Parents throughout the region rely on the YMCA during the school year and all the times in between. May 16 was certainly no different. As area school systems canceled classes so that teachers could attend a rally in Raleigh, the YMCA stepped in to support parents by offering affordable Teacher Workday care at 13 locations in Wake County, Durham, Chatham and Chapel Hill.
“Our YMCA was thrilled to meet the child care needs of so many families at the last minute,” said Kim Keith, YMCA of the Triangle Vice President of Youth Development. “We’re committed to youth development and saw this as a wonderful opportunity to invest in students. Our caring counselors filled their day with a variety of enriching activities.”
Together with support from local schools, faith communities and service organizations, Y staff and 100 volunteers came together at the Downtown Durham YMCA May 14 to prepare 4,000-plus meals to distribute to students who may not have had access to their regular school meals on May 16.
"We're so glad to have had the chance to support our local students, families and schools,” said Laura Ferguson, Executive Director, Durham YMCAs. “Hosting not only children in need of care, but also partner organizations and community volunteers is something that connects us to our Mission and cause.
"It was really great of the Y to help to organize this response for our students and invite us to be a part of that effort," said Rachel, a Durham Public Schools teacher. "It was so neat seeing all of the different community organizations coming together to support our students."
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