For over 160 years, the YMCA has been a registered charity that has played a key role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. We take our role seriously and live by our values of responsibility, respect, honesty, caring and inclusion, which are wrapped in our charitable mission of building healthy communities.
We value our relationship with members of our community immensely and wanted to share the difficult decisions we have made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health of our staff, volunteers, participants, and community members we serve is our priority. To this end, in an unprecedented decision rendered to protect our communities, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario has made the extremely difficult decision to close its operations in Kingston and Brockville until April 6.
We do this weighing the value of the YMCA in being a safe and inclusive space with consideration for the importance of social distancing and the direction from municipalities and respective health units. We are also in constant contact with other YMCAs across Canada. Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, we will be monitoring the situation and continuing to follow the advice of our public health units as they affect our operations.
This is certainly a challenging time for everyone and the current situation will no doubt have an impact on the communities we serve. Your support of our mission is as important today as ever. To make a gift to support the work of your Y, please refer to our Quick Links menu to make a donation and to receive a tax receipt for all contributions of $20 or more.
Your support is needed more than ever once this crisis is behind us and we are able to, once again, open our doors to members and those wishing to access our valued childcare and health and wellness programs.
Please accept our sincere thanks for helping kids and families in our communities.
We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation, and we appreciate the stress and frustration that may result. We’re grateful for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all when we re-open in April.
With kindest regards,
Anita K Mercier
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.
Keep a child safe
Give a child a safe and fun place to go after school at their local YMCA.
Help teens build confidence
Help a youth build confidence and experience nature at YMCA summer camp.
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.
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 making a donation today to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, you are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.