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Creating Opportunities for All

The YMCA Annual Fundraising Campaign-Strong Kids goes where membership fees don’t. It powers critical programs and activities that keep kids safe, people healthy, and families strong. The Y needs your support to continue to make these services possible. Please donate today for a better us.

While YMCA membership fees allow the Y to be a gathering place in our community, it is the YMCA Annual Fundraising Campaign-Strong Kids that gives us the power to make that community stronger. When you give to the YMCA’s Annual Fundraising Campaign-Strong Kids, you are supporting the various programs the Y provides outside of our health and wellness activities.

See how impactful your donation can be: 


Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

  • Served 49,077 kids through our child care services including Preschool and Before & After School programs
  • Provided 6,604 children essential, life-saving skills through YMCA swim lessons
  • 25,037 boys and girls experienced Youth Sports while learning teamwork, leadership skills, and character development
  • After a year without overnight camp, YMCA Camp Kitaki served 2,115 campers last summer, and an additional 3,800 students from area schools for Outdoor Education programs
Healthy Living

Improving our communities health and well being

  • 575 children experienced the Y'd Youth Training and Wellness programs, including Teen Fitness Training, Jr. Chefs, ENERGY Fitness, and more
  • Y Disease Prevention Classes such as LIVESTRONG, Delay the Disease, and Parkinson's Support were experienced 3,236 times across the association
  • Offered  over 175 free group exercise classes each week to help our members maintain a healthy lifestyle as our health became more important than ever during the pandemic
  • Hosted flu shot clinics and blood drives to keep our community healthy, touching more than 300 lives
Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

  • Provided over $700,000 in financial assistance to nearly 900 families, ensuring the EVERYONE has access to Y programs and services
  • Partnered with the People's City Mission to collect more than 2,500 coats for families in need last winter
  • 7,427 dedicated volunteers gave nearly 60,000 hours assisting in mission driven activities and programs at the Y
  • Held a community-wide swimsuit drive benefiting 350 youth enrolled in our grant-based swim lessons last summer
2023 Strong Kids Events

June 8 | Copple Family YMCA Food Trucks & Fun

June 12-July 23 | Lincoln YMCA Team Triathlon

July 1 | YMCA Youth Sports Adventure Run

August 4-5 | Railyard Rims

September 4 | Fallbrook YMCA Youth Triathlon

October 19-31 | Lincoln YMCA Bids for Kids Online Auction

November 17-18 | Northeast YMCA Chili Cook Off & Pickleball Tournament

November 23 | Lincoln YMCA Turkey Trot

November 28 | Lincoln YMCA $5K the Hard Way

December 2 | Cooper YMCA Craft Fair

For more information on these events, visit