About Us

Who We Are

We are an organization like no other. The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by empowering young people, improving the health and well-being of people of all ages and inspiring action in and across communities.

Our Purpose Defines Us

At the Y, we strengthen communities by connecting people to their potential, purpose, and each other. In 10,000 communities across the country, we have the presence and partnerships
to not just promise, but to deliver positive change.

Our Mission and Our Values

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which all people achieve health, gain confidence, make connections and feel secure at every stage of life. The Y’s Commitment to America is developing new generations of changemakers who will create the communities we all want to live in.

Strong Communities

Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. From early learning to job training the Y offers programs and services that support people at every stage of life to strengthen communities across the U.S.

Inspiring Change Around the World
Our Reach

Founded in London in 1844, the Y has grown into one of the largest organizations focused on strengthening communities in the U.S. and around the world, serving more than 64 million people in 120 countries.

Commitment to Community Change
Our Impact

Today and every day, we drive change and strive to make positive impact on individuals, families and communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Be a part of our community. The Y can make a change in your life.



Wendy S. Botelho-Cortez is the Chief Executive Officer at the Island of Hawaii YMCA. Born and raised on Hawai’i island, her “local girl” roots run deep into our community. She attended Saint Joseph, Hilo High School, Hawaii Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Wendy values family, integrity, honesty, and hard work. She exemplifies meaning of Aloha in every aspect.

Wendy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the of Island of Hawaii YMCA.   After working for Hawaii State Government, she has experience in many different social aspects from the Department of Public Safety, Human Services and Health to the working alongside of the Executive Chambers.

In her position at the YMCA, she is responsible for overseeing the overall operations, logistics and multiple programs offered to community members.  Her journey at the Y has motivated her to continue to build upon current programs and innovate new programs and services for  Y members who consists of all ages, from Keiki to Kupuna.

With her strong-willed mentality, Wendy’s outlook is “Sometimes you just got to take off the heals and put on the joggers to get the job done.”