Pandemic, recession, social distancing, systemic inequity - the good news is that we know the solutions - whole Child, whole Family, whole Community.
Right now our community is in a state of crisis and needs all of our help. In times like this, it’s critical that we work together to lift those most impacted by physical and mental crises and associated trauma in our community.
Kids, and Young Adults are facing increased adversities such as poverty, abuse, hunger, housing, trauma, and employment. Families are experiencing a disintegration of social networks, a lack of access to meaningful services, and additional family strains such as unemployment, healthcare, education assistance, housing, behavioral health, and women dropping out of workforce. Aging Adults are social distancing from families and friends causing isolation and reduced access to community and health resources.
But together, with community partners and volunteers, the Y is supporting kids and young adults through learning and digital support, outdoor play and group engagement, finding new ways to socially connect, counseling, and behavioral health services. The Y is supporting families with affordable child care, housing and food stability, crisis intervention, access to community, and health services. The Y is providing new ways for seniors to socially connect, community and health navigation, chronic disease prevention, and behavioral health support.
This fall at the Y, we are united in addressing these challenges, especially those made more prevalent due to the pandemic and impacts of generational racism. Join us for two learning sessions were we'll come together as community to gain more understanding and identify ways we can take action to help our community thrive. Please join us!
(Part 2 occurred December 9th, 2020)
Resources from Part 2
There are many ways to get involved: share your Y story and the critical needs with your friends and family, volunteer your time, make an investment in the Y or bring the Y to your company's attention.
The Y’s Social Impact Center works to dismantle systemic inequities by connecting kids, teens, and young adults with critical support and resources.
Whether it’s your time, talents or investment, there are many ways to help your community through the Y. When you give to the Y you make a difference in the lives of people from all backgrounds and economic levels.
With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors, your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but also in your community.