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The YMCA of Delaware is redeploying its facilities across the state to support efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the YMCA’s doors are temporarily closed for typical operations, the organization has mobilized its resouces to provide vital services including childcare for emergency workers and essential personnel, and food distribution to those in need.

Beginning today, the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA, the Brandywine YMCA and the Sussex Family YMCA will begin offering childcare services for any emergency personnel and essential staff.   Care will be available for school age children (5-12 years old) from 6:30 am- 6:30 pm Monday- Friday. Children will enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, homework help, movies, and supervision from experienced Y staff. Those interested in utilizing these services should visit www.ymcade.org/emergency-child-care or email childcare@ymcade.org for more details and to register.

 

The Central and Walnut Street YMCAs will be offering childcare to families who are essential personnel and have already been enrolled at those sites. As the demand for emergency childcare increases, the Y will consider opening other facilities to support essential personnel and first responders. 

The YMCA is also partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware to provide multiple food distribution sites throughout the state including the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA, Brandywine YMCA, Central YMCA, Western YMCA and Dover YMCA.  Community members will be able to pick up boxes of pre-packaged non-refrigerated/non-perishable food staples. Days and times may vary by location and week, so visit www.ymcade.org/food-distribution for the most up to date information.

In response to the critical needs of our community, The YMCA of Delaware is accepting donations to help meet the needs of the community. To make a charitable contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund, visit donate.ymcade.org/COVID19.

The YWCA Delaware’s staff continues to care for the families living in YWCA’s emergency and transitional housing facility, Home-Life Management Center and trained counselors are available to answer the Sexual Assault Response Center helpline: 800-773-8570.
 
SARC and Economic Empowerment one-on-one counseling sessions are still taking place via technology. YWCA continues to provide employment skills and entrepreneurial training programs as well as first-time homebuyer classes, but now using online meetings, webinars, and Live Streaming.
 
If anyone needs assistance from the YWCA they can be reached at info@ywcade.org or call 302.655.0039.
 
 
 
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