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Covid-19 Community Response

While our workout facilities and pools were closed during the past three months, most of the Ys in Connecticut continued to operate in many capacities.   The Y isn’t a building. It is people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community, together.  The Connecticut Ys wanted to share with the residents of our state the important services our organizations provided during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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At the Y, strengthening communities is our cause

As a charitable organization, YMCAs across Connecticut exist to strengthen communities through they work they do every day with thousands of men, women and children to ensure everyone – regardless of age, gender, income or background – has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The CT Alliance of YMCAs is comprised of 21 YMCAs (including 36 branches and over 193 programs sites), each volunteer lead, and a powerful advocate for the needs of the children, families and individuals in communities throughout Connecticut. 

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN REAL LIVES

In 2019, YMCAs across Connecticut provided over $10 million dollars in financial assistance to support youth, adults and families who choose to participate in YMCA programs that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Through 21 Ys, 36 branches, and over 193 program sites, the impact on communities in Connecticut is enhances through:

  • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
    Nurturing the potential of every child and teen 
  • HEALTHY LIVING
    Improving the nations’ health and well-being
  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

 

Pete has been an active participant in the Valley Shore YMCA’s Delay The Disease program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. As a former accountant with an active
mind and an involved grandfather who treasures his family, Pete finally decided not to take his diagnosis passively. He made one of his primary goals to be the return of his ability to play catch with a baseball, so that he could play with his grandson. After 11 months in the program, Pete can now play catch, and he is progressing in his golfing abilities again.

Pete from Valley Shore YMCA

“Entering a new school district, I knew that I had to make friends and get accustomed with the new town I was moving to. Switching from a private Catholic school to a public high school was a big change, but playing YMCA basketball made it much easier for me. I knew that the YMCA preached inclusiveness and kindness, but I didn’t know that playing basketball at the YMCA would help me learn leadership skills and make friendships that I would carry for the rest of my life.”

Lucy from New Canaan YMCA

“My summer was filled with excitement. The most fun I had was the time I spent at the Wilton Family YMCA. I am a stronger swimmer because of my summer at the Wilton Family YMCA. I was afraid to swim in deep water, but after weeks of lessons, I am much better than before! When I get older I want to be a lifeguard so that I can help other kids learn how to swim. Most importantly, I can help someone if they are struggling in the water. I enjoyed the fun times in the pool and can’t wait for Carver Camp to start next summer so that I can continue to swim at the Wilton Family YMCA.”

Jordan from the Wilton Family YMCA

“I have had my two boys enrolled in the Downtown Y’s Footlights Performing Arts & Education Program for the past two years. I call it the Footlights Family Program because of the way my kids are treated here.At Footlights, our children are not just here to take martial arts, dance, art or drum classes. The staff here at Footlights are very engaged with our children. They follow them academically, making sure their homework is done, ask for their report card in order to give them the support and help needed, and provide them with a healthy snack.”

Stella from the Greater Hartford YMCA

Real data and statistics matter. Thx Chelsea from @JohnsHopkins Univ. Nonprofits are the #3 employer in America. As @stevenmnuchin1 @SpeakerPelosi @senatemajldr @SenSchumer work on COVID Bill - focus on #Relief4Charities! @YMCAadvocacy @IndSector

Nonprofits like the YMCA are working to serve increased community need during the COVID crisis, while facing unprecedented challenges. But in order to continue to be there for those who need us most, charitable nonprofits need Congress to pass urgent #Relief4Charities provisions.

Connecticut nonprofits cutting staff, services in pandemic as revenue from services plunges despite uptick in contributions
https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-connecticut-nonprofits-struggling-20200907-7h4avl5hvrcylpjblyypdedpcm-story.html

Brookfield YMCA expands child care to support working parents
http://connecticut.news12.com/clip/15129192/brookfield-ymca-expands-child-care-to-support-working-parents

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