Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The need for financial assistance is felt across all ages and circumstances; from young and old to individuals with special needs and struggling families. This year, the Upper Palmetto YMCA provided financial assistance to more than 2,500 people in York and Chester counties. Sadly, these challenging economic times have presented overwhelming requests for assistance for critical services like after-school childcare and health education programs to keep our children and seniors well. Nationally, 1 out of 5 single parent homes seek the YMCA for afterschool care, so they can work or continue their education.
We believe that lasting personal and social change can only occur when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Upper Palmetto YMCA is an anchor for our community. In these difficult times, our doors have always been open for those needing our programs and services. Our goal is to turn no one away, who qualifies, due to financial inability to pay.
We’re Giving Back to Our Community
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. Over the past four years the Upper Palmetto YMCA has raised on average $140,000 per year to help support the amount of financial assistance we provide. Although significantly less than the operational cost required to close the gap in what is needed versus what is received, much effort is being developed to improve the level of giving from our staff, membership and community.
We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Read a few real-life stories of how the Upper Palmetto YMCA is impacting our community:
A Mother’s Battle
A single mother battling cancer has 2 young boys enrolled in the YMCA afterschool program. Suddenly faced with her diagnosis and treatment, she was concerned how her sons would handle the crisis. The boys shared the situation with their YMCA counselors; through our financial assistance program, we were able to keep the boys active in the YMCA programs.
A Better Life
During the night, a mother grabs her children and flees an abusive home environment and comes to Rock Hill. With the assistance of United Way, they are directed to the Y’s afterschool program. The family qualifies for financial assistance, so the mother can complete her education. After a short time, she graduates, finds a job and is able to buy a home and provide for her children.
A family faces terminal illness so the father tries to care for his sick wife while also raising his sons. Through the Y’s assistance program, the boys are able to stay active in after-school programs and participate in youth sports.
Making New Friends
A woman coping with the loss of her long-time husband becomes depressed. Friends reach out and persuade her to try some of the senior programs at the YMCA. However, she lives on a very limited income and cannot afford the fees. With the help from our financial assistance program, she no longer has to decide between her prescription medicine and membership to the Y. She no longer feels lonely and has made wonderful friends.