Donate for a Better Us

US is a possibility

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 realize their incredible possibilities.

Forty-percent of Connecticut residents do not earn enough income to cover their household living expenses. Being a member of the YMCA should not be one of the expenses a family cannot afford, therefore, the Valley Y, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, a charitable non-profit organization, is committed to overcoming this barrier for youth, families and seniors.

Today, twenty-five percent of children, teens, and their families need financial assistance to be a part of the Y. In order to reach their greatest health, academic and development potential, they need your help!

The Y provides citizens within the Valley community with access to the extraordinary, lifesaving and enriching programs and opportunities.

The Y welcomes all regardless of ability to pay and your gift makes this possible. Your contributions to the Valley YMCA provide direct financial assistance for children, families and ALL individuals to participate in the YMCA.

When you donate to the Valley YMCA, you make our communities better and the “us” who live in them stronger.

Youth Development

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.

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, seniors  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 members, volunteers, supporters and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve by giving back together.

Donate for a better us.

Every dollar donated to the Valley YMCA stays in our communities and goes directly to serving youth and families in need. Donate today for a better us.

  • $500 Teaches 5 children the life-saving skill of swimming
  • $1000 Funds 6 weeks of summer camp for 1 youth
  • $2000 Sponsors 2 families with yearly Y memberships

The Y. For a better us.
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Other Ways to Give

The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. Not everyone is able to make a financial contribution to the organization, but everyone has the opportunity to get involved. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change in your own community. As a volunteer, you’ll be working with other caring, committed people who want to make a difference in your community.

To get involved, call 203-736-9622.


What can I do?

Make a big difference!  The generosity of others is at the core of our existence.Volunteer opportunities at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCAs run the gambit, from one-time commitments such as 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 Valley 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
  • Give back to the community through service to others
  • Explore and/or discover a hidden passion
  • Expand knowledge and skills through training
  • 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. This process ensures that the best fit is made between the new volunteer and the program they are matched with, while also ensuring the safety.

Volunteer Leadership

Focused on creating lasting personal and social change for our community

The Valley YMCA is governed by our Board of Managers that consists of volunteers from throughout our communities.

  • Dave Pantalone, Chair
  • Christine Cooper
  • Jeff Gampel
  • Cheryl Nickerson
  • Howard Olderman, Vice-chair
  • Mary Ellen Price, Secretary