Community Collections

Community Collections

The YMCA believes our communities are strongest when everyone is included and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We welcome and connect people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives, and we’re committed to addressing issues that people face to create positive change.



Kids Clothing Collection

All Locations
5/1/24 - 5/31/24

Glenwood Park Details: 

It’s that time of year when we gear up to purge our children’s drawers and closets in preparation for the summer season. Why not give those out-of-season or too-small clothing items and get something back? We invite you to participate in our  Children’s Clothes Swap!

Items should be new or gently used for the swap. More details here.

Eastside Family Details:

Have any gently used bathing suits you’re no longer using? Or have you seen some cute kids’ suits on the clearance rack? Bring them into the Eastside YMCA for kids who can use them!

In conjunction with the Erie Housing Authority, the YMCA of Greater Erie offers summer swim lessons free to City of Erie residents aged 6 months to 17 years old. We also have many children, preschool to age 12, in our summer camp programs who are low-income and lack the resources to purchase swim gear.

Items we will be collecting: 

  • New and gently used bathing suits of all sizes
  • New and gently used beach towels
  • New and gently used water shoes of all sizes
  • Kids’ sunscreen
  • Water goggles

This collection will be active through May, which is Water Safety Month. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help prepare children to learn how to be safe in and around the water!

Available Sessions

05/01/24 - 05/31/24
Eastside Family location: Swimwear & gear for campers and free swim program participants