About Us

about us


MISSION:  To put Christian principles into practice by promoting youth, adult and family activities that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

OUR CAUSE:  Strengthening the foundation of our community.

The Y is a nonprofit organization, offering health, hope and opportunity for all.  For more than 60 years, the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA has been a unifying force in the Lakeshore Communities, uniting individuals from diverse social and economic backgrounds with an inclusive, collaborative spirit.  We are guided by the principle that we are stronger together.

We are a volunteer-led organization that offers programs and services that nurture the potential of our youth, support people of all ages and abilities on their journeys to health, and strengthen the foundation of our community.

We strive to stay relevant in our fast-changing world, while holding strong to our core values of caring, honesty, respect and personal responsibility.

We welcome, serve, and celebrate all.  We are stronger together.

Come check out our 135,000 square foot facility by the lakeshore.  There is nothing like getting your workout in while watching the sailboats leave the harbor for a day on Lake Michigan.

  • Two 25-yard Pools
  • Saunas
  • 24/7 Lifestyle Center
  • Walking Track (10 laps = 1 mile)
  • Gymnastics Center
  • Gymnasiums
  • Family Fun Center
  • Teen Zone/Youth Center
  • Racquetball/Wallyball Courts
  • Indoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Childcare

The Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA has a dedicated team of leaders dedicated to our mission work and our promise to strengthen our community through what we do. We are always here for you; please don't hesitate to contact us!

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. 


The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London, England, on June 6, 1844, in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution, roughly 1750 - 1850.  Growth of the railroads and centralization of commerce and industry brough many rural young men who needed jobs into cities like London. 

Far from home and family, these young men often lived in the workplace, working 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week.  Outside the workplace walls, they had to deal with pickpockets, open sewers, bars, and prostitutes.

George Williams, born in 1821 on a farm, came to London when he was 20 years old to work in a draper shop, the forerunner of today's department stores.  In 1844, he and a group of fellow drapers formed the first YMCA to substitute Bible study and prayer instead of life on the streets.  By 1851, there were 24 YMCAs in Great Britain, and that same year saw the first YMCAs in North America in Montreal and Boston.

George Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894 for his YMCA work and is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral among the nation's heroes and statesmen.  A large stained glass window in Westminster Abbey, complete with a red triangle, is dedicated to Sir George and to the work of the YMCA during the first World War.

Today, there are YMCAs in 124 countries around the world serving over 44 million people.  These Ys are serving the poor and disadvantaged, helping deal with national health issues, and serving as a safe haven for youth around the world.  In the United States, 2400 YMCAs are in communities large and small continuing to serve our members through programs that build a health spirit, mind, and body for all. 

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September through May
Monday - Thursday: 5:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 5:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
June through August 
Monday - Thursday: 5:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 5:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 6:00am  1:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 1:30pm
Holiday Exceptions

We will be closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve (closing at noon)
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve (closing at 3:00pm)