The newly installed YMCA sign
Photo by Carrie Kulinski
A Closer Look
(Young Men's Christian Association)
of Northern Rock County
Story by Teresa Nguyen
It takes many caring people to make all the great things happen at our Y. Each of our volunteer board members shares their time, energy, and focus on strengthening our communities through helping kids reach their potential, encouraging healthy living for all ages, and giving back to our neighbors. ~ YMCA of Northern Rock County Board
The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) was the most important organization of young, Christian men during the late 1800s. The organization arrived from England to the shores of New England even before the Civil War.
The group was formed to bring social services to young men flocking to urban areas for work. It served as an important social welfare organization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
1870 - The YMCA movement reached Wisconsin. Urban-area YMCA's were non-denominational organizations trying to meet the needs of youth through social action.
1892 - Several prominent businessmen in Janesville established the city's formal YMCA organization in the city. Its first activity was fundraising for a YMCA building.