Now more than ever, the Y needs your support.

Every day, the Y is focused on strengthening communities for kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. But we can't do it alone.

The YMCA of Central New York is focused everyday on delivering programs and services that help everyone reach their full potential. We know where you live can affect your education, your success, your health and even your hopes and dreams. At the Y, we believe everyone deserves a chance, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Our Annual Campaign helps give everyone that chance. Each year, we engage volunteers to help raise the much-needed funding to support our work in Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Our Annual Campaign is about more than just raising money. We're sharing personal and profound stories of how the Y fulfills our promise and impacts our community. These stories lead to generous gifts that ensure the resources of the Y are available to everyone in our community. Gifts of all sizes make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

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Meet Matt

Matthew Leyva-Sochia was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and lost both his legs along with other injuries from a dismounted IED. Matthew’s life had been changed forever. He struggled with his new “normal” until he joined the Y. “It was all new to me: being in a wheelchair, being out in public – I didn’t want to do it but I broke down that wall... this was the only place that was Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) friendly; I felt welcomed from the start.” Matthew came to the Y nearly every day. He lost weight and viewed his exercise regimen as therapeutic for his mental health, too. “I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Exercise has helped me zone out and work through my pent-up aggressions and just feel better. In a way, it saved my life, and that’s an awesome thing.”

Meet The Woodsomes

Jason and Tanya Woodsome have 8 children, from 11 to infancy. They rely on the Y as part of their family routine and feel like they are coming home when they visit the Y. The Y is a center of activity for the Woodsomes and they appreciate that there’s something for everyone in their family. They homeschool their children, but can socialize with a diverse community at the Y. Jason says that he has had job offers outside of Central New York, but the Y keeps them here thanks to the wide variety of programs and services offered.

Meet Joy

Joy Pople is intrigued by nature and the challenges of conveying it through art. Years ago, she studied pottery and photography, but never took basic drawing or painting classes. Arts education programs for older adults at the Y empower people to discover their capabilities and form meaningful connections within their communities, as well as inspiring improved health and well-being and a renewed sense of purpose. “I am grateful to the Y for offering me the opportunity to study fundamentals of art as part of its network of creative people,” shares Joy.