2040 53rd Street | Moline, IL 61265



Two Rivers YMCA History

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lies in all of us. The Y gives children, families and individuals the support and resources they need to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Our Values

Our core values unite are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, decision-making and interactions with each other.

The four values of the Y:

  • Caring:  Show a sincere concern for others
  • Honesty: Be truthful in what you say and do
  • Respect:  Follow the golden rule
  • Responsibility:  Be accountable for your promises and actions


Areas of Focus

Youth Development:  Nurturing the Potential of Every Child and Teen

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Through the Y, youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Healthy Living:  Improving Our Community’s Health and Well-Being

With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. Youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility:  Giving Back and Providing Support to Our Neighbors

The Y has been listening and responding to our community’s needs since 1885. With the support of volunteers, donors and community partners, we are empowering people in our community to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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

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 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 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) purchased for outdoor activities.

Recent History:

  • 1960 East Moline Branch opened at 910 15th Avenue, East Moline.
  • 1967 Board of Directors formally adopted “Family” YMCA concept.
  • 1971 Successful $1.6 million campaign built new YMCA on 53rd Street, Moline. Moline and East Moline facilities consolidated.
  • 1975 Hillcrest sold to consolidate YMCA camping at Camp Abe Lincoln.
  • 1981 Successful $1.5 million campaign to expand YMCA facilities and services.
  • 1984 Energy Management System installed.
  • 1985 Nautilus Center added to present building.
  • 1989 Child Care program introduced.
  • 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 and 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.

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