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At YMCA SOUTHCOAST we value the little things. We believe healthy living is not just a fad, it’s a way of life. We are a community, and a family, embracing today’s social responsibilities together. We work to ensure that we are a Y for ALL people. ​For over a century we have been developing healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.

The Y is so much more than a gym. Through our initiatives, programs, and services youth realize their potential; teens and young adults prepare for college; families spend time and have fun together; people are healthier in mind, body, and spirit; job seekers prepare for employment; newcomers are welcome and embraced; a nationwide service ethic is fostered; and so much more.

We invite you to explore all the Y has to offer you.

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.

  • The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
  • The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
  • The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.

YMCA SOUTHCOAST has been working to provide health and social services to thousands of youth, families and individuals throughout the Southcoast region for nearly 150 years.


  • 1867: Thirty men of the County Street Methodist Episcopal Church met to form the New Bedford YMCA
  • 1889: The Y moved to 147 William Street and offered a broad range of fitness, social, and educational programs
  • 1972: A new Y facility is built on South Water Street
  • 1963: The Y purchased Camp Massasoit, a 25-acre day camp in Mattapoisett
  • 1992: Camp Massasoit was substantially renovated for year-round operation as a Youth and Family Center and becomes the Mattapoisett YMCA branch
  • 1998: The New Bedford YMCA expanded with the addition of the Musser Youth and Family Center
  • 2001: The Dartmouth YMCA and Camp Metacomet opened on the site of the former Children’s Museum
  • 2004: The Gleason Family YMCA opened in Wareham
  • 2005: Thirty acres of woodlands were acquired for a future day camp in Rochester, MA, and YMCA Southcoast merged with the Fall River YMCA, founded in 1857
  • 2012: The Gleason Family YMCA was completed. Major expansions included a full-size gymnasium and track, an outdoor pool, a group exercise/multi purpose room, and adult locker rooms with steam and sauna
  • 2015: The Fall River YMCA revitalization was completed, to include new locker rooms, state-of-the-art Wellness Center, updated pool, squash courts, BayCoast Bank Educational Achievement Center, and full handicap accessibility.
  • 2015: The new Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA in Swansea opened on December 19, 2015. The Y immediately started connecting communities and changing lives. It is located on 36 acres and is named after the major donor, Stoico/FIRSTFED
  • Our service area includes 18 communities from the greater Fall River area to the Cape Cod Canal. Last year over 35,000 people were served in our programs and membership services.


The YMCA serves more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country as the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities grow stronger through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Together our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate — from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide our members in our local branches.

By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected, and secure.

For more information about the YMCA of the USA please visit: www.ymca.net


Nurturing the potential of every child and teen through programs that include; childcare, educational programs, sports, activities, summer day camps, overnight camps, swim programs, teen leadership programs, events, clubs and volunteering programs.


Improving our community’s health and well-being by offering support, guidance, resources, facilities and expertise.


Inspiring hope, creating new opportunities for success, and meaningfully changing futures through initiatives in education, health, character building, vocational training, mentoring, financial aid, and cultural understanding.

YMCA SOUTHCOAST Diversity, Inclusion and Global (DIG) Mission Statement:

YMCA Southcoast will be the leader in advancing diversity. YSC will denounce intolerance and celebrate inclusion in all aspects of their membership and operations and, therefore, is committed to creating and sustaining an anti-racist, multicultural organization.

YMCA SOUTHCOAST Diversity, Inclusion and Global (DIG) Vision:

YMCA Southcoast will create an organizational environment whose diverse and inclusive culture will enable people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation the opportunity to realize and develop their human potential to the fullest.

Learn more about YUSA’s Diversity and Inclusion promise.