Throughout Springfield, countless people know the YMCA for adult fitness or youth sports. It seems every child learns to swim at the YMCA. But there’s so much more to our YMCA than gym and swim. We are exercise and education, volleyball and volunteerism, preschool gymnastics and preventive health. The YMCA doesn’t just strengthen our bodies, it strengthens our community.

The YMCA is more than a gym. It’s a cause dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers and staff to make a difference. But we need your support to make it happen.

No other organization can impact as many people as powerfully as we do every day!

Open Up Your Heart: Donate Now!

DID YOU KNOW? Last year the YMCA of Springfield…

  • Gave out almost $500,000 in direct financial assistance.

  • Subsidized the Saturday Strikers Bowling Program at a cost of $25,000.

  • Provided 601 summer camp weeks to under-privileged youth!

  • Provided bowling and swim lessons to 393 physically and mentally disabled individuals.

  • Provided swim lessons to over 3,340 individuals.

  • Had over 3,209 kiddos enjoy camp programs.

  • Provided summer camp for 38 Matthew Project kids.

  • Sent 60 athletes to compete in the Special Olympics.

  • 1,593 individuals donate 19,094 hours of service to the YMCA.

  • Provided 3,701 scholarships to individuals and families.

  • We are the home to national champions in swimming and gymnastics.

  • 107,600 individuals moved and grooved with us in group exercise classes.

Read our mission stories.

A safe, healthy summer for all kids!

Last year we served 17,075 youth at the YMCA. We provided 3,089 youth scholarship memberships and 315 summer camp weeks to underprivileged youth ages 5-14. We also provided bowling and swimming lesson for an additional 220 participants who are physically or mentally disadvantaged. We do this amazing work with your generosity and support.

Click here to view the YMCA 2018 Community Benefit Report.

For only $50, you give two children with special needs the opportunity to learn to swim, $75 gives a child the opportunity to play a youth sport, and $150 provides a child a one-year membership to the YMCA!

For more information about our Strong Kids Scholarship Fund, please call or email Lynn Eck, Development Director, at 217-544-9846, ext. 116 or Recognition begins at the $150 level with a plaque and invitation to our Thank You Dinner at Island Bay Yacht Club on June 26. All money raised goes to the YMCA’s scholarship program, every penny stays in our YMCA, and all gifts are tax deductible! We love to hear stories of how the YMCA has made an impact on your life. Please share your story with us!

Every gift makes a difference.
Every person makes an impact.

Together, we achieve so much more.

The YMCA. So Much More.

Pie for the Y!

EVENTS that Benefit the Strong Kids Scholarship Fund

  • Prairie Shark 2 Mile Swim – (New date announced soon!) –

  • Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon  – June 2

  • Pie for the YMCA – May 7-11 – Look for decorated cans in the lobbies of each YMCA and put a donation in an employee’s jar of your choice. Winners will get pied, and get an opportunity to pie their supervisors… all the way up to the CEO!

  • Chip in For Charity –

  • Strong Zumba for Strong Kids 

  • YMCA Golf for Kids  – September 20, Piper Glen – Join Us

  • YMCA Trivia Night – tentatively November 2 –