Meeting Our Community Needs
For over 150 years, our Y has been committed to the communities we serve. During this time, our doors have been closed to keep everyone safe, but the Y hasn’t stopped serving the community. We’ve been hard at work providing emergency child care services to frontline workers, nutritious food to families and neighbors in need, and virtual engagement opportunities to keep everyone active and healthy.
Because of you, our community is stronger during these difficult times. Because of you we remain a resource to our community.
Together, we’re a better us.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT & ACTION
The mission of the Y is bigger than a building. Our goal is to connect people to healthier lives - wherever they are. Even in these challenging times, we wanted to let you know that goal has not changed. Maintaining your membership dues, volunteering, and donating helps the Y tremendously, as we take on additional work to meet the growing needs of our fellow community members who are vulnerable. We are focusing our efforts on providing critical services for our community.
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SERVICES: CARING FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
The closure of most childcare centers in the area has caused significant impact to the families of our first responders and health care workers, resulting in many community partnerships. These collaborations have enabled the Y to provide EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SERVICES for many essential health care employees and first responders. We will care for their families while they care for ours.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION: ACCESS TO FOOD
The closing of schools has had an immediate impact on children, especially those receiving free and reduced meals during school. These are often the only nutritional meals children had access to every day. We have been working in partnership with Kid's Food Basket and other community partners to offer lunch and meal sacks for those families in need.
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will offer FREE MEAL SACKS for children in need in partnership with Kid's Food Basket during the statewide school closure.
ANY child age 0-18 can get MEAL SACKS on weekdays for the duration of the COVID 19 crisis.
Grab-and-Go Meal Sacks will be offered at the following locations from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm:
- Crossroads Alternative HS Kentwood: 28 60th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
- Miss. Tracey’s Market: 1043 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- LINC UP: 1167 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- La Casa de La Cobija: 2355 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- Seventh Reformed Church: 950 Leonard St NW #4160, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
- David D. Hunting YMCA: 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
- Hispanic Center of West MI: 1204 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
A parent or guardian may pick up sack meals for all children in the household. The meals will be served “grab-and-go style” in parking lots or open spaces outside on the property. The Y may open additional sites if needed, or alter locations based on demand.
If you can help and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so below.
HOW CAN I HELP?
We are so humbled and appreciative of those asking us how they can help us as we respond to community needs. With our branches closed, we’re shifting our work to support critical needs.
If you're a member, the best way to help us is to continue paying your monthly membership dues. No action is required to remain a member.
If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so below.
We're working on other ways you can help and will publish them here when we can. Thank you for working with us to create history that demonstrates how we came together and served those who needed us the most.
YMCA Helping to Provide Resources for Families in Need
And local nonprofits such as Kids Food Basket, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools and area churches are providing free meals for Gerred and Bowen’s five children, who range in age from 5 to 13.
YMCA Partners to Provide Meals for Seniors
We are proud to partner with organizations like AgeWell Services of West Michigan to support seniors in our community. Together, we have provided 23,060 meals to 4,863 seniors since the beginning of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
Virtual Workouts: Staying Healthy At Home
Food Distribution: Access To Food
Childcare: Caring For Children & Families
We are partnering with Metro Health & Metro Health Hospital Foundation to provide "free and reliable" backup childcare services for healthcare workers by our qualified child care workers at the SpartanNash YMCA.
Donating supplies to Spectrum Health