Dear YMCA Friends,
Here are a few highlights of what's happening throughout the Dallas YMCA association:
The last few weeks have been unprecedented. The YMCA has been serving the Dallas community for 135 years never having to shut its doors. On March 16th, due to COVID-19 we had to close all our YMCAs. In accordance with the county, city and State we have paused our programs and closed our Ys so we can help slow the spread of this virus, to protect those most vulnerable and our medical care community. We are doing our part to flatten the curve.
Throughout our history, the YMCA has stayed relevant by changing and adapting to our community needs. Today this is no different. We are working to serve our members and community differently and I know together we will come out stronger. I want to share some ways we continue to have impact in and outside our walls.
We are finishing week two of offering Emergency Child Care for those working on the front lines, First Responders, Medical and health professions, grocery store and logistic workers. We are hearing the relief and gratitude from parents working essential jobs that there is a place they can bring their children to a safe environment to be cared for, helped with schoolwork and have fun.
Over the past three weeks, Y staff have been reaching out calling our Senior members, checking in, visiting with them and even helping run errands to the pharmacy or the grocery store so they can remain safe at home.
Our youngest learners enrolled at one of 3 preschools sites at the Moody, Park South and Plano Ys began last week with our virtual preschool program helping them to continue learning at home.
This week we launched a Virtual Teen Curriculum where teens can be connected, engaged and empowered with virtual programming 6 days a week.
The week of April 13th, we will begin a partnership with the Red Cross to serve as sites for blood drives at five of our YMCA locations. This partnership will help ensure community health is sustained and we have the blood products patients need during this crisis. We encourage you to sign up to give blood.
Thank you for your continuous support. Staying with us makes a stronger community. I hope you are staying healthy and know that we are looking forward to seeing you soon at the Y.