World Service

YMCAs in more than 120 countries work every day—often in challenging social, economic and political environments—to give people the tools and resources to create a better future for themselves and their families. Each year, YMCA of the USA's World Service Campaign raises and distributes funds to help Ys become stronger and better able to respond to the critical social issues that are keeping people from reaching their potential.

In many communities around the world, the YMCA is the only place where a kid can access a library, a teen can learn about HIV/AIDS prevention or a family can break the cycle of poverty because of a Y job training program. Universally, YMCAs know the issues impacting their community because they are an integral part of the community. Ys have the understanding, expertise and local connections to develop the innovative, impactful programs and services, which move people and communities forward. World Service partners with Ys around the globe to make sure that they have the resources to deliver these life-changing programs to the people who need them the most.

When you give to the World Service Campaign, you help to strengthen communities worldwide. Click here to learn more.

YMCAs Respond to the Ebola Virus in West Africa

Since the Ebola outbreak hit western Africa earlier this year, YMCAs in the affected areas have been working on awareness and prevention campaigns to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Learn more below.

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Photo and Video Gallery

View a short video or our photo gallery to learn how World Service is changing lives worldwide.

You can donate to World Service in three easy ways:

  • Telephone
    800-872-9622, extension 8177


Our Commitment to You

A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar contributed to World Service goes to help Ys worldwide serve those in need. Funded programs are approved by the International Committee of the YMCA of the USA's Board of Directors.

Grants are managed by members of the YMCA of the USA International Group who have a proven track record of implementing high-quality programs, an in-depth knowledge of each region's history, and trusted relationships with local leaders. Over the last 15 years, YMCA of the USA has managed an international grant portfolio in excess of $60 million.

All World Service and other international contributions are administered by YMCA of the USA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation chartered in the state of Illinois. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and are acknowledged in writing.

THANK YOU to the thousands of friends and contributors who generously offer their time and resources each year to continue the Y's charitable legacy worldwide.

Contact World Service

For more information on World Service call 800-872-9622 or email


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