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When you give to the Lake Norman YMCA, you make our community better through life-changing programs and services focused on:


Y Readers
Y ReadersY Readers is the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s nationally-recognized literacy program designed for rising first through third grade students who are reading below grade level. The program, offered to families at no cost, utilizes certified teachers to provide the additional support students need to be proficient in reading by the end of third grade. Y Readers serves more than 800 students annually, across three school districts, through a six-week summer camp and an afterschool program. With the generous support of our donors, the Lake Norman YMCA funds 48 students from Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville Elementary Schools during the summer. Participants also receive free swim lessons and water safety instruction at the Y.

“Eduardo was having trouble adjusting to life in a new country and a new school. His teacher suggested Y Readers, and Eduardo jumped right in. He was excited to spell out sight words and talk about the books he was reading. Throughout the program, his teachers could see that he was progressing in his reading and comprehension skills, and his confidence was rising each day. Y Readers helped Eduardo reach his goals of becoming a better reader, but most importantly, built his confidence as a scholar.” – Y Readers Teacher

A donation of $1,450 offers a child struggling to read the opportunity to improve his literacy skills and build confidence in the classroom through Y Readers.

Summer Camp
Each year, the Lake Norman YMCA engages more than 1,300 kids in summer camp, creating a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate friendships and learn from positive role models. One in three campers receives financial assistance.

“At YMCA summer camp, kids are given the opportunity to engage in real social interaction with lots of other kids. They’re also given the freedom to be themselves and act silly, but at the same time they’re under the care of people I trust to keep them happy and safe. There’s nowhere else they can get that great balance.” – Camper Parent

A donation of $1,000 sends a child to four weeks of summer day camp filled with enriching healthy activities and positive role models.


Safety Around Water
Safety Around WaterSafety Around Water is the Y’s on-site water safety program that engages low-income youth living in local apartment communities where pools are often without lifeguards. The 8-session course, taught by certified YMCA swim instructors and lifeguards, teaches children basic water safety and swimming skills that reduce their risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water.

“Because of a near drowning experience when she was younger, my daughter used to be really afraid of the water. The Y’s Safety Around Water program has changed that. She’s not afraid anymore and loves running and jumping into the pool. Learning to face her fears has also really helped her in other aspects of her life. I’m so grateful that the Y brought this program outside of its four walls and into our community.” – Vanessa, Parent

A donation of $70 gives a child at risk of drowning the chance to learn the life-saving skill of swimming through water safety instruction at her apartment community pool.


O.W.L.S. (Older Wiser Living Stronger)
The Y helps the senior members of our community avoid isolation by bringing them together to share in common interests like water fitness, walking, wellness workshops, creative arts, travel excursions and Christian fellowship. Offered to participants at no cost, the Lake Norman YMCA OWLS program engages 175 seniors twice a week at four off-site locations throughout the community.

A donation of $450 provides a senior with six months of off-site activities where she can connect with new friends and find a network of support.


Adaptive Water Skiing
Adaptive Water SkiingThe Lake Norman YMCA and Carolinas Rehabilitation have partnered since 2000 to provide a special water skiing program for adults and children with disabilities. Since it began, the program has grown significantly and now serves 90 skiers each week throughout the summer.

“My son Cody loves adventure, challenges and the water; but because of spina bifida, water sports once seemed impossible. Yet, at the age of 10, Cody recently completed his fifth year in the Y’s Adaptive Water Skiing program. He takes great pride in being able to compete in an athletic event, and it gives him confidence to embrace more obstacles. Without this program and the support of the Lake Norman YMCA, Cody would not get to experience competitive fun in the water.” -Casey Sherrill

A gift of $200 offers four disabled athletes the unique opportunity to participate in the adaptive water skiing program for one week during the summer.

English As A Second Language
Financial AssistanceEach year, more than 50 adults and children participate in English as a Second Language at the Lake Norman YMCA, giving them a better opportunity to sustain employment and connect with the community. Fully funded by donated dollars, the program is offered twice a week at nearly no cost to participants.

Financial Assistance
Our Y is committed to serving those in greatest need. Through the generosity of our donors, we’re able to provide financial assistance for membership access and program participation, making life-changing Y programs and services available to those who need us most.

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4400