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Outreach & Inclusion Policy


A Message From Our President/CEO, Kent Meyer:

The Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Rockies embraces the goals of the Y-USA diversity movement through our YMCA of the Rockies Outreach and Inclusion Initiative. In our long-range plan, our Board states as a goal: We will serve a diverse population, inclusive of all people of good will and special needs.

This spirit of inclusion within our Christian atmosphere at our Y was never expressed as well as by one of my predecessors, Walter Ruesch, in a 1960 memo to our Board of Directors:

“Through all the years of developing a program and improving our facilities we have tried not to lose sight of the purposes of the YMCA of the Rockies – to serve families on vacation in a Christian atmosphere, to serve conferences of a religious and educational nature and to serve our staff, helping them to find joy in serving others and a new meaning for their lives. We have worked hard to maintain a Christian atmosphere by developing a dedicated staff interested in serving, by providing the kind of facilities that lend themselves to worship and study and by bringing in conferences and families interested in the welfare of others, who find joy in working and playing together as guests and as a  part of the YMCA family. Thus, we try to mould the staff, our guests and conference members into the family.

The YMCA of the Rockies is a community in itself, made up of many nationalities and religious faiths, people of varied interests. If such groups can live harmoniously together on a small scale, perhaps the same can be done on a world wide basis. We are trying to do our part in helping this feeling of harmony to prevail.”

Welcome all to YMCA of the Rockies!
-Kent Meyer, President/CEO YMCA of the Rockies

Did You Know?
Click here to learn more about what YMCA of the Rockies is doing in the areas of outreach and inclusion:

The YMCA of the Rockies Outreach and Inclusion Vision Statement:

The YMCA of the Rockies will reach out to and welcome all people and organizations of good will and ensure that the rich gifts of diversity are reflected and respected at all levels.

Non- Discriminatory Policy of the YMCA of the Rockies:

With respect to membership in the YMCA of the Rockies and participation in its programs and activities, it is the policy of the YMCA of the Rockies to protect against any practice, activity, decision or condition that discriminates on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability. The YMCA of the Rockies is a Christian organization dedicated to serving all persons of goodwill, as well as organizations devoted to religious, charitable, educational or recreational purposes. The Association shall be inclusive in welcoming individuals, conferences and staff of various backgrounds and shall seek to put Christian principles into practice by serving members and groups of various faiths and providing resources for Christian and spiritual growth for those who desire to participate. It is the responsibility of the CEO to enact and administer procedures and guidelines to ensure understanding and compliance by all members of management, staff and volunteers.

For youth development

To promote youth development, YMCA of the Rockies offers day camp and overnight programs that enable kids to learn, grow and play together. While kids are at camp,parents have time to themselves and kids have the opportunity to create healthy relationships with their counselors and peers in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.

For healthy living

To promote healthy living, YMCA of the Rockies offers miles and miles of hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails on our properties. Adventure programming, sports facilities, outdoor education and youth conferences all add to our youth development focus. The Program Departments’ varied offerings include group and family activities to engage guests’ entire spirit, mind and body.

For social responsibility

To promote social responsibility, YMCA of the Rockies is committed to diversity and respect for all people by utilizing more than 50,000 volunteer hours every year, hosting more than 2,500 outdoor education students to instill in them stewardship of our earth, promoting global awareness through the international trainee program and supporting the Chaplains Departments’ religious education programming for youth and adults. Additionally, YMCA of the Rockies endeavors to operate its centers in an earth-friendly fashion with active recycling programs, sustainable architecture in new construction and active natural resource management plans.

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