The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity empowering people with essential services, opportunities to better their lives, and a sense of community and belonging. With support from incredible donors like you, we deliver proven programs that help people turn off whatever’s holding them back.
Roughly 80% of youth who come to The Wagner Green YMCA come from some type of family breakdown, whether it’s violence, substance use issues, or mental health issues in the home, or 2SLGBTQIA+ youth coming out and being asked to leave. It can be a chaotic, intense moment that doesn’t leave time for them to gather any essentials.
At the Y, they use our employment programs, mental health counselling, legal services, and more — all with the ultimate goal of securing and maintaining their own housing. But once they are ready to move out, they don’t have household staples like bedding. And after working hard to save up for first and last month’s rent, there’s nothing left over to purchase these necessities.
This holiday season, you can give youth moving kits — complete with bedding, dishes, gift cards to offset the cost of groceries, and more — to help get them set up in their new apartments.
From youth who get a fresh start in our shelters to families who rely on financial assistance to get active and healthy, people from all walks of life depend on the Y to help them overcome barriers and reach their true potential.
Watch Emmanuel share his experience at YMCA Sprott House, one of the first transitional housing programs for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness in Canada.
Everyone deserves to lead a healthy, happy life. But too many are held back by mental health challenges, the housing crisis, un- and underemployment, a dearth of child care, and more.
By giving to the Y, you can help change that. Your donation helps us provide wrap-around supports, from help finding stable housing and employment, to substance use and mental health counselling, food banks, child care, subsidized exercise programs, and beyond.
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No. The YMCA of Greater Toronto welcomes all people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, religious heritages, classes, sexual orientations, sexes, and physical/mental abilities. We are often referred to simply as “the Y.”
No. When the YMCA was founded in England in 1844, it had strong ties to the Christian Church. By 1864, the Toronto YMCA — which would eventually be renamed the YMCA of Greater Toronto — was officially reorganized as a non-denominational charity. While the YMCA of Greater Toronto values and respects our early Christian heritage, we operate in one of the most diverse regions in the world, serve multicultural communities, and strive to promote equity. We therefore welcome all people of all beliefs and our programs and services are not tied to any religion.
YMCA operations are made possible through a sustainable model that mixes revenue from philanthropy, government funding, and fee-for-service programs. This is a standard funding model that many other charities use as well, including universities and hospitals.
Investments from our government illustrate that the YMCA is a trusted charity delivering essential services. However, government funding does not cover some of the key initiatives we need to offer for our communities to reach their full potential. Every philanthropic dollar that goes towards YMCA programming and Centres of Community helps shape more equitable neighbourhoods where everyone gets a chance to shine.
No! The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that takes a holistic approach to health, offering wrap-around supports to help people boost their well-being and to promote equity in our communities. We do offer health and fitness programming, but we also deliver child care, camps and outdoor education programs, employment services, immigrant settlement services, and youth programs including emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness, a middle- and high-school for students who learn differently, and youth leadership development programs.
You can choose to direct your donation to a specific cause of your choice, or where it's needed most. When you give to the Y, you can help provide financial assistance for individuals and families who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in our health-promoting programs; you can help build Centres of Community where people access essential services and find connection and belonging; and you can help fund programs that boost well-being and support people in reaching their true potential.