WACO FAMILY YMCA(254) 776-6612
6800 Harvey Dr
Waco, TX 76710
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We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure a brighter future for Waco-McLennan County, but we must take action today, and only your support will make it possible.

When you give to the YMCA of Central Texas, your gift will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of community in Waco-McLennan County.

Together, we’ll take on many of the greatest challenges facing our young people, our health, and our community.



 $60   Provides one child a session of swim lessons. 
 $100   Sponsors a week of camp for one child.
 $200   Provides Afterschool Care for a month.
 $250   Helps a cancer survivor reclaim total health through LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.
 $350   Enrolls a whole family in MEND.
 $400   Sponsors a YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program participant.




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From advocacy to youth development - and everything in between - the Y is a nonprofit committed to strengthening our community.  With your help, we can do so much more. Support our cause. Give now to help fund a community program, or volunteer to help your neighbors learn, grow and thrive.

So Many Ways to Give

Sign and return the pledge form telling us when you would like to be invoiced. We will be pleased to send you a friendly reminder, along with a convenient Business Reply envelope.

Sustaining Donor

A Great way to make a significant gift and spread your contribution across the year. We'll charge your credit card or membership draft once a month. You say when the gift commences and when it ends just provide details on your pledge.

Matching Gifts

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 4 Strategic Priorities 1. Improve Academic Achievement
2. Prepare Teens for Success

3. Impact Community Health
4. Improve our Reach

The Challenge

Third grade reading skills predict high school graduation rates-only 59% of Waco third graders are proficient readers, while 95% qualify for free/reduced lunch. Educational success is not an even playing field and is often determined by socio-economic status of the child's family. 

The implications for our children, their families and Waco­McLennan County's economic health are significant. Only 12% of disadvantaged youth in Mclennan County complete higher education  

We have a serious health crisis. For the first time in history, the next generation is facing a shorter lifespan than their parents. 70% of adults in Waco are overweight or obese, while 46% of youth are considered above their healthy body weight. 

Our family, friends, and neighbors are battling obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable chronic diseases.

50% of our neighbors live below federal poverty level, struggling to access healthy lifestyle choices, affordable child care, and job security. 

Affected children are more likely to be overweight/obese, hospital­ized, and perform poorly in school.


The Y’s Response

• Mentoring Program
• High-quality Afterschool and Summer Day Camp Programs
• Tutoring
• YMCA's Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program
• Early Childhood Education Programs
• Character Development Learning Institute (CDLI)
• Safety Around Water
• Financial aid for YMCA memberships
• YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
• Enhance®Fitness

YMCA financial assistance for out-of-school care, swim lessons, youth sports, and youth/teen educational programs
• Year-Round and Outreach Meal Programs
• Partnerships with local ISDs and youth agencies


The Need








Snapshots of Impact 2018

• Largest out-of-school provider in Waco-Mclennan County, serving 5 ISDs, 1,000 youth and providing peace of mind to working parents
• 46 toddlers are improving their future kindergarten experiences, increasing high school graduation rates
• 100% of students successfully completed Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program and increased their reading scores by an average of one whole grade year
• 1,400 youth worked with Y staff trained by CDLI to nurture character development

• Through Safety Around Water, 608 youth learned how to be safe around water-decreasing their chances of death by drowning
• 51 7 families received YMCA financial assistance so they can discover their best selves while improving Greater Waco's healthy, active community
• 12 cancer survivors reclaimed their total health through the free LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA program.
• 89 seniors improved their functional strength and wellbeing through Enhance®Fitness

• Partnered with Waco ISD and City of Waco to expand Summer Learning Loss Prevention program
• 2,800 kids gained confidence through team sports, increased literacy through achievement gap prevention and educational programs, cultivated skills to achieve healthy body weights, and learned life-saving water skills through YMCA Financial Assistance
• Served 96,000 snacks and meals
• Partnered with Waco ISD and local service organizations for Saturday tutoring



• Strengthen the learning opportunities and proficiency for academic success for all children enrolled in After School Programs
• Create a pathway for children to become successfully prepared for kindergarten through a high-quality preschool program
• Minimize the achievement gap by offering academic opportunities that address summer learning loss
• Provide opportunities for teens to engage in activities that promote post-secondary education and job readiness 
• Develop and implement teen programming, continuously including leadership and character development

• Reduce obesity rate in YMCA participants by expanding wellness programs
• Implement and expand medically-based programming to help decrease and better manage chronic disease in our community
• Collaborate with other service organizations to support community access for improved health and well-being

• Improve service delivery to vulnerable and at-risk communities
• Increase opportunities to serve our neighbors in need by expanding our geographic reach and honing our programs and services (e.g. Doris Miller Family YMCA)
• Expand the reach of programs and services through facilities that extend beyond the YMCA's branches

The YMCA of Central Texas continues to become committed to strengthening our community through nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. We promise to continue to offer YMCA programs and services that support Prosper Waco Initiatives 2020.
The Y. So Much More™