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The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is a community service agency dedicated to addressing community needs through quality programs, as well as volunteer opportunities that enrich families, promote health and wellness, develop youth and build self-esteem for all.  YMCA membership and participation is open to everyone regardless of race or ethnic background, religious preference or ability to pay.

Last year, the CCC YMCA served 87,000 kids, families and adults in twenty-five towns and cities.  Approximately 32,000 youth participated in child care, youth sports, summer camping and Youth in Government programs.  7,441 children took advantage of the Y’s instructional swimming lessons; 46,304 youth and adults participated in health, wellness, education, physical activity and diabetes prevention programs and services.  With a large team of social workers and an inventory of 415 apartments, the Y continues to serve as the largest provider of affordable and supportive housing in the state.  The CCC YMCA also provided $2.8 million in direct financial assistance to approximately 5,691 children,  individuals and families.

When you are a member of a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, you have access to the programs and services available at all of our branches. The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA operates eleven YMCA branches in Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport. We also operate YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, a 1,000 acre residential and day camp in Mt. Washington, Massachusetts.

Our YMCA branches offer a variety of programs and services, including child care, fitness programs, sports leagues, swimming, summer day and resident camp, and low-income housing with support services. Take a look at our branch list, and find the branch nearest you.

For more information about our Success Stories, Made Daily – please take a look at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA 2012 Annual Report

We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our family!

Our History

On May 8, 1859 a small group of businessmen held their first meeting to discuss organizing a YMCA in New Haven and within a year, the YMCA started their work with outreach programs and no building of their own. Now, 150 years later, the New Haven YMCA has become the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and has grown to 12 branches serving 75,000 people annually in a 25 town area Our YMCA is committed to caring for individuals and families, with a focus on youth. Through our leadership and diverse programs, we will advocate for those whose voices are seldom heard, improve neighborhoods, and build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

The Boards of Directors, Managers and Trustees remain the visionaries who guide the work, identify unmet needs in our communities and ensure that we have the staff capacity and financial support to make a difference in the outcomes for our many members and program participants.

Although the work of our YMCA has changed over the years, from teaching English to immigrants in the early 1900’s to teaching values to modern day youth, our Y’s have a long record of service and programs that have brought a better quality of life to their communities. One of the greatest things our Y’s will continue to do is build character in children and adults.

Association Office

AO Front WEBThe Association Office is located in downtown New Haven       and is home to all leadership staff.

1240 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-777-9622
info@cccymca.org

Executive Management Team

David Stevenson, Ph.D. – President & CEO

Christian Engle – Senior Vice President & COO

Suzanne Friedbacher – Vice President of Human Resources

Melissa Kessell - Vice President Finance & CFO

Donna Gill LisitanoMarketing and Communications Director

Janet Samelwich – Controller

Volunteer Leadership

The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is governed by our Association Board of Directors that consists of volunteers from throughout the community. Each YMCA branch has its own volunteer Board which sets policy for its executive who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders.

Association Board of Directors
  • Jon Leckerling - Chair
  • Lissette Andino – Vice Chair
  • Dan O’Donnell – Vice Chair
  • Preston Tisdale, Esq. – Vice Chair
  • Christopher Gallo – Treasurer
  • Jason Corsi – Assistant Treasurer
  • Michael Horton – Assistant Treasurer
  • Diane Chiota – Secretary
  • Timothy Martin – Assistant Secretary
  • David Bjorklund – Immediate Past Chair
  • Nicolas Ancel
  • Charles Andriole
  • Dr. Mamata Bharucha
  • Althea Marshall Brooks
  • Jenny Carrillo
  • Larry Ciccarelli
  • Leo Connors, Jr.
  • Mario Coppola
  • Martha Dulla
  • Dr. Mario Garcia
  • Stephen Geckeler
  • William Jennings
  • Blanca Kazmierczak
  • Dr. Dorsey Kendrick
  • Ron Lesko
  • George Logan
  • Lenny Lye
  • Kevin McGrath
  • Jatin Mehta
  • Michael Morand
  • Robert Morton
  • Dave Pantalone
  • Dave Sanford

Board of Trustees

  • Robert Fiscus – Chair
  • John J. Crawford – Vice Chair
  • Michael J. Leone – Treasurer
  • Jerry H. Stagg III – Secretary
  • Sandra J. Brown
  • Richard M. Hoyt
  • A. Walter Esdaile
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Robert J. Lyons, Jr.
  • William Maley, Sr.
  • Ronald B. Noren