OUR COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND BELONGING
Mission Statement: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body FOR ALL.
Our Christian Values: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Caring and Love.
Our Guiding Principles:
John 17-21- that they all may be one.
Acts 17:26-God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.
Matthew 22: 36-39- Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg is made up of a mosaic of people in Spartanburg County, SC and Polk County, NC. With this in mind, the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg will focus on what we have in common and not our differences. The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg recognizes we live in a divisive culture which is not a reflection of our mission statement; therefore, we will not participate in promoting controversial or divisive issues through public statements, our website or social media. We will stand by our mission statement, Christian values, and guiding principles which are the strength of the organization.
ALL people are welcome at the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. We will not practice discrimination for any reason, including age, race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, religious beliefs or political affiliation. The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg’s position of service to humankind is to treat everyone according to its core values. Jesus taught us to love everyone where they are in their earthly journey. Everyone is welcome to join our Y community who agrees to abide by the YMCA rules of membership and policies. We believe FOR ALL means that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their God-given potential with dignity at the Y.
In 2021, our Association Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee examined our organization’s demographics by age, race and gender in four areas: our members, our board, our staff and our philanthropy. They did this important work to establish a baseline to inform the important work ahead. Our volunteer and staff leaders are committed to continuous improvement in this vitally important work.
Membership Gender Report 2021: Males 49% Females 48% Unspecified 3%
The racial diversity of our membership in 2021 was nearly identical to the racial diversity in our county as reported in the 2020 census.
Board of Directors Demographics
The chart below breaks down scholarship recipients according to race, gender and age, based on available data. Scholarships are the vehicle which helps us create EQUITY for ALL.