Every day, the Y strengthens communities for kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. It’s how we help communities and the “us” who live in them achieve our individual and collective promise.
Everyone needs an “us” to help build their life. For many, “us” includes family, friends, and community organizations. Others, may not be so fortunate.
For the homeless, the Alpha Community Services YMCA becomes their “us,” helping them to better navigate their life journey.
Like anyone, each individual who experiences housing insecurity has encountered different circumstances and has unique needs. The Y is committed to ending homelessness by addressing the basic human need for shelter, dignity and self-sufficiency by providing a range of housing opportunities and supportive services.
The Alpha Community Services Y partners with other community agencies to create a collaborative network to assess, refer and meet the housing needs of Bridgeport families.
“The children were not attending school because they could not purchase uniforms. Thankfully, the Y had sufficient contributions to accommodate the family and keep the children from falling further behind in their education,” – Community Partner.
When you donate to the ALPHA COMMUNITY SERVICES YMCA, you are making a difference in the lives of many displaced families in our community.
All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development—all grounded in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
We help youth and adults build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults, families and seniors from all walks of life improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger community.
With our doors open to all, we bring together people from all backgrounds, to support those in need. We take on the most urgent needs in our community and inspire a spirit of service in return. Our clients, volunteers, supporters, partners and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by giving back together.
Every dollar donated to the Alpha Community Services YMCA stays in our community and goes directly to serving families in need.
- $500 Provides a shelter family with basic living need items
- $1000 Helps to furnish the home of a newly housed family
- $2000 Gives shelter, warmth and safety for 5 families for 2 weeks
The Y. For a better us.
BE A PART OF SOMETHING: VOLUNTEER AT THE Y
HOW CAN I GIVE BACK?
Your generosity and the generosity of other like-minded members of our community is the core of our organization’s success. Volunteer opportunities at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA run the gambit, from one-time commitments such as working to raise funds to support our Financial Assistance programs, to helping at a special event, to longer-term opportunities such as coaching youth and teen sports and tutoring youth.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING WITH THE YMCA
The YMCA offers volunteers a chance to improve the lives of children and families and to make our communities stronger. In addition to feeling great about your efforts, volunteers have the opportunity to:
- Experience personal growth
- Create opportunities for your neighbors to participate at the Y
- Give back to the community through service to others
- Explore and/or discover a hidden passion
- Expand knowledge and skills through training and hands on experiences
- Fulfill community service requirements for school credit
- Develop new relationships and make friends
- Gain community service experience to add to college, financial aid, scholarship and employment applications
- Learn, grow and HAVE FUN!
Volunteers are critically important to carrying out our mission, so we ask our program volunteers to go through an application and screening process similar to that of our paid staff members. You are a part of the team! This process ensures that the best fit is made between you and the program you are working with, while also ensuring we adhere to our safety protocols.
Focused on creating lasting personal and social change for our community
The Alpha Community Services YMCA is governed by our Board of Managers that consists of volunteers from throughout our local community.
- Patrick McGrath, Chair
- Michael Leone, Treasurer
- Sabine Kuczo, Secretary
- Nicolas Ancel
- Claire Burns
- Dennis Cahill
- Jacob Cedusky
- Lin Christie
- Lillie Ennis
- Paul Hirsch
- Tyrone McClain
- Renee Noren
- Ed Piendl
- Louis Procaccini
- Timothy Romano
- Christopher Rosario