Social Responsibility

We're more than just a gym. Here's why.

People come to the YMCA to, not just improve their physical health, but to find the help they need to be healthy in all parts of their lives! Our work in the community is making sure that everyone in York can have a healthy spirit, mind, and body!

Helping Newcomers Thrive with the New American Welcome Center

The YMCA’s New American Welcome Center empowers newcomers to our community to thrive in their new home. By offering personal and in-depth support services and organizing community events, the team at the New American Welcome Center is making York and Lancaster a place where everyone, from newcomers to long-time residents, feels like they belong.

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Bridging the Gap with Southern Community Services

For more than 30 years, Southern Community Services in The W. Dale Brougher Foundation YMCA has been empowering residents in southern York County through food distributions, clothing/household good giveaways, case management services, and community partnerships. During the global pandemic, the program altered its services to, not only align with health and safety standards through initiatives such as contactless curbside pickup, but also offer additional aid, such as rent and utility assistance.

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Turning “Men Experiencing Homelessness” into simply “Men” with the Men’s Residence

Everyone should go to bed at night in a warm room with a roof over their head. To make this possible, the YMCA provides a safe haven to about 120 men on the brink of homelessness in its Men’s Residence above the York Branch YMCA. Professional and passionate staff work alongside tenants to empower them to overcome their challenges and become self-sufficient members of the community through case management, referrals, and direct assistance. 

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Developing the Next Generation’s Workforce with TechRev York

The YMCA of York and York County has completely outfitted a nearby bank building with all the technology and resources required to equip individuals with the skillset needed to thrive in a modern workforce. The project, now called TechRev York, is bridging the gap between high-growth job opportunities and under-represented or historically-disadvantaged populations by making accessible technology resources and job training a reality for all.

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Financial Assistance to Ensure Everyone Has a Place at the YMCA

Nobody is turned away from the YMCA due to an inability to pay. This is because the YMCA, thanks to generous donors and stakeholders, offers ample financial assistance for its programs and memberships. Membership rates are offered on a sliding scale based on household income, children can receive scholarships to youth/child programs, and many programs, such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and the New American Welcome Center, are free for all.

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Putting Food on the Table

No one should go to bed hungry. To make this statement a reality, the YMCA runs a food program that distributes nutritious prepared meals to children throughout York City. Community partners have rallied around the program over the past year to ensure that children continue eating regular nutritious meals even when schools are forced to close.

To learn more, email Nacole at [email protected] or call 717-843-7884 x242

Be why this work continues!

Thousands of people donate to the YMCA every year so that we can continue to walk alongside people in our community as they perservere through life’s challenges.

There will always be people who need help to be the best that they can be or simply make ends meet. Be there for them by donating to the YMCA so that they can be a part of this life-changing work!

Want to get involved in other ways or learn more about how you can help the people touched by the YMCA’s work? Contact Mike Smith, Vice President of Administration at [email protected].