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Mission & Values

Greater Des Moines YMCA Mission Statement

Our Mission

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

Our Cause

Strengthening the Foundations of Community

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Though the world may be unpredictable, one thing remains certain - the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, secure and connected children, families and communities.

We serve over 65,000 members from communities throughout central Iowa. Our locations include six full facility YMCAs, the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus in downtown Des Moines and Y Camp resident camp in Boone.

Our Core Values

The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The DSMY Marlin Mission

The Marlin Mission is to provide a safe, healthy and positive environment for our athletes.

We strive to create life long, memorable experiences for young our athletes in a supportive and nurturing environment through the sport of swimming. Our program emphasizes character development, respect and sportsmanship. Our swimmers learn the meaning and understanding hard work, teamwork and fairness while developing friendships. Through this process, we aim to develop and inspire responsible citizens and future leaders for our communities.