HERE FOR GOOD.
For nearly 170 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has responded to the most pressing needs of our communities.
Daily life has changed drastically in the past few months for nearly everyone. For some of our most vulnerable neighbors,
what may have been a daily struggle before COVID-19 is now a dire situation.
Now more than ever, people rely on the Y to provide critical services that support their basic needs.
HELP US RAISE $3M BY JUNE
so we can continue to provide these critical services for our community:
Expanded food distribution for people
struggling with food insecurity.
Throughout San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties our most vulnerable youth, adults, families and seniors are facing an increased threat of food insecurity. For many of our neighbors, increased joblessness and suspended access to food support services like free school lunch programs mean more mouths to feed with fewer resources. Now more than ever, our food pantry services are in high demand. To meet this increased need, we have expanded our food distribution programs to serve more than 4,000 community members and families at 13 locations, distributing more than 2,000 bags of groceries and diapers each week.
Emergency childcare for essential workers.
YMCA Pop-Up YKids sites in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties are providing no-cost childcare for the families of any essential workers who need it: first responders, medical professionals and critical staff of all kinds across the Bay Area. Youth at our Pop-Up YKids sites are surrounded by our experienced and loving staff who support their cognitive, social and emotional development. Following strict CDC guidelines, each youth, staff and parent undergoes a health check every day so we can remain confident in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. YMCA emergency childcare site are keeping kids safe and healthy so their parents can keep us safe and healthy.
Safety-net programs including job,
housing and mental health support.
Too many families are experiencing significant financial losses and struggling to meet their basic needs. Financial challenges are not the only hurdles families face. The rapid changes associated with COVID-19 are causing a myriad of stressors and anxiety for children, families and seniors. The Y is responding by providing food distribution, crisis intervention, virtual counseling and case management, service referrals and public health outreach. We are making sure families are healthy, fed, nurtured and safe.
Wellness and academic support for
children, families and active older adults.
The current shelter-in-place order makes it hard for some of our community members to stay connected both socially and academically. We have adjusted our wellness and academic programs to virtual models and are taking time to conduct senior wellness calls to check-in with our active older adult population. The Y’s alternative education programs across the city have switched to virtual academic engagement, case management, academic credit recovery, and homework check-ins to continue our work closing the education gap and ensure our youth are set up for future success.