...these letters may spell "give," but when your donation goes to support the YMCA of Central Ohio, it means so much more. That’s because Y-M-C-A is so much more than a gym...it’s a cause.

The Y is a charity, dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 160 years, we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive.

With programs from A to Z—like athletics to advocacy, dance classes to disease prevention, volleyball to volunteerism—we don’t just strengthen individuals, we strengthen an entire community.

Central Ohio faces challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, staff, and generous donors like you, to make a difference.

Every gift matters.

Everyone has a role to play.

Together, we can achieve so much more.

Our Cause

A Stronger Central Ohio

We believe Central Ohio can be so much more. Together with our loyal members, generous volunteers, dedicated staff, and community friends and partners, we make Central Ohio stronger by focusing on three priorities: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development.

Nick's Story

Healthy Living


Health and well-being are all about balance. That’s why we help people and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults, families and seniors from all backgrounds improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger Central Ohio.

Susan's Story


With our doors open to all, the YMCA works every day to connect people from all backgrounds across Central Ohio and to support those who need us most. We take on the most urgent needs in our community and inspire a spirit of service in return. Our members, volunteers, supporters and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve together by giving back.

Sarah's Story
Social Responsibility


The Y has an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a brighter future for Central Ohio, but we must take action today, and only your support will make it possible.

When you give to the YMCA, your generosity reaches children, families and seniors throughout Central Ohio.

Your gift to the Y will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of community in Central Ohio.

Together, we’ll take on many of the greatest challenges facing our young people, our health and our community. For example, a gift of:

$1,200.00 - Helps cancer survivors regain their strength again while participating in the LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program

$600.00 - Provides a child with a summer camp experience where they can explore nature, discover new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and build lasting friendships.

$325.00 - Offers supportive services for individuals in YMCA shelter and housing programs to live independently again

$250.00 - Gives a teen the chance to discover his/her passion for leadership and service while speaking on the floor of the Ohio Statehouse during the Youth in Government program

$150.00 - Provides a safe and enriching environment for children to learn, grow and thrive in the YMCA's child care programs

$80.00 - Enables a child to build self-confidence and learn critical water safety skills through swim lessons

Now, when you think of your YMCA you’ll know it’s more than just a gym...it’s a cause. A cause that, with your generous support, will continue to strengthen the community in which you live.