With our excellent health and recreation facilities, many people think of the Y as just another fitness club, but the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is far more than that.
Your Y is a charitable organization whose mission is to help strengthen our communities through the delivery of programs and services that are aligned with our values of Caring, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect and Responsibility. Last year alone, 135,000 people participated in activities such as day camps, employment, youth leadership programs and our child care centres. Not everyone used the fitness facilities.
Accountable to you and the government
As a registered charitable organization, the YMCA is accountable to its communities. Not only do we undergo regular government agency audits, our Annual Report and Registered Charity Information Tax Return are publically available to anyone. We also post our Future Fund and Capital Fund Statement of Investment Policy so that everyone can see how we spend your fees and donations.
A partner in Simcoe/Muskoka
We want to be a trusted, integral part of the communities we serve, so we partner with local organizations such as schools, social service agencies, service clubs, and various levels of government. Whether we are counseling our youth, helping new immigrants adapt to the community, or assisting the unemployed with a job search, we strive to keep the highest possible ethical and moral standards, so we have signed on to the Imagine Canada Ethical Code.
As a charitable organization, we have a duty to use your fees and donations wisely. we rely heavily on over 500 volunteers, who do a little of everything, from teaching fitness classes, to child care, to counseling at-risk youth. Even our Board of Directors are volunteers, whose goal is to provide direction and guidance to the staff to ensure we are engaging and connecting to the needs of our community. Because we’re a charitable organization, we want everyone in our communities to have access to our services, regardless of financial circumstances. That’s why nearly 30 % of our members receive fee payment assistance. If you think you can’t afford to join us, come in and see if we can help you.
We’re proud that our fitness programs cultivate healthier lifestyles, but your Y is so much more. We are an inclusive community that is open to everyone. One of our volunteers put it best.
“In a society perceived by many to be disconnected and disengaged, the YMCA becomes a gathering place for people from all walks of life, in ways that are almost impossible to imagine anywhere else.”