Allentown YMCA

425 S 15th St
Allentown, PA 18102


Since their beginnings, the Allentown YMCA and the Allentown YWCA continually evolve to respond to the critical needs of the community. To this day, community leaders on Y Boards along with dedicated staff address issues that affect the quality of life in Allentown - from original roots in evangelism and women's rights to present day purposes in each intuition: YMCA - youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility; YWCA - eliminating racism and empowering women.

"As the pre-war period came to close, there was also founded in 1858 in Allentown a chapter of the Young Men's Christian Association, originally established in 1841 in London Early to hold religious meetings in business firms in the center of city." 1 The YMCA paused during the Civil War and reignited with passion for Mission and services in 1878 uninterrupted to the present day. The YWCA began in 1898 with a focus on women's rights and issues.

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