What is the Alliance?
Originally formed by YMCA volunteers, the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs (Alliance) is the ongoing effort of YMCAs to work together, and with other partners, on issues that matter most in the lives of Hoosiers.
The Alliance is comprised of forty-two corporate YMCAs from across Indiana, as well as the YMCA of Greater Louisville, which has two branches in southern Indiana, and YMCA of Greater Michiana, with a location in South Bend. YMCAs are in 90 diverse communities around the state, and serve over 829,000 Hoosiers, both youth and adults.
The Alliance supports YMCAs through advocacy efforts, professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers, shared program focuses to address social conditions, combining YMCAs' resources to effectively and efficiently deliver services, and collection of data that helps articulate impact and results delivered by YMCAs to improve conditions.
Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles of the Alliance
The Alliance’s mission is to enhance the relevancy and sustainability of Indiana YMCAs with a clear vision to be a trusted collaborator, influencer, convener, and conduit for collective impact that strengthens Indiana.
These guiding principles drive the work of the Alliance:
We value autonomy.
Therefore, Alliance opportunities are presented with the understanding that each Y chooses to participate based on their own variables. Yet, in participating, each will follow the standards set.
We value ongoing education.
Therefore, the Alliance will have a relentless pursuit of educating and informing staff, volunteers, and the public regarding the impact and relevancy of YMCA work.
We believe in the power of volunteer leadership.
Therefore, we will encourage the growth and development of policy volunteers.
We value collective strength.
Therefore, we will continuously seek opportunities to work together as an alliance of Ys or as partners with other agencies.