Evolving Support for Our Community in Times of Need

Wendi Messina and Andrew Lopez distributing food at a local Chula Vista School

Social responsibility has long been a core value of the Y. For more than 175 years, we have been called on in times of crisis, conflict and strife to provide for the ever-changing needs of our community. In this unprecedented time, we recognize the need to shift our focus to better serve our community. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the YMCA of San Diego County is adapting to adjust operations.

The safety and well-being of our communities has always been our top priority. With schools across the county closed, and the governor suggesting it is unlikely they will reopen before summer break, YMCA Childcare Resource Service (CRS) is helping emergency responders in need of childcare find the options that might work for their families. YMCA CRS is supporting health care, first responders, law enforcement and military professionals find childcare options and has a dedicated line, staffed at all times, to contact an advisor. These families can call 619-952-0242. If the phone line is busy, YMCA CRS will return calls as soon as possible. Families can also conduct online searches themselves by visiting www.ymcasd.org/childcarereferrals.

As of March 18, there are thousands of licensed childcare programs still open in San Diego County. YMCA CRS encourages families and employers to connect with the childcare providers that are already offering care in their communities, and may have extra capacity to serve additional children.

“For 40 years, YMCA CRS has been the key connector between families and childcare providers in San Diego County,” says Kim McDougal, Executive Director of YMCA Childcare Resource Service. “We are honored to serve our community now by enhancing our referral services for all families seeking care during this crisis.”

Our branches are closed and we know many events, schools, gatherings and vacations are now postponed or cancelled. Everyone is going through challenging times right now, with a lot of uncertainty about the future. During this time of need, we are working with community partners to support our neighbors and to help them stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body. 

We ask that you join us in this effort; our Y is going to need your support through this crisis to remain financially viable and available to the community for the long term. Our YMCA still needs to plan for the time when we reopen. We know the community will need us more than ever when that happens, and we anticipate the necessity for scholarships will significantly increase as well. Through Annual Campaign, we ensure that our programs and services remain available to all. Every dollar donated to the Annual Campaign stays local and has a lasting impact on families in South County. Please join us and strengthen our communities by making a gift to the campaign at www.ymcasd.org/give.