The Sumter community is home to an increasing number of individuals and families who require support because of inadequate service infrastructure and/or income sufficient only for basic needs. We create welcoming, inclusive spaces where people of all abilities can access the support they need by offering financial assistance to access programs within our facilities or providing services outside our four walls at healthcare centers, schools, and other places in the community.  We NEVER turn anyone away due to inability to pay, and we work hard to eliminate other barriers.

Our Annual Campaign is a fundraising effort that supports financial assistance and subsidized programming.  It ensures that all youth, adults and families can participate in Y membership and programs.

GOAL:  $80,000 By December 31, 2023


The YMCA has been called upon in many crises, conflicts, and emergencies throughout our 113-year-long history. We evolve with the community’s needs and societal changes, and now is no different. We are living in extraordinary times, with new challenges and new means of living and connecting. We know that every person in our communities has been impacted either financially, physically, or emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.

At a personal level, we have new fears, new anxieties and stressors, and in our communities and neighborhoods, we are facing issues arising from this public health crisis such as unemployment, food insecurity, isolation and loneliness, and economic and educational disparities. Where critical emergency services end, endangering the livelihoods of people in our communities, the Y steps in.

We can’t do this important work alone. You have the power to help us bring meaningful, lasting change to our communities. We need your support as we deliver new and innovative programs and services, and keep our communities strong and connected. When our communities are strong, our impact is greater, and the future is brighter for ALL.

We work hard each and every day to make a difference in the lives of our community members through YMCA programs that impact our area’s youth, families and older adults.

The needs of our community are diverse and evolving, and the Y is needed now more than ever. Together, we strive to create a stronger community and bring about meaningful change in our community. Your support is vital to our success, and enables us to be an essential component of the lives of so many in our area.

Ready to make an impact?

Here’s What You Can Do With One Gift

A $50 donation to the Y will help two kids discover themselves through swimming, gymnastics, or youth sports.

A $100 donation to the Y will help a child gain new skills and confidence at one week of summer camp at Camp Mac Boykin.

A $250 donation to the Y will provide a senior adult with a membership to exercise and have crucial social interaction with their peers and others.

A $500 donation to the Y will help an entire team of kids learn new skills, sportsmanship and values through youth sports.

A $1000 donation to the Y will provide afterschool care opportunities for an entire school year to a young adult,  Y giving them a safe, fun and healthy environment to learn, grow and thrive.

To donate, simply visit our Member Services Desk in our Main Lobby at 510 Miller Road in Sumter to fill out a pledge card.  All donations are Tax-Deductible.

For more information about donating to our Y, please contact Derek Burress, Community Outreach Director at 803-774-2514 or by email at


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