A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

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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. Click here to view the 2016 Annual Campaign Folder

Your support to our annual campaign helps the Y deliver on our commitment:

  • To nurture the potential of youth through building confidence at camp, academic enrichment in safe after-school programs, or foundational skills and values in our child care programs
  • To improve the community’s health and well-being through combating obesity and chronic disease by providing the support and resources people need to make positive change
  • To give back and support our neighbors by empowering people with the resources to improve their lives and connect and contribute to the community
  • To offer programs and services to children, adults and families who need financial assistance

Annual Campaign

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YMCA USA "Idle Hands" TV Commercial

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Virginia's Story

Before joining the Ventura Family YMCA, Virginia contemplated suicide after battling with oesteo-arthritis for over 20-years and depression. Watch "Virginia's Story" now to see why she gives the Y credit for saving her life.

Click here to see more "My YMCA Story" videos!

Kevin's Story

Watch "Kevin's Story" to see how Livestrong at the YMCA is helping him fight cancer.

Click here to see more "My YMCA Story" videos!

Lorenzo's Story

Watch "Lorenzo's Story" to see how the Y helped shape Lorenzo into an NFL player and the person he is today.

Click here to see more "My YMCA Story" videos, including female world champion boxer, Maureen Shea!


Direct Link & Archive: February 4, 2016 - Ventura County Star -  "Former NFL Player Lorenzo Booker Gives Back to the Community through the Ventura Family YMCA"

Direct Link & Archive: February 3, 2016 - Ventura Edhat -  "Former NFL Player Gives Back to YMCA"

Direct Link & Archive: February 2, 2016 to February 16, 2016 - Ventura Breeze -  "YMCA serves all ages and needs"

Direct Link & Archive: January 29, 2016 - Noozhawk -  "Ventura Family YMCA Member Virginia Chavez Overcomes Her Fear of Swimming at the Age of 75"

Direct Link & Archive: January 28, 2016 - Ventura County Star -  "Kevin Illig fights cancer through the Ventura Family YMCA’s Livestrong at the Y Program"

Direct Link & Archive: January 27, 2016 - EdHat Ventura -  "Kevin Illig Fights Cancer through the Ventura Family YMCA’s Livestrong at the Y Program"

Direct Link & Archive: January 25, 2016 - Ventura County Star - "The Ventura Family YMCA is releasing a series of Annual Campaign story videos to help raise money for those in need"

Direct Link & Archive: January 22, 2016 - EdHat Ventura - "Ventura Family YMCA Member Virginia Chavez Overcomes Her Fear of Swimming at the Age of 75"

Direct Link & Archive: January 22, 2016 - San Buenaventura Post - "Ventura Family YMCA Member Virgina Chavez Overcomes Her Fear of Swimming at the Age of 75"


For a better us!™

With our doors open to all, the Y brings together people from all backgrounds and supports those who need us most. Through our Open Doors program, people participate in all the Y has to offer regardless of their ability to pay. Open Doors provides Y scholarships to children, families, individuals and seniors, ensuring that no one is turned away and everyone has the ability to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Programs for children, adults leading a healthy lifestyle and seniors reconnecting shouldn’t be a luxury. Every dollar donated to the Ventura YMCA has a lasting impact on the people of Ventura.

Click here to view the 2016 Annual Campaign Folder. Watch our 2016 "My YMCA Story" videos now!

ESL classes...

All Ys strive to ensure access, inclusion and engagement for all segments of society so they feel welcome as participants, members, staff and volunteers. In response to our ever evolving community demographics, ESL classes were added to ensure that everyone has the ability to learn English so they feel empowered to engage and connect in our community. ESL classes are free and participants are encouraged to bring their families so they have a support group as they learn a new language.  

3rd Grade Learn To Swim...

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. 

Operation Ventura...

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, foster, or transitional living situation, the opportunity to participate in Y programs for free.

LIVESTRONG® at the Y...

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.

Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by IRS law. Pledges can be paid anytime prior to December 31, 2015 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.

Heritage Club – Planned Giving

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:

  • Provision in one’s will or revocable trust
  • Life insurance plan beneficiary designation  
  • Retirement plan beneficiary designation
  • Life estate gift (remainder interest in real property)

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. 

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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.

Good Stewardship
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.

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