THE YMCA STRENGTHENS COMMUNITY BY DELIVERING MEALS, OUTREACH, AND ONLINE PROGRAMMING
While the Y has had to temporarily close their doors to help stop the spread of COVID-19, they are pressing forward with emergency operations.
The Y has teamed up with several community partners such as, The Elisha Project, provider of fresh food and produce, Cardi’s Furniture, Gem Plumbing, McLaughlin & Moran, and We Share Hope to provide meals for hundreds of families and seniors throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
In addition to delivering meals, the Y has brought together hundreds of volunteer sewists from the Bayside Family YMCA in Barrington, Rhode Island and Kent County YMCA in Warwick to support Sew Hope Southern New England. To date, over 3,000 masks have been donated to area hospitals and nursing homes.
“Helping others is embedded in the core of the Y,” said Kobi Dennis, Diversity and Inclusion Director for the YMCA of Greater Providence. “We have a long-standing track record and on-the-ground presence to deliver resources to those in our community who need our help the most,” said Dennis.
The Y is also committed to keeping its members active by providing an array of free online workouts, ranging from mediation to high intensity boot camp classes.
“Every Y has one thing in common: our people. The volunteers, staff, members and donors of the Y are all united by a deep commitment to strengthening community,” said O’Donnell. “When this crisis is over, the Y will be here to help our communities recover, but we can’t do it alone. We’re asking our members to stay with us. And so far, almost 70% of our members have continued to support the vital work we’re doing in our communities – and for that we are tremendously grateful,” said O’Donnell.