Hannah and her family had only been members of the Y for a month before the COVID-19 outbreak hit Washington. In that time, they had enjoyed coming to the Gordon Family YMCA, where she took her son to Tumbling and Stroller Fit classes and played in the pool as a family.
Since the start of the stay at home order, Hannah and her family have been finding other ways to stay active in and around their home. Even though they couldn’t visit the Y, Hannah wanted to help the Y maintain critical programs for other families, like free child care for health care providers, first responders, and essential workers.
“My family is one of the few that has not been hurt financially during this time. Our child care options are luckily taken care of so I felt it was important to give to those who are struggling during this unprecedented time,” Hannah says.
Hannah’s family became cause-driven members, donating their membership dues to support the Y’s crisis response efforts. Giving to the Y made her feel like she could make a difference in the lives of families who are struggling.
“It’s easy to feel powerless in such a time of high anxiety and uncertainty,” Hannah says. “Being able to help in any way possible helps to empower us as a family and as individuals. We are staying home to help prevent the spread of the virus, but anything else we can do to help our community is something worthwhile.”