MISSION & VALUES
WE ARE YOUR DUBUQUE COMMUNITY YMCA/YWCA.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adult, families and communities. Everyday our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.
With a focus on YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ELIMINATING RACISM, and EMPOWERING WOMEN, strengthening communities is our cause. At the Y, we believe that lasting personal and social change happens when we all work together. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away for the inability to pay. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
LIVING AND ADVANCING OUR CAUSE At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, health, and our community. That is why we focus our work on these five areas:
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
Improving the communities’ health and well-being
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
Promoting peace, justice and freedom
Women, men and families are empowered and their quality of life is greatly improved
OUR VISION To unify around our cause and collaborate to address the most pressing needs and issues of the day. To contribute powerfully to the Dubuque Community to strengthen the foundation of the community. To show, by example and our work, how people of all backgrounds can live together and grow to reach their full potential.
OUR VALUES The character development values that we aim to reach — honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring — are the values that guide the behavior of our YMCA/YWCA.
OUR BEHAVIORS We will operate as a cause-driven organization …
- addressing community needs through programs,
- developing relationships with and among members,
- collaborating with others,
- developing passionate cause-driven leaders,
- ensuring access, inclusion and engagement for all,
- advocating influencing policy
… while measuring our impact.
Involvement with the Y is more than just a membership to a gym, a camp, or a daycare. It’s an investment.
An investment in yourself, your community, your fellow citizens. It means you value belonging, connection and growth for every single person.
Your involvement with the Y allows us to evolve to the needs of your community. Whether through youth development, healthy living principles, or social responsibility, the Y has been evolving to community needs for over 170 years.
It’s bigger than I…it’s we. It’s us.
For a better us.