Improving lives and transforming communities
For more than 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has been a leader in community health – giving people in the GTA’s diverse neighborhoods access to welcoming spaces and programs that allow them to stay healthy and active. People who come to the Y improve their physical, mental, and social health and wellbeing in an inclusive place of belonging.
With the population of the GTA expected to grow by over one million people in the next decade, our YMCA Centres of Community will be critical to both individual and community health. Many neighborhoods will face increasing complex health issues due to rapidly expanding density and shifting socioeconomic circumstances. We need to act now to build a strong, sustainable future.
Many of our communities simply lack sufficient access to the programs and services that are conducive to good health and well being. At the Y, we believe that health is an exceptional investment that we must make. Our Strong Start, Great Future Campaign will drive forward the development of 10 new YMCA Centres of Community across the GTA and York Region. Core Y programs and services will be available to even more people in communities that need us most.
Through philanthropic support, the YMCA will raise $100 million to ensure that our communities have the space and resources that they need to thrive. With the development of each Centre of Community, we have the unprecedented opportunity to remove barriers and open doors to children, teens, and families for years to come. Our capital developments are not just about bricks and mortar – they are about creating even more space for the Y to reach people.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto’s vision – that our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults – is becoming a reality.
We invite you to join us in making this transformative change happen.