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COMMUNITY IMPACT

The YMCA is uniquely suited to meet our community’s health and well-being needs, every day.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

The YMCA is uniquely suited to meet our community’s health and well-being needs, every day.

The Y is making a difference in the lives of many in our community.

We are uniquely suited to meet community needs with initiatives aimed at ending isolation, inspiring youth to thrive, unifying communities, restoring hope and well-being for refugees and immigrants, and removing limits and reimagining opportunities for all. We are focused on the continued and ongoing effort of creating not just physical space, but developmental and emotional well-being opportunities for people who truly need it most.

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Community Programs

Since 1886 the YMCA of Greater Houston has been committed to strengthening the bonds that tie us together in community and being responsive to critical community needs. Every time that there is a deeper or greater need, the Y shows up to ensure that people don’t go without assistance.

With programs and services focused on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities, we ensure a brighter future for all.

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Our Focus on Community Impact

The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.

We are community-centered, bringing people together of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gap in community needs. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive and work tirelessly to mobilize the local community every day to effect lasting, meaningful change.

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Adaptive Programs

Adaptive programs at the Y provide children and adults with disabilities the chance to play sports and participate in learning opportunities in a safe, fun atmosphere.

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Safety Around Water

The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water can be fun! Classes teach skills for being safe around water and give children confidence with the ultimate goal of saving their life.

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Y Teen L.I.F.E.

Y Teen L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Inspiration, Fellowship, Education) provides opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along the journey.

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Community Services

We know that the Houston area, and its community needs, look very different than where it was over a year ago. At the Y, we have redesigned programs to help strengthen our community. Through community resource guides, food distribution, community-based opportunity centers and more, we are able to help bridge the gaps within our area.

International Services

YMCA International Services provides client-centered services to refugees, survivors of human trafficking, asylees, and other newcomers from around the world. Services include financial assistance, immigration legal services, post-release services, case management, employment education, and more.

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Community-Based Opportunity Centers

The YMCA Outreach Initiative team currently operates Opportunity Centers across Houston. The Outreach Initiative team approaches opportunities to work with families in the communities we serve with holistic and collaborative intention.

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Food Distribution

The YMCA partners with the Houston Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank, Brighter Bites and other community partners across greater Houston to provide critical food and supplies to thousands of families at distribution sites throughout the city.

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2022 YMCA Operation Backpack

YMCA Operation Backpack has provided school supplies and backpacks for children in communities across the Houston area, filling them with hope for a brighter future as they start the school year. The children in our community need us now more than ever.

Thank you to our partners and donors for making 2022 a success. 30,000 Houston area youth are starting school with the tools they need to be successful!

Advocacy

At the Y, everything we do is in service of making us—as individuals, and as communities—better. When you advocate with the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change for your family, friends and community.

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Impact Stories

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