Your donation helps people persevere through the pandemic and rebuild stronger in its wake.Thanks to supporters like you, our YMCA can continue providing:
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead and give back to their communities. Whether it gives shelter to homeless youth, empowers a new Canadian, or unlocks a teen's leadership potential, your gift helps build a brighter future for all of us. Read on for a closer look at the ways you can help make a difference in your community, or contact us directly to learn about the many ways you can give to the Y: email@example.com or (647) 960-1109.
Give a homeless teen a warm meal and safe place to sleep
Vulnerable youth can’t stay safe at home. You can give them shelter — and wraparound supports to help them build brighter futures — at The Wagner Green YMCA (formerly Vanauley Street YMCA) and YMCA Sprott House.
YMCA Sprott House is a safe, inclusive home for 2SLGBTQ+ youth transitioning from homelessness.
Vanauley Street YMCA is a shelter and drop-in centre for street-involved and precariously-housed youth.
Your support means at-risk youth like Gabriel and Justin can access wraparound supports including:
Extend a vital lifeline to our city’s most vulnerable youth.Help give them an inclusive place where they have a chance to set themselves up for a brighter future.
Help feed families and students in need
While growing numbers of people cannot afford to eat, over 40% of food banks have had to close. Through food drives, meal prep programs, and partnerships with our communities, Y supporters are helping address the food insecurity that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Bring nutritious meals to people who need them most.Join our community of Y supporters so we can continue delivering our food security programs.
Why it matters
COVID-19 kicked off a “she-cession,” potentially setting women back decades in terms of their ability to bring their talents and expertise to our workforce. One barrier is that child care responsibilities continue to fall disproportionately to women. As the largest not-for-profit child care provider in Canada, we know how critical this service is for our economic recovery.
Throughout the pandemic, we've been caring for the children of essential workers — nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, personal support workers, grocery store staff, and so many more. Moving forward, we’ll continue our 50-year-long legacy of delivering and advocating for more high-quality, affordable child care, so more families who need and want it have this option available to them.
Brighten a lonely senior's day
Isolation is peaking among older adults, who are doing their best to protect themselves with some of the strictest physical distancing measures of us all. On our new online community, The Bright Spot, they can meet new people, exercise, enjoy their favourite activities, and try some new ones.
Why it matters
Since the start of the pandemic, we've been keeping in touch with our older community members over the phone, and they’ve shone a light on several things they need and want. They told us they’re having a hard time getting groceries, connecting with friends and loved ones, and maintaining routines like walking that they usually rely on to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
The Bright Spot is our response. This online community offers everything from exercise classes and small online group discussions to trivia nights and mindfulness tutorials. By adding a little structure and a ton of fun to seniors’ days, we want to make their “new normal” feel a whole lot more comfortable.
Spark a connection. Your support means older adults can fill their days with engaging activities, new connections, and a sense of community.
Welcome a newcomer and ease their transition to life in Canada
Settling in a new country is challenging enough without a pandemic. Some newcomers are adjusting to an entirely new language and culture, while others have fled war, violence, and other challenges as refugees. At the Y, they find the support they need to start building a brighter future.
Opportunities you can help open for newcomers
YMCA Immigrant Services are available online and in person, free of charge, to make sure new Canadians can find work, get education and training, improve their language skills, access legal and social services, learn about their new community, and find belonging.
Younger immigrants join our Newcomer Youth Leadership Development program to build a network of new friends and adult allies. Team-building exercises, practice speaking English, professional skills development, volunteerism, sports and rec activities, leadership conferences, internships, and so much more help them build skills for a brighter future.