The Kindness Initiative
The YMCA believes our communities are strongest when everyone is included and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine, in collaboration with the Michael & Nancy Pia Foundation, is asking the community to join in a year-long focus on Kindness. The effort, which connects to the YMCA’s mission as well as the PIA Foundation’s Living Kindness Project, will offer ongoing ways for friends, neighbors and colleagues to engage in projects, efforts and causes that benefit our community.
The YMCA believes our communities are strongest when everyone is included and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We welcome and connect people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives, and we're committed to addressing issues that people face to create positive change. We call it Social Responsibility - but more put simply, it's kindness.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine embraces the values and beliefs which support and reflect the inclusion and appreciation of all individuals and believes that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive. Creating the world we all want to live in begins with each of us making the conscious choice to act with kindness.
Collection Ends on November 19, 2022
Within our YMCA community, we have families with different levels of financial means. Join us in helping those within our community who may not be able to afford a full Thanksgiving meal.
Collection ends on December 15, 2022
Join us during the holiday season to provide gifts for children of deserving families in our community who cannot afford to put presents under the tree. The YMCA’s Angel Tree program is an opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter – and to bring a smile to a child’s face – through giving.
The YMCA offers a variety of ways to contribute to the community with kindness. Whether as a youth sports coach, through reading books to our preschool children, or by helping others improve their health, there are many ways that you can make an impact through volunteering at the YMCA.
Participating YMCA branches provide food, toiletries and other essentials for individuals and families in need at no cost and with no questions asked in our Community Pantries. Items can be donated to the pantry closest to you.
Lionville Community YMCA, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center
Branches across the YMCA of Greater Brandywine host regular blood drive events open to the public in partnership with The Red Cross. Visit our website for a list of upcoming drives in YGBW branches.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the Chester County community. We serve people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. Our fundraising efforts help us to provide financial assistance and income-based membership to ensure that YMCA memberships and/or programs are available for all individuals and families in our community.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine's 7th Grade Initiative offers any seventh grader a complimentary one-year youth membership. Students are eligible once they graduate 6th grade through August 31st of their 7th-grade year.