YMCA of North Central Ohio

The Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center will form one organization now known as the YMCA of North Central Ohio

The Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center have officially come together to form one organization to be known as the YMCA of North Central Ohio. 

The YMCA of North Central Ohio will promote a shared future between the Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center. There will be commitment to impacting the lives of youth and families and the health and wellness of individuals of all ages across north central Ohio. 

"This union creates an exciting opportunity to serve more individuals and families through a shared mission focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said Cristen Gilbert, current President/CEO of Mansfield Area YMCA and Managing President/CEO of Shelby YMCA Community Center.  

The separate Boards of Directors for Mansfield Area YMCA and Shelby YMCA Community Center voted to bring the organizations together as one. With the legal process already under development, they anticipate being one YMCA across north central Ohio in January 2022.

The two Ys, under Gilbert’s leadership, have been operating under a management agreement for over 18 months. 

Operating collaboratively across north central Ohio provides YMCA members and participants more convenient access to services, close to home and work and enables them to benefit from the specialized programming offered at each location. 

“The two Ys have a history of collaboration. Combined, the association will offer a tremendous variety of programs and services; Two YMCA Branches, a dance studio, competitive gymnastics program and LIVESTRONG at the Y just to name a few. Coming together is a great way to increase program innovation and build relationships through collaborations," Gilbert said. 

Bringing the two YMCAs together will utilize resources in the most effective way to ensure high-quality YMCA services across north central Ohio. 

At the Y, strengthening community is their cause. The YMCA of North Central Ohio will make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to improve their health and to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. 

“It is an important milestone for both YMCAs,” Gilbert said. “Coming together will enable both Ys to benefit from shared resources and enhance our ability to respond to the vital needs in our communities."

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Tierra Thomas is the Thrive Reporter for Richland Source and Content Specialist for Source Brand Solutions. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Journalism. When she's not writing news, she's either reading or writing fiction.