Be Our Voice

Congressman Paul Tonko with Marcelle The Capital District YMCA is uniquely positioned to bring about meaningful, lasting change in our communities. The Y is a voice for kids and families. The Y helps identify and meet the community’s most pressing needs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. ​​

Cause-driven Y leaders – both staff and volunteers – continuously engage with community leaders and public officials about the Y. Influencing public policy is about building relationships with those who can help advance the full scope of the Y’s mission, cause, programs, and community impact.

Through stories and statistics, our YMCAs can show how they are strengthening community.

In the Capital region, local, state, and federal public officials are proactively and regularly engaged to ensure that they understand the value of the Y and actively champion the Y.

​Key staff and volunteers frequently serve as representatives in community organizations and public entities. ​Pertinent public-policy issues are addressed by the YMCA board, and/or its committees, on an ongoing basis and as special circumstances arise.

Join our efforts to influence:

  • Real property and sales tax-exempt status of YMCAs as a charitable organization ;
  • The adoption of additional State tax incentives for charitable giving to nonprofits;
  • State and Federal funding to New York State YMCAs for community service, youth services, child care, education projects and healthy living initiatives that reduce obesity rates;
  • Continuation of funding opportunities from Empire State Development, IDAs and the Dormitory Authority to YMCAs;
  • Funding to the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide energy efficiency grants for Ys;
  • Criminal background checks on employees working with children or youth as long as compliance standards and costs are reasonable; and
  • Continuity in the development of new transportation regulations that may impact child care, after-school and summer camp programs