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The YMCA of Greater Richmond is committed to strengthening the foundations of community by prioritizing and advancing equity.


The Y's MISSION is reflected by the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. These values inspire and compel us to ensure everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and be their authentic selves in all aspects of diversity including ability, age, cultural background, economic status, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, language, national origin, political view, race or sexual orientation.

Together, we celebrate strong inclusive communities.  FOR ALL.


To create an environment in which members, staff and other stakeholders experience an organization rich with multicultural inclusivity, the promotion of equity across all walks of life and a genuine sense of belonging FOR ALL, with intentional focus on underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.


Access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s continued relevancy, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening community.

Download the DEI Strategic Plan



Employee Resource Groups

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause and ensuring access, inclusion and engagement is fundamental for all.  We are committed to recognizing and embracing all dimensions of diversity to better serve our neighbors.  Employee Resources Groups, or ERGs, are all about community.  ERGs help build community within the Y and connect the Y to the communities that we aim to serve.  ERG work is strengthened by our foundational cornerstones:

Staff & Volunteer Leadership Development

ERGs work to ensure leaders are reflective of and trusted within the communities they serve and provide guidance to ensure diversity at all levels of leadership.  ERGs support recruitment and retention efforts that are inclusive of all dimensions of diversity.

Community Engagement

ERGs support the organization's knowledge building and strategic engagement aimed at meeting diverse community needs, addressing demographic shifts, and strengthening communities.  ERGs advise the Y's advancement of diversity and inclusion through policies, brand, governance and operational practices.

Building Bridges Between Communities

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ERGs serve as a space for people to learn and better understand one another to create inclusive spaces and strengthen communities.  The Y sees the ERGs as bridge builders between individuals, groups and communities.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond currently supports 5 Employee Resource Groups:


African-American Employee Resource Group
Emerging Leaders Employee Resource Group
Hispanic/Latino Leaders Employee Resource Group
LGBTQ Employee Resource Group
Women's Leadership Network Employee Resource Group


Each ERG is led by a steering committee made up of full-time Y staff and supported by an Executive Sponsor from our Association Leadership Team.  ERGs host programs, activities and discussions created to help all YMCA staff connect, learn and grow.