Bridgeport Y

 

 

In Bridgeport, the YMCA has provided programming since 1884 and youth services since 1929. We offer the greater Bridgeport community access to affordable child care, youth and teen programs, summer camp, youth swim lessons and safety around water programming. Learn more about the Bridgeport YMCA and how you can become a youth member.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am-5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Address & Phone:

850 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
P 203 334 5551
F 203 334 2847
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Neighbors Help Neighbors

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference. Donate food and household items on Monday April 26 – Friday, April 30.

Items can be dropped off at the Franklin Apartments, 12 Garden Street, Bridgeport CT. All donations will be distributed to the individuals and families being supported by the Alpha Community Services YMCA.

Suggested Needs Include:

  • Canned Soup, Canned Broth, Canned Stew
  • Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna, Canned Fish
  • Canned Beans
  • Can Openers
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta, Rice
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Snack Bars
  • Cake Mix, Canned Frosting
  • Diapers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Personal Care Items
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper
  • Food Storage Items, Bags, Tin Foil
  • Disinfectant Sprays and Wipes

Forever In Service

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA will demonstrate our support for environmental protection. Our hope is to celebrate the importance of taking care of nature and beautifying our community. Events will be held throughout our service area Saturday, April 17 – Friday, April 23. Each event will be an opportunity for you to volunteer alongside us, give back to our community and donate. Let’s come together and demonstrate our commitment to each other.

You can help us build a better us. Be involved with us.

Join us for our Days of Service.

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference.

Volunteer! Get involved and work beside us with other community supporters. Sign up to volunteer for a safe, socially distanced volunteer shift at one of many events. We hope to have a YMCA presence at each! Volunteer groups welcome! Our goal is to have 22 new volunteers work beside our 22 Y staff members to collect over 22 bags of trash.

Give Back! We hope to spend 220 hours beautifying our community. Can you give us a little of your time and energy?

Donate! Make an on-line donation to support this vital work so that the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA can help serve those in our community who needs us most. Our goal is to raise at least $2,200 during our April Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

Opportunities for You to Participate With Us

  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA and the New Haven YMCA Youth Center are recruiting staff and volunteers to help clear the 12 walking trails, prep the community garden for cultivation, plant bulbs in flower beds, and develop a butterfly garden near the pavilion for YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel serving local communities in Hamden, North Haven, New Haven. Saturday, April 17 9am-Noon at Camp Mountain Laurel, 2705 Downes Road, Hamden. Questions?  Please email Erin, ekelly@cccymca.org, or call 203 776 9622.
  • Get moving for Mother Earth and collect trash in the neighborhoods surrounding the Stratford Y on a “Walk With Us: Earth Day Clean Up!” All of the Walks will start at the Stratford Y 3045 Main Street. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, and a walking route. Wear your mask and get ready to be outside together.
    • Monday, April 19– 6 PM- Walk With Us to Nichols School via North Ave (approx. 2 miles)
    • Tuesday , April 20– 11:15 AM– Walk With Us to Long Brook Park with Pauline (approx. 1 mile)
    • Wednesday, April 21– 1 PM– Walk With Us for YLC Students to Stratford Police Department
    • Thursday, April 22– 4 PM- Walk With Us to Town Hall with Sterling House Community Center friends
    • Friday, April 23– 4 PM– Walk With Us to Paradise Green (approx. 1mile)
  • Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30pm at the Luis Marin School near their garden and playground on 479 Helen Street, Bridgeport. YMCA staff members, children in our Lighthouse afterschool program, school educators and other volunteers will be cleaning up the Luis Marin School community garden and planting flowers.
  • The Valley YMCA at the Holy Rosary Church will, in partnership with the Church, do a spring clean-up of the Church grounds and begin gardening projects.  Wednesday, April 21.
  • At noon on April 22, Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA staff will be walking on the Pequonnock River Trail starting at the Spring Hill entrance and picking up trash. We hope that you will be able to join us.
  • Thursday, April 22. The Woodruff Family Y and our Togetherhood program participants will be doing a park clean up at Bodies Place in Milford. 10am-1pm. Meet us there! Wear gloves, bring your own rakes, please.
  • On April 23, the Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y Leaders Club will partake in a positive messaging campaign and spread great environmental messaging with sidewalk chalk around downtown Milford. All our welcome! Please call the Y for meeting location and time.

