YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Stratford Richardson YMCA



The Stratford Richardson YMCA offers a fun, safe environment for 100 kids during the hours after school where they engage in enriching, healthy activities with positive role models.  Kids engage in a variety of exciting physical and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve.

Of our current afterschool participants,  

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20% receive financial assistance and 80% receive state subsidy.
Within our afterschool program, we've seen the Y's ability to offer financial assistance change lives and strengthen families. Below are just two of the many stories of the Y's mission in action.  


A mother of two boys (ages 7 and 10) came to the Stratford Richardson YMCA seeking affordable after school care for her children. Unable to afford childcare in the past, she was allowing her boys to get off the school bus everyday and hand out at the local basketball court until she was able to come home from work at 6:00 PM.  As the weather was beginning to get colder and the days shorter, the mother realized she had no choice but to try find an afterschool program for her boys that was safe and affordable. She came to the Y with tears in her eyes, hoping and praying that we could help. When she saw the cost for the afterschool program, she immediately began to cry even harder as she realized that she simply could not afford it. Fortunately, our family services director explained to her that the Y offers financial assistance for those who cannot afford it, make the Y available for all. After qualifying for a 50% discount on her afterschool fees, the mother was able to afford afterschool care for her two boys at the Y, giving them a safe place to go after school. 


The mother of on of the children in our Stratford Richardson YMCA afterschool program found herself in a difficult financial situation when her weekly work hours were drastically reduced by her employer.  As a result, she lost her CCRI subsidy because she was not working a minimum of 30 hours per week (a state requirement to be eligible to receive CCRI funding). Not knowing where to turn, the mother approached our operations director and explained the situation. As the Y so often does, we were able to provide a helping hand to the mother by offering her financial assistance for afterschool care until her work hours were increased back to 30+ and she was able to qualify for and once again receive her CCRI subsidy. Fortunately, the Y was there to offer her a helping hand during tough times. 

YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.