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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. 

 

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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 YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will offer FREE MEAL SACKS for children in need in partnership with Kid's Food Basket July 1st through summer break.

ANY child age 0-18 can get MEAL SACKS on weekdays. Day and time vary by location. Details may be subject to change pending the COVID-19 crisis. 

MONDAY - FRIDAY | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM:

  • Hispanic Center of West MI: 1204 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • 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
  • LINC UP: 1167 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM:

  • David D. Hunting YMCA: 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Distribution is canceled July 3rd and 24th

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.

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If you can help and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Read full article here

YMCA Partners to Provide Meals for Seniors

Food Distribution AgeWell Partnership

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

Childcare for Healthcare Workers

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.

Read full article here

Donating supplies to Spectrum Health