YMCA of Greater Erie

Help us strengthen our community

Everyone knows us as four letters: Y-M-C-A.  But from A to Z, the Y brings our community so much more.  From volleyball to volunteerism, fitness to friendship and swim lessons to scholarships, the Y doesn’t just strengthen individuals, but we strengthen community.

Erie faces challenges that create greater need than ever before for the work the Y does.  Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, staff and generous donors like you to make a difference.

We’re working alongside the United Way of Erie County to offer services and programs that work to reduce the number of families struggling to meet their basic needs by one-third by 2025 through better access to education, income and  health.

Annual Campaign

Our annual campaign raises contributions to ensure that the Y has the necessary resources to subsidize membership and program fees for those that otherwise could not afford participation.  100% of gifts given are is used to grow programs and to keep membership affordable and open to all.  We also direct funding to develop community outreach efforts that address community needs around youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  On average, the Y annually awards over $850,000 in financial assistance.  Learn more about how you can build a better us with a gift to the Y.

Download the YMCA of Greater Erie’s 2016 Annual Report

Special Events & Projects

Throughout the year, the Y hosts many events including a charity golf outing, charity fitness and recreation events and more to benefit the Y’s community outreach programs such as free meals for kids, learn to swim, shower pass and healthy family home.  Sometimes, the Y is also the beneficiary of the generosity of others hosting events or fundraising on our behalf.

Heritage Club – YMCA Endowment

The YMCA of Greater Erie Heritage Club recognizes and thanks those who make a lasting investment in our community through their commitment to the YMCA Endowment Fund.  Heritage Club membership is gained through a minimum pledge of $5000 which can be designated in a variety of ways to assure the long-term viability of the YMCA of Greater Erie.  Becoming a member, requires a commitment which, now or in the future, will add to the Y’s endowment fund.

Choose from a variety of gift options:

  • outright gift of cash, securities, or property
  • charitable remainder trust
  • gift annuity or pooled income fund
  • will bequest
  • life insurance policy beneficiary or owner
  • IRA or retirement plan contribution
  • memorial gift honoring a loved one

Make a financial contribution

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Erie, please call our Executive Offices at (814) 452-1432 ext. 252 and speak with Tammy Roche, vice president of Financial Development, or put your gift to work immediately by donating online.

If you would like to include the YMCA of Greater Erie in your estate planning, please contact your attorney for information and guidance.

YMCA Heritage Club:

The following individuals have made a lasting investment in our community through their commitment to the YMCA Endowment Fund. Below is a partial list of members, as some prefer to remain anonymous.  *denotes deceased

Peter and Mary Bates
Paul Bowers*
Carl Cannavino
Louis Close*
Lyman & Marylin Cohen
Andrew Connor, Esq.
Gordon & Barbara Osborn
Charles* & Pam Dailey,MD
John Dauber
Joe & Lisa Dobrich
Tom* & Carol Doyle
Gary & Emy Dougan
John & Susan Dunn
Harold Durst*
Jeffrey & Emily Evans
Marjorie Ferguson
Michael & Sandy Fetzner, Esq.
Jack & Jeanne Finn
Jim & Carla Fryling
Fletcher* & Elsie*Gornall, Esq.
Jack & Sharon Gornall, Esq.
Barbara Gunnison

Betty Haller
Allen & Beth Hawthorne
Bill* & Audrey Hirt*
J. Douglas James*
Dr. Jim & Laura Johannes
Terry & Judy Jones
Sheldon Kaercher*
Tom & Kim Kennedy
Frank Knauer*
Bob* & Betty*Kilgore
Bill* & Verle Lander
Kevin Larson
Craig & Kathy Latimer
Dick & Sharon Levick
Attorney Al & Josie Lubiejewski
Mark Lucas
Bob & Gayle Magee
David* & Margaret Matthews
Ray* & Ginny McGarvey
Richard Merwin
Tom & Marie Myers, Esq.
Gary & Char Popson

Elizabeth Reslink
Don* & Betty* Robins
Matthew & Tammy Roche
Allan & Pat Schell
James & Frances Schlabach
Ken Slaney
Albert Straus
Robert Taft*
Bill & Cathy Taylor
Arloween Todd*
Gerard Uht, Sr.
William* & Janice Underhill
Gerry & Amy Vandemerwe
Bob Wagner*
Everett & Susan Walker
William E. Walker
Rich & Suzanne Weber
Cyrus & Susan Wellman
Carl & Jessica Wolfrom
Walt & Martha Wydro
Douglas Ziegler