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The Y is a founding nonprofit organization, offering health, hope, and opportunity:


  • Parents find a safe, nurturing environment for their children to stay active, be engaged, and learn positive values.
  • Children and teens play and develop self-confidence while feeling accepted and supported.
  • Former foster kids and homeless young people receive assistance with housing, employment, life skills, and other resources to learn and work.
  • Adults connect with friends, pursue interests, and learn how to live healthier.
  • Families in crisis due to mental health, child abuse, neglect, or substance abuse receive support and resources from licensed counselors.
  • People from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to volunteer and help strengthen their community.



As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Y provides crucial programs and services to more than 230,000 people every year. With the help of generous donors, we are able to provide more than 250 homeless youth safe, stable housing, 115,000 healthy meals to school-age youth, and more than $9.5 million in financial assistance to more than 27,000 people to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and belong at the Y.


For Youth Development

We believe that all kids deserve opportunities to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Our Y focuses on preparing more kids for success in school and life by providing education and support, along with the physical and emotional guidance kids need to learn, grow and thrive.

For Healthy Living

The Y brings families together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, child care and fun. Also our Y plays a key role in helping health seekers decrease their risk of lifestyle-related diseases and improve overall health.

For Social Responsibility

The Y has been listening and responding to our community needs for over 40 years. We provide social services that support and empower people to overcome obstacles, provide volunteer opportunities, raise and award funds for financial assistance for those individuals and families that need a Y experience but cannot afford one. The Y collaborates with other organizations that share our values to build a healthier community



I am passionate about the good work of the Y and proud of what we do each and every day.
I invite you to join us as we strengthen the foundations of our community.

Nat Auten
CEO of the YMCA of Catawba Valley






The Y is a values-based, character building, nonprofit, membership organization that plays a vital role in contributing to the community. Our values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring are in everything we do. We plan our high-quality programs around essential elements to help kids grow up caring and responsible. Our staff is caring, competent and experienced.

The Y is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Our membership is 25,000 strong, and spread across our two Catawba County facility locations. While our programs and facilities are always based on the unique needs and interests of our communities, every Y has one thing in common: our people. The volunteers, staff, members and donors of the Y are all united by a deep commitment to strengthening our communities. Join us -- we could use someone like you.


In 1969, when the YMCA was celebrating 125 years of service, the Catawba County YMCA was chartered in Conover. In 1994, to mark the establishment of the Hickory Foundation YMCA and to reflect its regional emphasis, the name was changed to the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The YMCA of Catawba Valley is locally autonomous and is a volunteer organization dedicated to meeting the needs of its own community.

From the early days in the old Conover School, to the present time, our commitment to the YMCA mission has never wavered. Today, perpetuating the vision of the founders of the Catawba County YMCA, we seek to build "everybody's Y" - a 21st century organization to serve as many people and as many needs as possible.


The YMCA of Catawba Valley makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in our community, helping to maintain our vision of a community built on strong principles and Christian values

To date, we have helped our community grow by having

  • 275 children receive full-day childcare
  • 3,500 youth participate annually in youth sports
  • 350 boys and girls attend summer day camp daily
  • 1,100 children participate in swimming lessons
  • 90 boys and girls attend after school childcare
  • 800 youth participate in school water safe programs
  • 2,300 citizens receive hospital/YMCA health screenings