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The YMCA of Greater Omaha is so much more than a gym.

We are a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the metro community through a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We serve thousands of youth, adults, families, and seniors in the Greater Omaha area in our wellness centers and pools as well as on sports fields and at afterschool sites. From early education to senior activities, we are providing services and programs that help every individual grow and thrive regardless of age, income, or background.  

We focus our work in three areas


The YMCA offers Early Childhood Education at five locations across the metro. Many locations offer preschool, after-school care, summer day camp and other programming aimed at nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Our youth sports programs help to build strong, confident kids while creating a safe environment for play.


We aim to improve the nation's health and well-being through the use of our wellness centers, personal trainers, group fitness classes, pools and gymnasiums. The YMCA of Greater Omaha also provides three community-based health programs: LIVESTRONG, Brain and Body, and Y Weight Loss.


Giving back and providing support for our neighbors is an integral part of the YMCA. Each year thousands of scholarships are given to families in need across the metro to pay for Y memberships, early childhood care, out of school care, youth sports, swim lessons, and more.

With the passion and support of our donors, volunteers, staff, partners, members, and participants, we are strengthening community and changing lives at the YMCA of Greater Omaha. Together, we are STRONG! 

Together, we… 


We are here for all regardless of income or background. Through support of our Strong Communities Campaign, we are able to provide financial assistance for critical Y programs like membership, youth sports, and swim lessons that strengthen our community by keeping our neighbors healthy and safe.  

In 2022,  

  • 7,300 individuals of all ages received financial assistance in 2022.

  • $1 Million+ in financial assistance was awarded to provide critical access to YMCA programs and services. 


We know there’s more to a game that a final score and more to swim lessons that a successful backstroke. Youth learn teamwork skills on Y courts and fields and they gain life-saving water safety skills in our pools all while building character and having a great time! 

In 2022,  

  • 14,953 players experienced team work and character development in youth sports, including 203 in eSports programming 

  • 5,712 youth learned about water safety and participated in swim lessons  



Youth Development is a key are of focus at the YMCA of Greater Omaha. With Early Learning Centers, Before and After-School Programs, Schools Out Fun Clubs and Summer Day camps, we are helping children build friendships and socio-emotional skills as well as bridge developmental and out-of-school time learning gaps. 

In 2022,  

  • 421 youth served in our YMCA Early Learning Centers  

  • 1,053 school-age youth found connection & community in our summer day camp programs.  


“For all” is a vital piece of our mission statement that inspires us on our journey to create greater equity in Y programs and services. With an unwavering commitment to ensuring all feel welcome at the Y, we humbly recognize the great opportunities and challenging work to be done. 

In 2022,  

  • 66% of our executive and senior leadership is female including our first female CEO & President, Rebecca Deterding. 

  • 100+ volunteers including staff and board members set up and participated in the 2022 youth pride and Heartland Pride parade.  

  • 61 individuals with diverse abilities gained work experience at the Y in partnership with Angel Guardians and Vodec. 


The YMCA of Greater Omaha offers three Community-Based Wellness programs that provide knowledge and support to those living with chronic health conditions in a small-group setting: providing community connections to others walking a similar journey. 

In 2022,  

  • 70 cancer survivors restored their spirit and endurance through LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA 

  • 77 members developed personalized and sustainable wellness behaviors in our Y Weight Loss program  

  • 81 individuals with neurological conditions improved their health with mental and physical exercises in our Delay the Disease program, now Brain & Body


Staying active and social is so important for our active older adults. Exercise and socialization can reduce the risk of mental and physical health issues like injuries, dementia, and more. It is also vital to ensure access to Y facilities and programs regardless of limited and fixed incomes. 

In 2022,  

  • 15,330 older adults participated in YMCA programs and services which kept them active and healthy 

  • 120+ free senior events were hosted at YMCA branches 

  • 58% of our active older adults use insurance-based memberships. 

Member Testimonial

“After I finished my cancer treatments, I was left with little muscle. Then I learned about the LIVESTRONG program. My experience was everything I needed. It was a blessing to spend time with people who had walked the cancer journey and we enjoyed encouraging each other to keep reaching for goals. The staff helped with the training they had received and knowledge they shared. I could tell right away that the exercise was more helpful than I expected for my mental health recovery. It made me realize there was no reason I couldn’t push myself physically.“

- LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Participant 


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes the YMCA of Greater Omaha as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to the YMCA of Greater Omaha may be eligible for tax deduction in the U.S.A. Please consult your tax advisor for eligibility. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 47-0376586. No goods or services were offered or provided in exchange for this contribution.