You Can Be the Difference
Simple acts of kindness can have a large and lasting impact.
When we give our time and expertise, donate food and clothing, or make monetary contributions—both large and small—together, we strengthen our community. The YMCA of Central Florida is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities all around the globe.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the giving season. This year, Giving Tuesday takes place on December 1. What makes it so special? It’s 100% driven by people inspired to make a positive difference—people just like you. The Y is committed to helping our community build a stronger, healthier, and better us. We hope you’ll consider contributing to the Y. Every gift—no matter how big or small—makes an enduring impact right here in our neighborhood.
Donate to the YMCA
Focused on long-term sustainability, the Y established the IMAGINE Fund. The fund supports unrestricted operational expenses, urgent and pressing financial needs, programs and services, and community outreach efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Support Your Family Center
Donate directly to your family center and help keep the YMCA in your neighborhood!
The YMCA of Central Florida has experienced a decline of over half our revenue, and this crisis threatens the Y’s very ability to sustain vital programs, locations, and services our neighbors and staff rely upon.
Focused on long-term sustainability, the Y established the IMAGINE Fund to raise critical resources necessary to address our immediate financial crisis. The established fund supports unrestricted operational expenses, urgent and pressing financial needs, programs and services, and community outreach efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Why the Y
The Y was formed in 1844 to serve all of our neighbors and strengthen our community. We work hard to empower everyone through Youth Sports, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
My Y Stories
MORE THAN JUST A GYM
“My Y family has supported me after so much. I can’t imagine every going anywhere else.”
Following a difficult move, Debbie struggled with loneliness while adjusting to her new life in Central Florida. Although it can be intimidating to try something new, she can’t imagine what her life would be like nowadays if she hadn’t decided to go to Bible Study at the Y.
FINDING A COMMUNITY IN GROUP EX
“We might not know everyone else’s story… but class has really united people from all different walks of life and different journeys they’ve gone through.”
Caitlin and her mother Geraldine have been YMCA members for years. After a family tragedy, their group exercise class became a space space to heal from grief and connect with friends new and old.
GO FOR GREEN
“Watching her go from sinking in the shallow end to swimming in the deep end, it makes you proud as a parent.”
Amie’s daughter Avalynn has always loved being in water. After falling into the pool one day, Amie realized she needed to ensure her daughter was prepared around water, she and enrolled Avalynn in potentially live-saving swim lessons at the Y!
MAKING DREAMS A REALITY
“Without the YMCA I don’t know how my kids would’ve received the experience they’re getting now in sports or even to be part of a family, because the YMCA is family to us.”
The Laing family moved to Orlando from the Bahamas for more opportunities. Franklin, their son, plays basketball at the Y and dreams of playing in the NBA. Victory, their daughter, received a scholarship to develop her soccer skills.