Why Give to the Y?

2020 has been an unforgettable year in so many ways. More than the hardships and struggles that challenged our communities, the kindness, resilience and love shown by our community have been paramount.

As the year comes to a close, the Y continues to rely on the generosity of the community and to help us continue this important work.

Giving to the Y allows you to support our community in ways that are always changing. When families needed meals in March, when the homeless needed a place to shower, when essential worker needed child care, the Y was there...with your help.

And your donation doesn't just go to one effort but to programs and services immediately needed in our community and directly to individuals and families who need help.

Read below to learn a little more about our current initiatives:


Operation Compassion

Created at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program specifically addresses the needs of the community resulting from the pandemic. As a results of donor and grand funds, the program has provided emergency funds and services to the community and ongoing financial assistance to vulnerable populations. 

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Financial Assistance and Community Giving

The Y is a community nonprofit and provides financial assistance based on application process and sliding scale.   On a seasonal basis, the Y also provides programs to those in need including our Thanksgiving meal and holiday gift outreach programs. 

<Financial Assistance>

<Seasonal Outreach>

Pathways and Community Initiative Programs

Back to You Substance Recovery. Our twelve-week program that is offered to those who qualify that provides a family membership and child care to support local families.  <Back to You webpage>

Veterans Pathway. Provides a 12-week program to veterans and their spouses that includes full membership, specialized group programs, personal training and a community service project. <Veterans webpage>

THRIVE cancer wellness. Group personal training designed for those in our community who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued fro battling cancer. <THRIVE webpage>

Healthy Lifestyles. A 16-week program with a goal for each participant to lose weight and increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week or more. <Healthy Lifestyles>

7th Grade Initiative. Provides a free membership and age appropriate programming to encourage youth to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors at a time when they begin making decisions independently. <7th Grade Initiative webpage>

2nd Grade Swim Initiative. Screening all 2nd graders for swim safety skills and providing swim safety lessons to those who qualify. <2nd Grade Swim webpage>


Two of our five community branches are ungoing an expansion to better serve the community. Expansion at our Doylestown branch is nearly complete, allowing for a much larger fitness center and additional studios to allow for safe social distancing during workouts and classes.<Doylestown expansion>  In Fairless Hills, construction will begin this winter. When complete, the renovation will allow for better use of space, AOA compliance and expanded community offerings and programs.

Our <community mosaic> art pieces are a physical representation of community giving toward these two project. Artistic tiles representing each give from $1,500 to $10,000 contain the donors name or business.

Educational Programs

Businesses can give to YMCA of Bucks County and support Pre-K and school age programs such as CATCH and Youth and Government by making a donation through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. For more information, <click here> or contact Shannon Connolly at







Angela  Jacobsen
Regional Director of Development

215.348.8132 x 1124