The Hamden/North Haven YMCA has a wide variety of programs for children and teens – after-school child care, youth sports and summer day camps. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth.  At the Hamden/North Haven Y, youth are enriched in a safe environment. Our experienced and caring staff and volunteers model the positive core Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that help build character.

If you don’t find what you need here, please call or stop by the branch for more information. Learn more about the Hamden/North Haven YMCA and how to become a youth member.

Mailing Address & Phone:

1605 Sherman Ave
Hamden, CT 06514
P 203 248 6361
203 281 4858
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Camp Mountain Laurel Address & Phone:

Downes Road
Hamden, CT 06514
Summer P 203 248 1792 or 203 764 1103 



Forever in Service


Since March, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA has collected almost 10,000 pounds of food for over 25 local food pantries to feed our community members facing food insecurity – one of our community’s most critical needs.

Over 56, YMCA staff and Board Volunteers have participated in over nineteen Food Distribution Events to support the efforts of our community partners.

Our hunger relief efforts have grown leaps and bounds in the last nine months and will continue as long as there is a need among our neighbors and community members.

You can help us provide hunger relief in our community.

Be involved with us.

Join us for our Days of Service – October 25-November 14, 2020.

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

Donate a non-perishable food item on Saturday, November 14. Our goal is to collect over 500 pounds of non-perishable food and household staples at each Y. That’s a total of 3,500 pounds! Every canned good and toilet paper roll counts. Collection points are:

  • Fairfield Y, 9am-2pm. Non-perishable food donations will help support the efforts of Operation Hope.
  • Hamden/North Haven Y and New Haven YMCA Youth Center, 9am-1pm. Non-perishables will be collected at the Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine Street, Hamden. We are helping support the Keefe Community Center Food Pantry.
  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y, 9am-12pm. Non-perishable food donations and household cleaning supplies are being collected for the Monroe and Trumbull Food Pantries.
  • Soundview Family Y, 7am-4pm. We are collecting items for the Community Dining Room, serving south-central Connecticut from East Haven to Old Saybrook. Click requested Food Drive items.
  • Stratford Y, 10am-1pm. Food collected will be donated to the food pantries at the Sterling House Community Center and the Stratford South End Community Center.
  • Woodruff Family Y, 9am-noon. We are collecting the items on this list for the Milford Beth-el Center.

Volunteer! Work beside us and other community supporters. Sign up to volunteer for a safe, socially distanced volunteer shift at one many Food Distribution Events. There may be one where you and your family live. We hope to have a YMCA presence at each event on this list! Volunteer groups welcome! Click for Volunteer Opportunities.


  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y, now-October 31. We are accepting food donations for the local food pantries in Trumbull and Monroe.
  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y, now-October 31. To help our sister Y, Alpha Community Services YMCA, we are collecting new t-shirts in all sizes. Alpha Community Services Y in Bridgeport manages the largest family emergency shelter in Connecticut and provides supportive services to over 400 homeless clients each year.
  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y, November 9-14. We are collecting non-perishable food and household supplies for the Monroe Food Pantry and the Trumbull Food Pantry. Click for a list of what they’re requesting.
  • Soundview Family Y, October 19-22. We are collecting non-perishable food donations to support the Branford Food Pantry.
  • Soundview Family Y, November 9-12. The Y is assisting the North Branford Food Pantry by collecting food donations.
  • Stratford Y, November 2-12. We will be collecting non-perishable food items in the lobby of the Y. Food collected will be donated to the food pantries at the Sterling House Community Center and the Stratford South End Community Center.
  • Valley Y and Valley Y Child Care Center, November 2-13, is holding a school supply drive to benefit the Ansonia and Derby School Systems.
  • Woodruff Family Y, now-October 31. Let’s stock our Purple Pantry! Collecting non perishable foods and household supplies.
  • Woodruff Family Y, now-October 31. Diaper drive. Collecting new diapers for the United Way of Milford’s diaper bank.
  • Woodruff Family Y, November 9-14 for the benefit of the Milford Beth-el Center.

