Our Impact

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.

Household Basics Don't Feel Basic to Everyone

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.

Who We Help

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.

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You can give youth like Emmanuel the wrap-around supports they need to start fresh.

Challenges You Can Help Address

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.

Impact at a glance



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