YMCAs are deeply rooted in thousands of communities across the United States, meeting some of the nation’s most pressing needs: nurturing and affordable child care for low- and middle-income children; drug-prevention and anti-gang programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth; support for families of military service members; and programs that promote healthy spirit, mind and body. When you become a member of the YMCA, you become connected with neighbors within your community and have access to programs that focus upon youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
As the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of child care, the YMCA serves more than 500,000 children at nearly 10,000 sites across the country. It also offers financial assistance to 20 percent of children in its child care programs. With more than 1,500 YMCAs serving communities where the median family income is below the U.S. average, financial assistance—made possible annually by more than $1.6 billion in public and private support and YMCA members—opens all YMCA programs to those in need.
YMCAs depend heavily on the generosity and support of more than a half million volunteers and more than 20,000 national and local partnerships. Top community collaborators for YMCAs include schools, government agencies, churches, hospitals, youth agencies, and parks and recreation departments. Your membership means more at the Y!