The Y Movement in Canada
As a charity that’s over 150 years old, the Y continues to serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and through all stages of life. We’ve always been dedicated to helping people attain good health through a healthy lifestyle and encouraging them to get involved in making their community a better place for everyone.
Our concept of health focuses on prevention, rehabilitation, self-management and the social support needed to grow in spirit, mind and body. In everything that we do, we try to inspire a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. We believe in leveraging the power of one for the benefit of the collective good.
The Y provides values-based programs and services that teach the importance of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness. It’s a place where friendships are formed and family ties are strengthened. A Y is a centre of community where people meet and discover common needs or interests. To reach as many people as we can, the Y offers financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to benefit from its services.
The Y depends on a multitude of caring volunteers to help build healthy kids, families and communities. Some volunteers serve on Boards, some teach fitness classes while other help out with fundraising, special events, youth and children’s programs and many others. The volunteering possibilities are almost endless. The Y counts on more than 30,000 Canadians at every age and stage as volunteers.
View Volunteer Opportunities at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph HERE.
As a charity, the Y relies on the support of its communities, the private sector, governments and other agencies to in turn, help others. Y fundraising campaigns help to provide better programs and facilities, greater accessibility and financial assistance to include as many people as possible.
Make a donation to our Y HERE.
Ys actively bring together people from all walks of life to create a sense of belonging through its many diverse programs and events.
Find out about the Y in your community HERE.
There are Ys in over 120 countries around the world. Canadian Ys are partnered with Ys in Belarus, Belize, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.