The Whys & Hows of Giving to the Y

When you donate to the Greater Burlington Y, you strengthen our community—one life at a time. A child learns to swim. An adult returns to the water and finds ease for her aching hip. New parents return to work confident that their infant will have a strong start in life, spending her days in high-quality child care as a part of a diverse group of children who will grow together. 

The Y takes on some of society’s biggest challengessupporting families in need of high-quality child care, supporting individuals in their journey toward better health, and supporting the community by building connections based on our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. As a community crossroads, the Y seeks to promote diversity, empathy, and understanding—and to combat systemic racism. 

Our life-changing programs are open to all—regardless of ability to pay—thanks to the compassionate support of our community.  

Are you ready to support the Y? Then please direct your donation to the purpose that fits your priorities and brings you joy. 

The Y STRONG FUND supports the areas of greatest need for our organization, sustaining programs and services that serve the community. This fund was created during the stressful time of global pandemic and widespread awakening to the longstanding injustices of systemic racism. These forces have shaken our Y community to its core. Despite severe financial challenges caused by the pandemic—including a steep drop in membership revenue—we are buoyed by our community’s response. Priorities for this fund include returning strong from the COVID pandemic and stepping up our responsibility to be a leader in anti-racism, diversity, and equity.

The ABNAKI STRONG FUND is aimed at helping us rebuild from a summer when camp had to be cancelled—shutting down camp’s primary source of revenue—and to come back stronger in 2021. This includes a renewed focus on diversity and anti-racism through efforts based on the camp motto of “Help the Other Fellow.”

Other Ways to Support the Y

Donate to other campaigns: People look to the Y to nurture the potential of every child and to improve the health and well-being of a vibrant community. Programs that help children, adults, and families thrive are sometimes financially out of reach for those who need them most. And sometimes the Y and Camp Abnaki have special fundraising campaigns to support improvements to our programs or facilities. You can help the Y and our Camp Abnaki offer financial assistance and keep down the cost of our programs through a donation to any of the campaigns below.   

Donate YOUR way: The Y is here to help you give in whatever way works best for you. Gifts of stock or gifts from Donor Advised Funds are popular ways to give. Many donors also choose to leave a legacy at the Y by making a “planned gift” and joining the Heritage Club.

Everything we do is motivated by our promise to build a healthy, productive, and happy community. But we don’t do it alone. We do it in partnership with you. Click here for a list of our community partners and donors.





Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties