Community made us happen. Members attending a community organizing meeting in 1954 said the town needed a YMCA. They petitioned Congress for permission, which was granted. In 1955, a board of volunteers was established and the Y was granted a charter from the YMCA of the USA. Rev. Archer E. Anderson of the United Church, was the Y's founding father. Jesse T. Rose was the first board president.
The Y has grown from its original site at T-18 and hosting a community calendar, dances and clubs, to an Atomic Energy Commission-rented dorm site at its present location. It has been funded by "memberships," the "Community Chest," which eventually became the United Way of Northern New Mexico-Los Alamos, and until 1962 by Los Alamos County grants. It has grown through donations to capital campaigns, and been sustained by membership dues and program fees.
In 2007, the Y was awarded a contract from the City of Espanola to operate a Teen Center for community youth. In 2011, Los Alamos County awarded the Y a contract to operate to a Teen Center locally.
Member dues, program fees, donations, grants, and contracts fund our work today. The United Way of Northern New Mexico-Los Alamos partly supports the Espanola YMCA Teen Center, and Afterschool and Camp scholarships.