Our Impact

Every Gift Changes Lives

It’s easy to look at the South Shore YMCA and see it simply as a “gym and swim” place to get healthy and socialize with friends. But we are so much more than that. The South Shore YMCA is a charity, and a community that gives back. In 2017, we raised $3 million to provide access to membership, programs and services for all. Our impact is seen in our Causes that we are committed to strengthen our communities.

Our Causes

Water Safety

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The South Shore Y is committed to providing access to lifesaving water safety education and skills to all members of the South Shore community, empowering all to swim safely and confidently.

Medical Wellness & Partnership Program

With a commitment to health and wellness, the Y offers Weight Loss, Cancer Survivorship, Orthopedic, Fall Prevention and Cardiac programs, bridging the gap between clinical and community. Our Partnership Program, a recreational, non-clinical program, provides structured exercise and support for those with physical disabilities. Training partners assist with specialized, adaptive exercise and sports at no additional cost to participants.

Inclusive Programming

The Y offers support and funds programming for individuals with developmental/ intellectual disabilities to engage in enrichment and wellness activities while fostering individual growth. These programs include social skills and development; participation in unified sports teams, swim instruction, summer camp and arts educational programs.

Social Services

Every day, across our entire community, the South Shore Y provides programs and services to help individuals and families in need or at risk through mentoring, our food pantry, support groups, leadership workshops and educational support. Our Holiday Assistance Program gives hope and happier holidays to hundreds of families in need.

Farm & Environmental Education

Through our farms, camps, science center and educational services, the South Shore Y strives to bring community awareness to agriculture and provide children with nature-based STEM education with an emphasis on providing a positive impact on food security.


For more than 100 years, Camp at the South Shore Y has been a place where youth are inspired to learn, grow and thrive. Our cause is to provide more children with access to safe, quality resident and day camps, continuously improve and expand our facilities and services, and help more children in our community discover and develop an appreciation for the outdoors.

Early Learning Afterschool

Our Early Learning and Afterschool educators believe that all children benefit from a high-quality learning environment. Children and families need access to programs where they are nurtured in a safe, healthy, inclusive setting that offers a research-based curriculum embedding enrichment activities that enhance children’s opportunities to become well rounded learners for school and beyond.


The Y is a charity. Whether you donate money, time or both, your gift to the South Shore YMCA will truly change lives.