Summer looked a little different this year at the YMCA and our surrounding communities. Instead of hundreds of kids at day camp, we had small, socially distanced groups at our new childcare programs. Despite the changes, we were still able to make an impact on the families we served. THANK YOU to community partners who offered time, talents, and resources to make these programs successful!
To comply with state guidelines and provide a healthy environment, face masks quickly became a commodity we didn't know we needed! Luckily, countless volunteers donated masks for Y staff and kids. Jo Ellen Buffie, a Baxter YMCA Board Member, personally secured donations of hundreds of homemade masks. Additionally, People for Urban Progress, Crimson Tate, and Shine Bright Stitchers are among other local groups who donated masks to our programs.
HELP FROM FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS
At the center of the chaos over the past few months were courageous nurses and healthcare staff. Community Health Network provided nurses at no cost to screen children as they were dropped off and provide guidance on new health procedures that were put in place.
The YMCA connected with many local healthcare organizations. Witham Health Services, IU Health, Eskenazi Health, Community Health, and the VA Medical Center all helped the Y reach as many essential workers as possible by promoting our programs to their staff and in some cases paid for their staff's children to attend! We applaud these efforts from our community to help without hesitation!
We are inspired by the way our community partners went above and beyond to support YMCA programs and families! It takes a village to make sure all families have the care and resources they need right now. The village of Indianapolis came out in full force. Providing successful YMCA childcare programs would not be possible without our community partners!