Caring for others. Caring for the community. Caring beyond ourselves. 

The CARES Program provides families and individuals the opportunities to experience and know Christ through community-based programs, activities, and partnerships with churches and Christian organizations.

Program Overview

The YMCA was birthed on June 6, 1844 when a 22-year-old George Williams gathered twelve men and started a Bible study in London, England. Williams was deeply concerned about the physical and spiritual well-being of young men who were flocking to London from their rural homes to seek employment in the ever expanding industrialization of the day. As a result, the YMCA reached many young men for Jesus Christ.
Now, almost 175 years later the YMCA of Orange County is striving to continue the legacy established by George Williams.


The YMCA longs to be more than just a place to work out, but as a place that dramatically impacts the people it touches. Through the CARES Program we strive to fulfill our purpose by walking hand-in-hand each day to make a lasting difference in our communities and in the lives of the people we serve.


  • Seasonal Donation/Charitable Drives
  • Community Outreach
  • Prayer Requests
  • Community Events
  • And more!


    • Partnerships with cities to foster a city-wide movement to connect, give, and serve
    • Gospel Motherhood Group @ Fullerton Family YMCA
    • Healthy Living Series with OC Thrive
    • Safety Around Water program for under-resourced students
    • December Giving Tree for family members of incarcerated individuals
    • Backpack Collection Drive for those in need each school year
    • Diaper Drive Collection for homeless families


We are here to help. Please share with us what you may need. Contact CARES@ymcaoc.org


We each have gifts to give. Please share with us how you would like to help meet a need in the community. Contact CARES@ymcaoc.org


A greater impact can be made when we come together to care for those in need. If you are interested in volunteering, please speak with your local YMCA.

Prayer Requests