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Give to the Y


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


Give to the YY Readers
Y Readers is the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s nationally-recognized literacy program designed for students in grades K-3 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 boost literacy skills, with enrichment activities to support physical and social emotional growth. Y Readers serves more than 900 students annually, across three school districts, through a six-week summer camp and a before/afterschool program. During summer 2017, 76% of Y Readers improved or maintained their reading level.
“Jefferson is a rising 2nd grader who entered the Y Readers program reading below grade level. With English as his second language, Jefferson was shy, timid and did not want to participate or answer questions. Yet, as the program progressed, Jefferson started to come out of his shell and fully engage in read aloud activities. Halfway through the program he was even reading alongside rising 3rd graders. Jefferson has benefited greatly from Y Readers and excelled beyond measure. I cannot wait to see what he accomplishes next school year.”
– Y Readers Teacher

A gift 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.

Give to the YSummer Camp & Afterschool
Camp and afterschool create a safe place where kids can be themselves, cultivate lasting friendships and learn from positive role models. During the summer, the Lincoln County and Sally’s YMCAs welcome 650 campers. Another 300 engage in afterschool and before school care during the academic year. Two-thirds receive financial assistance.

A gift of $250 provides one month of afterschool care, homework help and physical fitness for a child in need of a safe place to go after the bell rings.

A gift of $500 sends a child to five weeks of summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.


Swim Lessons & Water Safety
At the Lincoln County and Sally’s YMCAs, we teach more than 800 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.

Give to the YSafety 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. Safety Around Water served 1,400 children at 28 local apartment communities last summer.
A gift 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.


Give to the YActive Adults (55+ Years)
The Lincoln County and Sally’s YMCAs help 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 gift 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.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.
Give to the Y
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. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has served more than 30,000 cancer survivors in more than 400 communities across the nation.
Diabetes Prevention Program
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The small-group program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year by a trained lifestyle coach.


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 nearly $700,000 in 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.
For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 7300