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The YMCA of Catawba Valley is a place of community and growth for all. We strive each day to build programs that nurture, inspire, nourish, encourage, connect, heal and teach our kids, adults, seniors and families. These efforts help build a stronger community for the entire Catawba Valley Region. 


We cannot do it without your help. We count on the generosity of our donors to make a strong statement to the community about the value and importance of the YMCA.




My name is Jessica Schaffer and the Y saved my life.  

I joined the Y in May of 2023.  My brother and his wife were members so I joined so that we could all go swimming together.  It has been a wonderful experience.  I feel so welcome and part of a community.  My daughter goes to the child watch area while I enjoy water aerobics and the hot tub.  

I had been in a car accident some time ago and experienced some joint issues.  I was seeing a chiropractor for joint issues, then I had a fall that injured my sciatic nerve and became almost bedridden.  As a result, I lost my job.  I got up to about 400 pounds.  My doctor recommended water exercises.  So, after joining the Y, I began water aerobics.  Walking laps and eventually swimming.  I have lost 50 pounds.  My chiropractor said he was glad I was doing better but he missed seeing me. The Y saved my life. 

This would not have been possible without financial assistance.  I am grateful for all the supporters of the Y.   

We have been part of the YMCA Childcare program for 3 years now. I have seen my child Thomas learn so much in the after school and summer camp programs through the Y. He has so much fun and has made many friends throughout the years he’s been attending.

Thanks to the financial aid we have received, Thomas is able to participate in the summer camp and enjoy the field trips in the summer. Without the help I would have to quit working and stay home with him.

The YMCA financial scholarships have helped our family to keep pursuing our goals and careers at the same time as being parents and caring for our children.

The Geronimo Guardian Family



Access & Belonging for All

Your gift helps us ensure access and community for all through high-impact programs that change lives.

At the YMCA of Catawba Valley, our doors are open to all. We offer a place for belonging, relationship-building and celebrating the uniqueness of every individual. Our inclusive network of support helps people from all walks of life find the encouragement and tools they need to thrive, regardless of age, ethnicity, ability or income.


Youth Potential & Academic Success

Your gift helps us inspire kids through programs which promote growth and development.

The YMCA of Catawba Valley realizes that the prosperity and growth of our community relies on the success and nurturing of our children. Understanding that not all children have what they need to always succeed and thrive, we always offer positive experiences with great role models, which promote academic success, develop healthy habits, and build strong self-esteem.


Community Health Challenges

Your gift helps change the outcome for people facing health issues through inclusive, impactful programs.

Chronic health struggles are on the rise, including Type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke, heart disease, cancer and other conditions. We at the Y are committed to helping people understand the risks of these issues, and we provide the support needed to combat chronic disease, improve activity, and lead healthier, more enjoyable lives.


Drowning Prevention

Your gift helps us save lives through our high-impact programs.

Three children die each day from drowning, with a shocking 88% of youth drowning incidents occurring under adult supervision. That’s why teaching children how to be safe in and around water is a very important necessity. At the Y, we are committed to preventing drowning by giving all kids the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill of swimming.


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