On March 23, when the shelter-in-place order was announced, government officials, essential employers and healthcare organizations called upon the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette to be a key partner in the regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We suspended normal operations at our three health and wellness centers, our resident camp and all non-emergency youth programming so we could address the immediacy of the crisis head on.
With your help, the Y responded by providing:
- 104,000 nutritious meals to kids
- 416,000 hours of child care for essential workers
- Summer Day Camp enrichment for more than 1,300 youth
- Countless well-being checks to homebound seniors
- Hundreds of pints of blood to patients in need
As we look towards the remainder of 2020 there are still many challenges to overcome. The COVID-19 crisis has significantly widened the economic gap for thousands of families throughout the Columbia-Willamette region.
This fall, as the pandemic lingers, schools begin online and families struggle to choose between paying for rent or food, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette remains steadfast in our commitment to strengthening the foundations of our community by providing:
- Child care for essential workers, educators and working families
- Distance learning support for grades K–5
- In-person and virtual health and wellness programming for members and youth
- Community essentials through Y CARES: food, wellness checks and chaplain services
We can’t do it alone!
As an investor, you are essential to the Y’s ability to continue our mission-driven work serving children, families and individuals while covering our general operating expenses. We invite you to invest in the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette and keep our good work and 151 year legacy alive.
With school closures, loss of access to community-based program sites, repurposing of our facilities and the subsequent loss of revenue, the Y’s ability to provide crucial social services for the most vulnerable members of our community is at risk.