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The YMCA responded to the challenges of COVID-19. We need your help more than ever so we can be there when you need us most. We can’t do this alone. #YourSupportMatters

For over 160 years, the YMCA has been a charity that has played a key role in supporting the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

We take our role seriously and live by our values of caring, honesty, inclusive, responsible, respect and collaboration.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we operate as we yet again get creative to weather this storm. Since March, we have quickly adapted to support our community during this challenging time. But we can’t do this alone. We need your help.  Our goal is to raise $2,000,000, meaning $1,000,000 in Sudbury and in North Bay. 

Click on the images below to read messages from Helen Francis, President and CEO for the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario and from Hélène Philbin Wikinson and Jason Corbett, YMCA Board Members.

Ways to Give

Donations can be done either online or in person at the YMCA. You can do a
one-time donation or support us longer-term with a recurring donation (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually). Monetary donations receive a
charitable tax receipt.

Securities can include stocks, mutual funds, segregated funds, bonds, flow-through shares, and employee stock options. By donating publicly traded securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax that you would pay if you sold the securities and then donated the proceeds. You will also receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. Please contact Jenny Parisotto at to learn more.

To donate by bequest, your donation would be indicated in your will. This reduces the taxes payable on your estate. Please contact Nicole Beattie at to learn more.

Our Goal 
Our goal is to raise $25,000. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Craig Fielding, every dollar raised will be matched up to $25,000. That means a $50,000 donation that will directly positively impact our community.
Your YMCA needs your support in order to continue serving our communities. These funds will go back to supporting our community directly by providing positive experiences and opportunities for all. Your support matters.

Naming Opportunities

Donors are recognized by a donor board placed in a central location at the YMCA. Please contact Nicole Beattie at to learn more.

Donors may designate their gifts to specific areas or units within a YMCA eligible program, service, or facility. Dedicated areas will be identified by a plaque bearing the name of the donor(s) and/or the name(s) of those being honoured. Please contact Nicole Beattie at to learn more.

Unique opportunities will be offered to donors at this level and higher. Specific recognition will be determined by the VP of Philanthropy and CEO. Please contact Nicole Beattie at to learn more.

Y Stories

About three and a half years ago, Angela’s oldest son Tyler passed away unexpectedly.

The loss of her child was the hardest thing she’s ever been through. “The depression, anxiety and darkness was overwhelming at times.” Angela joined the YMCA a month after her son passed. She worked in health care and understood the importance of physical activity and the benefits it has on mental health. While her children were in swimming lessons, Angela took some time to focus on her physical and mental health in the fitness centre. Years later, Angela is thriving and finds joy in life.

“The Y saved my life. I’m a better person now, a better mom and a better wife.”

Supporting the YMCA means that more families like Angela’s can find a place to find themselves again after suffering a loss. Your support matters.

When COVID-19 hit, Josée’s workload increased significantly.

With limited resources, she had to balance becoming a teacher to her 6 year old daughter, work full-time, all while trying to understand the impact of the pandemic on her family. Returning back to work with no child care led to many situations of frustration and arguments as she and her daughter tried to navigate this new normal.

“I could honestly not have survived the summer months without YMCA Summer Day Camp. It allowed my daughter to be engaged, challenged with new experiences, meet new friends, and get that interpersonal interaction with peers of her age group that she had desperately been missing. I can’t thank the Y enough.”

Supporting the YMCA means that parents like Josée don’t need to worry about their children while they are at work. Your support matters.

The YMCA Helped Us All Face the Challenges of COVID-19

What We Did: We launched a free virtual physical activity resource called YGym in English and French. This meant that kids could get active with certified YMCA coaches from home.

What We Did: We started calling members to check in and make sure they had everything they needed, starting with our oldest and most vulnerable members.

What We Did: The North Bay YMCA became a temporary emergency shelter to be accessed by those in need and provided a place to shower, sleep and get access to resources they needed to get back on their feet.

What We Did: We launched YMCA at Home, a free virtual platform where anyone could access fitness, health and wellness videos.

What We Did: The Sudbury YMCA opened their doors and acted as a warming and cooling centre where computers, telephones and washrooms could be accessed for free.

What We Did: The YMCA offered YMCA Summer Day Camp, where kids could play, connect, and have fun in a safe and welcoming environment so parents could get back to work.

What We Did: We launched the Digital Inclusion, Social Connection and Opportunities Hub (DISCO) in partnership with The Village at Canadore College, where seniors could access technology for free and learn how to use them safely.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Message from Helen Francis, President and CEO

The YMCA has been part of building healthy communities in Canada for over 160 years. Our charitable purpose is to grow all persons in spirit, mind and body with a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. I am proud to say that our YMCA has stepped up and fulfilled this purpose in many ways throughout the pandemic. This was made possible by our incredible staff and volunteer team, as well as with support from our community as a whole.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has left our YMCA in a financially vulnerable position, having lost year to date over $3M in revenue. For our YMCA, this reflects a loss of close to 17% of our annual income. We predict this will grow and it is not possible for us to recoup these losses through our membership model. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 for each community in Sudbury and North Bay. This will allow us to not only remain financially stable, but to reinvest in our facilities so that the YMCA can be sustainable, relevant and have impact for years to come.

Already a number of donors and sponsors have come forward and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. My husband and I will be matching donations, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.00 because we truly believe in the YMCA and its charitable purpose. Please consider giving – we need your help so that we can continue supporting our communities when they need us most.

Message from Hélène Philbin Wilkinson and Jason Corbett, YMCA Board Members

As YMCA Board Members and volunteers, giving to the Y gives us the opportunity to give back to an organization that gives so much to our communities. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to continue contributing to its evolution, viability and sustainability.

The YMCA needs our help. It is part of the community’s fabric in child care, school programs, day camps, and health and fitness. Losing our Y would be a tremendous loss for people in our community that rely on the Y’s work to help build skills and resiliency.

What would we do without the Y? Where would families gather, play and connect? Who would support our teens and leaders of tomorrow? Your support will ensure that the Y will can have the resources it needs to operate in this next year, make some much needed infrastructure improvements, and most importantly, be here for generations to come.

When our community has needed the Y, the Y has been there. Now more than ever, the Y needs our community.