Strengthening communities is our cause. Every day we work side by side with our neighbors in the communities we serve to make sure everyone – regardless of age, income or background – has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At the heart of community life, the YMCA provides a place to belong and to live the values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address our most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to make positive life changes and overcome obstacles.
Building a strong global community begins at home. Ys in the U.S. help young people develop cultural competencies, diverse populations connect to the community and individuals around the world gain access to life-changing resources and support.
Volunteerism & Giving
The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to give back to our community we serve.
We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experience and strong relationships mean that we’re able to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues including child welfare, education and public health. For more information about the work being done by the CT Alliance of YMCAs visit http://www.ctyalliance.org/ and watch this video from a recent Y Leaders’ Dinner: http://www.optimumcommunity.net/community-coverage/connecticut/2014/ct-alliance-of-ymcas-dinner