Why Give?


At the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, strengthening community is our cause. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we embrace and nurture the promise that lies in all of us. We give the children, families and individuals of Los Angeles the support and resources they need to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Each year, 500,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life turn to one of our 26 YMCAs for programs that nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being and empower people to give back and support neighbors. Our child care, education and leadership, athletic and camp programs give kids safe, nurturing environments that help them realize who they are and what they can achieve. Our family time, fitness, sports, recreation and group interest programs improve health and well-being. And our social and global services, volunteerism, giving and advocacy programs enable people to develop the skills, abilities and mindsets they need to live their best lives. As a nonprofit, this is our commitment. We count on the generosity of our members and partners to help us continue our vital work.

At the Y, we believe we have something special—a sense of community—and that everyone should have access to it, along with the programs and services that help us learn, grow and thrive. With the help of our generous donors, we are proud to share the Y with children, seniors and families who otherwise might not have become part of our Y family.

So when you give to the Y, you make Los Angeles stronger. As the number 1 investment to change lives in Los Angeles through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we will use your gift to nurture children and teens, improve community health and well-being, and support those in need, right in your own neighborhood.