Our cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. 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.

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

To bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus:

  • Youth Development—nurturing the potential of every child and teen
  • Healthy Living—improving the nation’s health and wellbeing
  • Social Responsibility—giving back and providing support to our neighbors

At the Y, we value what everyone brings to the table. We work to ensure that all segments of our communities are welcome at the Y, and have equal opportunities to become connected to other participants, members, staff and volunteers at all levels of the organization. We make it a priority to educate and empower staff and volunteers to intentionally think, act and communicate with a diverse, inclusive and global approach to serving all.

The Y promotes and provides access to healthy lifestyles for all children and adults, including those with disabilities. Through positive recreational experiences, we emphasize each person's abilities and individuality and help participants build social skills. Our adaptive programs will work toward a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Hours

Most Ys in the Twin Cities metro area open between 5-6am and close between 8-10pm. Check locations for specific hours. Find hours for Kids Stuff—free childcare while you work out—by selecting “All hours”

The Customer Service Center is available to help you with any questions Monday through Friday: 7am to 6pm and Saturday: 9am to 12pm. Call 612-230-9622 or email.

Check locations for specific hours. On your location’s website, find hours for Kids Stuff—free childcare while you work out—by selecting “All hours.”

  • New Year’s Day—open at 7am and close at 7pm
  • Easter Sunday and Christmas Day—closed
  • Memorial Day—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 4pm
  • 4th of July—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 4pm
  • Labor Day—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 4pm
  • Thanksgiving Day—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 12pm
  • Christmas Eve Day—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 2pm
  • New Year’s Eve Day—open at regularly scheduled hours and close at 7pm        

Locations

Get contact information and hours for all Twin Cities metro area Y locations.

General policies

The YMCA does not allow multimedia items (examples: iPod, iPhone, Blackberry phones, smart phones, or gaming consoles) in program areas, unless for music or game purposes. For the comfort of others, talking on cell phones is prohibited in program areas. Please make and take calls in the lobby areas of the YMCA.

It’s important that you and your fellow members feel welcome at the YMCA.  The code of conduct embodies the spirit of the Y, and is intended to help everyone feel comfortable and thrive.

As a member, participant or guest, you agree to follow this code of conduct, which is rooted in the values of caring, honesty, responsibility and respect.  That’s why the following activities are prohibited in all YMCA facilities and programs:

  • Inappropriate attire. Appropriate attire must be worn at all times. No clothing with vulgar language, obscene gestures, racial slurs, or anything that contributes to a hostile environment or would be considered inappropriate in a family facility. Tops and bottoms should be adequately covered for the activity. Footwear is required in the facility except the aquatics area or for select classes in studios.  We reserve the right to deny use of the facility to any person whose attire we do not consider to be appropriate in connection with the public image of the YMCA.
  • Inappropriate language. Angry or vulgar language, including swearing, name-calling or shouting.
  • Threatening physical contact. Physical contact with another person in any angry or threatening way including “play fighting.”
  • Sexual activity. Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person.
  • Harassment / intimidation. Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any menacing behavior that demeans another person or culture.
  • Theft / destruction of property. Theft or behavior that results in the destruction of property.
  • Weapons. Carrying or concealing any weapons or devices or objects that may be used as weapons (including items that appear to be real).  The YMCA bans all weapons on premises with or without a permit.
  • Illegal chemicals or alcohol. Using or possessing illegal chemicals or alcohol on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA sponsored programs.
  • Inappropriate conduct. Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature.
  • Loitering. Loitering is not permitted in or outside YMCA facilities or programs.
  • Inappropriate cell phone activity. Inappropriate cell phone activity. Cell phone or photographic/video equipment use of any kind – organizing playlists, music, texting, camera functions, video recording – is not permitted in the locker rooms at any time. Phone calls are not allowed in fitness areas.
  • Tobacco. The use of tobacco or tobacco-like products, including e-cigarettes, are not permitted in or outside YMCA facilities or programs, or on YMCA property or program sites. YMCA facilities, ground, and vehicles are a tobacco-free environment.

If a member, participant or guest feels uncomfortable in confronting someone directly about offensive behavior or other issues that are in violation of the code of conduct they should report the behavior to a YMCA team member.

To create and maintain a space that embodies our core values, the Y is serious about being clear regarding activities that are not allowed.  If you or your invited guests violate this code of conduct, consequences can include termination of membership or program privileges. The YMCA reserves the right to make situational decisions based on its mission and values.

The Y may decide to cancel a program or class (particularly for children) if weather is a hazard. Guidelines for cancellation of a class or program will be closure of shopping malls, public buildings and other businesses.  School closings are not sufficient to warrant cancellations as schools close with more frequency due to busing situations. The Y may announce closures or program cancellations on the website, via email and/or on social media.

Get involved as a volunteer

You can make a difference in your community and your personal wellbeing by volunteering with the Y. YMCA volunteers do many things—here are just a few examples: care for kids after school, coach sports teams, greet and assist members, teach fitness skills or help with fundraising efforts.