As we reflect on our 165 years of service in the Coastal Georgia Region, we've learned that our longevity comes from our responsibility to our mission. At every turn, we’ve learned more about what it means to step up and lead in challenging times and be there for those who need us most.
We’re already pivoting our work. We’re picking up speed to serve our community resource partners, our region's most vulnerable and first responders affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In times like these, it’s critical that we work together as a community to lift those most impacted by health and economic challenges. Maintaining your membership dues, volunteering, and donating help the Y tremendously, as we take on additional work to meet the growing needs of our fellow community members who are economically or medically vulnerable.
We are directing our community response to these critical and essential services urgently needed to support the response and recovery of the community we share:
The closure of our state’s school districts has caused significant impacts on the families of our first responders and employees of essential service organizations. While others may self-isolate, our health care workers, emergency personnel, and social service workers are working long shifts and isolation from family to provide care. With schools closing, affected families are suddenly searching for affordable childcare. You can solve this with us. Your investment enables us to provide childcare programs to directly support for first responders and other essential employees. We will care for their families while they care for ours.
The immediate impact on school closures goes beyond the loss of classroom instruction. Some children receiving free and reduced meals experience hunger when schools close and school-provided meals are not accessible. These are often the only nutritional meals children have access to every day. We’ve been working closely with lower-income families, school districts, and community partners to address meal access and nutrition education that assists in meeting the nutritional needs of children. Your support means we can scale these programs to meet the critical need to increase meal programming throughout the region.
There are also growing needs for critical support for organizations like the Red Cross that are on the frontline of community response. You can help support the Y’s outreach to our senior members, many of whom are isolating in their homes. You can also participate in a blood drive held at a YMCA branch or donate non-perishable items for one of the Y’s food pantries.
We are the generation that builds on our longstanding foundation of caring and commitment to community that keeps anchored in hope today and inspired for the future. The Y and our partner organizations across this region, need your care and commitment even more today. Please consider investing with us to enable the Y and our response partners to deliver in this time of common need. Our community will emerge even stronger as we join in support of our friends and neighbors who need us most.