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.
CHILD CARE: 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 childcare 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
- Madison Square Church: 1441 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- La Casa de La Cobija: 2355 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- New City Kids: 960 Alpine Ave NW, 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, GR 49503
- Oriole Park Elementary: 1420 40th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
- Railtown Brewing (Dutton Ele): 3595 68th St Caledonia MI 49316
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.
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