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.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP, YOUR YMCA
- Membership fees as of March 17, 2020 will be considered a tax deductible donation for as long as our facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is nothing you need to do to activate this option.
- First responders and healthcare professionals: In appreciation of what you do every day, we’re giving you two free months of membership when we re-open. This applies to current and future members (and their families), and will be effective on our re-open date, which is to be determined. Once we are open, simply visit any of our locations within 30 days and show your workplace badge, ID, or a letter confirming employment.
- You may be eligible for health insurance reimbursements as a member of the YMCA.
Member updates: From our CEO
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. Every week, we're serving nearly 340 children in these critical programs.
- 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.
SOCIAL SERVICES AND HOMELESSNESS
- Though our traditional YMCA branches are experiencing a temporary closure, 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 60 families experiencing homelessness – and in the community, we are providing support and resources to more than 200.
- In addition to the critical academic and social supports we're providing to kids and families every day, we have also distributed the grocery equivalent of 4,850 meals per week since the crisis began in mid-March.
- We’ve enabled telehealth and virtual group opportunities for mental health clients or people with immediate needs through our licensed Mental Health Clinic in Brockton and Family Resource Center in Taunton. So far we’ve had more than 300 telehealth encounters since mid-March.