In 1952, a small group of community leaders, concerned about the lack of positive alternatives for the youth of that day, reached out to the Glendale YMCA for help in offering programs and activities in the La Cañada and La Crescenta areas. In 1958, that same group of leaders boldly chartered their own independent YMCA, and thus the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA was born.
Later named the YMCA of the Foothills to reflect our growing service area, our first home was in a small house in La Cañada, where programs such as summer camp, youth sports, and Indian Guides were developed and offered throughout our communities.
In 1962, a group of civic leaders, led by Scott McDonald and Jack and Bob Samuelson, secured a piece of property, raised over $600,000, and built what is now the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA facility on Foothill Boulevard. New programs such as swim lessons, fitness classes, youth clubs, and Youth & Government were soon offered and our YMCA grew by leaps and bounds.
Since that historic moment, our service area has grown to include Northern Glendale, Sunland, Tujunga, and Sun Valley. We built a facility in Tujunga, our Verdugo Hills YMCA, and recently purchased another in Glendale, our new Crescenta Valley YMCA. We provide life-changing programs and activities to nearly 40,000 people on an annual basis, and operate the 8th largest Corporate YMCA in the state of California.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of our YMCA, and a celebration of the vision of those civic minded individuals who started our Y. We hope you will join us in our celebration, as we continue to build upon our proud heritage. More to come!
Thank you again for your continued support of our YMCA. Here’s to the next 60 years!
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA OF THE FOOTHILLS