Strong Kids Campaign & Scholarship Fund

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

The Y 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!

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DID YOU KNOW? Last year the Springfield Y…

  • served 10,000 meals to low-income youth.

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

  • provided 145 summer camp weeks to under-privileged youth!

  • subsidized use of our facilities to 2,774 members.

  • provided 229 swimming lessons to physically and mentally disabled children.

  • put over $520,00 back in our local community.

  • provided swim lessons to over 4,021 individuals.

  • had over 3,200 kiddos enjoy camp programs.

  • provided 705 individuals with fresh fruit and vegetables as a food distribution site.

  • provided summer camp for 14 Matthew Project kids.

  • sent 60 athletes to compete in the Special Olympics.

  • raised $6,500 in the Pie for the Y campaign.

  • had 497 individuals donate 8,948 hours of service to youth sports programs.

  • provided 2,864 individual scholarships.

  • and more!

Read our mission stories.

A safe, healthy summer for all kids!

Last year we served 18,592 youths at the Y. We provided 2,864 youth scholarship memberships and 145 summer camp weeks to underprivileged youth ages 5-14. We also provided programming to an additional 217 participants who are physically or mentally disadvantaged. We do this amazing work with your generosity and support.


Click here to view the YMCA 2016 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 Y!

For more information about our Strong Kids Scholarship Fund, please call or email Lynn Eck, Development Director at 217-544-9846, ext. 116 or leck@springfieldymca.org. Recognition begins at the $150 level with a plaque and invitation to our Thank You Dinner at Island Bay Yacht Club on June 27. All money raised goes to the Y’s scholarship program, every penny stays in our Y, and all gifts are tax deductible! We love to hear stories of how the Y 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 Y. So Much More.

Pie for the Y!

EVENTS that Benefit the Strong Kids Scholarship Fund

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

  • Hy-Vee Healthy Kids Day Triathlon – April 29 – Register

  • Nancy’s Pizza – May 3, 5-8PM (10% of sales go to Strong Kids) – Just show up and have dinner!

  • Pie for the Y – April 24-28 – Look for decorated cans in the lobbies of each Y 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! Pie-ing happens May 10th.

  • Chip in For Charity – June 22nd-25th at Panther Creek Country Club. Tickets are $10, Select “Springfield YMCA” at check out. Tickets

  • YMCA Golf for Kids  – September 21, Piper Glen – Join Us

  • YMCA Trivia Night – tentatively November 3 – Reserve your table