About the Greater Valley YMCA
The Greater Valley YMCA is a volunteer-led, nonprofit, community organization. The Y is committed to strengthening community by positively changing lives every day. At each of our branches, we concentrate our efforts in three areas: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. And we do so in a way that upholds the Y’s traditional family values of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Honesty.
For over 100 years, the Y has made tangible differences in the communities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton, Forks, Nazareth, those comprising the Slate Belt region and the Lehigh Valley as a whole. Founded as individual YMCAs as early as 1897, the following branches of the Greater Valley Y merged together between 2010 and 2015: the Nazareth YMCA, the Suburban North Family YMCA, the Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg & Vicinity and the Bethlehem YMCA. In 2014, the Forks YMCA Education Center was established. The Slate Belt branch was opened in 2015. In January 2017, the Allentown YMCA joined the Greater Valley YMCA.
There is something for everyone at the Y. We serve the entire community, from the young child just learning to swim to the active older adult seeking the social, recreational, and physical activities the Y offers. Each Y-Branch on this website has its' own program brochure for you to access.
At your Greater Valley YMCA, every community member is served regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or financial background -- no child or family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Please see our Financial Assistance section for more information on this program.
Thank you for supporting the Greater Valley YMCA.
The Y. For a better us.™
Greater Valley YMCA Board of Directors
Bryan Gault, Chief Volunteer Officer/President; President, Wind Gap Chevrolet Buick
Tom Giovanni, Vice President; Director Business Development LV, East Coast Network Services
John Dittbrenner, Jr., Treasurer; Former Executive VP & Sr. Corporate Banking Manager
Linda Huth Crook, CIC, Secretary; Agent, Huth Insurance
Stephen Bajan, CEO, Saucon Mutual Insurance Company
Douglas Batchelder, Ministry Advancement, The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)
David Bossert, Retired, Physician
James Cotter, President, Jim Cotter Associates Advisory Council Chair-Easton/Phillipsburg
Peter Dent, Development Manager, CDG Environmental
Thomas Dinkelacker, Esq.,Dimmich, Dinkelacker & Anewalt, PC
Mark Fuller, Vice President, COO, Fuller Paper Co. Advisory Council Chair-Nazareth
MacKenzie Guyer, Sr. Marketing Manager, AT&T
Jim Hunter, Director of Fiscal Affairs, Northampton County Advisory Council Chair-Slate BeltConstance A. Perkins, Vice President, Branch Manager, Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Michelle Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director of Academic Leadership Programs, Moravian College Advisory Council Chair-Bethlehem
Maribel Tandazo - Director of Pathway Development
Crystal Messer - Vice President Child Care
Kate Cohen - Chief Development Officer
Emily Mullen - Communications Director
Jennifer McCarthy - Chief Human Resources Officer
Tara Fleureton - Chief Finance Officer
Mark Casson - Chief Operating Officer
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Branch Program Director
Branch Executive Director
VP of Child Care
Chief Human Resources Officer
Our YMCA has partnered with Praesidium to ensure the safety of the youth in our programs. Praesidium helps thousands of organizations, including every YMCA in the country, prevent sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults by employees, volunteers, and other program participants. We are working with Praesidium to ensure we meet best practices in abuse prevention, strengthening our policies, screening practices, trainings, supervision and responding procedures, and education materials for youth and parents. Not only do we want our staff and volunteers to understand how abuse occurs and what are appropriate interactions between YMCA staff and volunteers with youth, but we also want parents and youth to understand as well. Please review these materials to learn more about how we can all ensure the safety of youth here at the YMCA.
Join the Y
Households across out community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our location offers many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offering and fees may vary by branch.
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. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.