Dear Community Member,

It’s a Tuesday evening at the Y.

Outside my office, I can hear swimmers preparing for team practice with the Stingers. Our dance class is just finishing for the week—lots of young children practicing their steps along in the community room—and several teens and a few families are shooting hoops in the gymnasium. In another hour, our yoga class will begin downstairs.

A year ago, even though the Y was open and programs were running, there was still a sense of quiet waiting. Now, the lobby rings out with the laughter of the young, and the young at heart.

We have so much to be grateful for.

It has been a hard year. One of transitions and change. But it’s not the first time we’ve faced challenges, and each time we do, our YMCA has come back even stronger than we were before. And through it all, our mission stays the same and our work goes on.

For 154 years, the Cortland YMCA has helped ensure all people can reach their full potential, no matter who they are or where they’re from. When you donate to the Cortland YMCA, you give everyone in our community the chance to thrive. Every dollar donated to this campaign is used to fund our Membership for All program and transforms the lives of local community members who join the Y or enroll their children in our youth programs.

National Philanthropy Day is November 15th. We are again partnering with the Cortland Community Foundation for their Philanthropy Day event. If you donate between $100 and $5000 to the Y through the CCF by November 15th, your gift will put us in the running for an additional award of up to $10,000! Every dollar makes a difference! Donations under $100 are still appreciated and can be mailed directly to the Cortland YMCA at 22 Tompkins St, Cortland NY 13045.

Please visit to make your gift online, or download a form here.


Margo Upson
Membership and Marketing Director
Cortland County Family YMCA