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

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Summer Camp
Camp creates a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate lasting friendships and learn from positive role models. The Simmons YMCA serves more than 1,400 kids through summer camp. Over 80% received financial assistance.
A gift of $1,250 sends a child to 10 weeks of summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.
Give to the YYouth Sports
When kids play sports, they build confidence, discover their personal best and develop lifelong healthy habits. Over 75% of the 1,500 children who participate in sports programs at the Simmons YMCA receive financial assistance.
A gift of $100 offers a child the opportunity to build confidence and develop lifelong healthy habits during a season of youth sports.


Give to the YYMCA Community Swim Academy
Through the YMCA Community Swim Academy, we provide free swimming and water safety instruction at the Y for children at greatest risk - primarily those of minority and low-income households. With the generous support of our donors, the Simmons YMCA plans to provide 100 kids from East Charlotte schools with access to free swim lessons in 2018.
A gift of $75 gives a child at Albemarle Road Elementary the chance to learn the life-saving skill of swimming at the Y.
Safety Around Water
Give to the YSafety 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. Safety Around Water served 1,400 children at 28 local apartment communities last summer at no cost to participants.
“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


Give to the YThe Y is dedicated to tackling our community’s greatest health challenges – obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer – by providing the support, guidance and resources people need to fight chronic disease, improve mobility and lead healthier lives. Improving quality of life for our whole community is our passion.
I started the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program last year. At first I was doubtful that this would work for me. My A1C was 6.2; I was pre-diabetic. Well I started counting fat grams, logging what I ate and exercising more. It was slow and steady, but what results! Jasmine hung in there coaching and encouraging us all the way. I started in March and after my birthday in November had a checkup. My A1C was 5.2! I also lost 12 pounds. Thank you Jasmine, thank you YMCA! Hang in there because all things are possible!


Give to the YFinancial 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 East Charlotte.
Geaneen’s son, Blake, loved attending summer camp at the Simmons YMCA. He has been attending every summer since he was five and as a single parent, Geaneen knew that he was well taken care of while he was at camp. When Geaneen was out of work due to surgery, she was unsure how she was going to be able to juggle the finances to keep Blake in camp the entire summer. The Y’s financial assistance enabled her to keep Blake in camp where he was able to be with his friends and have a great summer filled with new Y experiences.
A gift of $750 offers a single mother one year of access to the YMCA where she can connect with new friends and find a network of support.

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 6600