Community Impact

We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y was created in response to social challenges and remains to this day a lifeline in communities around the world. The Y understands the challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with services and support which help people to be self-reliant, productive and connected to the community. Here in the Omaha metro community, the YMCA of Greater Omaha provides support through services focused on critical areas, such as child welfare, community health, classroom readiness, environmental education, quality of life or family services.

Below are a few examples of how the Y is providing support to the communities of the Omaha metro, Valley, Council Bluffs, Glenwood and beyond:

Youth violent crime is attributed to a lack of education and job skills.

The Y offers mentoring programs that serve over 400 at-risk teens. In 2014 the YMCA of Greater Omaha provided 315 teens with a place to grow academically, socially and professionally in the Teen Safety Net program.

Omaha ranks as the 142 out of 182 metropolitan areas in overall health.

The Y offers financial assistance at each of our 9 locations so everyone can start living healthier.

38% of kids are glued to the “screen” more than 2 hours a day.

As the largest provider of Youth Sports and Youth Programs in the Omaha metro, the Y does its part to keep kids active and engaged in activities that stimulate healthy growth for young bodies and minds. Today over 50,000 children participate in programs at the YMCA of Greater Omaha.

22% of children ages 6 – 17 are considered obese and likely won’t live as long as their parents.

The #1 way to reduce childhood obesity is by getting involved in activities with your kids. Children who participate in organized sports are higher achievers in terms of grades, drop-out rates and future aspirations. In 2014, the YMCA of Greater Omaha’s youth sports provided 22,574 youth with an environment to stay active, gain self-confidence and build character.

Research shows a typical child will lose 1 – 3 months of education retention during the summer months.

The YMCA partners with Douglas County West schools to provide summer school and Y enrichment activities for 39 kids (ages 5-12) last year to reduce the impact of the “summer learning gap” and allow those children to thrive in their education.

Most acts of delinquency happen when children are not adequately supervised in their home.

Our before and after school programs and Summer Day Camp provided 1,857 youth in 2014 with a safe, fun and structured alternative to being at home alone, where most acts of delinquency happen.