Give For a Better Us

The Y. For A Better Us

Every day, the Y strengthens communities for kids and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. It’s how we give everyone the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

Everyone needs an “us” to help build their life. For many, “us” includes family, friends, and community organizations.  Others, may not be so fortunate.

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA, a neighborhood initiated community center, focuses on youth development while providing a safe and nurturing environment for Bridgeport youth and families.

Through various programs which offer after-school care, homework help, literacy enrichment, youth basketball, community service opportunities, resume building, job readiness, girl empowerment, dance, music and art, the Y fosters potential and prepares youth for an elevating future.

Taylored for Success is a signature program, offering teens the opportunity to develop life skills to prepare them for success after high school, whether in skilled employment or in post-secondary schooling. Teens develop character, build professional habits and pursue dreams that they might have considered unachievable! A recent Taylored for Success survey demonstrated that the program has had ability to change the lives of 26 high school seniors – 20 had college plans, two were headed to vocational school, and four had secured jobs.

When you donate to the RALPHOLA TAYLOR COMMUNITY CENTER YMCA, you help youth of all ages realize their potential.

Youth Development

All kids deserve the opportunity to be empowered to reach their full 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.

Healthy Living

We help people and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives. By helping kids, adults and families from all walks of life improve their health and well-being, we build a stronger community.

Social Responsibility

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 participants, volunteers, supporters and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by taking action and giving back together.

Donate for a better us.

Every dollar donated to the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA stays in our community and goes directly to serving youth in need. Your donation may change the trajectory of a life.

  • $500 Lets 10 kids join Skills & Drills Basketball
  • $1000 Allows 5 youth to participate in summer camp
  • $2000 Provides our Taylored for Success program to 20 High School Seniors

The Y. For a better us.

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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 gambut, 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.


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.

Volunteer Leadership

Focused on creating lasting personal and social change for our community

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center Y is governed by our Board of Managers that consists of volunteers from throughout the community.

  • Phyllis Anderson
  • Lissette Colon, Vice Chair
  • LaShea Hall, Secretary
  • Caesar Irby, Chair
  • Sarah Lewis