Community Impact


The Y has been a vibrant part of South Carolina communities for more than 158 years.  As the leading charity committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, South Carolina Ys create opportunities for men, women and children of all ages to learn together, strengthen their bodies and minds and build community.

Our Cause Defines Us

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening South Carolina communities is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  We reach every corner of the state, and especially the most vulnerable populations in our communities.


Today, more than 1 out of every 20 South Carolina residents is involved in the Y.  South Carolina Ys (each a 501(c)3 charity) serve all segments of their communities by providing youth enrichment opportunities, promoting health and wellness, building partnerships and encouraging volunteerism.  Working together, we create communities with a shared vision – communities in which everyone plays a part in building a stronger tomorrow.

  • REACH – More than a quarter of a million SC residents are served by our Ys through membership and programs, and of those nearly 40% are under the age of 18.
  • HELP – South Carolina Ys receive nearly $5 million in annual charitable support that directly benefits communities around the state.
  • ASSIST – Our Ys give back more than $5 million in financial assistance through membership, child care, youth activities, residential/ day camp, teen programs and community outreach.
  • VOLUNTEER – Nearly 10,000 South Carolina volunteers donated countless hours of their time through the Y, generating services that help Ys positively change local communities.

Our Impact is Felt Every Day

With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.  YMCAs improve South Carolina communities every day!