For A Better Us

For 151 years, the Cortland YMCA has helped ensure all people can reach their full potential, no matter who they are or where they’re from. When you donate to the Cortland YMCA, you give everyone in our community the chance to thrive.

Did you know that in 2019 the Cortland County Family YMCA provided reduced-price memberships and programs to nearly 300 community members totaling over $65,000 in assistance? This support means families are getting healthy together, children are attending summer camp, and young athletes are competing with our gymnastics and swim teams without financial barriers. The Cortland YMCA even offers free, life-saving, swim lessons for every seven-year-old in the county until their 8th birthday.

At the Y, we believe that every man, woman, and child has the right to a safe and supportive place where they can meet their wellness goals. Currently, almost 3,000 people participate in our programs or utilize our services each year — that’s nearly one in every fifteen Cortland County residents. We’re working hard to expand our programs to better meet the needs of our community members regardless of their background or socioeconomic status, but we can’t do it without your help.

Please join us in changing lives.

Your gift of time or monetary contribution helps us to do more in our community. Keep reading to learn more how your support makes a difference, or donate now.

Youth Development

All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development–all grounded in the Y’s core value of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Healthy Living

We help people and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind, and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults, families, and seniors from all walks of life improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger community.

Social Responsibility

With our doors open to all, we bring together people from all backgrounds, to support those in need. We take on the most urgent needs in our community and inspire a spirit of service in return. Our members, volunteers, supporters, and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by giving back together.

Every dollar donated to the Cortland YMCA has a lasting impact on the people of Cortland County. If you’d like to donate for a specific purpose, please talk to Noah Beck or Margo Upson by calling (607) 756-2893.

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