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High Hopes Program

Afterschool Tutoring and Summer Literacy Program

This program is one of our most inspiring programs! Our success rate is tremendous.

Our organization, volunteers, and donors are strong supports of youth development in this community. Through donor contributions, we’ve been able to support the High Hopes Program.

High Hopes is a daily Afterschool program that annually serves over 100 school aged children. The program takes place in three of Greenwood’s Housing Authority Neighborhoods.  The program provides a safe environment for high risk children to complete homework during the school year and reading literacy during the summer months. During the summer months the kids also receive a meal, literacy activities and recreation. In 2015 the program expanded to the Promised Land and Ware Shoals Communities.

In addition to the Y’s Annual Support Campaign, High Hopes receives financial support from United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties, Self Family Foundation, Greenwood County Community Foundation and YMCA of the USA.

Viking Spirit

Nurturing the potential of every student.

We provided a unique physical education opportunity for local special needs students.  This class at the Y  for  special needs children  develop: physical and motor fitness; fundamental motor skills and patterns; and skills in individual and group games and sports. Students look forward to their time at the Y as much as we look forward to having them here!

Teacher Stacy White travels each week to the Greenwood Y with her special education class from Emerald High School.  “Viking Spirit is an awesome picture of what community is.  My students are generously given the opportunity to go to the YMCA and engage in social and physical activities which richly infuse their days with genuine life experiences and provide them with a sense of true community belonging. Big thanks to the staff and volunteers for their devotion to the program!!!”

This program is made possible by donations to the Annual Campaign.

Financial Assistance Through “Open Doors Program”

Making the Y Accessible to All

The aim of the “Open Doors” program is to make the Y truly accessible to all. Some program participants and members approach the Y or are referred to the Y and ask for assistance with fees due to financial hardships. After applying for and qualifying for a sliding fee, those members agree to a fee in which they pay a portion and a portion is paid for by our ‘Open Doors’ program. This reduction is fee makes it possible for over 1100 individuals to have access to the Y and its programs who otherwise would not have joined or participated in a program.

As in any community there are those who have limited financial ability to participate. Children want to participate and be accepted; parents want the best for their children and family but simply need a hand to be a part – to be a part of the Greenwood Family YMCA.

“I am very thankful for the help and financial assistance. I have three daughters that attend the YMCA all year. They love it. I love it. I also love the fact that the YMCA instills Christian values into these children. Without the help my children would not be able to participate in anything because I simply cannot afford it as a single mom of three.”

The “Open Doors” program is supported by donations to the Annual Campaign.

Splash Water Safety Program

Safe, Confident Kids

We help 800+ Greenwood area school kids each year learn how to be safe in and around water! SPLASH is a water safety program that teaches basic water safety in pool’s, lakes, ocean, and rivers. During this program we stress and demonstrate safe swimming, boating, back yard pool safety, and beach safety.

The YMCA serves each school district (District 50, 51 and 52). The program includes classroom work and a day in the water!

Special thanks to all of the school districts for partnering with us to provide this critical Water Safety Program. Also, we appreciate the support of the Ware Shoals Fire Department and the West Laurens Swift Water Rescue Team for their assistance with our program at Ware Shoals.

This program is funded by the Annual Campaign.

Community Prayer Breakfast Events

What is God doing at and through the Greenwood Family YMCA?

For one, unifying the Body of Christ!

Bringing 500+ Greenwood residents together for our Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, the Greenwood Family YMCA is dedicated to gathering the community in a shared demonstration of faith. Each year, we have a faith speaker for the event.


The annual Unity and Diversity Prayer Breakfast is held each January. It’s theme is John 17:21 – “that they all may be one…”. Look for the announcement about this event in early January.



Food Bank

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

One of the most basic necessities,  food, can be one of the most needed staples to many Greenwood area families. Twice each week the Greenwood Family YMCA transports Walmart donated food to the Greenwood County Food Bank that will distribute it to over 120 families a week.

We are able to provide this service to the Food Bank because of support we get through the Annual Campaign.

Bowers Rodgers Home

The Bowers-Rodgers Home will provide child abuse prevention and emergency shelter to abused, abandoned and neglected children from Greenwood and surrounding counties and prepare them for permanent placement. We partner with Bowers Rodgers by providing a place for these children to live, grow, and thrive in a safe environment.

Their participation in YMCA programs is made possible by the Annual Campaign.


Relay for Life® Host

The Greenwood Family YMCA is a host site for the local Relay for Life® Relay. One day. One night. One community:  By participating in an American Cancer Society Relay For Life® participants honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight it. The YMCA is pleased to serve as the host site.