YMCA of Greater Erie

2014 Community Impact Report


It’s been a big year in our 153 year history.  Through the hard work of our staff and volunteers, we’ve successfully provided various services across the County and have touched more than 35,000 people with programs designed to nurture the potential of kids and teens, support healthy lifestyle behavior change and give back to our neighbors.

Taking center stage is a national YMCA movement to articulate more clearly the work we are doing in our community.  Our Y sits at the forefront of several key issues facing the Erie community including:

  • adult and childhood obesity
  • drowning prevention
  • high school graduation rates
  • nutrition awareness
  • early learning readiness

We took big steps in 2014 to “walk the walk and talk the talk” with organizational commitments outlined in our three-year strategic plan.  Of note are action items in support of:

  • teen-led programs focused on cognitive and social growth
  • early-learning readiness programs to build the assets of informal caregivers
  • healthy eating and  physical activity standards to develop healthy habits and nutritional awareness in kids
  • safety in and around water programs to teach kids and adults water safety skills to reduce their risk of drowning
  • lifestyle and chronic disease prevention programs to improve overall health and well-being in adults and kids

Some organizations exist to find a cure for cancer.  Others exist to feed the hungry.  Our Y exists to strengthen the foundations of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.