Program areas at Great Miami Valley Ymca
CHILD CARE * January - March 17th, pre pandemic, we were providing a nurturing environments and caring teachers for 655 children from infants through age 12 to learn social, emotional, physical, and educational skills when it was needed most at 25 locations. * On March 17th, local schools, businesses, and childcare centers were all shut down. Pandemic Child Care began on March 23 at two locations during the covid shut down, serving 102 essential workers' children daily. Every day matters in the holistic development and education of children. Staff ratios were decreased to 1:6, which made it impossible to break even providing care. We were blessed with several individuals and business donors who contributed to assist with the shortfall. * Early learning centers, Atrium and Butler Tech, reopened with normal ratios meeting the needs of 99 children. Staffing continued to be the challenge in not being able to serve all those in need. * August 15th, Y Base reopens at 6 locations - serving 141 students with a broad variety of needs from all virtual classrooms, to hybrid, to all in person. Our team pulled together a plan to meet the varying needs of our school districts. * Part day preschool enrichment program reopened in August with 57 students at 2 locations, East Butler and Fairfield. * Highly trained teachers, fewer children per classroom and commitment to continuous improvement in early education programming earned 77 Step Up to Quality Stars or NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) for 23 of our YMCA programs. * YMCA Before and After School programs came to an end on March 17th- Summer programming began on June 6th, with increased ratios. We were able to serve 157 children throughout the summer at three locations. * No Summer resident camp was held in 2020 due to the pandemic. All camp employees were deployed to work in pandemic child care positions.
SWIM, SPORTS & PLAY * Staying active is key to a child's well-being. 1,019 kids exerted energy and learned new skills in basketball, soccer, baseball, and competitive swimming, which is one third of the number we served in 2019 due to covid shut down. * 2,417 youth were taught how to be safer around water through swim lesson programs, which is about half the number we served in 2019 due to covid shut down. Health, Well-being and Wellness * At the Y, you can achieve good health, challenge yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, foster connections with friends, or bring your family closer together through our many family-centered activities. Our members experienced what we offer. * Y members are reenergizing their workouts by using our free member benefit, ActivTrax, to achieve goals and reach for more. ActivTrax is an online fitness and nutrition coach that provides customized workouts accessed through branch kiosks, a mobile app, or computer. * Mandated shut downs beginning March 17th, which was tough on those who wanted to continue working out and connecting with others. Social isolation continued to heighten, due to mandated quarantine. As of June 1st, we were able to reopen and members began to slowly return, following mandated new protocols and procedures such as mask wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning efforts. We are definitely not back to normal level of participation, however those who did return were very appreciative of our reopening.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY- Giving back and supporting our neighbors by using our knowledge to develop stronger, more integrated communities. Giving & Volunteerism * More than 60 donors contributed covid emergency philanthropic support to the YMCA. From purchasing lunches for our pandemic childcare staff to contributing major gifts to underwrite those efforts, the community stood with the YMCA during the pandemic. * 70% of our YMCA membership base chose to continue to pay their membership dues, even though we were closed for almost three months. This totaled over $700,000 of support during quarantine to ensure that the YMCA will be able to continue to meet the needs of our community.