Friends of the Y Scholarship Fund

Every year the YMCA helps hundreds of families and children participate in programs through financial assistance. From after school needs, health and lifestyle changes or youth sports; the YMCA is here to provide and support our community and neighbors.

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

5 Supporters

Your gift of $10 or more will give an opportunity for a child to play a youth sport for a season!

$25.00 Level

2 Supporters

Your donation of $25 or more gives families a place to send their children after school for childcare.

$50.00 Level

3 Supporters

Your donation of $50 or more gives families a membership to come and spend quality time together and work on their health and wellness goals.

$100.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your donation of $100 or more gives the YMCA the ability to provide free dinners to over 100 youths for a day!

Project Overview

The YMCA helped 47 families and 267 children with financial assistance in 2020 for a total of $37,836!!!

With your continued help and support, we can ensure that these families and children and others don't miss out on an opportunity to improve their lives through health and fitness.



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About Fair Acres Family YMCA

The Carthage YMCA was originally formed in 1890 and was located on the second floor of what is now Café 311. In 1909 the first Y facility was opened on Main Street, just past the High School, near downtown Carthage. The Y served our citizens from 1890 until 1968 when it closed. Then, in 1990-1992 a group of dedicated community leaders came together and raised funds to build a new YMCA, which opened in 1993.

The new Y is located at 2600 S. Grand Avenue and is now called the Fair Acres Family YMCA, which got its name from the Fair Acres Nursing Home located near the same location where the current Y is located. For 93 years the YMCA has addressed the needs of our community and surrounding areas.


The YMCA has grown and changed with the times, providing services and solutions to community problems that impact the population. Financial assistance, teaching children to swim, youth basketball, flag football, volleyball, indoor soccer, teen leadership programs and after school child care are just some of the ways the Y provides for the community.

Fair Acres Family YMCA

Carthage, MO
(417) 358-1070