The Y operates in 120 countries, providing a global network of support.
Every year, the Y reaches approximately 40 million people across the globe.
The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London, England and has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world.
The YMCA Youth-Led Solutions Initiative is a global effort that further broadens the Y’s commitment to global change led by young people. The initiative aims to amplify youth solutions in sustainability, equitable community development and the betterment of all people. The Y supports young leaders who are taking action to address the issues that align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The YMCA Lebanon provides 60 medications free of charge to Syrian refugees and Lebanese citizens to help manage chronic illnesses. Participants receive access to full medical services from physicians, nurses and healthcare workers. YMCA Lebanon also provides education on managing conditions, preventing disease and improving overall well-being.
The YMCA Global Economic Empowerment Initiative (GEEI), funded by Wells Fargo, was implemented in six countries during 2020: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the Philippines and Spain. The initiative strengthened the financial self-sufficiency and economic opportunities of more than 4,000 young people, women and families from underserved communities by leveraging Y interventions that improved financial education and provided access to seed funding for small business development.
When you support YMCA World Service, you create opportunities for people all over the world to overcome obstacles and enact change that will last for generations.
The work that the Y does at home and abroad provides endless opportunity to transform lives and strengthen communities.
The reputation of the Y as an organization leading change around the world aligns with the tremendous work being done by Ys in the U.S. – with local Ys and volunteers delivering impactful programs and services for communities around the country.
We are forever grateful for our donors and partners for their generous support of our mission, programs and services—in the U.S. and around the world.
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