I am proud to serve as a Board Member at our local Y here in Alpharetta. I want to share how the metro Y has pivoted in a very short period of time to serve our community as a result of COVID 19.
Specifically, the Y has mobilized its staff, facilities and partners to launch three specific initiatives that will be crucial in the coming weeks:
First: As most early learning and afterschool programs have closed in response to the coronavirus, the Y has 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. Here is the LINK again for the landing page: https://www.ymcaatlanta.org/community-update/
Second: The Y has leveraged partnerships to provide meals for 6,000 families weekly through hunger relief efforts, including grab and go meals, backpacks and food pantry services.
Third: Because Y facilities are often a home away from home for seniors, the Y has 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 its 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, the Y can help serve those who need services most during these difficult times, ensuring our community stays healthy and safe.
I hope you will join the Y team and support these three important initiatives.