HOW THE Y IS MEETING COMMUNITY NEED

Our team has worked nearly around the clock to focus our time, energy and resources to support those most vulnerable during this crisis.

  • We've opened Y family centers and preschool centers to provide emergency childcare for the children of essential workers, including health professionals and first responders (with capacity of 890 in central Maryland);
  • Working with Baltimore City Schools and the Maryland Food Bank to collect, bag and distribute food and meals to students and families at the Y’s Community Schools, the Druid Hill Y and the Y’s Elgin Head Start Center (over 4,000 students and families served weekly);
  • Contacting the Y’s Community Schools' families in Baltimore City to check in and provide hard copies of educational packets for families who do not have access to internet and virtual resources (an anticipated 7,421 Baltimore City families served);
  • Providing regular contact through phone, email, Face Time and video chat with the Y’s 1,600 Head Start families to provide critical access to food, health resources and at-home learning practices;
  • Partnering with the Red Cross to operate blood drives;
  • Conducting food drives and drives for other donated necessary goods;
  • Keeping in daily touch with isolated senior members to assure them they are not alone and to connect them to vital resources (over 2,500 called to date);
  • Providing ongoing support and case management for the Y’s 540 community-based mentoring relationships;
  • Developing and broadly sharing an online library of tools and resources to help people of all ages stay active and healthy in spirit, mind and body. 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS: YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE MAKE IT OR BREAK IT FOR US RIGHT NOW.

We are doing our best to keep a skeleton workforce to help our communities’ most vulnerable families. This is what the Y does, but we can’t do it, and be there for you when this is over, without your help. 

Like many, we’ve made painful sacrifices to adjust to this new reality. Over 2,000 great Y associates had to be furloughed. We are reducing expenses everywhere and making pay cuts. Your membership helps those in need, it helps give work to some of our furloughed associates and it helps keep the Y stable after this crisis is over. 

The level of membership revenue we can retain determines our future.  We need our members to stand with us.

During this period, all Y membership dues are considered charitable donations supporting our community work, and helping us remain viable when this is over.  Members will be called Y Community Impact Members, and will receive a letter from us at year-end for tax purposes.

We are deeply grateful to you for sticking with us, and with those most in need, during this crisis.

Thank you.

Another Way to Help: Make A Tax-Deductible Contribution

Your donation will support our critical community work and help us to stay vital during and after this crisis.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Thank you for standing with us.

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Our efforts during this crisis are reaching more and more of our most vulnerable community members. Their heartwarming and kind words are our fuel at times like this.

Vital Community-building Work that Can't Work Without Your Support

When you support the Y, you are supporting your community and helping to move us all forward, during and after this crisis.