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The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is a charitable, not-for-profit, community service organization dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y strengthens the foundations of communities and families through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in twenty-four towns and cities in the Greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas. Additionally, programs and services are offered through YMCA Camp Hi-Rock located in Mount Washington, MA.

At the Y, we’re for:

  • Youth DevelopmentWe believe that every child has great potential and should be given the opportunity and guidance to reach it.
  • Healthy LivingWe believe that a healthy life is achieved by actively striving for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
  • Social Responsibility We believe that the Y has been given the honor, resources, and responsibility to strengthen the foundations of community and family.

YMCA membership and participation is welcoming, inclusive and is open to all regardless of ability to pay.

With a special focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, in 2014 the Y served 88,492 kids, families, and adults in twenty five towns and cities including Bridgeport and New Haven.

Character development is at the heart of the Y’s mission, and the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility were modeled and taught to 32,677 youth in 2014. Through participation in programs including child care, youth sports, summer camping, and Youth in Government, character was built and positive values were reinforced.

Defined as the difference in academic performance between low-income kids and their more privileged peers, the education achievement gap begins early in life for many children. In 2014, the Y made great strides in closing the gap for 1,254 low-income children through the our 8 school-readiness programs, 38 after-school programs, and 10 summer camp programs with a special focus on developing reading and writing skills.

The Y has been teaching kids how to swim and be safe around the water for decades. In 2014, 8,408 children participated in Y swimming lessons and water safety education programs representing an increase of 11% as compared to 2013.

Overweight, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition affect most in our community. About one in four of our neighbors are pre-diabetic, and many do not realize the serious health consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle. In 2014, 47,444 youth and adults participated in health, wellness, education, physical activity, and diabetes prevention programs and services.

Chronic homelessness is a challenge faced by many families and adults, particularly in Bridgeport and New Haven. 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. In 2014, the Y and our partners reduced chronic homelessness by 18% in Bridgeport and New Haven.

As a source and resource for affordable programs and services, $3.0M in financial assistance was provided to 6,097 financially disadvantaged kids, families, and adults enabling participation in important Y programs or services.

Our partners, donors, staff, and 834 committed volunteers donated 32,439 hours of their time to help the Y fulfill its mission in 2014.

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 twelve branches and YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, a 1,000 acre residential and day camp.

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 the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, please take a look at our 2014 CCC Y 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 & CHRO

Alice-Anne Harwood – Vice President of Development & CDO

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
  • Dan O’Donnell – Chair & Chief Volunteer Chair
  • Lissette Andino – Vice Chair
  • Blanca Kazmierczak – Vice Chair
  • Preston Tisdale, Esq. – Vice Chair
  • Christopher Gallo – Treasurer
  • Marc Romanow – Assistant Treasurer
  • George Logan – Secretary
  • Michael Horton – Assistant Secretary
  • Jon Leckerling – Immediate Past Chair
  • Nicolas Ancel
  • Phyllis Anderson
  • David Bjorklund
  • Althea Marshall Brooks
  • Larry Ciccarelli
  • Leo Connors, Jr.
  • Eileen Lopez-Cordone
  • Jason Corsi
  • Martha Dulla
  • Dr. Mario Garcia
  • Stephen Geckeler
  • Jeannette Ickovics
  • Jacqueline James
  • William Jennings
  • Dr. Dorsey Kendrick
  • Heather Lange
  • Ron Lesko
  • Kevin McGrath
  • James McGuinness
  • Jatin Mehta
  • Kurt Mohlman
  • Michael Morand
  • David Pantalone
  • Maggie Sullivan
  • Chris Velardi

Board of Trustees

  • Robert Fiscus – Chair
  • John J. Crawford – Vice Chair
  • Michael J. Leone – Treasurer
  • Jerry H. Stagg III – Secretary
  • Sandra J. Brown
  • Christopher Gallo
  • Richard Hoyt
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Robert J. Lyons, Jr.
  • William Maley, Sr.
  • Ronald B. Noren
  • Dan O’Donnell