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

INSPIRING YOUNG POTENTIAL AND DRIVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Summer Camp
Camp creates a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate friendships and learn from positive role models. Each summer, the Sally’s YMCA welcomes more than 375 campers.

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

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 and in partnership with the Lincoln County Family YMCA, the Sally’s YMCA funds 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.
 

DROWNING PREVENTION

Swim Lessons
When kids learn to swim, they build confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills and develop lifelong healthy habits. At the Sally’s YMCA, we teach 250 kids the life-saving skill of swimming each year through traditional swim lessons.

Safety Around WaterSafety Around Water
Safety 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. This summer we’re aiming to serve 2,000 kids across 40 apartment communities.

“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 the opportunity to gain confidence in the water and learn the life-saving skill of swimming.
 

TACKLING COMMUNITY HEALTH CHALLENGES

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The YMCA and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Throughout this 12-week program, participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

A Y member who was going through chemotherapy came into the branch as his escape from reality. Not knowing if he was going to make it another month, he simply wanted to pay for his Y membership on a monthly basis. Our staff took that as an opportunity to share the family aspect and mission of our YMCA. Since that point, he has visited the Y almost everyday with a smile on his face and his entire demeanor and attitude has changed. He often tells staff how grateful he is for the Y and how it gives him the ability to refocus on his passions and hobbies rather than dwell on his hardships. For him, the Y is the only place where he feels comfortable working out and gets the support he needs to do what he loves.
 
A donation of $500 gives a cancer survivor 12 weeks of individualized programming to help regain strength, stamina and quality of life.
 

ENSURING ACCESS AND BELONGING FOR ALL

Financial Assistance
Financial AssistanceAt the Y, our welcoming network of support helps people from all walks of life find the encouragement and tools they need to thrive regardless of age, ethnicity, ability or income. With our doors open to all, we offer a place for belonging, relationship-building and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual.

During the heat of summer, a single mother with three young boys participating in camp at the Y shared with us that she was struggling financially. Power in the family’s home had been turned off the night before because of her inability to pay the bill. With only $7 left in her bank account for her family to live on for the next week, the mother told us she was concerned about being able to afford her upcoming summer camp payment. Without hesitation, our staff began figuring out ways the Y could help. And because of the generous support of our donors, our Y was able to offer the mother three weeks of summer camp for her boys at no cost. The mother cried, hugged our staff and expressed her deep gratitude when she heard the news, calling the Y “a miracle.”

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 7300