We hope that you and your family are safe and well. As we all brave unfamiliar territory, your support as a member during this time is critical, as the services the Y provides to kids and families are needed now more than ever. Although our facilities are currently closed to the public, we continue to serve our community by providing:
- Drive-Through Food Distribution: When schools were mandated to close, many children lost access to healthy meals provided through their school’s free and reduced lunch program. As other businesses were required to close, additional families began to face food insecurity. Within a few days, we gathered resources to start distributing food at drive-through sites throughout Centre County. We’re currently providing food for over 1,000 kids at 24 sites per day.
- Child Care for Essential Employees: We’re providing child care services for essential employees so they can continue to address public health and essential needs. We will continue to expand these services if needs increase.
- Virtual Health and Wellness Resources: We know that exercise is an important part of our members’ daily lives, and we want to continue to be a resource for you to maintain your health and well-being until we can welcome you back into our facilities again. Some of our wellness staff have recorded fitness classes so you can exercise at home with your favorite Y instructors. To access online classes, click here.
The work we’re doing right now is a critical part of our community’s journey back to normalcy; however, we can’t do it alone…we need your support. Many members have chosen to support us by keeping their membership active or donating to the cause, which has fueled our initial response to our community’s needs during this time.
We urge you to join this community effort by keeping your Y membership active to ensure that we have enough resources to deliver these essential services. If you would like to offer additional support, donations are being accepted at our branches during the day (call ahead to confirm hours) or by mail. You can also give online and access a list of food items needed by clicking here.
Thank you for playing such a vital role in our efforts to strengthen our community, particularly during this time. Please continue to follow all suggested measures to keep yourselves safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon.