The Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids is one of the oldest open water swims in the world; since before World War II thousands have braved Maine’s waters to swim the 2.4 miles from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
This year, Peaks to Portland is going virtual!
While the format is different, the 2020 race is no less important to our community and the children we serve. We fully anticipate returning to the beach in 2021. But we’ll need your help to do so. Your participation in this year’s virtual event is critical.
By joining with us, you’ll ensure the continued legacy of not only the Peaks to Portland Swim, but also the YMCA programs it supports, like summer camp and after school activities. In fact, because of swimmers like you, because of swimmers like you, 10,000 children learn who they are and what they can achieve each year at the Y.
Thank you for interest in, and support for, the YMCA’s youth development programs. Because of YOU, last year we served nearly 10,000 children and provided more than $1.2 million in financial assistance and program support, ensuring children and teens in our community had the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
Fundraising as a swimmer allows us to help kids like 9-year old Dizier, who lived in the family shelter in Portland with her mom and little brother. Thanks to the Y, Dizier was able to escape the stress of the shelter for a summer by attending our Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp for free. At camp, she got to be a carefree kid. She made friends, sang camp songs, and was exposed to new experiences like archery and fishing. Dizier’s mother Carmen is thankful for that summer, and says Dizier’s been much more confident and happy since attending. Best of all, with Dizier in camp, Carmen was able to get back on her feet and the family is now in their own home and doing well.