(April 1, 2020)
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER
We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we adjust to the challenging circumstances COVID-19 has presented to our Y and our community. We are constantly working to keep our members, participants, volunteers, and staff safe while still delivering on our promise to support our most vulnerable kids and families. This has been a difficult balance to strike, but with your help, we can sustain these crucial efforts. At Old Colony Y, everything we do is guided by our commitment to community needs. Right now, those needs have never been greater.
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE
- Six Old Colony Y sites were selected by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and Governor Baker’s office to offer emergency child care services to first responders, healthcare workers, essential personnel, and vulnerable populations.
- We’re privileged to be able to offer this type of service to the people who are keeping our state running in a time of crisis.
- All seven of our branches have pivoted from traditional operations to a mobilized effort to support our community.
- Each branch is now serving as a donation drop-off site for food and basic needs items. Our teams are also making phone calls every day to senior members of our Y to ensure their essential needs are being met and they remain socially connected.
- Finally, in coordination with local school districts, our sites are distributing more than 200 meals per day to kids and families.
SOCIAL SERVICES AND HOMELESSNESS
- Though our traditional YMCA branches are experiencing a temporary closure, more than we are still caring for vulnerable kids and families every day through our residential and community-based social service programs.
- Within our Family Services Branch, the Y is home to nearly 200 families experiencing homelessness – and in the community, we are providing support and resources to nearly 250 more.
- At times like these, the most underserved people in our community are often the most at risk, and we applaud the work of everyone in our social service programs for continuing to fulfill the Y’s mission through this crisis.
- Within these programs, we are taking extra precautions to keep our participants and staff safe.
- We’ve enabled telehealth and virtual group opportunities for mental health clients, designated quarantine zones for our residential programs should someone become symptomatic, and limited non-essential visits to programs to promote social distancing.
- As members, you have access to an enormous catalog of virtual fitness programs that you can stream free on-demand right from your home.
- There are programs and classes for every age and ability, and own very own instructors are live-streaming classes every day so you can workout "together," stay healthy, and stay safe.
- While we hope our branches will be able to open soon, we will closely follow the guidance from Governor Baker because the health and safety of our Y family comes first.
STAY WITH US...SO WE CAN STAY WITH YOU
Please find additional programs and resources below in response to the COVID-19 crisis:
- COVID Crisis Fund
- Basic Needs Drop-Off Sites
- Virtual Fitness
- Responding to Social Distancing
- At-Home Fun
Please fill out this form below to share questions, concerns, or information about COVID-19 with Old Colony Y leadership.