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RESILIENT & RESPONSIVE FOR 126 YEARS!

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First and foremost, we sincerely hope this note finds you and yours safe and healthy. The shared impact that we are all experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is extraordinary and incredibly challenging. Today, we ask for your support as Meeting Waters YMCA continues its long history of being resilient and responsive.

 

As we’ve done so many times throughout our 126-year history, Meeting Waters YMCA shifted our efforts to respond to the critical needs of the communities we serve during 2021. 

 

In response to Governor Scott’s call to youth development organizations across Vermont to develop “hubs'' to support children and working parents as schools went back to a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning in the fall of 2020, Meeting Waters YMCA established two Y-ASPIRE Hubs in temporary locations – one in the former River Valley Credit Union office, across the hall from where our offices are now located on the Greater Rockingham Area Services campus – and another in space we were able to lease on the Winston Prouty Campus in Brattleboro. Through these programs, we provided full day (8AM-5:30PM) care, enrichment, remote learning support, and physical activity for children on the days they were not in school. When schools returned to more in-person learning, we continued to provide full day remote learning care and afterschool care when children were in school, and full day vacation programming. 

 

For the second year in a row, we adapted Y Day Camp to meet the highest standards of  health and safety policies and practices, enabling us to provide 8 weeks of summer programming – critical to prevent summer learning loss for low-income children and supporting working families needing childcare. We did so at enormous financial cost to the organization.

 

In both our summer program and our remote learning hub, we partner with the school districts to provide healthy meals to children in our care each day – addressing a significant food insecurity issue. This year we also became a pick-up site for the Everyone Eats program, providing meals to all family members. In total, Meeting Waters YMCA collaborated to provide over 9,000 meals to children and families. 

 

In this time of critical need, your contribution to our annual support campaign will allow us to continue to strengthen the foundations of community. On behalf of the board and staff at Meeting Waters YMCA— and all those we serve—we share our deep appreciation for your support.

 

With gratitude,

Damian Wilson                                  Susan Fortier, MS

Board Chair                                       Executive Director


Meeting Waters YMCA is a 501-c-3 non-profit, charitable organization governed by local volunteers. Your contribution is tax-deductible and every penny of your donation benefits local youth and families.

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