meet the increased need for hunger relief.

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 “Run the Valley” Race Series, Golf Tournaments, Annual Promise of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show and our Community Gala. Proceeds raised through these events support our Y programs, including our Financial Assistance Program to support community members in need.

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 2019 alone, the Greater Valley YMCA provided more than $1,060,000 in financial assistance and subsidy to community members in need.

Despite the financial hardship our Y has faced this year, we have accomplished so much in 2020, including: expanding our Free Youth and Adult Meals Program to serve almost 100,000 meals in March through September; offering thousands of hours of childcare through our “Here for You” Program and Youth Summer Day C collaborating with other local partners to operate our Edu-Childcare Program for students to complete school virtually; offering Virtual Fitness and Educational videos for our community members; and increasing our capacity at the Warming Station. We know that our community is stronger together, and we are excited to all be together at the Y once again.

As we work to navigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that there is much uncertainty as we continue through this crisis. However, we do know that our Y will continue to adapt, evolve and innovate our program in direct response to community needs. As we have done since March, we will continue to deliver service solutions throughout the Lehigh Valley, reaching underserved areas of our communities. 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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are constantly evaluating our food programs through both informal & formal means. Informally, our site supervisors & program staff get to know our “regular” families, learning about their individual circumstances, cultural food preferences, & needs. For instance early this season, we began a new family meal location at Mickley Run Apartments in Whitehall. This apartment complex is mostly comprised of low-income families, & many families identify as Hispanic or Latinx. During one of our first meal distributions, one meal provided was peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. We learned quickly that families were unfamiliar with these sandwiches, & though they did try them, did not prefer this meal. We quickly pivoted future menu plans to include more culturally-familiar foods.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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 YMCA

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 03/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/08/2020

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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.