World Service

For most Americans, the idea of moving to a new city or town can be daunting. Try crossing over from a different continent. See how the Y helped Raja adjust to his new life in America. This is his Y. His camera. His story.
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Chris & Christian

Missoula YMCA

"Our Partnership's Bringing Back Hope and Life."

You might have to look on a map to find Sierra Leone, but for Chris, this volunteer knows that his town's partnership with this small country is a benefit to both communities across the water. 
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Rachel G.

Capital District YMCA

"I Got to See the World with My Own Eyes."

High school junior. Summer camp volunteer. Now, a world traveler. See how Rachel discovered that no matter where in the world you go, the Y is there for you. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 
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Alejandro Hernandez

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

"We're Serving as a Bridge across Cultures."

As a long-time volunteer and board member at the Y, Alejandro knows the importance of global service learning and youth education in his newly-adopted hometown in the Midwest. But it's not where you live that defines you, it's your connection to the world. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Sarah Mgabo

YMCA of Greater Houston

"The Y Was My First Home in the U.S."

When Sarah left Rwanda nearly 16 years ago, she had no idea what was in store for her or her family. Thankfully, the Y was there for her to show them the way to a better, more secure life. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 



YMCA World Service

Did you know that the Y is in 119 countries? Like Ys in the U.S., Ys around the globe respond to community need with programs and services that help people to reach their full potential.

YMCA of the USA's World Service Campaign raises support for the powerful work of Ys worldwide, which often operate in challenging environments. In many communities, the Y is the only place where a child can access a library, a teen can learn about HIV/AIDS prevention or a parent can develop job skills for better family stability.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to discover what they can achieve and when you give to World Service, you'll help Ys reach more people with life-changing programs. To learn more, download the campaign brochure or email

You can donate to World Service in three easy ways:

  • Telephone
    800-872-9622, extension 8177

Photo and Video Gallery

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


Lebanon YMCA Responds to Syrian Refugee Crisis

An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. More than 1.1 million refugees have fled to Lebanon, Syria’s neighbor to the west, where they now make up 20% of the country’s population. The YMCA of Lebanon is working to provide urgent relief and support to these vulnerable populations. Click here to learn more or here to make a secure, online donation to the Lebanon YMCA Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.

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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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. 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.

You can donate to World Service in three easy ways:

  • Telephone
    800-872-9622, extension 8177

Contact World Service

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


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