Together we can make a brighter tomorrow for those in need by contributing to the YMCA of Springfield’s Strong Kids fund. Your support makes an invaluable impact on our community by offering membership and programming to underprivileged youth.

Learn more on how the YMCA gave back to the Springfield Community in the 2020 Community Benefit Report.

2020 Community Benefit Report

Did You Know?


gives two children with special needs the opportunity to swim?


gives a child the opportunity to play a youth sport?


provides a child with a one-year membership to the YMCA?

What is Strong Kids?

Strong Kids is a fund that helps subsidize memberships for those in our community who cannot afford to participate in YMCA membership and programs.  We do not turn anyone away due to their inability to pay.  Our mission is one of inclusiveness and we make individuals and families feel welcome regardless of financial limitations.

In addition to the scholarship memberships, the Strong Kids Fund subsidizes the following important programs:

Matthew Kids Summer Camp

For the last few years, we have partnered with The Matthew Project. They provide clothing, food, tutoring, mentoring and life skills classes to Springfield School District 186 children in transitional housing. The YMCA provides Matthew Project kids with a summer experience which includes transportation to and from camp, breakfast, lunch, tutoring and swimming lessons. We are inspired by their ability to tackle so many hurdles in their lives with so much determination, courage, and grace.

Saturday Strikers Bowling Program

The Saturday Strikers bowling program is designed for persons with disabilities. It provides physical exercise, team building, self-confidence, and a path out of isolation. Each year we send individuals to compete in Special Olympics bowling. You see the true impact of this program when adults, youth, parents, YMCA staff, and volunteers are cheering and supporting each other.

Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP)

The YMCA Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) has been in existence for several years. The primary focus is to provide swimming lessons to individuals with mental or physical disabilities. The goal is to give people with special needs the opportunity to learn how to swim at their own pace. We also have a competitive swim team, the Snapping Turtles, to help prepare the athletes to compete in Special Olympics. It provides an environment for the athletes to work as a team and to make lasting friendships.

YMCA Strong Kids Stories

Strong Kids Stories 2021
September 20, 2020

YMCA Bowling Program Offers Positive Environment, Friendship & Support

The YMCA Saturday Strikers bowling program is a league for mentally or physically disabled kids and adults and has been operating for over forty years.  The program does not require…
Strong Kids Stories 2021
September 29, 2020

YMCA Summer Camp Provides Safe Place for Children Who Need It Most

It is estimated more than 700 children who attend Springfield School District 186 schools are children living in transitional housing. They may live in shelters, at a relative’s home, motels,…
Strong Kids Stories 2021
September 23, 2020

A Real SNAP Champion

Eighteen years ago, the YMCA Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) was developed by one of the Ys former SPY coaches whose daughter has Down Syndrome. It was designed to help…
Strong Kids Stories 2021
April 8, 2021

The YMCA is Like Family

Heather and Tony are the parents of three boys, Jeramy (11), Jonah (8), and Joel (6). They joined the YMCA to take advantage of YMCA youth programs. As you can…

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