As a school counselor, Sarah knew that with schools closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of families wouldn’t have a place for their children to go. Parents who still needed to go to work each day because they are classified as essential would need reliable child care. So, when she learned that the Y was providing free, full-day care for the children of healthcare providers, first responders, and other essential workers, she made a donation to support the Y’s crisis response.
Sarah used to work for the Y and knew YMCA staff were uniquely prepared for the challenge of providing a stable environment during a time when so many families’ lives are being disrupted. Even though she’s not currently a member, she wanted to help give kids access to socialization and academic enrichment when they aren’t able to go to school.
“I imagine it’s very stressful at home for first responders and healthcare workers — people are being stretched thin, so it’s so important for kids to have a good, safe, enriching place where they can feel seen, and loved, and cared for when things are uncertain,” Sarah says. “I believe in the mission and the values of the YMCA. I’m donating because I believe that kids need a safe, consistent place to just be kids right now.”