COVID-19 Community Response

 

There's a bright future ahead, but the only way we’ll get there is together. Join us in healing our neighborhoods as we direct our community funding to these critical and essential services urgently needed to support the response and recovery of our region.

Here's how we are responding to meet the greatest needs right now:

The Strength of Community

The YMCA has been called upon in many crises, conflicts, and emergencies throughout our 170-year-long history. We evolve with the community's needs and societal changes, and now is no different. We are living in extraordinary times, with new challenges and new means of living and connecting. We know that every person in our communities has been impacted either financially, physically, or emotionally by the COVID-19 crisis.

At a personal level, we have new fears, new anxieties and stressors, and in our communities and neighborhoods, we are facing issues arising from this public health crisis such as unemployment, food insecurity, isolation and loneliness, and economic and educational disparities. Where critical emergency services end, endangering the livelihoods of people in our communities, the Y steps in.

We can’t do this important work alone. You have the power to help us bring meaningful, lasting change to our communities. We need your support as we deliver new and innovative programs and services, and keep our communities strong and connected. When our communities are strong, our impact is greater, and the future is brighter for ALL.

Since April 1, we’ve raised nearly $100,000 to support our efforts in the communities we serve, but your support is still needed to reach our fundraising goal of $250,000 this year.

How You Can Help

Donate today to help provide emergency childcare for first responders, increase our hunger initiatives for vulnerable children, seniors, and families, and provide resources for all individuals to stay healthy and safe at home. Together, we can be here for those who need us the most. Thanks for your support, we can't do this alone.

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Your gifts are helping us to provide:

Child Care for Essential Workers

You’ve helped us to provide Emergency Child Care for nearly 80 children as of June 1.

"During these unprecedented times, having safe, consistent childcare allows us to remain devoted to our demands as essential workers. The YMCA staff has been amazing with their positivity while implementing new safety protocols to keep the children healthy. At the end of the first day at the YMCA Griffin asked if he ‘could go back again tomorrow’ because he had so much fun!" ~ Parents of a child in our care

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Food Insecurity Relief

Through partnerships with a variety of nonprofits, food pantries, and distributors, we've been able to distribute close to 150,000 pounds of food, feeding approximately 7,000 people in our communities to date. And that number grows each week.

"We are grateful for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges and all of our partners across the state, who make our work possible and whose efforts in the fight against hunger are more critical during this crisis than ever before," ~ Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

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Outreach to Seniors

You've helped us provide connections for 3,000 seniors through virtual programs, phone calls, newsletters, comfort cards, and care packages, and socially distant in-person visits.

"What a lovely surprise! It was nice chatting with you. Heartfelt appreciation for the random act of kindness. I can not wait until we can all be together again at the Y, truly a ‘home away from home for many.” - YMCA member

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Blood Drives

You’ve helped us secure 213 pints of lifesaving blood for approximately 639 patients to date.

"Our blood collection sites are a ‘first response’ action to this outbreak versus a gathering that needs to be avoided," ~ Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer.

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Virtual Programs

You’ve helped us to provide more than two dozen low-cost virtual programs to support youth to date.

"The Y Virtual Kindergarten Readiness program has been a wonderfully positive experience for our son and our family! We've been so impressed with the thought, time, and energy the Y has put into the activities, themes and live instruction. [Ms. Jessica’s] encouragement, patience, and care throughout the distance learning process has helped our son continue to learn and thrive while at home." ~ Parents of participant

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Employee Relief

Through donations of $32,300 from 117 people including Y members and employees, and $100,000 from the Metro Y Association, we’ve been able to award $161,000 to help colleagues in financial stress, and we receive new requests each day.

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Basic Needs for Families

You’ve helped us provide more than 4,700 diapers and 500 feminine hygiene products for individuals and families who are in need of these basic supplies and unable to buy them in bulk due to hoarding, job loss, or other financial constraints.

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