Community Benefits

Sensitive to the changing needs of our dynamic city, the YMCA has a clear vision about the impact we need to make in our region.

We have a strong and diverse volunteer base, and together we have identified the areas of Balanced Health for All, Family Engagement, and Hope for Children as our focus over the next decade.  We also recognize that our community has seen declines in manufacturing jobs, has a higher than national average of seniors making up our population, and faces various chronic health diseases and childhood obesity.

To this end, we:

  • Assist seniors with remaining healthy and independent.  Over 5,500 seniors participated in wellness programs, disease prevention education and diagnostic screenings.
  • Assist individuals with achieving financial stability through our workforce development program.
  • Provide affordable housing to over 300 adults through residential housing facilities
  • Offer help to financially struggling families through congregate meals, food pantry and a variety of family support services
    • Our food pantries and congregate meals enable access for over 6,000 individuals at no charge.
    • Over 1.3 million nutritious snacks were provided through our after school programs and for many children it was the only time they would eat a piece of fruit during the day.
  • Ensure that no family is denied services due to income through income based membership.
    • In the two months since we began our income based membership pricing system we provided access to over 300 people who otherwise would have been unable to afford our services.
    • We raised over $1.2 million in annual support to provide access for all.
  • Children have a safe, secure place to learn and grow in 44 school and facility based childcare and afterschool locations.
    • After School with Activate Pittsburgh (A.S.A.P.) provided 1,300 children with healthy snacks and physically engaging activities, doing the YMCA’s part to ensure our children are effectively prepared to face health disparities.
  • Promoted youth development and grew developmental assets
    • The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh provides wrap around services in the form of tutoring , arts & humanities, and life skills coaching to more than 25% of Westinghouse High School students; a school in an economically depressed area prone to violence.
    • Starfish Literacy Program and Seahorse Math Program proactively addresses arithmetic and literacy deficiencies for more than 200 elementary age students, with 74% of students showing improvement.
    • Camp AIM and Camp High Hopes provide service to more than 550 special needs individuals ages 3-21 years of age with services in Allegheny County
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