It is the mission of the Quincy Family YMCA to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
YMCA programs and services are made available to all people in the communities it serves. Therefore, no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Financial assistance is available for both membership and program services. The YMCA also subsidizes worthwhile youth programs that meet community needs such as youth sports, child care, teen enrichment programs and preschool swim lessons.
When you give to the Y, you strengthen our community. As the nation's leading non-profit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, eduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
Funds to pay for worthwhile YMCA programs and services come from several sources, included donations from the community. There are several ways for individuals or businesses to help support the work of the YMCA.
Strong Kids Campaign
In the spring of each year, numerous YMCA volunteers solicit donations from individuals and businesses in the local area. These contributions allow the YMCA to provide financial assistance and subsidize community programs offered to all age groups.
Donated dollars from the 2011 Strong Kids Campaign are earmarked for the following programs: Swim lessons for low income children through Head Start, Youth Sports, School Age Child Care, and YMCA Membership Financial Assistance
Monetary donations for the Strong Kids Campaign are not limited to the campaign period in the spring of the year, but may be made at any time. If you are approached by a volunteer during the campaign period, please give generously.
Wish List Fulfillment
Like many other non-profits, the Quincy Family YMCA has operational and facility needs that are outside the scope of the normal budgetary abilities. There are items of every price range on our Wish List. It could be anything from new computer equipment or programs, building supplies, a new treadmill, toys for our youth programs, replacement fitness balls, field goalposts, or flooring for the Wee Care facility. For anyone interested in making a donation that is reflected in a more material way, our Wish List is a wonderful way to support the Quincy Family YMCA.
Honoring a loved one through a donation to the Quincy Family YMCA is another option. The YMCA has touched the lives of so many people in the community and it hard to find anyone that doesn't have their own “YMCA story”. Why not keep those memories alive through a lasting memorial to the YMCA? Whether monetary or with a physical donation of a needed item, a memorial to the YMCA is a lasting way to honor a member of the “Y” family, as well as a member of your own.
The Thanksgiving Endowment Fund
For those looking to make more long term or lasting donations, the Thanksgiving Endowment Fund may be the right method.
Earnings from the Thanksgiving Fund benefit financially underprivileged kids and families so they can participate in YMCA programs such as child care, youth sports, summer day camp and other youth activities. In 2010, the Y provided 200 program scholarships, amounting in over $20,000.
Donations to the Thanksgiving Fund may be made in a variety of ways, including cash, stock and bonds, real estate, life insurance benefits, and even closely-held business interests . Many of these methods allow the donor to qualify for maximum allowable income tax deductions or may be considered as a charitable contribution, thereby avoiding capital gains taxes on the appreciation.
The Gift of Time
Sometimes the hardest thing to give is one's time. The Quincy Family YMCA has many opportunities for volunteerism. We are always looking for coaches, campaigners, office staff and committee members. For more information, look at our Volunteer section.
To speak with someone about any of the above methods of giving, please contact Amy Earnest at (217) 222-9622.