RTCC OutsideThe mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday:             9:00 am-2:00 pm
Sunday:               Closed  (Rental Only)


Address & Phone:

790 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
P 203 576 7430
F 203 576 7440
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Forever in Service

The New Year often brings feelings of positive improvement and change – a new year, a time to focus on living a better life and providing support for those around us. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pioneer in the world of positive improvement and change, we celebrate him and his work, MLK Day, Monday January 18.  For over 20 years, MLK Day has been a time that individuals were encouraged to volunteer their time to improve their communities.

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.

Donate! Our goal is to collect over 180 pounds of non-perishable food, household staples and other items at each Y. That’s a total of 1,800 pounds! Every canned good and toilet paper roll counts. Collection points are:

  • Help the Fairfield Y collect items for Operation Hope this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18 at the Fairfield Y. Please visit https://operationhopect.org/help-stock-shelves/ for a full list of items needed.
  • Lakewood-Trumbull Y Food and Toiletries Drive for the Alpha Community Services YMCA. Non-perishable food donations and toiletries are being collected for the Alpha Community Services YMCA in Bridgeport. Click for a list of the most requested items: Food and Toiletries Drive Items
  • Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is holding a can good drive which will help support the Bridgeport Tabernacle SDA Church food pantry. All donations welcome.
  • The Stratford Y is holding a Personal Hygiene Drive Jan 12-19 for our Stratford community partners. Items most requested are: shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, baby powder, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, lotion, baby wipes, feminine products. Please drop your donations off at the Y.
  • Soundview Family Y: Let’s lend a helping hand and help the Madison Food Pantry! Collection time is Monday 1/18 -Thursday 1/21, 7am-7pm at the Soundview Family YMCA in Branford.
  • The Soundview Family Y is running a ‘Warm Their Soles’ care package drive for the community homeless collecting essential items such as warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, toothbrushes/toothpaste, hand wipes, hand warmers, band-aids, nail clippers, lip balm, bottled water, tampons/sanitary pads, individually wrapped granola bars/crackers. Please donate on Monday, January 18.
  • Valley Y and Woodruff Family Y Book Drive. Bring in new or gently used books between January 11 – January 28. Our goal is to collect over 180 books at each of our branches.  A collection bin will be located at the front door of each Y to collect the books.

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!

  • The Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y are looking for volunteers to decorate bookmarks to go along with the books. Beginning on Monday, January 11, pick up a packet of assembled materials from the Woodruff Family Y or the Valley YMCA to make bookmarks at home! This could be a great family community service. We encourage you to decorate with multicultural quotes or along those lines.
  • Join the Woodruff Family Y for a distanced bookmark making project via Zoom on Monday, January 18 at 2:30pm.  Y staff will be reading some of their favorite stories as we decorate our bookmarks.
  • The Stratford Y is partnering with the Baldwin Center to cheer up our seniors. Our children and staff are making cards to be delivered to our Baldwin Center friends. Supplies will be provided at the Y on Monday, Jan 18 – or please, make them at home and bring them to the Y by Jan 18.
  • Milford Food2Kids – January 28 9am-11am.  Contact jroyce@cccymca.org for more information and to reserve your spot to volunteer.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive at the Woodruff Family Y – January 28 9am – 1pm / February 25 9am – 2pm. Contact Redcross.org to make an appointment to give.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive at the Lakewood-Trumbull Y – February 9 9am – 2:30pm. For an appointment/to register to donate at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor

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!

Get Into The Game

BasketballSkills and Drills Basketball

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA will be hosting an basketball skills and drills for boys & girls in the surrounding areas. The goal of the camp is to provide a safe,  fun, learning environment for your child who would like to strengthen his or her game.  Two age/grade range  specific session will be offered, details are listed below. 14 slots available for each group.

  • Grades: 5-8 Time:  6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 9-12 Time: 7:00 p.m.. – 8:00 p.m.
  • 8 Week Session

WHEN: (Tuesday & Thursday) January 5 – February 25

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

Fee: $60

Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

YMCA Skills and Agility Training

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is offering skills and agility sessions for players grades 3-12. Drills will be customized to the ability of each player and will increase in difficulty as players progress. The training session will be lead by a qualified trainer and will take place during open gym times.

Private session 

Individual player with one coach, 45 minutes during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $25 per session

10 pack of sessions 

Individual player with one coach, 45 minutes during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $100

Semi-Private session

2-5 players with one coach, one hour during an open gym/field slot. Cost: $30 per person per session

When: Sessions date/times are based on availability of player, coach and gym/field times

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

Having Fun in the Sun

Silhouette with baseball batTiny T-Ball

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA baseball is designed to teach young players the fundamentals of the game. Participants will learn how to catch, throw and bat in a fun team atmosphere. The focus of the class is to have fun, meet new friends and play in a non-competitive environment. T-ball is open to kids ages 4-7. Bring a glove. 10 Spots available.

When: Mondays, January 4 – February 22.

Time: 6:00– 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $40

Contact: Ken Neal P: 203 576 7430 x205  E kneal@cccymca.org

Winter 1 Program Guide

If you’re hoping for a happier and healthier New Year – let the Y help you! There are plenty of ways to smile while engaging in Y activities – have your child participate in swim lessons or small group class, learn a new activity or meet a new friend in a child care program.

Our Winter 1 Program Guide may have just the program that provides you with joy.  Take a look: Bridgeport Y RTCC Y 2021 Winter 1 Program Guide

Winter 1 Session dates: January 4 – February 28

Registration dates: Members – December 14 / Community Members – December 21

After School Program

The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.

Run, Pass, Kick And Score

Boy wearing Y shirt bouncing soccer ball on knee

Soccer Clinic

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is offering a 8 week soccer clinic for players of all skill levels. Players will go through drills to build skill as well as IQ.  The  clinic will focus on individual ball skills, proper technique, and knowledge of the game. Our goal is to establish a sustainable community that will support the talent and dreams of the children in our program.

When: Fridays January 8 – February 26 6:00pm-7:00pm

Who: Age 5-8

Fees: $40

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