For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility. These are the core values which define the YMCA of Reading and Berks County and why we are not just a gym and swim. They are what distinguish us from other fitness centers. They are the reason that people come to the Y. They are what make us a community.
From our association’s inception in 1858, we have provided safe, accepting spaces for our community to congregate, socialize, grow, and learn. What started as 47 men coming together to share in each other’s company and study Christianity has grown tremendously over the past 161 years to 55,000 people served, six branches across three counties, serving ages six weeks to senior citizens of all races, genders, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our organization looks much different than where we started. The similarity? We are a community, and we are here to serve all. At the Y, everyone is family.
KEEPING AFLOAT – $50 Donation
Did you know that one of the leading causes of death among youths under age 14 is drowning? Accidental drowning can happen to anyone, but at-risk populations are the most likely victims, which can be attributed to a lack of access to public swimming spaces, swim lessons, or other opportunities to learn safety skills around water. A donation of $50 provides one session of swim lessons to a child at the Reading YMCA, where they will learn basic swimming and water survival skills.
ONE HAPPY CAMPER – $100 Donation
Summer camp is a cornerstone of what we do at the Y, and we do everything in our power to ensure that every child gets to make summertime memories with us. Your donation of $100 helps to support a child at any one of our nine summer camp locations across Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill counties.
A POSITIVE INFLUENCE – $250 Donation
Middle school is a crucial time in youth development and, for at-risk youth, it’s the time where they may begin to be exposed to negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and crime. Our 7th Grade Initiative offers free memberships to all 7th grade students in the Reading School District and offers them a safe place to hang out and a choice to surround themselves with positive influences. Your contribution of $250 provides one field trip for our 7th graders. Past field trips have included Busy Bees pottery studio, amusement parks, and sporting events.
STEM & SMILES – $300 Donation
We offer before and after school programs at eight different locations across Berks County because we believe every child should have somewhere safe and fun to go before and after school. However, we also manage to pack a whole lot of education into this small amount of time, too! Your contribution of $300 provides one week of STEM and STEAM programming for up to four students in our before and after school program.
THE FIRST FIVE YEARS – $500 Donation
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs out there. There’s no manual, no how-to guide, and it’s not something you can master. Yet, those first five years of life are one of the most crucial times in a child’s development. That’s why we offer Baby University, a free parenting and school readiness class for new or expecting parents/guardians to make those first few years a little easier on the parent and beneficial for the child. Your donation of $500 provides home safety and wellness items (baby gates, outlet covers, cabinet locks, etc.) for four Baby University participants.
PLAY, GROW, & LEARN – $600 Donation
The Y is the top childcare provider in the U.S. and for good reason: we provide the care that kids love and parents trust at an affordable price. Though we strive to provide the highest quality care at a low price, we also never turn a child away due to inability to pay. Your $600 contribution provides one week of childcare for up to four children while we work with parents to set up a payment plan or obtain financial aid.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME – $1,000 Donation
When our Reading branch opened its doors in 1914, we were already so much more than a gym; upstairs, we rented rooms to men to ensure that they had a safe place to lay their heads at night when they may not otherwise have a place to call home. We’ve stayed very close to our roots and, today, offer 8 transitional housing programs serving individuals struggling with homelessness, addiction, the criminal justice system, and even single mothers and children. Your generous donation of $1,000 provides three months of transitional housing for one individual, including room, board, and case management.
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To make a donation via check, please mail a personal or business check made payable to:
YMCA of Reading and Berks County
631 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
The YMCA of Reading & Berks County is a 501(c)3 organization, deductions to which are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Federal ID: 23-1244009. No goods or services are provided unless otherwise specified above. The official registration and financial information of The YMCA of Reading & Berks County may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.