At the Y, it is our communities' needs that lead us forward. Over the last 18 months, each Y across LA transformed into a pandemic-oriented care center, together delivering over 2.5 million meals and 2.5 million points of groceries, 615,000 hours of free childcare, and 76,000 hygiene kits, even while moving to virtual programs that continued to serve more than 8,000 teens and 50,000 families.
Now, our communities are leading us forward in a new direction: even as we re-open our branches and re-launch our proven in-person Y programs, we must also sustain our work filling basic needs. This means expanding Y capacity to new levels.
It is the Y's Community Impact Fund that will lead us at the Y forward to meet these challenges. The Community Impact Fund will allow us to continue giving food and care to millions in 2022. Additionally, it will help us ramp up our vaccination campaign through targeted outreach and a partnership with the LA County Health Department. Over the summer, we helped more than 7,000 youth and adults get vaccinated, but much more must be done.
The Y is trusted by our seniors, our youth, and our families, and we must honor their trust with new levels of services and programs. With your help, the Community Impact Fund will enable the YMCA to keep leading us – all Angelenos – forward to meet tomorrow's challenges. Because we can't succeed without you, we invite you to join us today.
Together, we make possible happen.