Social Responsibility

The generosity of others is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage. If you would like to contribute your support, please contact one of the Ys in our area.

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Social Services

To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.

Select a Social Services program for more information:

  • Special Needs Programs  A safe, fun place for individuals with disabilities to make friends and improve overall well-being.
  • Detroit Swims  Partnering with schools and community pools in the City of Detroit and surrounding areas to ensure that every child can be confident in and around the water.
  • I Rise Family Empowerment  Supporting working parents with an innovative combination of career and financial coaching, motivational forums and child care support.
  • Project Stuff a Backpack  Collecting school supplies for students in grades K-12 who need them.
  • Military Outreach  The Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support.
  • Toys For Tots  Delivering a powerful message of hope and generosity to kids in our community.
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Global Services

At the Y, building a strong global community begins at home. Ys in the U.S. help young people develop cultural competencies, diverse populations connect to the community and individuals around the world gain access to life-changing resources and support. As an interconnected global network, the Y has the resources and solutions to build bridges and make our changing communities stronger—both at home and abroad.

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Volunteerism & Giving

The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to give back to the communities we serve.

Select a Volunteer or Giving option for more information:

  • Volunteer the Y  Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of the kids, families, and adults in our community.
  • Give to the Y  When you give to our Annual Campaign, you help ensure that those who need us most will have access to quality programs and activities.
  • Share Your YMCA Story  By listening to each other’s stories, we’re able to catch a glimpse of all the hope, strength, and determination across southeast Michigan and how everyone’s living the Y’s values.


We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experience and strong relationships in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation mean that we are able to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues including child welfare, education and public health.