The Y supports giving back and providing aid to our neighbors. For more than 150 years, Oregon YMCAs have listened and responded to our communities’ most critical needs. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being, welcoming and connecting diverse populations or advocating for healthier communities, we foster care and respect that everyone needs and deserves.
Through the global Y, thousands of volunteers, donors, leaders and partners are empowering millions of people, and the communities in which they live, to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Learn more about the Oregon YMCA's statewide initiatives:
The ongoing blood shortage is an alarming situation and critically ill and injured patients need our generous donors to help answer the call now. Help us save lives by signing up to donate blood between December 1-15, 2021 at any Bloodworks NW location. Mention the code “YMCA” when you arrive to help us reach our goal of 50 donations!
Sign up today at bloodworknw.org/donate.
Emergency Child Care
With COVID-19-related school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe child care options across the state. In response, the Y - one of the state's largest and most trusted providers of child care services—is offering emergency child care at more than 40 sites for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders. Oregon YMCAs have provided over $780,000 in scholarships from March - September 2020 for emergency child care for low income families.
Distance Learning Support
Our distance learning support programs are designed specifically for working parents who don't have the ability to supervise their child’s online learning at home. Beyond being a place for quality distance learning, it is our priority to provide kids with intentional opportunities to promote their social and emotional well-being and sense of belonging in a time when it can be difficult to do that at home.
The YMCA was founded on a simple but powerful idea: by bringing neighbors together to advance the common good, we can improve lives and strengthen communities. That idea came to life 170 years ago when George Williams convened 11 volunteers to improve the lives of young men struggling to overcome the challenges of life in industrialized London. Today, in the United States alone, the Y has nearly 600,000 volunteers who, in partnership with full- and part-time staff, engage 22 million youth and adults each year through YMCA centers and programs that help them to reach their full potential.