Community centers and Ys
Two friends enjoy a birthday party after their aquatic class at the local YMCA.
Community centers provide physical space where community members can participate in social and recreational programs and hold neighborhood and political meetings. Different cultural, religious, or civic groups may own the centers. Check your local yellow pages listings for 'Community Centers' or 'Community Organizations.' City park and recreation departments also manage community centers; contact your local recreation department for more information.
With over 2,500 locations throughout the United States, the YMCA is the largest non-profit community association in America. Each YMCA offers a unique blend of programs and services, from childcare to art and fitness classes. YMCAs can be found under 'Exercise and Physical Fitness Programs' in your yellow pages. Or you can use the following link to find a location near you:
Similar to the YMCA, the YWCA offers wellness and recreational programs geared more specifically towards women and children. Find a YWCA in your area by checking the yellow page listings in your local phone directory or search the YWCA website:
- Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys and Girls Club of America youth organization provides children with structured programs in arts, education, the environment, recreation, leadership, and health. With 3,400 locations, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Boys and Girls Club of America has served more than 4 million boys and girls. Check the yellow pages under 'Youth Organizations and Centers' or go online to search for the nearest club.