To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best. If you or someone you know is in need, the YMCA can connect you to resources within our organization and in our community. 

YMCA Christmas Giving Tree
Each Christmas season, we invite the community to join us in the gift of giving through the Christmas Giving Tree. To sponsor a child in 2020,  feel free to pick up a request tag at either YMCA location OR help us supply some “staple” items from the list below and we will package appropriately. Please drop off new, unwrapped donations at the Fercho YMCA by December 14. To nominate a child in 2020 who may be going through a tough time or not otherwise receive gifts, we invite you to help fill their holidays with a bit of magic by filling out a nomination form on their behalf. Nominations are due by December 10.

YMCA Summer Food Program
Every summer, the YMCA participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Walmart Foundation. The YMCA provides hot and nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch and supper every weekday June through August to children ages 18 and under at no charge at many area locations.

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties has been advocating for youth hunger and participating in this program since 2009. The goal of the Summer Food Program is to help alleviate food insecurities among low-income and vulnerable children. Children may experience health issues or food insecurity in conjunction with other material hardships. Connecting children and families to additional resources can provide the support they need to improve their quality of life by reducing food costs and attending to other immediate needs. For more information on the Summer Food Program, please contact Lorrie Thoemke at 701.364.4119 or

YMCA Financial Assistance
The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that EVERYONE in our community has the ability to participate in our programs. Through funds raised by the YMCA, United Way and other grants, we are able to provide financial assistance for membership, child care, programs, summer camp, and more. For more information about a service, visit the links below:

Early Head Start
Early Head Start Program Together, Mayville State University Child Development Program and the YMCA provide Early Head Start services to eligible families at two of our locations! Early Head Start is a low income-based program that provides families with quality child care. If families are eligible, they receive child care at no cost at our West Fargo and South Learning Center locations. Early Head Start is for children ages six weeks through two years old.