2017 Annual Campaign

Your gifts to the Lancaster Family YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign will allow us to continue to strengthen the people of Lancaster County through our mission priorities of Closing the Academic Achievement Gap, Safety Around Water, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Recovery.

You can also give to the Lancaster Family YMCA by:
Sending a check, payable to “Lancaster Family YMCA” to: Lancaster Family YMCA, Attn. Development Office, 252 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 300, Lancaster, PA 17603. Please designate on your check the Giving Opportunity you would like your donation to be allocated to.

Closing the Academic Achievement Gap

Approximately 126,000 children in Lancaster County are considered to be living in poverty*
Children from low income families have a proven “gap in learning” throughout their academic life as compared to their higher-income peers. A lack of financial resources to access quality early learning programs and ongoing summer enrichment experiences are factors that contribute to this problem. Without intervention, the achievement gap can plague these children and impact their long-term future.

  • The YMCA is removing these barriers through subsidized Pre-K/Early Learning programs, summer learning loss prevention programs and financial scholarships to our day and overnight summer camps.
  • In 2016, 391 children in need received financial assistance to attend Y summer camp, with $105,467 in financial assistance awarded.

Learn more about how the Lancaster Family YMCA is closing the Academic Achievement Gap in Lancaster County

* https://www.census.gov/


Safety Around Water Programs

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children from 5-14 years old.
Learning how to swim and be safe around water is not a luxury;
it’s a necessity. While all children need water safety skills, 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, putting them at risk for drowning.

  • The YMCA is working with the School District of Lancaster and the
    Lancaster Recreation Commission to offer subsidized swimming and safety around water classes to second graders in the district, and we’re partnering with the Lampeter-Strasburg School District to host their Second Grade Learn to Swim program.
  • In 2016, 878 children participated in YMCA swim lessons and Safety Around Water classes, 300 children participated in the Lampeter-Strasburg School Distrtict’s Second Grade Learn to Swim program hosted at the YMCA


Chronic Disease Prevention and Recovery

Diabetes Prevention
1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, a condition that puts many people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes unless they make healthy lifestyle changes such as eating healthy food, becoming physically active and losing weight.

  • YMCA adult wellness programs provide the personalized support and guidance needed to change unhealthy lifestyle habits that can lead to poor health and disease.

Cancer Survivorship
People who survive cancer often face unique challenges as they seek to rebuild their health and wellness lost during illness.

  • The YMCA’s CaRE (Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise) program – offered at Y branches in partnership with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health – is a fully-subsidized program that helps cancer survivors move past the residual effects of cancer treatments such as fatigue and loss of appetite and strength.
  • In 2016, 85 people participated in CaRE classes at Lancaster Family YMCA branches. Since 2011, the YMCA has supported more than 300 CaRE participants.

Learn more about the CaRE program