Confidence. Discovery. Giving back. Thanks to you, a healthier tomorrow starts here, at the YMCA-YWCA!

When you come to the Y you find a vibrant community where people are improving their health, strengthening their well-being, and transforming their lives. We know that when you belong to a supportive community, when you show up for others and give back, there are no limits to what you can achieve.


Thank-you Rogers Communications!

This June, a group of enthusiastic volunteers descended on the Bonnefant Outdoor Centre, home of the Y’s Camp Otonabee, to help prepare the site for this year’s campers.

Rogers Communications believes that it is a priority to give back to the communities they work in. As such, they hold Give Together Day, a day that enables Rogers employees from across Canada team up with local organizations such as the Y to make a hands-on and tangible impact in their community.

Check out this video to see some of the things they were up to in Ottawa for their 2019 Give Together volunteer Day.


Thank you so much to Team Rogers for helping create a safe space for our campers to make life-long memories this summer!


They took the leap and sent 225 kids to camp!

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On Thursday, June 13th, brave fundraisers from across the city joined the specially trained crew from Vera Industrial Access to overcome their fears, catch an adrenaline rush, and most importantly give local kids the chance to attend Y summer camp!

This year marked the 6th anniversary of the Y’s most high-flying fundraiser and the event wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of committed supporters like each and everyone of the event’s participants, planning committee, and sponsors!

We would like to say a special thank you to our presenting sponsor, PBC Group for making this event possible and ensuring that 100 percent of the funds raised by participants go directly to providing local kids with a summer that they won’t forget!

Check out more photos from this year’s event here.

When we all work together we can make amazing things happen. Thanks to you, dreams, confidence, and courage all start here at the Y!


Edelman Canada’s Little Give Means a Whole Lot!

This summer, the Y’s Try Women’s Housing program received an uplifting surprise. Team members from the Edelman Canada, Ottawa office, surprised them with a mini makeover to their shelter floor.

Team members from Edelman Canada’s Ottawa office spent two days helping revitalize the kitchen and entrance to the Y’s Try Women’s Housing PROGRAM Shelter Floor.

Team members from Edelman Canada’s Ottawa office spent two days helping revitalize the kitchen and entrance to the Y’s Try Women’s Housing PROGRAM Shelter Floor.

Inspired by Oprah’s Big Give, Edelman holds an annual “Little Give” day. This annual corporate social responsibility initiative dedicates a little bit of seed money and a whole lot of time and energy to worthy, local non-profit organizations. Established in 2008 by Edelman Vancouver, The Little Give is a volunteering program that taps into employees’ diverse skill sets and passion…as well as a whole lot of elbow grease…to make a difference in the communities around them.

For the 2019 Little Give, Edelman has chose to focus on a single charity enabling employees to unite nationally, while delivering impact at the local level. We were so excited to partner with YWCA’s in the cities that Edelman operates.

Edelman’s small but mighty Ottawa team members refaced the women’s kitchen and entrance hallway. They did away with drab paint and refinished it with bright and cheerful colours. They took the time to add new artwork and decor. Most of all, they helped show the women of the Y’s TRY program that the community cares for them. That they deserve a space that adds light and happiness into their lives.

Thank you so much to the Edelman crew for their planning, thoughtfulness, and hard-work in transforming this space the women can be proud of!


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Lyft joins the Y community!

The Y is very excited to announce a new partnership with Lyft. Committed to empowering non-profit organizations - Lyft will be working hand-in-hand with the Y help make our community stronger, healthier, and more equitable. Recently, Lyft provided a great incentive for Y Cliffhanger participants - helping to encourage their fundraising efforts and in turn sending more kids to camp.

As this partnership grows we look forward to sharing more initiatives with you!

Thank you to the team at Lyft for sharing in the Y’s mission to build a healthier and stronger community!