The Y is for Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.  The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being, welcoming and connecting diverse populations or advocating for healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.

The YMCA serves the entire community and is open to everyone.  Donors enable the YMCA, a charitable, non-profit organization in compliance with IRS code 501(C)3, to offer a financial assistance program for those individuals and families that qualify.


Total Allocated…$53,040

At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away for an inability to pay. We rely on the generosity of our community to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Your support helps us offer programs in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility throughout Etowah County.


The YMCA of the Coosa Valley is designated as a 501 (C) (3) by the IRS ; therefore, all donations are fully tax deductible.


Thanks to funding through partners like United Way, corporate giving, and private donations we are able to provide recreational opportunities to help participants meet their full potential.

Gadsden City Therapeutic Program – Special needs adults in the City of Gadsden.

Snellgrove Civitan Center: 324 N 9th St Gadsden, Alabama 35903Phone     (256) 547-6621

Special Olympics – Gadsden City High School Physical Education for Special Needs teens

13th Place – Non-profit, community-based agency which opened in February, 1977 to provide shelter care for youth ages 11-17 that are in homeless crisis situations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities.

Eagle Rock – ERBR is a Christian home for “at risk” boys to become happy, productive young men who fear the Lord and support their families.

Day of Action – an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by improving the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability, and health.

Joint Ventures Arthritis Class – an Arthritis Foundation Program designed to accommodate the abilities of individuals with arthritis and other related diseases or disabilities. This water workout will help improve muscular strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, and manage/relieve pain.


They Y partners with over 50 agencies, schools and businesses, here are just a few:

Etowah County Sherrif’s Office – Job Corps – Gadsden City Schools – Gadsden Runners Club – 1st Methodist Church Gadsden – American Heart Association – The National Guard – YMCA of Calhoun County – Buffalo Rock – Big Brothers Big Sisters – Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts – The Messenger – City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation – 13th Place – Snellgrove Civitan Center – Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce – Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Center for Cultural Arts – American Red Cross – Etowah County Board of Education – Belk

Through our many partnerships and the generosity of our community members, we offer many community outreach programs through our local facility. We offer free swim lessons at our 6th street pool location, we assist with feeding the hungry through a back pack initiative, we assist in training inmates in water safety classes so they can clean our Coosa River, we provide training space for the National Guard in our pool as well as the hosting of boy scout and girl scout troops.


What can I do?

Make a big difference. The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change in your own community. As a volunteer, you’ll be working with other caring, committed people who want to make a difference in your community.

Volunteers of the Y:
» Lead our Board of Directors, committees, and special events
» Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
» Coach our sports teams.
» Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices and the pursuit of higher education and goals
» Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
» Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation and to our community
» Participate in opportunities to give back and support others

How do I apply?

YMCA program volunteers undergo an interview and training process similar to that of paid staff. This helps you find the best fit for your skills while also ensuring the safety of our members, staff and other volunteers. Visit the front desk for volunteer opportunities.