You might know the Y for athletics but we are also about academic achievement.

We're More Than You Know. We're a Cause

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Throughout San Diego County, countless people know the YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteerism, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community. The Y is so much more than a gym. We touch the lives of nearly one out of every eight people in our community. For 131 years, we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. Yet we’re called to do so much more.

But we need your philanthropic support to make it happen. Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Together, we can achieve so much more. GIVE. AND DO SO MUCH MORE.

Thank You A Letter from Elias:

"Dear Mr. Richard,

I remember when you arrived at my Y after school program. I was not happy. What I hated the most is that you actually made us do our homework. I remember telling you that I was dyslexic and couldn’t get things right. You told me that you would help and not to use a label as an excuse. I liked you less and less each day.

When I hit my brother, you taught me to be caring. When I stole $20 from your desk, you taught me to be honest. When I cussed you out, you taught me to be respectful. When I would give up, you taught me to be responsible. You never let me give up on myself. You never gave up on me.

You inspired me to believe in myself when so many other people told me that I wouldn’t amount to anything. I never told you how much I appreciated you. You were the next best thing to having a dad..."

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$25 per month...

allows 6 kids the opportunity be a part of a community that encourages fun, friendships and endless possibilities.

$50 per month...

makes it possible for an entire family to have the resources and support needed to learn, grow and thrive.

$125 per month...

offers 10 kids the ability to attend Y day camp, helping them become responsible stewards of our environment and respected leaders with their peers.

$250 per month...

lets 12 kids experience Y after school programs where they engage in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they
can achieve.

15 Branches & Departments, 240 Program Sites, 187,167 Children Served


Your Generosity: Put to Good Use

The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to be ranked as a Four Star Charity according to Charity Navigator. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the YMCA of San Diego County adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the logo to review our four star rating.