Family Resources

To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best. If you or someone you know is in need, the YMCA can connect you to resources within ourorganization and in our community. 

YMCA Summer Food Program
Every summer, the YMCA participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Walmart Foundation. The YMCA provides hot and nutritious meals at breakfast and lunch every weekday June through August to children ages 18 and under at no charge at many area locations.

The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties has been advocating for youth hunger and participating in this program since 2009. The goal of the Summer Food Program is to help alleviate food insecurities among low-income and vulnerable children. Children may experience health issues or food insecurity in conjunction with other material hardships. Connecting children and families to additional resources can provide the support they need to improve their quality of life by reducing food costs and attending to other immediate needs. For more information on the Summer Food Program, please contact Lorrie Thoemke at 701.364.4119 or

YMCA Income-Based Assistance
The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that EVERYONE in our community has the ability to participate in our programs. Through funds raised by the YMCA, United Way and other grants, we are able to provide financial assistance. Please choose an area below for additional information.
YMCA Child Care Assistance Program
Y Match Income-Based Membership Program
Youth Camp and Program Assistance Application Form

YMCA Christmas Giving Tree
Several times each year, the Y helps families in our programs who are in need of clothing, basic personal items, school supplies and even Christmas gifts. For more information on the Christmas Giving Tree, please contact Lorrie Thoemke at 701.364.4119 or

Come With Me
Come With Me is a FREE, weekly early learning readiness program that provides family, friends and neighborhood caregivers with information, resources, support, and connections to promote optimal development for children in their care. This program is targeted for children ages birth – five, along with their caregivers. For more information on Come With Me, click here or please contact Tania Erickson at 218.359.2331 or