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Donations to the Y

A donation to the Y is a special kind of gift. A gift that is felt immediately in our community. When you give to the YMCA, your gift ensures the wellness and education of children, the support of your neighbors, and the health of older adults. Your gift allows the Y to do more for those who need it most For a better us.™

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible. And we make sure that 100% of your contribution stays in your community, right here in your own neighborhood.

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Annual Campaign

There’s no place quite like the Y. We’re a vital part of our community, a welcoming place to learn new skills, connect with others, and access support in times of need. Our unique combination of services enriches the well-being of people of all ages and walks of life. As a nonprofit organization, we never turn away anyone who needs us. We need your financial support to continue to keep that promise.

Behind every gift there is a story to be told, a story of someone whose life was enriched by the Y because someone else believed in our mission enough to contribute to the Annual Campaign. This yearly fundraiser helps us provide services to individuals in our community who could not otherwise afford us. Please take a moment to read their stories and learn how your gift helps someone, every day.

“I was struggling just to get by after being unemployed for two and half months. At any point, with my inability to keep up with payments, the Y could have ended enrollment for my two sons, but didn’t. The financial aid program showed compassion for my situation, and I am lucky and thankful to still be employed. I now have high hopes for the life of my family, and things can only improve from this point forward.” -Melissa B

"There is always something positive to do there, and that’s the biggest thing it’s given me.” -Roy P., Man-Up Program at the Camp Curtin YMCA

For Better Education

The Y believes that everyone should have access to the quality childcare their children need. YMCA childcare is learning-focused with staff trained to help children thrive. Donations give the YMCA the ability to impact MORE children with positive role models, educational opportunities, and a safe place to grow up.

For A Better Community

Our Harrisburg community is very important to our YMCA. The YMCA is available for affordable housing, meals, and a place for kids to safely interact with one another. At the Y, you see activities that form positive habits and relationships that change MORE lives. Donations to the YMCA fund programs that mentor young people, support older adults, and build family relationships.

For A Stronger Mission

At the Y, we believe that lasting personal and social change happens when we all work together. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. When you give to the Y, you are funding life-changing programs that help thousands of children, adults and families in the Harrisburg Area to learn, grow and thrive.

Your tax deductible contributions are welcome throughout the year and may be made online, by mail or by contacting the YMCA Association Office at 232.2068 ext. 14.

Other ways to give:

Heritage Club

The Harrisburg Area YMCA established the YMCA Heritage Club to recognize individuals and families who have designated a gift through their estate to benefit the YMCA Endowment Fund on behalf of the association and/or one of its branches and/or programs. For additional information about gift/estate planning please contact the YMCA Association Office at 232.2068 ext. 14.

The YMCA Heritage Club is comprised of individual and families who believe strongly in the mission of the YMCA and help to preserve the good work of the YMCA through a direct gift or planned gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund. Gifts to the Endowment Fund may be made on behalf of the Harrisburg Area YMCA; one or more branches, or to support a specific program.

Common Gift Vehicles:

  • Bequests through a Will or Living Trust
  • Life Insurance beneficiary
  • IRA or Retirement Plan beneficiary
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Pooled Income Fund
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Planned Giving

    Just what is a Planned Gift? Generally speaking, a “planned gift” is a means through which a charitable gift is committed to a charity through a donor’s estate plan that comes to fruition after the lifetime of the donor. Usually one of the following methods is used:

    • Provision in one’s will or revocable trust.
    • Life insurance plan beneficiary designation.
    • Retirement plan beneficiary designation.
    • Life estate gift (remainder interest in real property).

    Some gift planning vehicles, called life income gifts, provide income during one’s lifetime, tax benefits, and pass onto the charity after the donor’s lifetime. Examples of these gift vehicles include:

    • Charitable Gift Annuity.
    • Charitable Remainder Trust.
    • Charitable Lead Trust.

    Volunteering

    Volunteers are essential to the success of the Harrisburg Area YMCA and are key to fulfilling our mission of building strong communities

    Volunteering demonstrates caring for others and offers the opportunity to improve the lives of children and families, creating a caring society. By giving your time with the YMCA to benefit others, you have the opportunity to build new relationships, learn and grow while having fun.

    Volunteers contribute in many ways. Volunteers have helped the Harrisburg Area YMCA by:

  • Helping children become better readers
  • Refereeing and coaching Youth Sports
  • Assisting with our many Harrisburg YMCA Races
  • Assisting with annual fundraisers
  • Teaching fitness classes and swim lessons
  • Helping with our Teen Mentoring Programs
  • Volunteering as Tour Guides and front desk attendants
  • To inquire further about volunteer opportunities, please contact the branch you’d like to contribute to:

    Camp Curtin – ccymca@ymcaharrisburg.org
    East Shore – esymca@ymcaharrisburg.org
    Northern Dauphin County – ndymca@ymcaharrisburg.org
    West Shore – wsymca@ymcaharrisburg.org

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