About the Y

The Y's Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The Y's Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That's why we focus our work in three areas:

  • Youth Development - nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
  • Healthy Living - improving the nation's health and well-being.
  • Social Responsibility - giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
The Y's Beliefs

We believe that when we devote our full strength to the Y's mission and cause, work in partnership with others, and build on our history of innovation, we can address the most pressing issues of our time unlike any other organization.
We believe all people have potential.
We believe active and connected families make for active and connected communities.
We believe in a holistic approach to development, promoting healthy spirit, mind, and body.
We believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all.
We believe in honoring our mission, living our cause, acting in accordance with our values, and placing the greater good above self.

Father and son lifting weights

Our Cause Defines Us

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.

Hours of Operation

Activity Area Hours
Monday-Friday: 4:30 AM-9:30 PM
Sat. & Sun.: 7:00 AM-4:30 PM

Remember - Children must be 10 years old in order to be at the YMCA alone


New Year's Day - Closed
Good Friday ( Closed noon-3:00 pm)
Easter - Closed
Memorial Day - Closed
July 4 Independence Day - Closed
Labor Day - Closed
Thanksgiving - Closed
Christmas Eve Day- Closed
Christmas - Closed
New Years Eve (Y Closes at 4:30pm)

Meet Our Staff


1307 - 2nd Street
Monroe, WI 53566
PH: 608-325-2003
FX: 608-325-2058


Executive Director
Wellness Center
Youth and Family
Preschool/Discovery Center
Youth Sports Coordinator
Property Manager


Trent Henning
Brenda Ritschard
Carol Clay
Dawn Lederman
Sue Peterson
Doni Thomas
Linda Gissing
Amanda Meighan
Matt Bodeau



Job Openings

Spring Childwatch Schedule

ChildcareMon - Fri -- 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Mon. - Thurs -- 4:15 - 7:15 PM
Saturday -- 7:15-9:45 AM

Childwatch is FREE with a family membership!
Cost: $2.00/hour for the first child and $1.00/hour for each additional child.

YMCA Childwatch Policy:

The YMCA childwatch service can only be used for member and program participants at the YMCA. For liability reasons, we can not let children be dropped off and allow parents to leave the building for any reason. The YMCA reserves the right to change the childwatch hours on demand.

***New Policy Effective November, 2015***
Child Watch welcomes children ages 6 weeks to 8 years. Kids 9 and older may play in the M&M Room and Gymnasium (when available) while parents workout or attend a class. Children 8 years and older may swim in the pool during open swim without a parent present (a lifeguard will always be on deck).

M & M Room Hours

Monday-Thursday -- 5:15-7:00 PM on school days

The M & M Room is a great place for families to interact and enjoy time together. This is the place for you to come and hang out with your family and friends.

  • Youth 6 years & under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Youth 7, 8, & 9 must have an adult in the YMCA building.
  • Air Hockey.
  • Nintendo Wii.
  • Homework area and MUCH MORE.
  • FREE to YMCA members.
  • Day pass required for non-members.

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