In the middle of difficult times, we all need hope.
“I’m a medical professional, and I sincerely thank you for what you're doing,” said one parent on Facebook. “I wouldn’t be there to assist the patients who need us, and that count on us to be there for them.”
While many of us are forced to stay home and/or work at home during this time, many essential workers don’t have that option.
That’s why we at the YMCA of the Triangle transformed select Y branches into YMCA Camp Hope – a child care program for essential employees. This allowed parents, like our Facebook friend, who keep us healthy and safe, continue in their jobs knowing their children are cared for in a safe, fun environment. Our YMCA is providing this care in partnership with local agencies and health care professionals.
“We are so grateful to those who are serving us and our entire our community during these unprecedented times. That’s why we’re stepping up to support those working on our behalf,” said Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle CEO. “We’re honored to do what we do best to help families across our region.”
Focus on Safety
YMCA Camp Hope operated in full compliance with local and state health department guidelines and will include recommended social distancing practices. We will conduct daily pre-screening for all children and staff. And, we are implementing enhanced cleanings in our facilities.
“Since our inception in 1857, the Y has always been an organization that boldly walks toward challenging and pressing community needs,” said McMillan. “Today is no different."
Today, the YMCA is serving children of essential workers through traditional YMCA Summer Day Camps.