The impact of the Greater Philadelphia Y stretches across many communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While financial assistance and providing access to our facilities is a major part of what we do, we are also involved in a wide variety of community outreach efforts.

With each of our branches and programs, we aim to fulfill the needs of the community today. Whether that means creating gun violence programs, providing access to subsidized preschool, helping teens build work experience, or creating a safe space for children and families; we are here to improve the communities which we care so deeply about.

Financial Assistance

At the Y, the financial assistance we offer to members sets us apart from other gyms and community centers. Families and individuals in the communities we serve can apply to receive financial aid for memberships, child care, camp, before and after school care, youth sports, and so much more!

In 2023, generous contributions from the community allowed us to provide over $2,500,000 in financial support. Each year, we aim to widen the reach of our programs as we push toward our mission of connecting people to healthier lives. The Y is the perfect place to be active, social, and an engaged member of your community.

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Free Meals

Providing healthy meals for kids.

Through our child care centers we provided 9,300 meals and snacks to child under 18 to make sure they can perform their best in school and in life!


Growing gardens for the community.

In a given year, we grow and donate 80,000 lbs of produce to local food banks from volunteer gardens located onsite at various branches.

Coats for Kids

Keeping families warm in winter.

In 2021, we partnered with AutoDealers CARing for Kids to give out 8,748 coats at 15 of our branch locations to kids and families in need.

Blood Drive

Life saving blood drives.

In 2021, we held 57 blood drives across our branches to keep local blood banks operating while they are in desperate need for donors.


Remote learning support.

In the midst of the pandemic, we provided over 900 students with access to tutoring and school help at Y Student Support Centers.

Summer safety

Preparing students to be great!

We partner with the Philadelphia Youth Network to help over 500 students prepare for college and to enter the workforce through the WorkReady Program.


Member Stories!

YMCA swimmer

The YMCA has played an integral part in improving Marco’s athletic ability, social skills and confidence. He had developed special and close relationships with coaches and lifeguards as a well as members of the local community, all of whom are so supportive of his training, growth and development inside and outside of the pool.

- Mt. Laurel YMCA Member

YMCA dance class

Because of the YMCA, I’m healthier, happier, I’ve dropped over 30 pounds and kept it off for over 10 years. I have a circle of fitness friends who cheer each other on and support one another. What would I do with all of this? The Y literally changed my life. Oh yeah— and my son learned to swim too!

- Spring Valley YMCA Member

YMCA child care

I joined the Y in January 2021 after I became a foster parent. I was a new single mom to a newborn. I came to the Y thinking I would have a chance to exercise while my son was safe in the childcare room. What I found was a community who continue to help me raise him and watch him thrive and grow.

- Roxborough YMCA Member