What is the Y, exactly?

The Ottawa YMCA is about Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Our Y offers high quality after school programs, swimming and gymnastics instruction, youth sports, teen programs, Day Camp and a variety of recreational experience for children and adults of all ages. What people might not know, is that the YMCA is a charity. We DO NOT turn away anyone for their inability to pay. We are proud to be able to give children an experience like swim lessons, for which they might not have had the opportunity to do.

In our current economic crisis, we have more and more people that need our help. If you have the means to give, please consider making a contribution to our Partner's in Youth Campaign.

Sponsor a child to spend a day in our daycamp where they can meet new friends and learn through play and group activities. Help a young child learn by giving them the opportunity to get a head-start on school in our preschool program.  Children and teens need your help to grow up happy and strong. Families need support in their efforts to be successful in life. Our community needs support for a safer, healthier place to live and work.