2018 Giving Challenge

BE THE ONE to help a local child or family in need during the Giving Challenge on May 1-2 from noon-noon!


Chuck Wolfe joined the Manatee YMCA 7 years ago after having multiple strokes – partially paralyzed, unable to talk or walk. Chuck travels by wheel chair and bus 3-5 days a week-rain or shine- to the Bradenton YMCA.

With the Y’s help, Chuck can now walk without his wheel chair up to the machines, bike 5 miles, and talk. He has lost 50 pounds and adopted many new healthy habits. You can find Chuck most mornings with a huge smile willing to share good wishes and updates on his latest accomplishments.

Will You Be The One for Others Like Chuck?

As you know, the YMCA doesn’t turn anyone away for inability to pay – we provide scholarships to people in need for programs and services with the help of generous donors like you.

From noon-noon on May 1-2, 2018, you can #BeTheOne to have your donation to the Y doubled! On these days only, The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, during the 2018 Giving Challenge. Every dollar donated to the Manatee YMCA stays local and will have a lasting impact of the people of Manatee County.

Matched donations must be made during the 24-hour Giving Challenge online at givingpartnerchallenge.org. During the Giving Challenge, you can search for “Manatee County Y” to make your donation. Thank you for helping us double the amount of good we can do in the community and help more people like Chuck!


The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. Supporting partners include the Charlotte Community Foundation, Harbor Style, Herald-Tribune, iHeart Media, Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, SNN and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

Annual Campaign



When our communities are strong, our country is strong. But right now, the bonds that hold us together are fraying and we need a place to make them whole. In over 10,000 communities across the country, the Y is that place. It fills the gaps, bridges our divides, and gives us common ground to stand on.

Your gift to Manatee YMCA’s Annual Community Scholarship Campaign means that somewhere in your community a YMCA door opens to a child, a family, a senior, who would otherwise be unable to afford it. You open the door to swimming lessons, youth sports, recreation, before and after school programs, tutoring, fitness,dance, programs that teach strong core values… Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Your gifts are truly investments in the quality of life for others. Whether you make a once a year gift or monthly gifts, your gifts add up to the Y’s strong belief that when, “everyone plays, everyone wins”. Our commitment is to never deny anyone access to programs and facilities due to an inability to pay. Each year we provide more than 1,200 scholarships to individuals and families who otherwise cannot afford to participate. These important scholarships are made possible by people donating to our Annual Community Scholarship Campaign.



  • Teens

    – Outreach for our community’s teens with programs providing character-building activities, positive guidance and skills leading to a safe, productive and healthy lifestyle.

  • Child Care and Day Camp

    – Before & after school care for elementary and middle school children. Day Camp for days when school is not in session including holidays, spring break and summer break.

  • Splash

    – FREE introduction to swimming classes at each of our YMCA branches including water safety instruction.

  • Active Older Adults

    – Programs that keep older adults active, vital and connected to our community.

  • Sports

    – Non-competitive instructional sports for children of all ages.

  • Membership

    – All that the YMCA has to offer with access to programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.


For more information to donate to the Annual Community Scholarship Campaign please contact the branch of your choice to complete a pledge card or donate now online! The branch you donate to will contact you after receiving donation to complete your pledge card and to receive your thank you letter. A donation to the Y is tax deductible!