The McGaw YMCA is an open, charitable membership association that promotes growth in spirit, mind and body through programs and services for all.
The McGaw YMCA will be Evanston’s lead collaborative partner in strengthening community.
We demonstrate sincere concern for others, their needs and wellbeing.
We tell the truth and demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness.
We treat others as we would want to be treated and value the worth of every person.
We do what is right and are accountable for our choices and actions.
Founded in 1885 to “promote mental, moral, physical and social welfare,” the Evanston YMCA remains true to the spirit of that mission today, although we have expanded to serve everyone in our diverse community. The Evanston YMCA was renamed the McGaw YMCA in 1984 in appreciation of a major gift from the Foster McGaw family. With about 12,000 members, we serve an estimated 20,000 people in our community each year.