About Us


The Upper Palmetto YMCA was first established in February of 1913. The headquarters were located in the offices of J.P. Hollis (above the Rock Hill Hardware Store). After several moves and efforts to raise funds for the building, the Charlotte Avenue YMCA opened its doors on December 22, 1950. Today, the Upper Palmetto YMCA is serving in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties.



Who We Are

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Our Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. 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 learn, grow and thrive.

Our Mission

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

What We Do

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

How We Do It

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

» The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
» The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
» The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
» The Y has local presence and national reach. We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.