A lot of people think of the Y in terms of fitness and swimming. But that’s just part of who we are. Countryside YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Offering programs, childcare, and camp to members is one way we meet our mission. But we also bring our mission to life by identifying needs in the community and finding ways we can meet those needs. These opportunities are funded by private and corporate donations through our Annual Campaign, not with membership dues.

 Kids jumping into a pool having fun. PROVIDE FREE SWIM LESSONS
When we learned that fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old, we started a program to provide free swim lessons called Begin to Swim. Thanks to donor funding, we have grown this program and it now serves fourth grade students in two school districts as well as preschoolers enrolled in our childcare center. 
 A Happy family with smiles CARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS AND KINSHIP FAMILIES 
When we learned that families of special needs children and kinship families needed a break, we created our Blessed Respite nights. Thanks to donor funding, these parents and caregivers can enjoy an evening to themselves while their children are being taken care of at the Y. 
 Adults exercising in a group. SERVE CANCER SURVIVORS 
When we learned that there was a program to help cancer survivors, we trained staff and made LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA available. Thanks to donor funding this program is offered for free to all cancer survivors. In 2018, 32 cancer survivors graduated from the program.
 Girls painting pottery they have made. MAKE KIDS INTO HAPPY CAMPERS
When we learned that there were children missing out on summer camp because their parent or caregivers couldn’t afford it, we provided summer camp scholarships. Thanks to donor funding, twelve campers last year were able to play, swim and make friends during one week of unforgettable summer camp.
 A family of three sitting in a pool smiling. OFFER MEMBERSHIP FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
When we learned that hardships in life like unexpected job loss prevent youth, families and seniors from a membership at the Y, we offered a solution. Thanks to donor funding, over 2,000 memberships in 2018 received financial assistance. 

As you plan for your year-end giving, please consider donating to the Y so that these programs - and others - will continue to positively impact our community.  Thank you.

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