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

INSPIRING YOUTH POTENTIAL & DRIVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Afterschool & PreschoolAfterschool & Preschool
With a focus on social growth and academic achievement, the Keith Family YMCA provides a safe place for 110 kids to go after school and helps prepare an additional 152 preschoolers for kindergarten annually. Both programs provide a nurturing, Christian environment that gives kids the chance to reach their God-given potential. One in three preschool families and more than half of afterschool families receive financial assistance.
 
Grandparents play an important role in the growth and development of their grandchildren. After receiving custody of her 7-year-old grandson, Libby came to the Y looking for childcare. She could not afford the full rate, but our Y was able to provide financial assistance so that she could enroll her grandson in afterschool. After two months of him participating in the program, she came to the program coordinator to share that his reading skills had improved and that the homework help he received at the Y was making a huge difference.
 
A gift of $500 provides two months of afterschool care, homework help and physical fitness for a child in need of a safe place to go after the bell rings.

Summer CampSummer Camp
Camp creates an environment where kids can be themselves, cultivate friendships and learn from positive role models. Last summer, the Keith Family YMCA welcomed over 900 campers. More than half received financial assistance.
 
Sarah began her YMCA summer camp journey at the age of 7. Her parents chose the Y for our Christian values, knowing their daughter would have an opportunity to grow and make new friends. Over the years, the Keith Family YMCA became home to Sarah. She participated in youth sports, swim lessons, camp and later CPR, first-aid and babysitting training.
 
Even after leaving college, Sarah returned to the Y and spent four summers as a camp counselor. Nicknamed Tater, she says, “My counselors were superheroes to me. I came back because I wanted to be a child’s hero too. I wanted to do the wacky things my counselors did when I was a camper, but I also wanted to share in meaningful activities like making YMCA character trait bracelets. Those are the moments I remember, and I wanted my campers to remember them someday too.”
 
Now a college graduate, Sarah still visits the Keith Family YMCA regularly to work out and is greeted by hugs and shouts of “Tater!” when she walks down the halls. “My summers at the Y had a deep impact on me and that’s why I’m still involved,” says Sarah. She and her parents also donate to the Y because they believe in our strong values and the impact our programs have on young lives.
 
“Two moments from my days as a counselor that I’ll never forget are when a child told me his dad was in prison and when a little girl said that bullets had been fired into her family’s home the night before,” says Sarah. “I can’t imagine turning kids like that away. I would love to see every child have the same opportunity I did to be a part of the Y.”
 
A gift of $1,900 sends a child to 10 weeks of summer day camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and positive role models.
  

DROWNING PREVENTION

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. Safety Around Water served 1,400 children at 28 local apartment communities last summer.

Swim Lessons
When kids learn to swim, they build confidence, acquire safety/rescue skills and develop lifelong healthy habits. More than 1,000 kids participate in swim lessons each year at the YMCA. We also partner with several local neighborhoods and schools to provide kids in need with access to free swim lessons at the Y.
 
“Both of my children learned how to swim at YMCA summer camp. They are much more confident at pool parties and social gatherings around bodies of water like lakes and rivers. They know their limits and I know they are safe.”
- Parent
 

ENSURING ACCESS & BELONGING FOR ALL

YMCA Miracle LeagueYMCA Miracle League
The Keith Family YMCA and Miracle League teamed up in 2012 to give children with physical and cognitive disabilities the chance to play baseball. The Y’s custom-designed baseball complex features a wheelchair-accessible surface that allows children of all abilities to take the field. The YMCA Miracle League program welcomes 100 young athletes and their families from across the region for spring and fall seasons each year. With the generous support of our donors, we’re able to keep the cost to participate as low as possible for families – giving every child the opportunity to play regardless of ability to pay.

“In his early years, my son was very active and played on school and community baseball teams. But as his illness became more progressive, he was forced to use a wheelchair full-time and take a year off from baseball as he acclimated to the change. I could see the loss he felt when attending his older brother’s athletic events. So when we told him about YMCA Miracle League, he smiled with excitement and said, ‘I can finally play my favorite sport again!’ There’s no doubt that playing baseball with YMCA Miracle League gives him confidence and a sense of accomplishment. He is always excited to attend the games. I’m grateful for the program and all that the staff do.”
– Parent, YMCA Miracle League
 
A gift of $200 provides a special needs child with the opportunity to play a season of baseball through YMCA Miracle League.

Financial 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 the University City community. One-third of our members receive financial assistance.
 
All children deserve the chance to thrive regardless of ability. Our Y’s inclusion programming utilizes specially trained staff to ensure that children with unique needs have the tools, support and environment they need to gain independence and foster healthy relationships with their peers. Inclusion programming is woven into traditional afterschool, preschool, childcare and summer camp, and supports children ages newborn to age 17.
 
A gift of $1,000 provides a single mom with 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 6700