The YMCA is so much more than a gym.
The Y is at the center of communities across North Carolina.

Nearly 1 million North Carolinians count on the Y to connect to resources, relationships and opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. And many more benefit from the critical services our Ys provide during emergencies, such as hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021  Food Insecurity Impact

data about NC YMCA impact on food insecurity in 2021



According to Feeding America, one in five children and one in seven adults in North Carolina face hunger and 32% of seniors live in or near poverty levels; 26% of homes with children in North Carolina are food insecure. 

According to the Food Research & Action Center, rates of food insufficiency at the end of 2021 were higher than they were over the summer, and Covid-19 has further amplified disparities by race, gender and ethnicity. The price of food increased throughout the year, making it more challenging for more people to afford to eat. 

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Youth Development


At the Y, we empower young people to reach their full potential. Through child care, education and leadership, camp, swim, sports and play, YMCAs provide opportunities for all children and youth to discover who they are and what they can achieve. 

Scholarships and outreach provide critical assistance to low-income families, ensuring all children are able to participate in Y programs.

Healthy Living


Being healthy means so much more than simply being physically active. Our Ys are committed to improving individual and community well-being through a wide variety of fitness opportunities, sports, social connections, evidence-based health programs and family-centered activities.

Our Ys connect everyone to the knowledge, resources, and community they need to lead active, vibrant lives at every age.

Social Responsibility


Bringing community together, providing support in times of need, and inspiring action in our communities is how we demonstrate social responsibility every day at the Y. We believe that everyone—no matter who they are or where they’re from—deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Everything the Y does is in service to making sure people and communities thrive.