Nonprofit organizations like the Y are on the front lines of coronavirus crisis response, serving the most vulnerable members of our communities. However, loss of revenue from facility closures and decreased giving due to the economic downturn is hitting our Y especially hard.
As a nonprofit, the financial impact of our doors being shut with little to no revenue has already been devastating. As one of the largest community-based service organizations in the area, we know the community relies on us.
Since our mandated closure, the Y has been implementing ways to meet the needs in our community, emphasizing our mission as a community-based nonprofit, and supporting all of Hunterdon County.
Examples of the Y in action include:
- The HCY is serving as the county’s host location for blood drives with the American Red Cross on March 25 (52 units donated which will provide for 156 hospital patients), and a second drive on April 5 (60 units donated which will provide for 180 hospital patients), as well as a third on April 30.
- Additionally on March 25, we hosted an anti-bacterial wipe drive to support the Hunterdon Medical Center supply shortage. We were grateful to drop-off a large box of wipes donated by local community members! The blood drive on Sunday, April 5 included a drive-by, donation drop-off for local food pantries.
- Almost 20 of our Produce Distribution recipient families received an emergency care kit. Each kit included toilet paper, diapers, sanitizer, and hand soap.
- The HCY is still running the Produce Distribution Program. Although our site locations are currently closed due to the restrictions in place, all donations from Shoprite have been delivered by the Y staff amd volunteers to the Flemington Food Pantry.
- In an effort to maintain connections with our most vulnerable neighbors, we have been reaching out to our at-risk Y senior members with weekly phone calls, and offering special Virtual Workouts designed for Active Older Adults.
- The Y is continuing to support members with Virtual health and fitness offerings including Facebook Live fitness classes, streaming classes, fitness challenges, and motivational messages.
- Y staff are providing support to parents who are home with their children with online lessons from our karate, dance, and sports instructors, stories read by childcare staff, and ideas for at home art and science projects.
As a nonprofit, the financial impact of our doors being shut with no revenue has already been devastating. As one of the largest community-service organizations and one of the largest employers in Hunterdon County, we know the community relies on us. When the restrictions are lifted, the requests for financial assistance will be significant, and the Y needs to be financially prepared to provide the hand up to those most in need. Help the Y maintain the current emergency service offerings, and help re-open the doors at the end of the crisis. To support the Y go to https://www.hcymca.org/operations-recovery-fund/.
To learn more about the Hunterdon County YMCA visit www.hcymca.org.