YMCA responds to community needs
YMCA Mobilizes Around Child Care, Requests Community Support
Dear Valued YMCA Supporter,
Thank you for being a part of our Y. We hope you and your families are safe. In times of uncertainty such as this, we see the best of our community emerge. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all who have reached out and offered to help.
Thank you for standing at the ready, stepping up to serve and working in partnership as we navigate this crisis and adjust to a different normal each day. Together, we will get through this.
The YMCA service to our community is unwavering because of your partnership and we can’t thank you enough.
Lee Ann Jansen
Caring For The Children Of Our Health Care Providers And First Responders
Thank you for standing with us as we pivot to meet our community’s greatest needs in a variety of ways.
Since its founding in 1844, the Y has been here to help our communities through whatever challenge we are facing. Through the Great Depression, wars and natural disasters, the Y has been there. And while COVID-19 is a challenge unlike any other, the Y is still here, working to provide services and community, even as YMCAs throughout the country have had to temporarily close our doors.
The YMCA is a part of emergency response efforts for Washington state and Pierce and Kitsap counties.
- We are working closely with health care providers, school districts and other community partners across both counties to provide needed childcare for our health care provider and first responder families.
- On March 16, we began providing care to 300 families in Kitsap County, and beginning March 23rd will begin serving 600 children in Pierce County. These 900 children will be served across 17 locations at no cost to their families. While these every day heroes battle this virus, they will know their children are in a safe environment with Y staff who truly care about them. We are here to serve those who serve this community during this crisis.
HOW YOU CAN HELP | Meet child care needs
The best way for the community to help our first responders and health care providers right now is by making a financial donation that provides child care for their kids.
- Today | It will take $15,000 per week to care for 100 children up to 12 hours a day (6:30am-7:30pm). This includes an increase in staff-to-child ratios to support the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
- If you can help, we encourage you to consider making a gift in support of the Y’s response to the community’s most urgent needs.
- Every donation makes a difference. Text “Possible” to 44321 or donate online and stay informed about how we are working for the health of our community.
Care For Children Of Essential Workers and Families In Need
- $450 supports one child for one month of care, meals, activities, and fun
- $115 supports one child for one week of care, meals, activities, and fun
- $50 supports one child for one day of care, care, meals, activities, and fun
Responding to the greatest need
The Y will continue to respond to the emerging needs of our community throughout this crisis. Your support allows our response time to be quick and work side-by-side with our neighbors to strengthen our community.
Together we can do things that we never imagined before.