Support! 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 $3,500 during our Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

October 19: The Valley Y was fortunate to spend a couple hours giving back to our community, helping with the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program, sponsored by TEAM, Inc. Along with TEAM, the Y, State Rep. Kara Rochelle, State Senator George Logan (Y Volunteer) and other community leaders…nearly 600 boxes went to families in the Greater Valley! Do good, feel good!

Flock Together Celebrate Friendsgiving

Graphics of red turkey


As the holidays are approaching, we wanted to take a moment and give thanks for our Y family members. Join us for a Friendsgiving Celebration with current/past staff, volunteers, members, campers, and friends!

Celebrate your Y roots, traditions, memories and stories. And have a little fun! We’re looking forward to catching up and seeing you in a socially distance and fun way! Register early to reserve your spot as space will be limited – call the Y or email Erin at

Join us with a minimum suggested $25 Donation to our Annual Campaign to enjoy a night of friendship. Food is provided and space is limited.  Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Y’s Annual Campaign, which provides assistance to those in need within our community who participate in Y programs.

WHERE: New England Brewing Company 175 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT

WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 5:30pm-9:00pm

TIME: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us!

Time To Explore

Scientists Club at Camp Mountain Laurel

Wednesdays October 21-November 11

Our Scientists Clubs will engage children in a variety of activities centering around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Join us on Wednesdays for learning and fun with motivational Y staff.  Children will work hands on, making and creating different projects from making Oobleck, to marble mazes, to rockets and more!

Tiny Scientists:  Ages 3-5 Wednesdays:  1:00-1:30pm

Mad Scientists:  Ages 6-8 Wednesdays:  2:00-2:30pm

Master Scientists:  Ages 9-11 Wednesdays:  3:00-3:30pm

Register in advance online or by calling 203 535 2569.

Contact Erin for more information at

Fee:   Facility Members $50, Community Members $100

More Ways To Play

silhouette of people exercisingYOUTH GAGA/KICK BALL CLUB

Come stay active on Saturday mornings with After School and Camp counselors for competitive gaga and kick ball. Each Week the children will play a high-energy game of Gaga or Kick Ball.

Participants: Grades 2-6

Time: Saturday 11:00am-12:30 pm

Fee:  Facility Members $35, Community Members $70

Session Date:  October 24-November 14

Register online or call the Hamden/North Haven Y at 203 535 2569.

Get Your Game On!

Basketball with the Y logo on itBasketball Skills & Drills

Ready to build your skills, practice drills, and play a game of basketball too?  Join us on Saturdays afternoons with our coaches and play a game with friends.  The program is held at Camp Mountain Laurel in Hamden.

Participants:  Grades K-3

Time:  Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm

Fee:  Facility Members $35, Community Members $70

Session Date:  October 24-November 14

Register online or call the Hamden Y’s at 203 535 2569.

Color Outside the Lines

palette silhouetteARTS & CRAFTS

Children will have the opportunity to create works of art using different materials. At the end of each art class the children will have a piece of artwork to take home.

Participants: Grades K-5

Time: Saturday 11:30am-12:30 pm

Fee:  Facility Members $30, Community Members $60

Session Date:  October 24-November 14

Register online or call the Hamden/North Haven Y at 203 535 2569.

Paint, Sip, Repeat

child-paintingKid’s Paint and Sip at Hamden/North Haven YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Join us for a healthy and fun event for children! Everyone leaves with a piece of art that they have created!  Children will paint a picture, sip healthy smoothies, and share their talents with the group.  For more information, please contact Erin at

Please register online in advance or by calling 203 535 2569.

DATE:  November 7

WHERE: 2705 Downes Road, Hamden

TIME:  1:00pm-2:30pm

AGES:  5– 12yrs

FEE:    Facility Members $10, Community Members $20

Refer Your Friends to Join the Y!

Member Get A Member Program BannerWhen a friend you’ve referred joins the Y, we’ll thank you by giving you a FREE membership month.

There’s no limit to how many friends you refer and there’s no limit to how many FREE months you can receive.

Being with friends is always more fun for you and your family.

Take advantage of sharing the Y with your friends today!