YMCA of Greater Omaha


Sir George Williams founded the first YMCA location in London, England on June 6th, 1844. In the 171 years since, the YMCA has helped millions of young men and women across the world learn more about their planet, engage with each other and learn about themselves, and provided adults and children with areas in which to practice sports and exercise.

The YMCA of Greater Omaha’s roots in the Omaha metropolitan area are woven into the fabric of the community. Founded in 1866 by a Union Pacific employee, the Y first began its impact on the Omaha area as a place to serve young Christian men working on the transcontinental railroad. Since then, the YMCA of Greater Omaha has grown to be a leader in providing first experiences to families, individuals and youth for 150 years. With 10 locations in the Omaha area, spanning four counties in two states, the YMCA of Greater Omaha works to strengthen communities by offering programs and services in three focus areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.