Almost everyone has heard about the YMCA. For some people, it’s their gym. For others, it’s a place their parents spent time learning to swim. For some, it’s a song by the Village People.

But for almost 6,000 underserved kids, youth, adults, and seniors it is a second home. A membership to the Y means a place to be healthy and active, a place for nurturing childcare, a place to be supported and where everyone feels welcome.

This November, #YMoveToGive is the YMCA of Okanagan’s fundraising campaign aiming to raise $35,000. Roughly 6,000 underprivileged individuals, including children, youth, adults and seniors, rely on YMCA Financial Assistance in order to participate in character- and strength-building programs. That is one in six of our members!

Every donation to the YMCA supports local kids, families and seniors who could not otherwise afford to participate.

The need for financially assisted memberships is growing at our centres every month.

The YMCA is a charity. Thanks to generous donors, we can provide subsidized memberships, child care and programs to those less fortunate. Everyone deserves the chance to be healthy in mind, body and spirit and every child deserves a safe place to belong, play and discover their full potential. At the Y, no one gets turned away because of financial barriers.

“I am moved to give for anyone in need of a safe place to go, support during times of struggle, and a chance to participate in a program that can change their life.”

Help us continue to support more individuals and families in building their best self by donating today. Monthly and one-time donations in any denomination are greatly appreciated.

Move to give...
  • Girl in YMCA Swim Lessons with instructor
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    vital water safety skills to every Okanagan child.

    $10/month registers a child in swim lessons.

  • single mom running on treadmill at Kelowna Downtown Y
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    a single parent, just making ends meet, the opportunity to focus on health and wellness.

    $25/month = assisted membership for 1 adult.

  • senior friends at the Kelowna Family Y
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    an older adult, at-risk of isolation, a place to belong, be active and connect with their community.

    $20/month = assisted membership for 1 senior.

  • girls and boys playing basketball at the Kelowna Family Y
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    a struggling youth a safe space with leadership opportunities and encouraging mentors so they can reach their greatest potential.

    $20/month = assisted membership for 1 youth.

  • Mother and son in YMCA Child Care
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    a low-income family access to affordable and nurturing child care so they have peace of mind while at work.

    $150/month = assisted participation for one child in YMCA Out of School Care.

  • My Y is...Gratitude, Belonging, Sharing, Encouragement, Healing
    Annual Report

    Learn more about the difference we make in the lives of our community members by reading our Annual Impact Report.

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    Success Stories

    Every year. Every month. Every day. Extraordinary things happen at the YMCA. Discover how the YMCA is helping change lives for the better in our community.

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    Every gift helps

    The Move to Give campaign is not just for members. Monthly and one-time donations are always greatly needed and appreciated. Please donate now to help us help others; 100% of your donation goes towards the cause.

For more information and to find out how you can get involved, please contact Wendy Wright,  Fund Development Officer, at 250-491-9622, ext. 306  /

Thank you to all of our wonderful staff, members and donors who support #YMoveToGive