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YMCA July 2020 Community Impact Report

Posted August 3, 2020 at 3:52 pm.

Our facilities may be closed but the mission carries on. Over 1,500 children participated in YMCA programming in July.

Our YMCA is:

Distributing Food

March-July we distributed 150,000 meals (breakfast & lunch) throughout Metropolitan Detroit at 20 locations. Thanks to partners, members and donors.

Food Partners: Atlas Wholesale Foods, Garden Fresh, Gordon Food Service, LaGrasso Bros., and Unique Food Management.

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Tempering social isolation: connecting with people.

We are making wellness calls to our members with a focus on our seniors. To date, we have called 7,500 members including 1,500 seniors.

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Operating a virtual Y

Providing online fitness classes to members. We are providing over 200 unique online classes for all ages with support from our partners: Les Mills On Demand Workouts, Silvers Sneakers, YMCA Home, and YMCA 360.

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Nurturing youth and teens

We are providing tele-services and virtual resources to teens in the YMCA Achievers program. To date we have connected with over 500 teens providing counseling, work readiness preparation/training and other resources.

Our Partners: Connect Detroit, Western Michigan University, Detroit Creativity Project, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, and the Youth Development Resource Center.

Providing Emergency Child Care and Day Camp

Providing Essential Workers and those returning to work childcare for children ages 3-12. Over 1,000 children have been served in childcare and day camps at YMCAs in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties since May 27, 2020.

Partnering to create virtual arts education, contests, and resources

We launched the Improv Project online, providing interactive arts education through our YMCA partnership with the Detroit Creativity Project. Over 240 children participated in Y Arts programs since June. Students were supported from Hamtramck High School, Hutchinson Middle School, Lincoln Park High School, and the YMCA Achievers program. This program also offered free improv instruction to youth and adults in the community, and thanks to support from The Skillman Foundation, we continued to offer improv instruction paired with literary arts offerings from InsideOut Literary Arts.

We’ve launched our first digital art exhibition featuring the work of Sanda Cook.

In response to major societal changes resulting from COVID-19, Y Arts Detroit has completely revamped the second annual Detroit Can Film Festival (DCFF). With that in mind, the 2020 festival has a new theme, a new timeline, and a slightly new approach. Youth and adults are invited to submit 10 second films on the theme “What Really Matters Now”.

We continue to

Support our furloughed employees

We are maintaining health insurance for eligible furloughed staff and we monitor local and national news and share updates on unemployment and other benefits to help them navigate these challenging times.

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Promote the census encouraging participation

We will continue to share and promote the importance of census completion to ensure our communities get their fair share of federal resources.

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Maintaining our YMCA facilities to reopen safely

We are conducting regular inspections and security checks to make sure our buildings are ready to go when we reopen.

To our YMCA friends, thank you for helping us help others. It is an honor to serve.

We truly are committed to making every day better.