Strong Kids

YMCA of Niagara

Every kid deserves a chance to realize their potential!

You can help to financially assist kids to participate in the Y. Your charitable contribution to the Strong Kids Campaign will help thousands of children and youth across Niagara who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in the YMCA experience.YMCA programs help children and youth build confidence, develop skills and form relationships.  

Click here to download the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign Brochure.

Making a Difference

Thanks to the generous support of over 2,700 people who contributed to YMCA Strong Kids annual support campaign, and hundreds of people who attended or supported a Strong Kids special event, the YMCA is able to financially assist thousands of children and youth whose families would otherwise be unable to afford to participate. In 2014, the Strong Kids Campaign raised $403,000 to help kids access the Y. Those Strong Kids gifts impacted lives by supporting:

  • 643 children who got the chance to play and grow in YMCA Day Camp
  • 3,475 kids who found a place to belong in YMCA Youth Action
  • 5,495 children, youth and teens who got the chance to learn skills that will keep them active for life at YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres
  • 13,926 individuals received YMCA financial assistance in 2014.

For the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign, our goal is to raise $415,000 to support children and youth who attend programs that keep them active and help them build healthy relationships. We are off to a great start with over $53,000 raised through the YMCA Cycle for Strong Kids presented by Meridian Credit Union, but there is still a long way to go.

A Strong Core

Through the generosity of our YMCA staff and the volunteer Board Members, nearly $75,000 was donated to the Strong Kids Campaign in 2014. The YMCA of Niagara has a strong core of dedicated people within our organization.

“One of the highlights of my YMCA volunteer experience is watching the kids and seeing them grow as young people and write their stories of how Y programs have made a difference for them. I want to be part of an organization that makes a real difference in the lives of kids.”- Ian Brown, 2014 Strong Kids Campaign Co-Chair, Volunteer and YMCA Board Member

Your Gift

The YMCA partners with families and donors to make participation and learning through YMCA programs a reality. All assisted families contribute financially to have their child attend YMCA programs.

$5,000 - $10,000 - Ensures the support of a much needed but underfunded Youth Action program in your local community.

$83/month ($1,000) - Ensures a whole family can enjoy the lasting benefits of regular physical activity at their local YMCA.

$50/month ($600) - Can change a child's life at a YMCA Child Care Centre.

$20/month ($240) - Supports a teen to participate in leadership development programs; building their skills, character and self esteem.

$10/month ($120) - Gives a family peace of mind as their child attends day camp in a fun, nurturing and safe environment.

YMCA programs vary from community to community but one thing is constant: Every kid deserves a chance and everyone is welcome!


How to Donate

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

   Give online today at

   Pick up a pledge card in any YMCA of Niagara location or download it.

   Give at the Membership Desk at any YMCA of Niagara Health & Fitness 



The YMCA believes that investing in the development of children will help build healthy communities for today and for our future. To become involved or find out more, contact Lauri Brady 905 646 9622 x 327 or Email.

Tax Receipts

Missing a tax receipt for your Strong Kids or Capital Campaign donation?  If you have not received yours or it has been lost or misplaced, please contact Nora Jenter for assistance at Email.

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