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When you give to the Lincoln County Family 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 Lincoln County Family YMCA partners with the Sally’s YMCA to fund Y Readers students at Catawba Springs and Iron Station Elementary Schools during the summer.

“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 & Afterschool
Camp and afterschool create a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate lasting friendships and learn from positive role models. Each week during the summer, the Lincoln County Family YMCA welcomes more than 90 campers. Another 300 engage in afterschool and before school care during the academic year. Two-thirds receive financial assistance.

A donation of $500 provides two months of afterschool care, homework help and physical fitness for a child in need of a safe place to go after the bell rings.

A donation of $750 sends a child to five weeks of summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.


Swim Lessons & Water Safety
Safety Around WaterAt the Lincoln County Family YMCA, we teach more than 600 kids the life-saving skill of swimming each year. Through a partnership with the City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation and Lincoln County Schools, we’re also able to teach water safety skills to every second grade student in the school system.

“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 $75 gives a child at risk of drowning the chance to learn the life-saving skill of swimming and the skills necessary to safely enjoy the water.


Active Adults (55+ Years)
The Lincoln County Family YMCA helps 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.

A donation of $250 provides a senior with one year of access to the YMCA where she can connect with new friends and find a network of support.


Financial Assistance
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 in Lincoln County.

Grandparents play an important role in the growth and development of their grandchildren. After receiving custody of her 7-year-old grandson, Libby came to the Y looking for childcare. She could not afford the full rate, but our Y was able to provide financial assistance so that she could enroll her grandson in afterschool. After two months of him participating in the program, she came to the program coordinator to share that his reading skills had improved and that the homework help he received at the Y was making a huge difference.

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4500