The La Crosse Area Family YMCA was founded in 1881 and occupied the Scandia Building. There were 394 members at the end of 1884. After several moves and efforts to raise funds for a new building, the Dahl Family YMCA opened its doors in 1969. Today, the La Crosse Area Family YMCA includes two branches and the Community Teen Center.


The YMCA has something no other organization offers. From the beginning, the Y brings people together for a greater cause. Our programs personally strengthen those involved and encourage everyone to work together. At the Y, in each community and individual, we are the difference!


At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

  • The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
  • The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
  • The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • The Y has local presence and national reach. We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report