Don't you just wish you could press a button, and everything that you needed would magically appear?
There is no magic button, but Heart of the Valley YMCA members and donors understand that because of their generosity, the needs of many others are met through the YMCA. From March 8-13, the YMCA is kicking off a season dedicated to funding Y charitable endeavors with My Y Week.
"My Y Week is a chance to celebrate our Annual Giving Campaign in our branches, and highlight all of the wonderful work our Y does all year long," said Jessica Luther, Director of Annual Giving for Heart of the Valley YMCA. "We want to let our members know we are so much more than a gym!"
- Provided more than $716,000 in scholarships and fee assistance to our community;
- Served 29,000 meals between April and August 2020 to children experiencing food insecurity;
- Provided more than $300,000 in childcare assistance to families;
- Served over 100 essential workers per week during the Safe at Home Order with Essential Employee Child Care;
- Provided more than $66,000 in support to our Military community through scholarships to families of deployed service members while their loved ones were away.
So what are the buttons all about? During My Y Week, Y Staff Members will wear colorful buttons with a number representing an essential Y program. Be sure to ask about their buttons when you are in the branches.
Can't make it to the branch? Here's a key to all the numbers:
29: 29,000 is the number of meals we served to children with our Brown Bag Bus in the spring and summer of 2020.
$25 can fund a week of meals for a child in an at-risk community!
100: $100 will sponsor Swim Lessons for a child from an under-resourced family.
The YMCA Safety Around Water Program targets children most at risk for drowning!
66: $66,000 in scholarships to active duty Military, Veterans and Military families in 2020.
You can sponsor a week at YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee for a Military kid for $500 or sponsor a MIlitary family membership for $75 each month.
50: $50 provides a week of Afterschool Care for a child who would be alone at home while parents are away working.
Our Y provided over $155,000 in childcare scholarships in 2020.
185: $185 provides a week of Virtual Learners Day Camp or Summer Day Camp and a safe place for a child while their parents work.
In 2020, the YMCA served more than 300 children during the COVID-19 pandemic with Virtual Learners Day Camp and Essential Employee Child Care.
157: The Y provided $157,000 in scholarships to families in need of financial assistance in 2020.
$137 can provide a week of childcare to a family in need.
120: The Y provided 120,000 meals and snacks through our Early Childhood Education Centers Feeding Program.
$25 can sponsor a week of meals and snacks for an under-resourced child.
98: 98% percent of Pre-K students in YMCA Early Childhood Education test Kindergarten-ready.
You can support hands-on learning at our YMCA with a $50 donation to childcare scholarships.