Mission & History
YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all.
In August 2018, Central Bucks Family YMCA and Lower Bucks Family YMCA merged to form
Lower Bucks Family YMCA - now our Fairless Hill branch
Lower Bucks Family YMCA began in 1935 when twelve Bristol High School boys approached faculty member John Burris and expressed a desire to form a purposeful club. Mr. Burris contacted the Pennsylvania State YMCA and requested help to start a local affiliate, initially called the High-Y program and eventually launching a girls group called Tri-Hi-Y. Located in an old firehouse on Mansion Street in Bristol, over 400 students were involved in the organization that incorporated in 1948 as
Through three branch locations in Fairless Hills, Newtown (Chandler Hall) and Morrisville, an outdoor
Central Bucks Family YMCA - now our Doylestown branch
In 1974, Mr. and Mrs. David Burpee deeded the 7-1/2 acre site at Lower State Road and Memorial Drive to the Y. In 1979, the current facility was opened with 1,500 members.
With several expansions of the main building over the years, the organization unveiled their largest expansion to date in 2009 with the addition of a second indoor pool, three new locker rooms, expanded fitness center with dedicated spin room and weight room, two new fitness studios, meeting space, expanded lobby and public meeting space.
In October 2014, Y leadership received the official proclamation from Y-USA (the governing body of all YMCAs in the USA) creating the Warminster Branch of Central Bucks Family YMCA and in
Central Bucks Family YMCA Leadership History
Fred Haynes, Executive Director
Louise Peters, Program Director
Louise Peters, Executive Director
Ken White, General Director
Gene Smith, General Director/CEO
Zane Moore, President/CEO
Upper Bucks YMCA - now our Quakertown branch
While articles of incorporation for Upper Bucks YMCA were approved in 1968, the YMCA has played an integral role in the health, wellness, and character of our community since the 1930s with the establishment of Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y Clubs for youth in 1932 and 1943 respectively. Originally residing in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 5th and Broad Streets in Quakertown, the Y moved to the former American Legion building in 1970 temporarily while construction began on a site on 14th Street. A pool was added in 1973 and racquetball courts in 1981.
The organization expanded through the purchase of additional properties and sites, first acquiring an indoor
The current location at 401 Fairview Avenue was purchased in 2007 and renovated to consolidate Y programming under one roof in two phases with wellness, gymnastics
Future: 2019 and beyond
Furthering their dedication to residents, YMCA of Bucks County announced its “For a Better Us” campaign in late 2018, a commitment to raise $20 million in needed resources to support both growing requests for financial assistance and free
Plans are currently underway for capital projects at the Fairless Hills and Doylestown branches. In Fairless Hills, space will be reconfigured within its current footprint to allow for an expanded fitness center, new universal locker rooms, additional program space, community gathering area, and more parking, plus give the building a new, modern look.
In Doylestown, space will be added and renovated to expand the fitness center and free weight area and add additional program spaces, as well as renovate and add universal, private locker rooms which will allow the Y to better meet the needs of its many participant groups.
As the organization grows, they are proud to expand their offerings of important community impact programs throughout the county including THRIVE cancer wellness program, Back to You substance abuse recovery program, Empower U for teen girls, Healthy Lifestyles aimed at diabetes prevention and Veterans Wellness giving back to community veterans and their families in addition to free memberships for 7th graders, free swim safety programs for 2nd graders and financial assistance programs for anyone who qualifies.
YMCA of Bucks County is governed by an association-wide board of directors with each of the three regions also governed by an advisory board. One leadership and administration team