Why Does a Charity Have Gyms?
Why would we invest so much time and effort securing donations to build our Health, Fitness & Aquatics centres and then finding and training the fully-qualified staff and volunteers needed for such a massive and ongoing endeavour from which we do not make any profit?
We do it because the YMCA was created to help everyone reach their full potential mentally, emotionally, and physically (the swim and gym part). Our mandate to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people speaks to the mind's right to imagine, the body's right to move and the spirit's right to believe in itself. We believe that fulfilling your potential is everyone's right, every person's advantage, and everybody's secret weapon.
We've been an entirely independent Northern Alberta registered charity since 1907, including our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres, Summer Camps and Day Camps, Child Cares (we are the largest provider of child care in Canada), Community Program Centres, Housing Centres, and Service and Programs Centres.
No one is turned away for the inability to pay. We believe in equality of opportunity for all members of the community. Through YMCA Financial Assistance (formerly the Opportunity Fund), our membership and program experience is available to low-income individuals and families in need.
Please do not hesitate to ask at YMCA Experience desk if you need financial assistance to access any of our facilities (including our Child Care programs or to send a child or youth to one of our Summer Camps or School Break Camps). Drop in and ask how to get started! If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.
You can also donate directly here: northernalberta.ymca.ca/Donate