World Service

Haiti YMCA Responds to Hurricane Matthew Disaster

On October 3, Hurricane Matthew, a violent Category 4 storm with winds of up to 145 mph, made landfall in Haiti, flooding homes in vulnerable coastal communities and forcing residents to seek shelter. Matthew is the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in almost a decade. Through its local networks, the Haiti YMCA will be able to support children and families directly impacted by the disaster. They will provide basic supplies, services and shelter as capacity allows in the ten communities where the Y is present. Click here to learn more. To help the Haiti YMCA respond to the devastating hurricane, please click here to make a secure, online donation and add “Haiti YMCA Hurricane Fund" in the special comments/instructions box. 

Girls in Haiti smiling.

Y building in Haiti

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

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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.


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

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


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