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Who We Are - Our Charitable Mission

The South Shore YMCA is a charity. Dollars raised through charitable gifts to our Change a Life Fund ensure financial assistance and accessibility to programs and services for all.

Why We Fundraise

Your Y membership and program fees cover the Y’s operating expenses. The financial assistance opportunities we provide are fully funded through charitable donations to the Y’s Change a Life Fund, which is raised annually.

100% of donations to the Change a Life Fund are used to ensure no one is ever turned away.

Click here to support the Y's Change a Life Fund at any of our South Shore YMCA Branches.

How We Fundraise

Each year, requests for donations to our Change a Life Fund are made to our Staff, Board, Members, and the Community to raise the funds necessary to keep the Y accessible to all.

Funds are also raised through Memorial Gifts, Planned Giving, Corporate Matching Gifts and our Signature Special Events: The Taste of the South Shore (March); Golf Classic (July); Rodman Ride (September); and Enchanted Evening Gala (November).

How Your Donation Changes Lives

  • In 2016, the Y’s food pantry in Germantown served 4,354 individuals providing basic necessities and connecting them to life-changing services.
  • At the Y’s Quincy and Emilson Branches, your donations helped 4,473 kids attend swim lessons and learn the skills and confidence needed to be safe in the water. Living in coastal towns, drownings are the 2nd leading cause of death for children.
  • Your donations provided opportunities for 2,097 seniors to get out of the house, socialize with friends and participate in programs which improved their health and well-being.
  • A total of 612 students were served by the Y’s Early Learning Programs.
  • As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, 1,400 individuals participated in the Y’s Medial Wellness Programs.

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