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When you give to the Morrison 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, our Ys were able to fund 82 students last summer at Nations Ford Elementary.

“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.

Youth Programming
Youth ProgrammingCamp, afterschool, preschool and sports create a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate lasting friendships and learn from positive role models. Because of donor support, our Ys were able to provide financial assistance for 511 kids in need to participate in life-changing youth programs at the Steele Creek YMCA last year.

A donation of $150 sends a child to one week of summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.

Teen Programming
At the Y, mentors, staff and other role models guide teens toward reaching their full potential as responsible adults through structured programming like Leaders Club. A year-long program, Leaders Club is offered to teens at no cost. In 2016, our donors made attending YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders School a reality for seven deserving teens.

“Originally we participated in Leaders Club at the Y because it was close to my work and very convenient. Now it’s because my daughter wants to return every year. She’s made good friends and has a wonderful time. She’s developing leadership skills, along with gaining compassion for younger kids. It’s been an all-around great experience for her.” – Parent


Cancer WellnessCancer 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.

“This program was so uplifting for me. It was a great joy to regain my strength and confidence. The care and support I received from the Y and the community mean the world to me. I’ve battled three different cancers and am happy to be able to say that I’m strong, healthy and enjoying life!” – Program Participant

A donation of $500 gives a cancer survivor 12 weeks of individualized programming to help regain strength, stamina and quality of life.


Financial Assistance
Financial AssistanceOur 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.

“The Y has been there for my boys and me when I fell on hard times. I remember the Y making sure my boys had Christmas last year because I couldn’t afford gifts. I tear up when I think about not being able to give my boys the Christmas they deserve, but the Y made sure they felt extra special.”

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4600