Supporting Your Y

Meey Niya.

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.

At the YMCA of Kingston, we believe that a person’s health should not be determined by the neighbourhood you live in or the size of your bank account – that financial circumstances should never be a barrier to participation. We are dedicated to removing barriers for people of all ages and stages.

Your gift removes financial barriers to participation and provides a hand-up to children, youth, and families who otherwise could not participate in our programs. Thanks to the support from individuals like you, membership and program assistance is available for those in need.

By supporting the YMCA, you are directly helping those in need get the support they require. Through generous gifts from people like you, this year we aim to raise $235,000 to help:

  • Over 1,500 people find better health at the YMCA.

Traditionally, our YMCA supports around 12% of our member base with some sort of financial aid. In 2016, we anticipate the requests for fee assistance to grow from 1100 to 1500 applications. Over 180 families in Kingston currently receive assistance.

Your gift of $800 will help provide a family of two adults and two children with a full year of subsidized Y membership*.

  • Kids flourish during 140 weeks of YMCA camp.

Our records indicate that most campers can only afford about half of the fees for their children or about $200 per child for two weeks of licensed camp. In the summer of 2016 we will be looking to financially support 140 weeks of camp. We anticipate the requests for financial aid to be in excess of $14,000.
Your $100 contribution will support a child in need for one week of camp, providing them with new experiences, skill building, lasting friendships and a sense of community.

  • Families find peace of mind with YMCA Child Care.

Most parents who need financial help can only afford 50% of the fees or about $500 a month. On average, we support almost 30 families with dedicated childcare financial assistance. We are the only daycare in Kingston that provides financial assistance beyond municipal subsidies for families in need of a safe place for their children. Projections indicate that we need to raise $25,000 for 2016 to support even more families.

Your $500 contribution will support a child or youth in need for one month, allowing them full access to quality, safe childcare services.

*Amounts noted above are quoted at a 50% subsidy rate. We have a geared-to-income assistance program where on average members are able to pay about half of their fees.


Your gift will go a long way in supporting a healthy lifestyle for children, youth, and families in our community. YMCA programs are proven to have a positive impact on low-income children, youth and families, dramatically enhancing their health and overall well-being, both today and well into the future.

To Donate...

Please contact Anita Mercier, Manager of Funds Development directly if you’d like more information on how your generous gifts are being used to help us build a strong community.

You may reach Anita by telephone at 613-546-2647 extension 249 or by email at

Charitable Registration no:  10822-5418-RR0001

Support Contributions

The YMCA of Kingston gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation. With $100 million in annual funding from the province's charitable gaming initiative, the Foundation provides grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture, sports, recreation, environment, and social service sectors.

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