As a leading nonprofit, cause-driven organization, the state's YMCAs have a track record of moving communities forward. We work every day to address community needs, ensure that all are welcome, and that no one is turned away for their inability to pay. Read how NC YMCA serve as a Community Anchor.


In North Carolina, the Y touches roughly 1 in 10 men, women and children. We collectively served 976,800 North Carolinians and provided nearly $34 million in financial assistance and subsidies to NC families. We are able to do this thanks to the generous philanthropic gifts given to the Y each year. 

We serve all


Collectively, North Carolina Ys serve nearly 360,800 youth and teens, providing a wide range of activities to nurture potential, including teen clubs, sports leagues, family nights and community service projects.

Low-income Families

Our YMCAs provide quality, affordable childcare to 31,181 children, and we open all our programs to working families regardless of their ability to pay.

Seniors (65+)

NC Y programs ensure that 103,000 older NC adults have every opportunity to connect with one another and engage in meaningful activities.

Everyone is Welcome

NC Ys provide activities open to everyone in our communities, including free health fairs/screenings, physical activity programs, nutrition advice and more. NC YMCAs open their doors at little to no charge for outside clubs, nonprofits and community service organizations to help them meet broader community needs.

Volunteer Engagement and Collaborations

Mobilizing our community to effect lasting change


We could not do the transformational work we do in NC communities without our volunteers. NC Ys had the help of more than 39,700 volunteers that contributed more than 227,000 hours of community service at a value of more than $5.5 million dollars.


The Y recognizes the importance of working together to create lasting social and personal change. We have the community’s trust to convene, partner and support community collaborations with schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations, businesses and others. In many counties across the state, the Y is an active member of local health coalitions working to make the healthy choice easier for all.

An Economic Engine in Our State

The Y employs neighbors to help neighbors. The state’s YMCAs employ thousands of full time, part time and seasonal staff, and we are the single largest employer of youth staff. In 2019, our Ys employeed 19,500 people. 


At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Strong communities don’t just happen—they’re the result of steady leadership and stewardship of strong values. That’s the Y.

We make a difference by focusing on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By investing in our kids, our health and our communities, NC Ys ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to thrive.