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Since its inception nearly 150 years ago, the YMCA of Metro Denver has been there

supporting individuals, families and our community through hardships and difficulties. 

We continue to be a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change.

Your investment – as a volunteer, as a donor – impacts lives.

 

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Breaking down barriers through youth sports

Playing sports can have lasting social, emotional and physical benefits. But it’s on the decline. The Y of Metro Denver is one of only 4 YMCAs in the country selected to partner with Gatorade. Together, we’re breaking down the barriers young athletes face whether it’s financial challenges, lack of role models, too much pressure or low self-confidence. Over the summer, we partnered with Gatorade to host a local youth clinic with special guest Chauncey Billups to mentor and inspire local teens.

Want to learn more about sports offered at the Y? Visit Youth Sports

 

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Finding a Third Place for Community

The Y helped Elias Jacobson get through a tragic time in his life and to get his health back on track. The stress and sadness of losing his sister and brother led to unhealthy habits and Elias was in a downward spiral, facing an imminent Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. Remembering with fondness childhood summers at the Y, he reached out for help and joined a year-long Diabetes Prevention Program and found the camaraderie to continue. 

Learn more about Elias’ journey and how the Y was his home-away-from-home Elias' Journey

 

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Getting Stronger through fitness & friends at the Y

Eileen Eastridge, diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, was referred to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program to alleviate her side affects. The free 12-week program helps cancer survivors improve health and build community. The specialized exercises helped Eileen become stronger and more energetic, but “the icing on the cake came in the social support I found. The program gave me a new community of supporters who understood what going through cancer is really like.” 

Learn more about Eileen’s experience at the YMCA here

 

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Feeling encouraged and connected to friends

 

“I was surrounded by negative news...and decided to go out and help someone,” said YMCA Volunteer Aitiana Wilson following a year of limited in-person connection during 2020. Volunteering for the Y’s Beyond Hunger food pantry program was her salvation. For Robert Diaz, “coaching at the Y has been one of the best service experiences of my life.”

Read more about Aitiana and Coach Diaz’s experience and how you can get involvedhere

 

You can uplift our community! Support the YMCA through

Volunteer Your time at our Beyond Hunger food pantry

Donate To provide a scholarship to child for camp, swim lessons or an art class