About Us


Our Strength is in Community

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

Every day, the Y works side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

History of the Greater Naples YMCA

The Greater Naples YMCA is the heart of Naples. In 1967 with a strong belief in the Young Mens Christian Association movement, Ms. Gladys Donohue and Mr. Joseph Ruffing, Jr. filed the first documents to create the Collier County YMCA. From humble beginnings, made by an association who saw the hopefulness of a plot of land on the corner of Airport Road and Pine Ridge Road, the Y has commited itself to strengthening our community. Fifty-three years later, thousands of volunteers and staff members have worked tirelessly to address social needs and change lives.

While our commitment to the community remains steadfast, our organization is continuously evolving and innovating.

Over the last 5 years we have grown to be one of the most impactful charitable organizations in the community. As Collier County continues to grow, so does the Y. Our priorities as an organization reflect the needs of the community and prioritize the areas where the Y has a unique opportunity for impact.

We are proud of our historical achievements. Our history gives us pride. Our future, with continued unyielding effort and support from our community, excites us. Our promise is to strengthen our community. Together, moving forward into our future, we will transform lives for generations to come.



We focus on strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


The Y teaches people how to swim, encourages children to be brave, and supports those in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.