About OUR YMCA
Welcome to our YMCA. We’re an inclusive, nonprofit 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. We’re glad you’re here!
We envision our nonprofit organization – in partnership with others – as an intergenerational community hub with programs, services, and resources available to all persons, regardless of status or ability to pay, that will enable them to improve their quality of life.
The YMCA promotes Judeo-Christian principles through programs that build healthy mind, body, and spirit for all.
OUR CORE VALUES
Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
Note: Public records and meeting notices for SKY Academy, are located here.
|1967||Founded under the Venice Avenue Bridge, the Venice Family YMCA was a place for the children to play sports and the community to gather for positive involvement.|
|1975||The property on Center Road was acquired under the direction of Jeannette Hanchey and construction followed soon after. The construction of the two main buildings (now the offices and Wellness Center) and the pool began in September of this year.|
|1976||On June 5th the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Y was held, with the pool officially opening on September 1, 1976. Later, a warehouse marina was donated and construction began on the gymnasium, which would eventually house a Gymnastics Complex as well.|
|1981||The dirt parking lot became a thing of the past as the Y moved ahead with an asphalt parking lot.|
|1988||The preschool center was constructed, opening yet another opportunity for service for the YMCA. The first preschool class began in the fall of 1988. As our after-school programs grew, which were first offered in 1984 inside our gymnasium, our need for space grew once more.|
|1994||The Englewood branch was founded as the need for a community center in the southernmost portion of the county was recognized. During this time, programs were operated out a building on Placida Road in Englewood.|
|1996||The Catlin Youth Center building was constructed on the Venice campus and we were once again able to increase our service to the community. The Englewood Branch occupied a storefront in Englewood and the first wellness equipment was added.|
|2002||The Venice Branch Wellness Center was enlarged by 2,500 feet and added state of the art exercise equipment. We air-conditioned the gym and Gymnastics complex, and refinished the pool surface and pool deck. We have refurbished our playgrounds in both the preschool and after-school sections and added a second preschool.|
|2005||The YMCA unveiled its new 45,000 square foot facility in Englewood in July, thanks to the generosity of the community and Mr. Warren Loranger. With the opening of this facility came increased opportunities and service to the families in this area.|
|2006||Englewood Community Hospital opened a rehabilitation center at the Englewood Y. In addition, a third preschool was added on the Island in Venice, allowing us to provide childcare to more than 100 children.|
|2007||The Michael and Georgia Miller Branch of the SKY Family YMCA was added to our Venice Campus. This 65,000 square foot facility offers state of the art equipment as well as meeting space for our members and other organizations within our community. With the opening of the new building, came the opportunity to maximize the usage of the former wellness center. It has been renovated into a school age center, offering before and after school care, game room, homework area and more.|
|2008||The Women’s Wellness Center and American Cancer Society installed offices at our Venice location, thus creating an even stronger alliance with other agencies in our community.|
|2009||The grand opening of an Outdoor Recreation Center on the campus of our Englewood YMCA occurred, featuring an Alpine climbing tower and campground.|
|2011||The Fort Myers YMCA joins the SKY Family YMCA and affords us the opportunity to serve even more families on the southwest coast of Florida.|
|2011||SKY Academy Venice opens in August, the first ever Charter School of its kind in our area, providing Strength and Knowledge to middle-school children in our community.|
|2012||The Bonita Springs YMCA becomes the fourth branch of our SKY Family YMCA.|
Our second charter school - SKY Academy Englewood - receives approval to open for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda YMCA joins the SKY Family YMCA. The acquisition that began July 14 allows for improved services and programs for youth, adults, and families in the Charlotte County area including three childcare centers located in North Port, Port Charlotte, and Charlotte Harbor.