Our History

Our History

The Lancaster Family YMCA has been a part of the Lancaster community since 1864, when it was founded by a small group of men in a downtown residence to be a healthy resource for young men in the community. Since then, it has expanded into two locations in Lancaster City and Lampeter-Strasburg and serves people of all economic status and backgrounds, allowing it to build a strong network of diverse and passionate stakeholders.


In the fall of 2020, the Lancaster Family YMCA entered into a management agreement with the YMCA of York and York County to continue its legacy of service. Currently, the organization is offering programs to address chronic disease, financial assistance for its services, Pre-K Counts, childcare, summer learning support, aquatics, and community outreach to the greater Lancaster area.


In response to COVID-19, the Lancaster Family YMCA has been adapting its services to meet new and emerging needs. Its Pre-K Counts program works with students remotely so that they can continue learning from the safety of their homes at times convenient for them. The Y’s Virtual Learning Center offers full-day care for school-aged children so that caregivers can continue to work while their children learn in a structured and safe environment at the YMCA branches. In addition, all YMCA programs and facilities have implemented new health and safety procedures to ensure that anyone who engages with the Y does so as safely as possible.



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