When you give to the Y, you make a meaningful difference in your community.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, strengthening communities is our cause. At the Y, we believe that lasting personal and social change happens when we all work together. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Committed to Strengthening Our Community!
With our doors open to all, and ensuring no one is turned away due to their inability to pay, we are bridging the gaps that divide people and neighborhoods across Ventura and bringing our cause to the people and neighborhoods that need us most. With our members, volunteers, staff and partners, we take on the most urgent needs in our community. Last year, the Y identified some crucial areas of need and responded through the following programs.
At the Y we know how crucial learning to swim is especially in a beachside community. Research shows that if a child hasn’t learned to swim by 3rd grade they most likely never will. To ensure that all 3rd graders have the opportunity to learn the YMCA has partnered with elementary schools across Ventura to teach 3rd graders how to swim, for free, ensuring that they can learn this life saving skill.
One of the most complex challenges our community faces is homelessness and one of the most heartbreaking aspects of being homeless are the children who are affected by it. In 2013, there were 1,774 adults and children who were homeless. To give these children a sense of belonging and safety the Y started Operation Ventura which provides any child, who is in a homeless or transitional living situation, the opportunity to participate in Y programs for free.
Some of the hardest words to hear from your doctor are “you have cancer”. Fighting the disease can be even harder and once you are finished treatment you then learn to live with your “new norm” as a cancer survivor. At the Y, we want to ensure that after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, cancer survivors have a safe and inviting place where they can embark on a new wellness journey. To accomplish this, the Y provides cancer survivors and their families with three free months at the Y where our trained staff work two days a week with them to help them regain their strength, flexibility and confidence. Each year, as our community evolves so does the Y and the programs we offer. Together, we will take on many of the greatest challenges facing our young people, our health and our community. Every dollar you give will stay in Ventura, benefiting people of all ages in the community you care about. Together, we can achieve so much more!
Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by IRS law. Pledges can be paid anytime prior to December 31, 2014 as a one-time gift or in multiple payments. Please let us know if your company matches employee donations to nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA.
YMCA’s Heritage Club is a special group of individuals who have chosen to remember the YMCA with a planned gift through their estate or by making an outright gift to the YMCA’s endowment.
If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Club and how you can help preserve the YMCA for future click Here to download the Heritage Club Brochure
So what is the Heritage Club?
The Channel Islands YMCA Heritage Club was established in 1980. It is comprised of individuals and families who believe strongly in the mission of the YMCA and who desire to preserve the Y’s good work through a direct gift or planned gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund ensuring the Y for future generations. Their generosity has aided in the creation of a $2.9 million endowment fund that helps give the YMCA the financial stability it needs to make a difference in our community. Gifts to the Endowment Fund may be made on behalf of the Channel Islands YMCA, one or more branches, or to support a specific program. Common methods of making such a gift are through:
There are many benefits to becoming a Heritage Club Member. Depending on your specific arrangement, a planned gift can benefit not only you and your family but also the YMCA through income tax savings, avoiding capital-gains tax, creating income for life, eliminating federal estate tax or reducing estate settlement costs. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the official website by clicking here.
Ways to Make a Gift
The YMCA accepts gifts with credit cards, checks, bank drafts, stock, and planned gifts.
The YMCA is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
The YMCA is committed to the highest ethical standards of a public charity. The YMCA is governed by and accountable to an independent board of directors of community leaders and volunteers.