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Giving at the Y

Mission Statement

NATIONAL YUSA MISSION STATEMENT: To strengthen the community through its focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the community’s health and well-being

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors


CAMBRIDGE AREA YMCA MISSION STATEMENT: To build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by providing educational, social and physical education programs focusing on life skills, citizenship, character development and health.

We are More than just a Gym.
We are a Charity.

The Cambridge Area YMCA Family Center is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. The Y is not a fitness club but a VOLUNTEER-BASED health, wellness, and lifestyle organization committed to making every community a better place to live. Your membership fees subsidize children’s programs, community youth center programs, senior wellness programs, art and recreational programs, and much much more. The Y offers scholarships to subsidize those who cannot afford to pay for a regular membership. Nationally, Y membership fees cover 65% of the expenses and the Y members raise the rest through charitable givings and fundraisers. When you join the Cambridge Area YMCA, you are uniting with over 22 million other Americans trying to do something positive within their community.

Annual Campaign

Every year Y members and friends donate tax-deductible contributions to help fund programs for youth and provide membership assistance to those in the community who are in need. The Y believes that no one should be turned away because of inability to pay. We count on you, our members and friends of the Y, to help those who may otherwise not be able to participate in our programs. Donations to the Invest in Youth/Strong Kids Campaign allows youth, their families, special need adults, and struggling seniors to be involved in Y programs. Please give generously.

Endowment Fund/Planned Giving

The Cambridge Area YMCA Family Center has an endowment fund and planned giving options available for members and friends looking for alternative ways to support the Y. If you are interested in learning more about the Cambridge YMCA Foundation or setting up a planned gift, please contact the Y at

How the Y Gives Back


The Y is committed to providing life-enriching opportunities to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. With your support, the Y is able to subsidize the memberships of many residents every year. 


Physical activity is a key component of good health. Wellness is a process of adapting patterns of behavior that lead to the integration of social, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The Y is committed to providing opportunities to people of all ages to meet these goals.


Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The Y provides swimming instruction and essential water safety skills over a week of lessons. This program is open to members and non-Y members alike.


At the Y, youth sports are based on the philosophy “Everybody plays, everybody wins!” No matter the child’s ability, he or she learns character values such as teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship when they participate in Y Youth Sports.


The Christian emphasis is to accomplish the mission of the “C” in the YMCA by demonstrating the love of Christ through community service and demonstrating traditional YMCA core values. We are a zero-tolerance facility for bullying and inappropriate social behaviors.

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