YOUR EXTRA CHANGE
MADE A DIFFERENCE
This May, you rounded up your Macy’s
purchases to the nearest
$0.99—and we donated your change to fund scholarships
to send kids to summer
camp at the Y. Thanks for your support!
Macy's supports the Y in keeping kids' minds and bodies active through summer camp programs.
Studies show that camp experiences promote physical well-being for youth and help them gain important social skills. But not all kids can afford to go to summer camp—that's where we come in.
When you round up your in-store purchases, 100% of your donation goes to helping kids who might not otherwise be able to attend summer camp at the Y. That means healthier, more active kids—and stronger communities around the country.
With the support of customers like you, Macy's has raised over $900,000 for the Y to help send more than 8,000 kids to summer camp. Together, we can enrich the summer for even more kids.
"As a single, working mom, YMCA day camp is the only way I can maintain my job over the summer," said Shailyn's mom, Tish. "Not only do I know my daughter is safe and supervised, she also receives meals and snacks as part of the Y program."
Shailyn is just one of the campers who will benefit from Macy's partnership with the Joplin Family YMCA, which prides itself on providing a healthy, fun, affordable summer experience to at-risk kids in Joplin, Missouri.
When Tameka Thompson had a massive stroke at the age of 29, leaving her severely disabled, she needed a safe space for her daughter, Cierra, to spend the summer. When Cierra left for summer camp with the YMCA of Greenville, she was insecure and frightened. But while she was there, she gained confidence, built new friendships, and developed leadership skills.
"Her confidence gave me confidence. She helped me push myself to learn how to read again, write again, and speak again," said Tameka. "I am so grateful for donors of the YMCA."
When Josh's father died suddenly in a drowning accident in Texas, his New York City aunt, Rachel, became his guardian. Overnight, she became a single working mom—and Josh had a whole new city to adjust to.
Rachel enrolled him in summer camp at the Y, where he learned how to swim. "The least I could do for Josh is to make sure that he enjoys being in water without fear," said Rachel, "especially because of how we lost his father, my brother." But the Y's benefits didn't stop at swimming lessons. "The Y is not like a gym," said Rachel. "It's my support system."
YMCAs around the country serve more than 950,000 kids and adults with summer camp programs each year.
Research shows that kids who don’t have access to camp during the summer gain weight & fall behind academically at twice the rate of kids who do.
18% of summer campers receive scholarship assistance.