Now in the face of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, the Y is committed to adapting our programs—as we have throughout our history—to meet the most pressing needs of Atlanta’s children, seniors, and families. The needs we are serving today are urgent. I am asking you – personally – for your support of the important, life-changing work of the Y. The Y has mobilized staff, facilities and partners to launch three specific initiatives that will be crucial in the coming weeks:
• As most early learning and afterschool programs have closed in response to the coronavirus, we have activated a childcare program that serves children ages six weeks to 12 to support essential hospital staff, first responders, and frontline workers (law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, etc.) who must continue working.
• Leveraged partnerships to provide meals for 6,000 families weekly through hunger relief efforts, including grab and go meals, backpacks and food pantry services.
• Because Y facilities are often a home away from home for seniors, we have implemented Operation REACH to connect with and engage our more than 6,000 seniors and vulnerable groups during this difficult time, offering resources and support to keep them safe and healthy.
Now, more than ever, the Y relies on the generous support of our philanthropic partners and supporters, and funding from the community will have an immediate impact on the lives of the children and first responders who need our support. Through these essential services, we can help serve those who need us most during these difficult times, ensuring our community stays healthy and safe.
I am a proud supporter of the YMCA, and have created my own personal fundraising page for the East Lake, called Y Champions. If you are able, please GIVE TODAY.