YMCA Catalyst Initiative
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas




When local and county shelter-in-place orders went into effect on Monday, March 16th, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas pivoted traditional programs to provide free services and programs to our communities impacted by COVID-19. The CATALYST INITIATIVE was born, providing free emergency childcare to families with essential workers, food distribution to low-to-moderate income communities, pop-up supply distribution for necessary personal items and baby care, virtual learning opportunities for preschoolers and teens, blood drives and more. The Y is committed to the HEALTH & SAFETY OF ALL and is committed to continuing this work throughout the pandemic.

Catalyst Initiative services include:

  • Feeding sites – single-serve breakfast lunch or dinner distribution to kids and seniors

  • Food distribution site – grocery and produce distribution to families.

  • Baby Depot – diapers, baby food and personal hygiene items distribution

  • Y Learning Academy & Emergency Child Care – childcare for essential workers and working parents
  • Learning Loss Prevention Centers – online access, technology usage, tutoring, and site-based learning assistance to kids ages 2 through17

  • Access Site – for water, electricity, and Wi-Fi usage

  • Pop-up clinics and Covid 19 testing sites – offering free access to healthcare as well as providing testing and contact tracing for vulnerable populations. 

  • Blood Drives – partnering with and blood donor organizations to recruit for and offer blood donation events.

Donate to the Y & Support The Catalyst Initiative


2021 Catalyst Advancing Equity - Individual: Felix J. Lozano, III


2021 Catalyst Advancing Equity Award - Organization: Brighter Bites

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