For more 125 years, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. And today, our community is going through unprecedented challenges as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though our doors may be closed, we are still working to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors in these uncertain times. That’s why we’re asking our members and the community at large to stay with us.
Each year, the Y reaches more than 120,000 people across the Pierce and Kitsap Counties through programs that help everyone reach their full potential, from before and after school care to diabetes prevention. With the outbreak of COVID-19 fundamentally altering our daily lives, the Y shifted its focus and responded quickly as the needs of our community have changed.
We are partnering with our local school districts to provide child care for first responders, health care providers, and essential personnel. These heroes are on the front lines and have enough to worry about — a safe place for their children to continue to learn, play, and grow shouldn’t be one of them. We are also creating pathways to continue to engage our senior population. Our seniors, many of whom live alone, are feeling isolated and vulnerable right now, and we are committed to helping them feel connected during this scary time. We are calling our senior members to check-in and offer a connection. In Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula, we are partnering with the Gig Harbor Senior Center to provide heat-and-eat meals to those who cannot leave their homes.
This work is essential to our community, and the Y is in a unique position to provide these services. But we cannot continue this critical mission without support. If you are a Y member and are able, please consider becoming a cause-driven member and donating your monthly dues. With our doors closed, your membership dollars will now help us continue this important work. For anyone who is not a Y member, please consider donating today to help support our efforts. You can do so at ymcapkc.org or you can text the word POSSIBLE to 44321.
We are just as eager as everyone to reopen our doors, and when that time comes, we know it will be an exciting day, filled with celebration. Until then, we will continue to do the work that is needed to keep our children safe, our seniors connected, and our community healthy. But we can’t do it alone. Please. Stay with us.