2007 marks the YMCA of San Diego County's 125th anniversary of service to San Diego County. In 1882, George Marston started what is now today the oldest and largest youth and family organization in the county and the second largest YMCA in the nation. In this spotlight, The Daily Transcript celebrates this milestone.
Civic leader George Marston founded the San Diego Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to help his small but growing town in 1882. It was an affiliate of the first YMCA founded in London in 1844 and established in the United States in Boston in 1851. Today, the YMCA is the largest and oldest human services organization in the world.
The YMCA of San Diego County has had its fiscal ups and downs over the last 125 years, but is now on solid financial ground.
Since purchasing its first property in 1905, a home owned by Dr. and Mrs. F.R. Burnham in downtown San Diego, the YMCA of San Diego County has grown into the second largest YMCA in the nation. From Border View in the south to the Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA in the north, there are now 14 facilities and eight branch extensions across the county.