Community Impact

INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY 2016

As a leading nonprofit partner throughout the country, the Y has the track record and presence to move communities forward, just as we do here in Centre County. We work every day to address community needs and ensure that all are welcome and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. In 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, the Y creates lasting change and strengthens communities.

YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY

Total People Served:
22,212

Financial Assistance (Open Doors):
$388,000

(Nearly 1 in 3 members directly benefit from the Open Doors financial assistance program.)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL TO LEARN, GROW, THRIVE

Children and Teens

Collectively in Centre County, the Y serves 1 in 5 kids and teens, providing a wide range of activities to nurture their full potential, including teen clubs, sports, summer camps, afterschool programs, and community service projects.

Low-Income Families

Our YMCAs provide quality, affordable childcare for working families regardless of their income level.

Seniors/Older Adults

Programs including fitness classes and Silver Sneakers® ensure that older adults have every opportunity to connect with one another and engage in meaningful activities at the Y.

Everyone Is Welcome

We provide activities open to everyone in our community including free health fairs/screenings, physical activity programs, and family events. Additionally, no one is denied membership due to inability to pay.

Keeping Children Safe

The YMCA of Centre County is a lead organization in providing Stewards of Children, a training program which teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Over 6,700 adults in Centre County have been trained in this program during the past three years.

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATIONS

Volunteerism

YMCAs throughout the state are locally driven by an ongoing assessment of community needs and controlled by a local board of community volunteers.

YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY

2016 Volunteer Opportunities: 3,310
Total Time Commitment: 21,279 Hours
Value of Volunteer Time: $152,250

Collaborations

The Y recognizes the importance of working together to create lasting social and personal change. We partner with and support collaborations with schools, government agencies, businesses, and other charitable nonprofit organizations.

INVESTING IN OUR KIDS, OUR HEALTH AND OUR NEIGHBORS

The YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Here are just a few examples.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Over 6,000 children participated in a YMCA of Centre County program or activity in 2016. At the Y, children learn, grow and thrive each and every day: “As a grandparent of a kindergarten student, I am grateful for the excellent before and after school programs that the Y provides. I have been delighted to find an active, positive, and nurturing environment. The teachers manage well-organized sports, crafts, and play activities. More importantly to me, they make every effort to instill in the students personal responsibility and respect for each other… Thank you for providing our community with a wonderful place for our children to thrive.”

HEALTHY LIVING

Improving the community’s health and wellbeing

The Y fosters connections with friends and families by providing a variety of activities and programs and is committed to helping all members of the community maintain a healthy lifestyle in mind, spirit, and body: “With the help of the Y’s Open Doors program, our family has had an eventful year. Our vacation included experienced swimmers, thanks to Y swim lessons. Our children gained an immense amount of confidence, courage, and strength, and we have been able to become heathier adults through our Y involvement. We adults even ran our first 5K with the Y this year! We look forward to continuing to grow as a family within the Y community.”

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Backpack Program,  provides food for children to take home on the weekends. This program ensures that children, particularly those who typically get a free or reduced price lunch at school, have something to eat when not at school. One day, as a BackPack Program volunteer was walking into one of the schools, a parent came up to her, gave her a hug with tears in her eyes, and thanked her for the program. She told the volunteer that it is a huge relief to not worry about having enough food for her children on the weekend since her family is struggling financially. The Y is committed to doing all that it can to give back and support families and the community.