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With over 150 community leaders providing input, we finalized our YMCA 2020-2025 Strategic Excitement Plan.
In partnership with Evangel Church, we opened the YMCA Learning Center- Gainesville to meet the increased community need for affordable child care for infants through pre kindergarten.
We immediately pivoted to provide COVID Crisis Camp for the children of essential workers, such as first responders and medical professionals, who kept our community running while all else was closed down.
YMCA staff worked during our closure to make facility improvements and to keep our members and program participants engaged virtually. We particularly enjoyed connecting with our senior members through Zoom!
Excitedly and safely re-opened our facility and welcomed our members back!
Partnered with Georgia Mountain Food Bank by hosting a food drive at the Y and providing meals for families.
We were one of the few local youth organizations to safely offer a summer camp program and, with generous support, provided even more literacy and STEM curriculum to combat COVID and summer learning loss.
Partnered with local organizations to provide 500 backpacks full of school supplies for families in need.
Awarded with two rounds of STABLE (Short Term Assistance Benefits for Licensed Entities) grants, totaling over $320,000 to ensure a continuation of quality child care in our after school programs in partnership with Hall, Dawson and Towns County School Districts.
In an effort to continue teaching life-saving skills despite COVID, we adapted our swim lessons where parents get in the water to help lead their children while the swim instructors safely guide the parents from the deck.
Awarded a YMCA of the USA grant to further help families in need afford after school care.
As many local day cares permanently closed due to COVID leaving their families struggling to find quality affordable care, we purchased an existing day care and opened the YMCA Learning Center- North Hall.