Special Programs Being Led in our Ys 

  • Visit the Stratford Y at the Shakespeare Market on Saturday, April 17! Plant a seed  and grab a trash pick up bag to go.
  • From April 17-22, the Soundview Family Y will be encouraging members to do clean ups in their neighborhoods – with their family and friends. The Y will be collecting pictures to share.
  • The Valley Child Care Center will be taking an educational Nature Walk around the center to teach our youth about nature and the importance of keeping it fresh and clean.
  • All Woodruff Family YMCA and Valley Y School Age Child Care sites will participate in an environmental scavenger hunt outdoors to help our children learn about recycling and their future world in a fun way. We will also be writing positive environmental messages on the sidewalks. #STEM
  • On April 21, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Fallow Hallow and Stepney Elementary School after school participants will be making bird feeders from recycled toilet paper rolls that they will then bring home to hang in their trees. If the kiddos are willing to part with some, we will have them available for our members to bring home and enjoy, but we aren’t sure how many will get handed over
  • The preschool and SACC children at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center will be planting seeds and flowers to give to the Seniors at the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center in New Haven
  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA SACC children will be cleaning and beautifying the Community Garden at the Keefe Center.
  • School age child care participants at the Soundview Family Y Cosey Beach program will be doing a beach and park clean up on April 22.
  • Soundview Family Y Hayes School school age child care youth will be cleaning up at the Hayes School and Pit on April 22.
  • On April 22, Soundview Family Y school age child care participants will be cleaning up the areas around the Y.
  • Children in the Bridgeport Y’s Kolbe Early Learning Center will be focusing on the three R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse by creating junk sculptures using any recycle materials such as old clothes, cereal boxes, spoons, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, plastic containers, cans, shoe boxes and more. Sculptures will be displayed at the Y so that all children, families and community volunteers can learn more about ways to reduce, recycle and reuse.

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

Sleepaway Camp! Learn More!

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a sleep-away camp located in Western Massachusetts. We are nestled among 1,000 acres in the Berkshire Mountains, surrounded by conservation forest, and centered around our pristine, private, ninety-acre lake. This gives us the ideal backdrop for the wide variety of activities we offer, which include swimming, climbing, water skiing, archery, sailing and arts & crafts among many others. Through the values of the YMCA, Camp Hi-Rock is dedicated to the growth and development of all of the participants we serve. We seek to help each camper develop his or her sense of personal worth and responsibility as a cooperative member of a group. In addition, we want campers to discover, learn, cultivate new skills, develop healthy lifestyles, create meaningful relationships, and become more caring, honest, respectful and responsible people.

Join us for one of our VIRTUAL information sessions with our Camp Directors to ask questions and get more information about camp!

Tuesday, April 27 – 6-7 pm

Saturday, May 8 – 10:30-11:30 am

Monday, May 10 – 8-9 am

Wednesday, May 12 – 5-6 pm

To sign up for one of our virtual info sessions, please visit our website at: camphirock.org/virtual-info-session-registration/

 


Elevate Your Game

Basketball with the Y logo on itSkills and Drills Basketball

We will be hosting basketball skills and drills for boys & girls in the surrounding areas. The goal of the program is to provide a safe and fun learning environment for your child to strengthen their game. Two grade range specific sessions will be offered.

  • Grades: 3-6
  • Grades: 7-12
  • 8 Week Session

Time: Grades (3-6) Tuesdays & Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Grades (7-12) Tuesdays & Thursday 6:00 –7:00 p.m.

When: April 27 – June 20

Location: Ralphola Taylor Community Center, 790 Central Ave, Bridgeport CT 06607

Contact: Ken Neal P: 203-576-7430 E: kneal@cccymca.org

Fee: $45


Get in the Game

Children holding basketballCo-ed Youth Basketball League

The YMCA will be hosting an basketball league for 4-8 graders in the surrounding area. Participating in youth basketball is a great way to make new friends and play your favorite sport.

  • Ages 8-11, 12-14
  • 1 Game A Week
  • Guaranteed 7 Games
  • Players will be assigned to team
  • Volunteer Coaches Needed
  • Uniforms provided

WHEN: Saturdays June 5 – August 7

TIME: First Game at 10 am

LOCATION: Ralphola Taylor Community Center, 790 Central Ave, Bridgeport CT 06607

CONTACT: Ken Neal P: 203-576-7430 E: kneal@cccymca.org

FEE: $60


Run, Pass, Kick And Score

Boy wearing Y shirt bouncing soccer ball on kneeSoccer Clinic

We are offering an 8 week soccer clinic for players of all skill levels. The clinic will focus on individual ball skills, proper technique, and knowledge of the game.

When: April 28 – June 20 (Wednesday and Friday) 6:00pm-7:00pm

Who: Age 5-7

Where: Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue, Bridgeport

Fees: $45

Contact: Ken Neal, Youth & Family Coordinator  E kneal@cccymca.org  P 203 576 7430 x205


Get Your Game On

Man with basketballAdult Men’s Summer Basketball League

The Bridgeport Y will be holding an adult summer basketball league on Sunday mornings. Teams will play at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center, 790 Central Ave, Bridgeport. This league intends to be competitive and fun. This is a great way for you and your friends to stay in shape. Men 30 & up invited.

  • 8 Team league
  • 8 Regular season game + Playoffs
  • Top 6 Teams advance to playoff
  • Certified officials

When: June 6– August 1

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Fee: $650/ Team

Contact: Ken Neal , Youth & Family Coordinator P: 203 576 7430 E: kneal@cccymca.org


Healthy Kids Day Saturday April 24 10am-1pm

We’re hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm at the Bridgeport Y AND the Ralphola Taylor Community Center. We’d like to encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids.

