Support Down East Family YMCA

DEFY Annual Campaign



Community is Power

At The Y, we are for EVERYONE!
Last year, because of our campaign success, we were able to provide a free membership to every 6th grader in Hancock County! Your gift in 2022 ensures that we are able to continue this initiative at such a critical stage of a child’s development. Our financial assistance program is made possible by our generous donors who share our commitment to equity and inclusion.

Fr over 60 years, Down East Family YMCA has served as Hancock County’s largest hometown YMCA. Based in Ellsworth, Down East Family YMCA membership comes from 34 of its 38 towns.

2022 Financial Assistance

In 2022, over $250,000 was given in financial aid so children and families in our community could participate in programs at the Y.

Because of your donation this year, countless children and families will gain self-confidence, build lasting relationships and start their journey to a healthier lifestyle. When you invest in the well-being of our community you ensure every child and family has access to the Y.

 100% of your tax-deductible donation makes our community stronger through Y programs focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Fishing at Camp Discovery

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Every gift has an impact. Please make yours today.

It is our mission to build strong communities, families and individuals by fostering respect and promoting a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Provides life saving swim lessons for 6 children.


Teaches teamwork and confidence to 12 kids through youth sports.


Provides a summer to remember for 5 children in our community.


Gives 11 teens a
safe environment to grow
and thrive at the Y.