The Y is for everyone.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Income-based membership fees make the Y affordable for all. Click here to learn more.

Nonprofit

The Two Rivers YMCA is a family oriented 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing spiritual, mental, physical development and leadership opportunities consistent with Christian values for members and constituents through excellence in programs, services, and facilities.

Our Values

Caring - demonstrating a sincere concern for others, their needs, and their well-being
Honesty - telling the truth and demonstrating reliability and trustworthiness
Respect - treating others as we would want to be treated and valuing the worth of every person
Responsibility - doing what is right and being accountable for choices and actions

Our Mission

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

Our Commitment

The Two Rivers YMCA is committed to:
Youth Development: nurturing the potential of every child and teen,
Healthy Living: improving our community's health in spirit, mind, & body,
Social Responsibility: giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

2017-2019 Strategic Plan

The YMCA Board of Directors, after having convened with over 40 leaders in the community, identified the following four "Big Questions" that would motivate and guide the decisions made by the Board and Leadership Team over the 3 year period.

ACCESS
How do we ensure that our current and future facilities meet the growing needs of our communities?

INCLUSION
How do we remain inclusive and further engage the diverse communities we serve to provide the greatest impact?

HEALTH & WELL-BEING
How do we improve healthy living behaviors to positively influence quality of life?

COMMUNITY SUPPORT
How can the Y strengthen its philanthropic culture and increase the needed resources to grow the Y's impact?

 


 

HISTORY OF THE Y.

The Two Rivers YMCA was founded in 1885 as the Moline YMCA. The YMCA has a long, successful history of making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. For more on the history of the YMCA movement, please visit www.ymca.net.


Early History

  • 1844 The Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London, England.
  • 1851 Sea Captain Thomas Sullivan formed the first YMCA in the United States to “improve the spiritual and mental condition of young men.”
  • 1885 The first YMCA in Moline was organized February 10, 1885. Rooms were opened to provide programs on the second floor of the Deere Building in the 1600 block of Third Avenue.
  • 1890 First Moline YMCA building built next to rented rooms on Third Avenue.
  • 1901 Reading Room and Social Room opened in the McKinley Building located at Fourth Avenue and Fifteenth Street.
  • 1903 $5,000 raised to purchase Warr Hall in the 400 block of Sixteenth Street.
  • 1910 Largest fund raising campaign in previous Moline history raised $145,000 on a goal of $125,000 to build new facility on corner of Fifth Avenue and Eighteenth Street.
  • 1925 Successful campaign raised $35,000 for debt reduction and repairs.
  • 1959 Forty acres (Hillcrest Camp in Orion) purchased for outdoor activities.
  • 1960 East Moline Branch opened at 910 15th Avenue, East Moline.
  • 1967 Board of Directors formally adopted “Family” YMCA concept.

Recent History

  • 1971 Successful $1.6 million campaign built new YMCA on 53rd Street, Moline. Moline and East Moline facilities consolidated.
  • 1975 Hillcrest Camp sold to consolidate YMCA camping at Camp Abe Lincoln.
  • 1981 Successful $1.5 million campaign to expand YMCA facilities and services.
  • 1984 State-of-the-Art Energy Management System installed.
  • 1985 Nautilus Fitness Center added to present building.
  • 1989 Child Care program introduced.
  • 2002 Warm-water Therapy Pool and 2nd Floor Wellness Center added.
  • 2010 Quad City Rowing Association merged into Two Rivers YMCA, providing a robust rowing program based out of the Y’s Sylvan Boathouse.
  • 2014 A long relationship with the neighboring Union Congregational Church turned into a new partnership that resulted in the Y adding 4.28 acres and 8,194 square feet to its current Moline campus with the new Spirit, Mind, & Body Center. 
  • 2015 With strong volunteer leadership and great community support, the Y raised $3.6 million toward a $3 million capital campaign to renovate and update facilities to better serve current and future members and program participants.
  • 2018 The Two Rivers YMCA agrees to serve as administrative agent for Nourish, a regional nutrition collaborative serving meals and snacks out of the Spirit, Mind, & Body Center, Moline Boys and Girls Club, and the Rock Island Martin Luther King Jr. Center.