Caring for Our Community: May 11-17

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thank You Truist 

The Y is proud of our continued partnership with Truist, formerly known as SunTrust, and its associated foundations. Over the past decade, their support has been vital as we have expanded services to reach more children and families with high-quality programs and services. As part of the financial services company’s Truist Cares initiative, a $25 million philanthropic pledge announce in March to support basic needs due to COVID-19, the Foundation’s commitment to the Y’s emergency relief efforts early in the crisis was essential to ramp up critical hunger relief, childcare, and senior outreach programs. The Y is incredibly grateful for Truist’s investment in the Y and our programs, which are essential to the health and well-being of our community, now more than ever. 

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Y is Thankful for Bank of America 

For more than a decade, the Y has proudly partnered with Bank of America, helping to advance our shared goal of providing access to basic needs for vulnerable populations to strengthen our community. Their recent investment in the Y and our emergency relief programs is making a significant impact. Thanks to support from Bank of America, we’re connecting 6,000 children, families, and seniors to nutritious food each week; offering childcare for essential workers on the front lines of this health crisis, with more than 1,800 registrations; and reaching out to thousands of seniors who may be feeling alone and isolated during these difficult times. We could not do this work without the tremendous support of Bank of America. Thank you! 

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Food insecurity and hunger relief programs have always been a part of the Y’s work within our communities, but amid the spread of COVID-19, we ramped up our efforts immensely. Through our COVID-19 response efforts more than 94,000 meals have been served to date thanks to donors and partners like you! 

>>Beginning March 16 as a result of COVID-19, the Y expanded its hunger relief efforts. In total we have provided 43,770 free snacks and dinners at YMCA locations for children under the age of 18 (Arthur Blank, Villages at Carver, Carl E. Sanders, South Dekalb, Wade Walker, Tull-Gwinnett, Andrew & Walter Young and Covington). 

>>Since March 26th, over 2,147 snacks and grab & go meals have been served to children in our Head Start programs from four of our Early Learning Centers – Chattahoochee, Dean Rusk, Morgan County and Greene County.  

>>This week marked the eighth week of Y staff sorting and packing back packs at The Villages of Carver Family Y and the third week of the Carl E. Sanders Family Y serving as a second packing location; in all, over 5,400 back packs (feeding a family of 4) for families at eleven of our Y locations (Villages at Carver, Andrew & Walter Young, Arthur Blank, Carl E. Sanders, Wade Walker, East Lake, South Dekalb, Tull-Gwinnett, Fowler, Dean Rusk Early Learning Center & Chattahoochee Early Learning Center) as well as partners like the Boys and Girls Club, Atlanta Housing Authority, and senior citizens living in the Villages at Carver.

>>Collectively the McCleskey-Northeast Cobb Y and Northwest Cobb Y have packed 5,228 back packs supporting Marietta City School students and families from low-income apartment complexes across Cobb County.

>>In the past five weeks, the Cowart Family YMCA, in partnership with the City of Brookhaven, has packed and distributed over 900 backpacks at Briarwood Recreation Center and Dresden Park.

>>Each week and throughout COVID-19, the Robert D. Fowler YMCA staff and members provide weekly groceries to 20 low-income families. 

>>Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton is partnering with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank, providing urgently needed manpower and facility space to receive and sort 24,000 pounds of food this week.

>>In partnership with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and Empire State South, 500 meals were provided between East Lake YMCA and Andrew and Walter Young YMCA.

>>The Northwest Family and Northeast Family YMCAs in Cobb County are proud to be partnering with the Atlanta Braves on its Home Plate Project. Over the next six weeks Led by Chef Pete Smithing, the kitchens at Truist Park will prepare and create 4,000-6,000 meals each week to partner agencies, including the Y which will distribute the meals to individuals and families in need within our community. In the past three weeks, the Y has distributed 1,750 meals. 

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Thank You to Our Community Partner Gas South 

The Gas South Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Y, including its generous investment in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in afterschool program. As part of their commitment to infusing STEAM programming in our vast network of afterschool sites, Gas South was responsible for the creation of the Gas South STEAM Lab at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead. We are proud of the continued support we receive from Gas South, particularly for emergency childcare for essential workers on the front lines of this health crisis. With more than 1,800 registrations for the program, many families relied on this to ensure parents could continue to work in hospitals and as first responders. On behalf of the families who have been able to access safe childcare during this pandemic so they can continue to work, thank you, Gas South, for your support. 

 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Did you know that the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has an Ambassador Board? This diverse group of young professionals advocate for and advance the vision of the Y by engaging and cultivating a pipeline of young leaders to build awareness and expand access to the YMCA.  

The Y Ambassadors have organized and launched a fundraising challenge in support of the Y’s COVID-19 relief efforts around hunger relief and emergency childcare. Click here to contribute to their challenge! 

Interested in learning more about becoming a Y Ambassador? ContacHurst Williamson hurst@sallywilliamson.com.  

Interested in supporting the Ambassadors’ current and future efforts? Contact Allison Toller AllisonT@ymcaatlanta.org.