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Our Y’s advocacy work is designed to advance policy in order to educate and create actionable ways to address current and future organizational and community needs.

What does the Y do?

Working with many partners, the Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, give back and contribute to a better community. Everything the Y does is in service of making us—as individuals, and a community—better. Of course, you may know us first and best because of our incredible health and wellness offerings. But, did you know that we work in the community to teach kids in fragile neighborhoods how to swim, the joys of reading and give teens a safe place to congregate and grow? Did you know that we provide financial assistance to make sure that the Y is accessible for all? We’d love to tell you more about the work we’re doing!

How is the Y a nonprofit organization?

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community. We do that by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other, with a focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities. In 2019, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte gave away $23.5 million in direct financial assistance – $15.8 million in membership and program assistance, and $7.6 million to support third-grade reading and child and teen development initiatives.

The Y works with several community partners to improve social capital, address economic mobility, and research, gather and share data to improve social impact. We build capacity through partnerships for greater impact. Check out the work some of our partners are doing to learn more about the kinds of efforts we support: