The YMCA is a world wide organization founded in 1844 by George Williams in London, England. The first YMCA in the United States was established in Boston in 1851 by Thomas V. Sullivan, who was inspired by the stories of the Y in England, and its drive to meet social needs in the community. Over the years the YMCA has survived the changing times and has established itself as an important community resource in over 100 countries throughout the world. Considered the largest volunteer organization in the world, the YMCA serves over 13,000,000 members world-wide.
The YMCA of Dodge County's roots date back as far as 1893, as a student organization at Wayland Academy. The YMCA in Beaver Dam was founded in 1914 and became known as the Beaver Dam YMCA in 1939. In 2006 the Beaver Dam YMCA changed its name to YMCA of Dodge County to more accurately represent the communities that we serve.