Communities in Atlanta—like many others—are greatly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The YMCA of Metro Atlanta continues to take all necessary precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus by closing program sites and membership facilities and working to provide critical hunger-relief outreach to those who rely on the school system for food and childcare for first responders and healthcare professionals. While this response is vital to the health and safety of our community, we, like many of you, are concerned about how we can continue to provide these programs and services given all the uncertainty surrounding us.
We are asking you for your help by contacting your congress member and urging them to pass the COVID-19 stimulus package that ensures the Y and other nonprofits have the resources we need to continue to provide these emergency services now and high-quality early learning, youth development, and health and wellness programs after this unprecedented crisis ends.
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Sample message to your senator:
Dear (Senator/Representative Last Name):
As a member and partner of the YMCA, I urge you to include provisions to ensure the nation’s nonprofits, especially those that provide essential health and human services to families and communities are included in the next economic stimulus package passed by Congress.
I understand that in this challenging time you must make difficult decisions. But at this crucial moment, when our communities need the support of nonprofit organizations more than ever, those organizations are struggling. If you don’t act now, many YMCAs and community partners will not be able to continue operations as they have in the past, if at all. This will leave our neighbors and our communities without essential resources and services they rely on.
Please consider an immediate infusion of $60 billion in capital for nonprofits to maintain operations, expand scope to address increasing demands and stabilize losses from closures throughout the country. Below are specific recommendations for assistance to help the nonprofit sector stay engaged serving the American people.
> As 10% of U.S.GDP, nonprofits employ 12 million workers. We need to retain them.
> Nonprofits are serving on the frontlines, especially those in need. They need business continuity relief.
> Give nonprofit payroll tax credit relief as this is the most significant tax they pay.
> Provide an “above-the-line” or universal charitable deduction for contributions through end of 2021.
Thank you for your consideration.