Learn more about our Backpack Program, which works to ensure school-age kids have enough food to eat over the weekend. This program is open to EVERYONE, including students learning virtually this year. Click the link below to learn how to register your child.
TROUT RELEASE AND DUCK DERBY
Join us at our Penns Valley Branch for a Duck Derby and Trout Release event on October 10 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM INFORMATION
More than 20,000 people in Centre County don't know where their next meal is coming from. We're working to solve this problem because we believe no one should ever have to go hungry.
AT HOME WORKOUT VIDEOS
We know that exercise is an important part of our members' daily lives. Although our facilities have reopened, we continue to offer some virtual fitness classes through Zoom.
KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE
We continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis. Be sure to review our current policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all who enter our facilities.
Adults in Centre County trained in the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention program. This program provides important tips for how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
Imagine coming to work every day knowing that what you do has a positive impact on the lives of people in YOUR community. Click below for a list of openings at each of our four branches.
STRONG SWIMMERS. CONFIDENT KIDS.
The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons over 100 years ago and has been America's leading swim instructor ever since. Our State College and Bellefonte Branches offer private and group swimming lessons for a variety of ages and levels.
Monthly beginning October 6th Grade 1-3: Tuesdays: 1:30-2:30 Grade 4-6: Thursdays: 1:30-2:30 School age kids can participate in a variety of gym games each week and swim at the end of every session. Gym activities will include group exercise classes, kickball, basketball, soccer, football, and many others! Kids are strongly encouraged to come dressed to […]
OCTOBER 1st-22ND UPPER FIELD AT GOVERNOR’S PARK Step out onto the YMCA Gridiron for this introductory program to the basics of football. Each group will conduct a half hour or practice and a half hour of game time. Flags, cones, balls and all other equipment provided by the YMCA. FLAG FOOTBALL OCT 2020 AGE […]
"Our family just wanted to tell you all thank you so much for the lunch drop offs and extra food boxes! We had been worried about our children getting meals while we were working and you all have taken that stress off our shoulders! We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for our family and the whole community! THANK YOU! You're all amazing."
"You are really great! So much outreach to the community. Thank you for all the caring and positive things that you do."
"THANK YOU for organizing food distributions for the kids! The YMCA is an amazing organization that continuously supports our community."
"I kept my Y membership active during the Y's closure because I love the fact that the Y is so much more than a 'gym and swim' facility. It encompasses the spirit of community, and as a member for over 20 years, my family has received so much from the Y that I will always continue to support it. We've found friendships, swim and basketball teams for our children, and a safe and fun place to work out. The YMCA has been a wonderful fit for our family, and because of the benefits we've received, I try to embrace opportunities to help out when outside needs arise. Feeding and taking care of families within our community makes me so proud to be a member of such a great organization. We are all in this together, and united we are so much stronger, so I feel humbled by the efforts of the Y. During this very difficult time for so many families, I LOVE that our Y has gone above and beyond to make our neighbors' lives more bearable and provide nourishment where needed. My family and I will do all we can to support the Y, from keeping our membership active to donating food continuously throughout this tumultuous time."
"We have been YMCA of Centre County members for 15 years. Even though the facilities are were closed, we kept our membership active so that those funds can support the Y's emergency operations, notably feeding those in our community that are facing food insecurity."
"I decided to keep my Y membership active even though I'm not currently using the facility after I learned the Y was feeding over 2,000 kids per day in Centre County during the COVID-19 shutdown. I've been a longtime member, and helping in whatever way I can makes me feel happy. Looking forward to getting back to the Y soon!"
"Thank you for granting us access to the Y through the Open Doors Program. We are, without a doubt, fully utilizing our membership and loving our experience! My routine swim has been nothing short of therapeutic....a previous part of my life that I loved so much is making its way back to me. My kids adore coming to the Y and love the novelty of wearing swim suits in the winter, drying off and then shooting hoops in the gym. It is heartwarming to have our membership be affordable for us, and I can't thank everyone who makes this possible enough!"
"I came to the Y after 7 months of being completely sedentary due to surgery and then chemotherapy. I needed to regain my strength and reduce pain from the neuropathy I developed due to treatment. I began using the pool to move without pain and then gradually increased my level of effort. With coaching from the Aquatics Director, I was eventually able to do some swimming. From there, I started personal training. The Wellness Director guided me through exercises until I was able to do them on my own. The warm and welcoming atmosphere at the Y gave me a sense of community and a goal to help others feel connected and supported. When I was asked to join the Advisory Committee, I agreed willingly. I LOVE this Y and have such a great appreciation for what they do for children and families, especially those who are in need."
"The Y is a real asset to the community....I see the Y as a helping hand, encouraging everyone, and making its facilities available with programs for everyone: from the very young toddlers in child care and swim lessons to the older adults in gentle yoga. For disadvantaged people, everyone can find their place through the Open Doors Program, Backpack Program, and so much more. Thank you to all who make this possible!"
"I've been struggling with my weight for YEARS and this is the first time in a long time that I have been able to stick to my workouts...I'm doing things that I didn't think I could do and things that I know I would not be doing if I was on my own. The trainers make me feel comfortable, push me, and are aware of everyone's levels....My kids have seen me fail so many times...The last program I tried, I told my son that he would be able to put his arms around me within a month, which didn't happen. But now, he IS able to and HE was just as happy about it as I was!"
"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 healthier 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."
"I am a YMCA Backpack Program volunteer, and one day, as I was walking into the school, a parent came up to me and gave me a big hug with tears in her eyes, thanking me for the program and how much it means for her children. She told me it was a relief to not have to worry about having enough food for her children on the weekend, especially since they are struggling financially. It made me feel even more committed to this program after being able to see first hand what a difference it has made in people's lives."
"Every Friday, I am so excited to distribute food from the Backpack Program to the kids. It brings me so much joy to see their smiles! Some of them start asking me on Friday morning when they will be getting thier backpacks. One sixth grader always gives me a hug and thanks me the minute he sees me holding that YMCA bag. It gives me great comfort knowing that these children have food on their tables every weekend."