There are many ways you can help someone by giving to the YMCA. Your donation will benefit your whole community. Research shows that when people feel a sense of belonging, their health improves physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. And our communities benefit too! There’s less illness, violence and inequality and more giving and happiness.
That’s why for over 110 years the YMCA has created a community where children, teens and adults can come together to get the support they need to be healthier in spirit, mind and body. Through our financial assistance program, everyone can access the YMCA regardless of their ability to pay the fee.
You can help reverse the trends of chronic disease, childhood obesity, social isolation and remove barriers to health for people within our community and across the country.
Lend your support by making a gift today to your YMCA.
What Is Strong Kids?
YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign to raise resources to support proven YMCA programs and services that give children, youth, adults and families the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. Our goal is to help everyone live healthier, happier lives today, and build stronger communities for the future.
You may wonder how your individual gift could have an impact. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps one person at a time, one family at a time and one program at a time, to make a huge impact on overall community wellness.
100% of your donation goes directly to children, youth, adults and families so they can belong, grow, thrive, and lead, supporting people who are otherwise financially unable to take part in important physical activity and developmental programs.
Your Strong Kids donations allow everyone in our community to have equal opportunity to participate in our programs, services and memberships – no one is turned away!
Where Do Strong Kids Donations Go?
YMCA Membership Assistance
Our Assisted Membership options offer the chance for individuals and families to experience the YMCA at a rate that fits their needs and budget. Through your charitable donations, fundraising, and government grants, the YMCA of Lethbridge can offer financial assistance so that anyone in our community can participate in YMCA programs.
YMCA Program Initiatives
A vibrant, healthy community offers opportunities for everyone. For the YMCA, that often means stepping forward with a new program or service to address specific and unique needs in our community. It may also mean reaching out, beyond our walls to deliver programs where they are needed most.
YMCA Greatest Needs
Communities are important to us. As our province grows and changes, so do the needs of our communities. To meet these growing needs, the YMCA must continue to invest in areas where needs are the greatest: quality child care, health and recreation, active living, employment, and community development.
Meet Carmen Sterba
An Assisted Membership Story
Carmen Sterba is a single mother and long time member of our community. She loves baking delicious meals and getting outdoors for some camping whenever she gets the chance.
In 2004 her life and routine were changed when she suffered a stroke. Her son, Dre, was only 6 at the time. It dealt a major blow to her confidence in her abilities, and she became withdrawn.
The YMCA post stroke program called F.A.S.T helped Carmen tremendously. It enabled her to connect with other people who have suffered from strokes. The program helped show her how to get up off the ground, and granted guidance with exercise routines that allowed her to regain some mobility. Working in tandem with the Y’s assisted membership program sent her on the fast track to recovery. She is doing much better now, thanks to the love and support from the YMCA, her family, friends and community.
“When I first started with the Y after my stroke, just getting over a curb was a huge struggle for me. Now I can actually walk across the street to get my mail because the Y has given me the confidence and the ability!” Carmen says the impact of our Assisted Membership Program has been insurmountable. After her stroke she was barely able to do 5 minutes of cardio, but with support and guidance can now spend a full 60 minutes on the bike, with no signs of slowing down. When Carmen runs into people she hasn’t seen for a while, they are always shocked to see the progress. She appreciates the support the staff at the Y had given her over the years.
During her recovery her son was able to keep busy at the YMCA Day Camps, with his costs covered completely by the YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Carmen was happy he had a safe place to have fun in the same building together while she focused on getting better.
“The Assisted Membership program has been absolutely life changing. Because of the support I’ve had from the Y, I’ve gained a great deal of independence that I wouldn’t otherwise have. I’m able to leave the house and feel safe, happy and proud. I was able to get down on the floor and play Lego with son. Being able to manage my pain has allowed me to do things that I previously was unable to.”
To learn more about how your support impacts the community, Download our Case for Support Document