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About the Monroe County YMCA



The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn more about the YMCA of the USA.



At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Through group exercise classes, youth programs, swim lessons, adult health programs, and more, we aim to build a healthier Monroe County. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.


To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.



In 1891, the YMCA was founded in Monroe County as a Christian organization serving Indiana University students. It wasn't until 1960 that the YMCA moved off the campus of IU and opened headquarters on W. 17th St., providing various outreach programs to better serve the entire Bloomington community. The board voted in 1978 to make physical activity, cardiovascular health, and healthy lifestyle education the main focuses behind all programming.


In 1981, after years of enthusiastic volunteerism, generous support from Cook Groups, Inc., and a community support-a-thon, a new 50,000-square-foot facility opened. A 26,000-square-foot addition was completed in 1985. An 8,600-square-foot expansion was completed in 1995 to add more family, program, and special needs space. Another major renovation took place in 2002 to grow the Wellness Center and add a multipurpose room and a yoga studio. In 2011, a Capital Campaign was publicly launched to raise funds for a brand new YMCA on the Northwest side of Bloomington, a renovation and new pool for the original facility, and the construction of a new Gymnastics Center next to the original Southeast Y. The Gymnastics Center opened in 2012, new multipurpose pool opened in February of 2013, and the Northwest Y opened in November of 2013.