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Upcoming Events at the YMCA


Saturday, April 8th, 9-11am | Camp Mataucha in Watertown

Join us for another great Easter Event at Camp Mataucha! We will have light breakfast, games, crafts, an egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This event is free, but please RSVP to Program Director, Cori Behm at


Saturday, December 10th | Camp Mataucha in Watertown

Santa Claus is coming to town, Watertown that is! Join us for cocoa, snacks, games and a visit for the jolly man himself.


Sunday, November 20th | Greater Waterbury YMCA

Join us for this awesome event which kicks off at 9am. We offer a 5 mile or 5K race. Register online:


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Country Club of Waterbury  

Join us for a fun event that supports the YMCA Community Support Campaign and funds assistance for our programs.


2017 Chilly Challenge

On January 14th, the Y held the 4th Annual Chilly Challenge.

To date $8250 has been raised!

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YMCA Executive Director Jim O'Rourke and the United Way team JUMP in



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former YMCA member and kingz aau team player anthony ireland up for Wcc player of the year
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ymca berkeley warner community center receives bank of america grant

June 2015-  Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation has provided THE WATERBURY YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION with a $2,500 grant for the YMCA at Berkeley Heights Youth & Teen Center. 

We would like to thank Bank of America for supporting The YMCA Berkely Warner Community Center.  As we look to provide our community with important educational and workforce development initiatives,  Bank of America’s investment in our organization will enable us to continue performing our vital work.

Greater Waterbury YMCA Receives CHEFA Grant To Improve Pool


 [Waterbury, CT] – The Greater Waterbury YMCA was awarded a $65,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) as part of its Client Grant Program.

 The  Greater Waterbury YMCA will use the grant money to help underwrite some of the cost of renovating the YMCA’s circa 1924 20-yd warm water therapeutic and instructional pool infilling the pool to a consistent depth to increase the programming capacity of the pool.  The aged filtration and drainage systems will also be upgraded as a result of these renovations.

 Jim O’Rourke, Executive Director of the Greater Waterbury YMCA said “We are extremely grateful to CHEFA for signing on to support this project that will enable the YMCA to teach more children to swim providing life-saving skills for inner-city children.  This renovation will also increase the capacity of our active older adult and therapeutic programs through improved accessibility.”

 CHEFA recently announced $1 million in grants to 15 of its nonprofit client agencies throughout the state.  CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing.  CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds.  For more information about CHEFA, visit




What is yrc?


YMCA Racing Collaborative

At the Greater Waterbury YMCA, we realized that there are SO MANY great races in our community that it can be hard to keep track all of them and figure out which ones you should do. YRC's mission is to support races in our community - especially ones with great causes. Some of the races are ones we're organizing ourselves, some are brand new, and some have been brought to you for years by great community organizations we're now collaborating and partnering with - but ALL of them are for a good cause.  Every month, we're going to send out a newsletter which is going to include WHEN and WHERE you need to be to be a part of some of the best community races, tips about WHAT you need to do to get there, and an inspirational story from one of the causes we're highlighting - WHY doing that race will make a difference in our community, and in the world.  




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