Your Impact

Who will your gift help? Usually it’s someone who doesn’t want their picture taken. 

It’s someone who’s having a tough time and is relieved to hear that there’s help available. We’ve seen the moment of relief when a person realizes your local Y will give financial assistance for their membership.

Kara, a YMCA benefiting from financial assistance

One of our members, Kara, split up with her fiancée and was adjusting to a new life as a single parent, all while running her own business. In a tough situation, Kara new there wasn’t much room for extras. But should swimming lessons for her daughter really be considered extra? Is a satisfying workout that burns off the stress for a busy mom at the end of her day extra?

At your Y we don’t think it’s extra: we think opportunity is something everyone deserves.

Our assisted membership program helped Kara. We get to see her daughter smiling in the pool, more confident every time she’s in the water. We see how much more relaxed and focused Kara is after she comes to work out.

We know they’re going to be ok, partly because their community cared enough to help.

You might not have known about this part of your YMCA, but you’ve helped create something unstoppable.

Thank you. What you’re really giving is a turning point in someone’s life.

Your Impact Starts Here

There are plenty more stories like Kara’s; stories from our members, volunteers and staff about people who have been impacted by donations to your YMCA. Read more below.

Thriving Starts Here

Hi! My name is Kathleen, I am a Fitness Programmer and Instructor Trainer at the Y. You can often find me teaching classes like Stretch and Online Yoga. I have worked at the Y for over 30 years! Sometimes thriving at the Y means dealing with change and helping people get the support and financial assistance they need.

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Involvement Starts Here

Hi! My name is Shirley Dickson, I’ve been a member at the Y since my husband and I moved to Owen Sound in 1975. I would like to share my story of what the Y has meant to me and how I’ve enjoyed it!

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