The Greater Scranton YMCA is a place where we can all belong. We come from many backgrounds and have many voices, but we share a belief. We believe that together, we can make a stronger community.

We are a cause-driven nonprofit organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe positive and lasting personal and social change comes about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

Last fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Greater Scranton YMCA awarded $491,646 in financial assistance to children, adults and families from our community, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer, including membership, early childhood education, youth programs and health initiatives.

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s recently completed fiscal year brought exciting change to our facility and organization. We completed construction on our nearly $1.8 million capital renovations. The project included the creation of a commercial kitchen and teaching kitchen, the re-design and renovation of our welcome center, the creation of needed community space and infrastructure updates, including the replacement of our boilers. These projects will allow our YMCA to remain sustainable for generations to come.

The Greater Scranton YMCA served 8,383 community members through membership. Our staff awarded $53,335 in membership financial assistance to children, adults and families from across our community, allowing them to experience all the Y has to offer. Through membership at the YMCA, we help people build and maintain healthy habits. By assisting kids, adults, families and older adults from all walks of life improve their health, we are strengthening the foundation of our community.

We continue to see a growing need for child care services in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, with the number of children we served through licensed child care programming more than doubling. The YMCA served 230 children through early childhood education programs, 143 children in the 2021 Summer Day Program, 204 children in the 2022 Summer Day Camp Program, and 86 children through school age programs, including our before and after school program and one of our summer learning loss prevention programs, Summer Scholars.

Through contributions received from individual donors, businesses, foundations, Pre-K tax credits, United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties and the Early Learning Resource Center, the Greater Scranton YMCA awarded $400,206.26 in financial assistance to families, allowing them to send their children to child care programming at the YMCA.

One Early Learning Center mom said, “To be about to receive this extra discount for my son’s care is a tremendous help financially, especially when I am unable to come to work when he is sick. As you know, the price of everything has gone up and due to this, I sometimes struggle to make ends meet. Thank you for providing me with this help as it has helped me provide for, and support, my son.”

Learning for a child does not end in a classroom. Here at the Y, we understand the learning and growth of youth must be well-rounded, exciting and fun. From sports classes to arts classes, the Y offers a diverse selection of programming.

Through our swim team, swim lessons and specialty courses, the Greater Scranton YMCA served 808 children and adults in our aquatics department. Through programs like basketball, soccer, Lego Mania, drawing and the Imagination Playground, we served 295 children.

The Greater Scranton YMCA takes on the most urgent needs in our community and inspires a spirit of service in return. Our members, volunteers and staff demonstrate the power of what we can achieve together. Last fiscal year, the Greater Scranton YMCA awarded $491,646 in financial assistance and served 51,810 meals and snacks to children enrolled in summer camp, after school and the Early Learning Center.

To learn more about membership, programs, and financial assistance at the Greater Scranton YMCA, visit us online at greaterscrantonymca.org/ or contact Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement & Marketing Director, at mcarnevale@greaterscrantonymca.org or call 570-828-3113.

Meghan Carnevale is the Mission Advancement & Marketing Director at the Greater Scranton YMCA. Meghan has been with the Y since 2012, serving in different roles in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre communities.