YMCA of the Chippewa Valley
The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley was created when the Eau Claire YMCA and the Chippewa Falls Family YMCA merged in May of 2019 and is currently:
One of the largest childcare providers in the area.
Teaching thousands of kids how to swim, play basketball, play football, and participate in a variety of other
Employing over 800 staff annually.
Serving nearly 10,000 members.
The YMCA of the Chippewa Valley started with the YMCA of Eau Claire in 1881. The Y offered reading, gospel meetings, socialization, and physical fitness opportunities to members.
The Chippewa Falls YMCA’s current campus opened its doors to the community in 1980, but the YMCA has had a presence in the community since the lumber and papermill era. The YMCA Early Learning Community was added in 2000 and currently serves around 100 kids at the center and approximately 250 kids at our school-age sites.
In that respect, the mission was similar to the mission of the Y today, which maintains employee membership deals with the area’s larger businesses.
The mission of the original Y was to help individuals grow in spirit, mind, and body. Today, the Y helps people grow through fair play and fellowship.