While the in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Local Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree morning for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid.

The events will feature activities such as games, healthy eating ideas, STEM activities and fun competitions to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.

Share in the fun – we are also collecting new socks, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant for others in our community. Please bring something to donate!

All are welcome to join our free physically distanced event on Saturday, April 24.

 


Walk to End Homelessness

Walk with Us

20th WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS

When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 • Registration 8:30AM • Walk: 9:30AM

What: 4 Mile Walk • Mask Wearing, Socially Distanced • Rain or Shine

Where: Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport CT

While our in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide an inspirational and motivating morning to help raise awareness and donations so that everyone in the community can help the Alpha Community Services YMCA to end homelessness.

Three ways to Register:

  • Register on-line. Click Here.
  • Fill out the registration form: Walk Registration 2021 Send us your registration. Email: mvalentin@cccymca.org • Fax: 203 367 1246 • Mail: 387 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
  • Register at the Walk. Registration will be available starting at 8:30am at the Walk.

Please donate! With your help, we hope to raise $60,000 at our event. Please consider an on-line donation.

Interested in being a Sponsor! Learn more here: Walk Sponsor Opportunities 2021 As a leader in our community, we know you understand the power of change and that your business is a driving force behind it. We invite you to join us as a 2021 Sponsor of the Alpha Community Services YMCA Walk to End Homelessness.


Picture Perfect Painting

Paint Night

Join us for our paint night! Families can paint together with guidance from the paint instructor. Materials will be provided, including one canvass per family, paint brushes and paint. Light snacks will be provided.

When: April 29

Time: 6:15pm

Location: Bridgeport YMCA at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center, 790 Central Ave, Bridgeport CT 06607

For More Information: Camille Harris P: 203-576-7430 E: charris@cccymca.org

Fee: FREE

 


Spring Program Guide

Activate your spirit, mind and body. Keep your kids safe, healthy and strong. We’re here to support you.

Check out our Bridgeport Y 2021 Spring Program Guide and register for Y programs and activities!

Spring Program Session: April 26 – June 20, 2021

Registration Starts: Facility Members: Monday, April 5 / Community Members: Monday, April 12


Leading the Way

Leaders Club

Leaders Club is a character and leadership development program that serves youth ages 10 to 18. It is organized for the purpose of providing knowledge, training and experiences to youth. Leaders Club will help youth become strong leaders in their communities, while fostering a spirit of service to others.

  • Meets once a week
  • Great way to volunteer and meet new friends
  • Zoom link will be provided for virtual meetings

When: Wednesdays

Time: TBA

Location: Bridgeport YMCA, at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave, Bridgeport CT 06607

For more information: Camille Harris P: 203-576-7430 E: charris@cccymca.org

 


Winter II Program Guide

Stay safe, stay active. Now that the weather is colder, have your children warm up and get moving in Y programs!

Please browse through our Winter II Program Guide to learn more: Bridgeport Y 2021 Winter 11 Program Guide

Our Winter II Programs start on March 1 and run through April 25.

Registration opens on Monday, February 8.

You can register on-line, by calling the Y or in person.


It’s Forever Summer at Y Day Camp!

2021 Summer Day Camp

The Bridgeport YMCA believes all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

And while these are unprecedented times, times that challenge us individually and as a community on many levels, the Bridgeport Y day camp provides kids with a safe, healthy, familiar, and fun-filled environment for them to explore, build confidence, develop skills and make lasting friendships and memories, so they can grow as individuals and leaders. For families, day camp offers a peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe and enriching place.

The health and safety of all Y campers, our team and our volunteers are our first and foremost priority. New safety protocols and sanitization procedures have been adopted to maintain the highest standards. CCCY-2021-Day-Camp-Safety-Plan

We can’t wait to see you at Summer Camp! We’ve planned an awesome, activity-packed summer with tons to learn, play and explore. 

To learn more about Summer Camp please review our Bridgeport YMCA 2021 Day Camp Brochure or call the Y.

To register, please fill out the documents and bring them to the Y! 2021 Bridgeport Y Day Camp Registration Packet

If your child will require special assistance or medicine while at camp, these forms may also be required: Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill submit this application: 2021 CCCY Financial Assistance Application Materials

For day-to-day program details, please review our Bridgeport Y Day Camp Parent Handbook 2021


Learn Together, Play Together

Bridgeport Y School Readiness Programs

Serving Bridgeport children ages 3 & 4 years

At the Bridgeport Y, kids try new things, build their confidence, make new friends and smile every day. Affordable tuition. Care 4 Kids accepted.

Openings Available. Enroll your child today!

YMCA Kolbe Education Center, 401 Kossuth Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608 203 332 6447

YMCA PALS V, 850 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 203 334 5551                 

CONTACT: Terry McCarthy, Executive Director of Child Care Services, P 203 332 6447 or E tmccarthy@cccymca.org


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