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Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

About Us

The Hastings Y has a rich history, which began in 1881, as one of the first YMCAs in the state of Nebraska. Our first location consisted of two upstairs rooms in downtown Hastings, and membership was open only to men. A two-story brick facility was built at 214 North Lincoln in 1885, and later renovated in 1925. 

Women joined our ranks in the 1950s, paving the way for many new activities. Our 16th Street location was opened in 1980, and in 2005, we merged with Champions Sports & Recreation, and our 18th Street Y location was realized.

The Hastings Y has undergone enormous change throughout the years, but our mission of improving the quality of life in our community through good health, confident kids, and strong families remains the same.

We accomplish this through a wide variety of programs and activities devoted to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We believe good health is more than physical fitness; it is a careful balance of positive youth experiences, sports and recreation classes and programs designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, and plenty of opportunities to interact socially and become engaged in the community.

Our Cause Defines Us

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, 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. 

Our Strength is in Community

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive 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 global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.