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The Knox County YMCA is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to utilize Christian principles to instill character development. We believe in the four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and practice these values in our daily lives.  Financial Assistance keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us most.  We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
 
As part of our mission, no person is denied participation or services of the YMCA thanks to our generous donors. Each year, the YMCA conducts a sustaining fundraising campaign (Annual Support Campaign) in order to ensure that every person wishing to participate at the YMCA has opportunity to do so. Annually, the YMCA forgives approximately $50,000 in membership and program dollars which must be generated through private donors such as you.

Please consider giving to the YMCA to make an impact on youth and families. For more information on how you can make a tax deductible gift, please contact Adam Sampson at (309) 344-1324.

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Our Success Stories

We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.