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.
Click on the three lines in the top left hand corner of the video to see this entire playlist:
1. Grace & Shanna - A story about success in life
2. 2016 Annual Campaign
3. Joanna - Operation Ventura Recipient - Escaped domestic violence
4. Paul - Open Doors Scholarship & weightloss
5. Arnold - Homeless dad with four kids - Operation Ventura
6. Lorenzo Booker - Former NFL Player
7. Kevin - Livestrong® at the Y participant
8. Virginia - Overcame depression at the Y
9. Maureen Shea - Female World Champion Boxer
10. Wayne and Rella - Love story
11. Jennifer - Special needs Y member
12. Matt Folsom - Blind Y member
13. Daniel - Special Olympics swimmer
14. Jim - Pastor at the The River Community Church
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.
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.
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, foster, 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.
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
Ways to Make a Gift
The YMCA accepts gifts with credit cards, checks, bank drafts, stock, and planned gifts. Click here for a list of companies that provide Matching 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.