YMCA of Greater Erie

$170,000 raised towards our BIG goal of $200,000 in support of 3 priority areas: Water Safety, Hunger and  Health

From volleyball to volunteerism, fitness to friendship and swim lessons to scholarships, the Y doesn’t just strengthen individuals, but we strengthen community.

Erie faces challenges that create greater need than ever for the work the Y does.  Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, staff and generous donors like you to make a BIG difference.

At the Y, we believe that real change can only come about when we work together as one.  It’s in this spirit, that our annual support campaign is going B.I.G. – that is Because I Give.

This year, we’re pooling your gifts to make a B.I.G. Impact – increasing access to learn to swim programs, adding nutritional variety to the meals we serve and helping everyone the Y serves live happier and healthier – all toward our B.I.G. $200,000 goal.  Our thanks to our donors to date for the 2015 campaign.

“Because I Give, the Y can do great things for the entire community.”

Make a B.I.G. Splash

“Because I Give, dozens of children and families have access to swimming lessons and, if needed, a bathing suit, goggles or even a ride to the pool. Since drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in our country for children under age 14, I’m sure that my gift makes a BIG difference.” – Elliot Spaeder, YMCA volunteer and donor.

Our commitment with your gift is to:

  • Scholarships for swim lessons
  • Lending locker for swim gear such as suits, goggles, towels and sunscreen
  • Transportation to and from lessons if needed

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“Because I Give, the Y is able to serve thousands of nutritious meals to kids after school and throughout the summer. My BIG reason for giving is that some 30% of kids in Erie suffer from obesity and I know that nutritional food options matter.”  – Wendy Adamski, YMCA donor and employee.

Our commitment with your gift is to:

  • Limit processed foods in our menus
  • Offer fresh fruit and vegetables every day
  • Teach parents to make healthy family food choices

Start a B.I.G. Change

“Because I Give, teens have a place for physical and social activity and to develop to their fullest potential. I believe that living healthy is about body, mind and spirit and that my donation helps young people and others of all ages pursue BIG opportunities.”  – Tim Glass, YMCA volunteer and donor

Like Tim, you can help too!  Our commitment with your gift is to provide:

  • Membership scholarships for youth, adults, families
  • Diabetes Prevention Program (new program for 2015)
  • Early Learning & School-age Enrichment program scholarships for kids & teens


Erie Times News Letter to the Editor

Start a B.I.G. Change – Joanne Agel

Start a B.I.G. Change – Stacie Smerick

Start a B.I.G. Change – Jen Smith



Video Stories of Impact

The player below will guide you through several stories of how our Y has impacted the community of Greater Erie. You can choose to play all or select the story you’d like to see from the menu in the top left corner of the player.


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