SUPPORT THE Y'S COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND
Help ensure YMCA of Silicon Valley has the resources necessary to deliver critically needed services to our healthcare providers, neighbors and communities.
Thank you for your support and commitment to the Y. We greatly appreciate any help you can provide to support our community response efforts.
On March 17, when the “Shelter in Place” order was announced, our ten YMCA health and wellness centers, our resident camp, and all youth programming were closed to normal operations. Because our Y is one of the strongest community service organizations in the area, government officials and healthcare organizations called upon us to be a partner in the response to COVID-19.
As a donor, you are essential to the Y’s ability to continue critical community work every day to serve children, families, and individuals, and to cover our general operating expenses. We are pivoting to provide urgent day care for children of healthcare workers, partnering to distribute food to children and families in low income communities, making hot to-go meals for seniors, and setting up blood donation centers. For more than 150 years, the Y has been a cornerstone for communities in Silicon Valley and we continue to step up where we are needed the most.
Please give to the Y and keep our good work and legacy alive. We deeply appreciate any help you are able to offer.
We can’t do it alone…we need you beside us. Please consider making an additional gift to YMCA of Silicon Valley to help ensure we have the resources necessary to deliver these critically needed services to our communities, neighbors, and life-saving healthcare providers.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE CENTERS
Concerns about the impact of COVID-19 underscore the vital leadership role that our Y continues to play in the welfare of our communities. In light of the national, state, and local guidelines for slowing the spread of the virus, we’ve redeployed our wellness facilities and several of our school sites to be Community Response Centers. While details of all services are still developing, some early examples of this work include:
Critical Care for Essential Workers’ Children – We are working with hospitals, medical providers, first responders, and municipalities to repurpose our staff and facilities to provide emergency care for the children of medical providers and first responders. Since March 23, two sites with the collective capacity to serve 200 children opened at our El Camino YMCA and the Morgan Hill Unified School District. A third site opened on March 30 at our Southwest YMCA. A fourth site will soon open in San Lorenzo Valley School District. These care centers follow strict guidelines in accordance with the Public Health Department. As the need and funding becomes available, we anticipate additional facilities and staff will be redeployed to open even more sites.
Child Nutrition Sites – When schools closed, many children and families lost access to healthy meals. The Y quickly partnered with Child Nutrition Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, and several schools to distribute essential food to children and families in need through “drive-through pick-up stations". Today, 10 sites are providing more than 6,000 healthy meals daily – and this number is growing every day.
Blood Donation Stations – The Red Cross is experiencing a severe shortage of lifesaving blood. We’re currently working with the Red Cross to set-up stations for individuals to donate blood. The first station opens at South Valley Family YMCA on April 22.
Hot and Healthy Meals for Seniors – The Y is ensuring that our most vulnerable population impacted by COVID-19, older adults, still have access to healthy meals. Staff teams are making home-cooked meals, packaging them, and running them out to the cars of mobile adults and caretakers. More than 120 meals are currently being distributed daily at sites in Gilroy and Morgan Hill.
The work our Y is tackling is immensely important for our return to normalcy. But, we can’t do it alone…we need you beside us. Please consider making an additional gift to YMCA of Silicon Valley to help ensure we have the resources necessary to deliver these critically needed services to our communities, neighbors, and life-saving healthcare providers.