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Blood Drives

Several of our locations host blood drives through the American Red Cross on a regular basis.  Giving blood helps several lives at once and is a quick process!

Visit the American Red Cross to register and for more information. Pre-registration is required; no walk-ups allowed. 


Food Drives

The Tuckahoe Family YMCA hosts a Food Drive the third Wednesday of every month to benefit Welbourne United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry. A table will be located at the old entrance by the flagpoles to drop off items for the Food Drive, and you can drop off all day long!

High Demand Items:

  • Canned chicken/tuna
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned veggies and beans
  • Cereal(all kinds)
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce (no glass please)
  • Jelly (plastic containers please)
  • Peanut butter
  • Individual snacks
  • Crackers (Saltines, Ritz, Graham, etc)
  • Kid snacks-fruit snacks, pudding cups,
  • Pop-tarts, small snack packs, raisins, jello
  • Canned Ravioli/spaghetti O’s
  • Toilet paper

Thank you for your support of our community! For questions or more information, please contact Leslie Beck-Long at becklongl@ymcarichmond.org.


Support Students and Families

As schools are having to change what learning looks like for the 2020/2021 school year, the YMCA is changing how we can support our students and families by offering Student Success Centers at various schools in Chesterfield County, Henrico County, and Richmond City.

Student Success Centers are run by YMCA staff, but located in various community locations. Parents drop-off their student in the morning for virtual learning. YMCA staff will support their learning by ensuring the students are engaging with their teachers through virtual learning, providing assistance and help when needed throughout the school day, and providing screen breaks, game time and healthy activities.

This is where YOU come in! Our Student Success Centers need supplies to provide our students with an engaging, fun environment. Each month we will have a “DIY” project available for you to choose supplies off the list and donate them to the YMCA.

Supplies for November

  • Stress relief balls
  • Magic sand
  • Expanding balls
  • Bubble timer
  • Snap and click toys
  • Mini timer
  • Rubik’s cube
  • “Treasure box” supplies
  • Kickball
  • Jump rope
  • Mini white boards
  • Dry erase markers (fine)
  • Headphones with ear coverings

Step One:

  • Purchase and/or collect your supplies. We ask DIY volunteers to donate a minimum of 3 kit items. Contributions over the minimum amount are welcomed, but we will not be able to document more than 3 service hours for any DIY project.
  • If you’d like to purchase from our Amazon Wish List click here.
  • Consider including an encouraging note to give to our students.

 Step Two:

  • Drop off your items at the Downtown Family YMCA during any of the times below
  • We are located at 2 W. Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23220. Directly inside the front doors there will be a bin for you to drop off your items.
  • Parking is FREE in any of the four parking lots surrounding the building. Please note that parking is not free on the street directly in front of the building.

Drop Off Dates:

  • Tuesdays from 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Step Three:

  • Sharing your time and resources is a great gift to others. We hope that through your giving, you receive something beneficial in return – the feeling of doing good for someone in need and knowing you have had a direct, positive impact on a student’s life. Talking through the purpose of the project as you complete it is a great way for all involved to gain a connection to those being served through your generosity. Here are some questions to help guide conversation:
    • How will this project help a child this school year?
    • What do we know about the importance of building a community made to help each other?
    • Did our feelings about the recipients of this project change as we completed the project?
    • What worked well about this project?
    • What else can we do now? Are there other ways we can help?

Thank you for your contribution to the YMCA! For more information, please contact Liz Harris, Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement, at harrisL@ymcarichmond.org


Virtual Volunteering 

You can stay Healthy at Home and help out, too!

  • Email a card or letter to isolated seniors. Send a photo of your card/letter to hereforseniors@ymcarichmond.org and we’ll coordinate sending to YMCA senior members as well as local retirement communities and nursing homes.