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Everyone knows us as four letters: Y-M-C-A. But from A to Z, the Y brings our community so much more.

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 difference.

We’re working alongside the  United Way of Erie County compellingly spells out our community’s collective call to action – reduce the number of families struggling to meet their basic needs by one-third before 2025 through better access to education, income and health. 

Your gift to the YMCA of Greater Erie’s 2013 We Build People campaign ensures that the YMCA of Greater Erie is part of the solution, delivering on a 153-commitment to nurturing the potential of every child and teen through safe places, positive role models and character development; improving the health of our community through innovative programs and family strengthening efforts and giving back to our neighbors through community outreach programs, volunteerism and financial support.

At the YMCA, no one will be denied membership or program participation because of inability to pay.

Financial assistance keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us most. We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people from all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident and secure.

When you give your gift to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.  Our We Build People scholarships will provide more than $800,000 in assistance to some 6,000 children, teens, families and adults through memberships and services that can have a lifelong impact on their spirit, mind and body.

Our thanks to our donors for the 2014 campaign.  With your help we have been able to raise nearly $200,000!

STORIES OF IMPACT

Downtown Y Teen Center Movie Depicts Gun Violence

YMCA of Greater Erie: Helping Youth Enjoy Summer

City Officials Announce Summer Recreation Program

Downtown YMCA 5th Floor Renovation Projects

’30 to Life’ filmmaker directing students into the field

Big Thanks for Helping Little Kids

Regional Collaboration Provides Recreation Opportunity

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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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Y Give More? 100% of your gift is used to grow programs and keep membership affordable and open to all. Your donation will be combined with others to:

  • Increase scholarship funds available for working families to afford quality early care, preschool and afterschool programs for kids
  • Increase scholarship funds available to create access for Y membership and programs around nutrition, physical activity and healthy habits.
  • Collaborate with nonprofits to support community outreach