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Organization: Sarasota YMCA

One S. School Ave., Suite, 301 Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941-225-6165

Cause: Human Services

Mission: We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

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The Sarasota YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical needs for over 70 years. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors

From early learning to diabetes prevention, youth sports and swim lessons to after school care, mentoring and counseling to summer camp, and a youth shelter to foster care and adoptions, the Y continues to effect lasting change in Sarasota and beyond. 

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By building a culture of Philanthropy to meet the community needs, the Y is also on the forefront of preventing chronic disease through several programs such as Diabetes Prevention – a small group for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Livestrong At the YMCA - a 12-week initiative for people affected by cancer, Biggest Winner- helping people develop healthy habits and work with a nutritionist,, and Pedaling for Parkinson’s – a cycling class to increase motor skills. Programs like these help Ys find and help people most in need in our community.

As a nonprofit organization serving over 50,000 people annually, the Y never turns anyone away due to their inability to pay. We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.


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