YMCA of Eastern Ontario

Building healthy communities

Dear Friends of the Y:

This is a difficult time for everyone including charities like the YMCA, which have been hit hard by the necessary closures.

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario had made the decision to close before the provincial announcement because the safety of you, the children in our care, and our staff and volunteers was the most important consideration to take into account.

We announced that all payments have been suspended during the closure and are today reaching out to you to tell you that we appreciate any support you are in a position to give.

We have taken many steps to reduce our costs including: deferring mortgage and loan payments; turning off the heat to our pools; and working with our vendors, where possible, to forgive, waive, and defer payments. We are exploring government support packages as they are announced.

However, there are costs that remain. Maintaining facilities is critical so we will be in good shape to ramp up programs and services when it is safe to do so. Utility bills and security services must also be paid as well as a critical few staff positions that remain to ensure we are maintaining our operations. After reduction measures are taken into account, costs run at about $100,000 per month.

Your gift to the Y of all or part of your membership fees during the pandemic closures will help us to phase in programs and services that much faster when doors open. Donations of $20 and more will receive a charitable tax receipt.

You may make your donation one of two ways:

  1. Emailing member services to donate your fees each month while we are closed, or
  2. Clicking donate in the Quick Links menu to the right (on desktop) or at the top of the page (on mobile).

The email for Kingston is: membership@kingston.ymca.ca.
The email for Brockville is: yba.ymca@brockville.ymca.ca.

I would again like to thank our members who have offered to donate their membership fees to the YMCA. As a charity that supports children and families in our region, we are very grateful for your recognition of the value we provide to our communities. 

I hope you are staying connected with us through our Facebook and Twitter pages where we post family-friendly activities, at-home workouts, and links to the new YMCA at Home website with YThrive workouts, kids activities and wellness support. 

Although we cannot say when our doors will re-open, we want you to know that we’re thinking of you and can’t wait to see you back with us.

As always, please reach out with any comments or questions you have.

With kindest regards,


Rob Adams

Why Give?

In Grade 11, Niya was lost and directionless. She joined a YMCA leadership program where she developed her skills and became active in her community. It changed her life. Now, Niya is a YMCA camp counsellor and is looking forward to starting college. She has the foundation to build a bright future. Thanks to gifts made by YMCA of Kingston donors youth in our community just like Niya have a chance to show their true skills and passion.

There are many ways you can help someone by giving to your local YMCA.

Your donation will benefit your whole community. Research shows that when people feel a sense of belonging, their health improves - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. And our communities benefit too. There’s less illness, violence and inequality and more giving and happiness.

How much does it take to change someone’s life?

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Keep a child safe

Give a child a safe and fun place to go after school at their local YMCA.

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Help teens build confidence

Help a youth build confidence and experience nature at YMCA summer camp.

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Give families time

Help an entire family enjoy ‘unplugged’ time together at their YMCA.

For more than 160 years we have created centres of community where children, teens and adults can come together to get the support they need to be healthier in spirit, mind and body. Through our financial assistance program, everyone can access the YMCA regardless of their ability to pay the fee.

With your help, we can reverse the trends of chronic disease, childhood obesity, social isolation and remove barriers to health for people across this country.

Together, we can build a healthier and more caring Canada.
Lend your support by making a gift today to your YMCA.

The Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation

During the 2006 AGM of the YMCA, David Beatty, the owner of Brockville-based Canarm Ltd., proposed the establishment of a YMCA foundation and within two years, on September 12, 2008, our YMCA foundation incorporated with Anne & Dave Beatty as founding investors. Due to the longstanding commitment to community and vision of David Beatty, Paul Fournier & Richard Dumbrille, the YMCA Foundation is in place and ready to serve our community into the future.

Together, we can create a healthier future for our area residents. We can make safe places to learn, play and grow. We can create a society where all can participate and everyone is given the opportunity to reach their potential. At the YMCA, we see barriers removed, doors opened and communities succeeding together.

By planning your legacy now, you can help us create the foundation for a healthy vibrant future. We invite you to make the YMCA part of your legacy.

YMCA Strong Kids Annual Giving Campaign

YMCA Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much-needed resources to give kids the opportunities they need to live healthier, happier lives.

By making a donation today to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, you are:

  • Helping a child learn to swim
  • Helping a teen to learn to lead and feel success
  • Enabling a child to participate in a recreation or physical activity
  • Enabling a family to use a trusted, quality childcare

YMCA programs dramatically and positively impact the health and well-being of children, teens and young adults. They are uniquely developed for the needs of each community.

By giving today, you can help our kids build a better community for the future. Join us in ensuring that every kid has the chance to realize their full potential.

For information click here.

Peace Medal Awards

Each year, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, together with YMCAs across Canada, will celebrate peace in our communities and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

During this annual event, YMCAs celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. Peace-building is core to the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening the foundation of healthy communities and part of the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s year-round programs.

For information click here.

Swim for Kids

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario with Easter Seals Ontario hosts the annual Swim for Kids event in support of programs and initiatives for children and youth with physical disabilities.  Funds raised goes to the Y Penguin swim program and to Easter Seals for mobility equipment.

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario, Kingston Y Penguins swim program is coached by 17-time world record marathon swimmer, Vicki Keith. The program encourages children with physical disabilities and their siblings to excel, building confidence and strength of mind, body and spirit.

Easter Seals Ontario provides families of children with physical disabilities with financial assistance for expensive mobility equipment and communication devices such as walkers, braces, and wheelchairs, fully accessible Easter Seals camps, and funding for alternative recreational programs.

For information click here.

Send a Kid to Camp

The YMCA excels at providing young people with opportunities to have fun and develop lifelong skills, while realizing the best in themselves and others. As Canada’s largest camp provider, the YMCA offers outstanding life development experiences for more than 125,000 children each year.

On average, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario subsidizes one in five children who attend our summer camps. But we can only do this with your help.

Each spring, we reach out to our community to raise funds to send children to camp.

For information click here.

More Ways to Give

Whether you're an individual or a corporation, there are many ways for you to give to the YMCA.

Every donation to the YMCA goes towards helping people in our communities live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Whether you want to provide ongoing support, pay tribute to someone or leave a legacy, there are many ways to give to the YMCA in addition to a one-time donation.

Monthly gifts

Monthly giving is the easiest and most convenient way to make a difference to your YMCA. Simply select the option to “Make this a monthly gift” on our donation form and your gift will continue to make an impact throughout the year.

Planned giving and bequests

Including the YMCA in your estate or long-term financial planning lets your passion for improving the health of Canadians live on for future generations. If you would like to leave a bequest, gift of life insurance, securities or other options, we can help you plan your gift.

Make a gift in honour or tribute of someone special

A donation to support the work of the YMCA is a wonderful way to honour or remember someone special. To do so, on our donation form, simply select whether to make your gift “In Honour” or “In Memory” of someone. At your request, we can also send a card to the honouree or their family to share the news of your gift.

Stocks and securities donations

Giving a donation of stocks or securities can provide increased tax benefits while still making a difference. If you are interested in giving publicly traded stocks or securities, please speak with your financial advisor or counsel.