In response to COVID-19 crisis, Ys are providing critical emergency services.

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Opens in a new window Hurt But Hopeful: My Perspective On What’s Happening In Our Country

YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington shares his response to the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, and the protests that followed.

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Opens in a new window COVID-19 Emergency Services: Child Care

With COVID-19-related school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe child care options across the country. In response, the Y is offering emergency child care at more than 940 locations for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders.

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Opens in a new window COVID-19 Emergency Services: Food Distribution

Amid school closures and economic uncertainty, a rapidly increasing number of people are facing food insecurity. In response, hundreds of Ys nationwide are providing free grab-and-go meals to help address this serious issue.

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News From the Y

July 24, 2020

"In the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, the Y.M.C.A. has provided a lifeline to many vulnerable Americans. As the health crisis and its economic disruption eat away at the group’s revenues, the question is whether anyone will throw a lifeline to the rescuers."

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July 19, 2020

Kevin Washington spoke with TIME's "Leadership Brief" about the Y's role during COVID-19, the successes of the past few months and the challenges ahead.

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July 8, 2020

Organizations like the Y that are providing food to children this summer have seen an increased need due to COVID-19. 

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June 30, 2020

Kevin Washington spoke with Fox News to discuss the importance of summer camp, especially in the age of COVID. 

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June 24, 2020

As school districts consider reopening plans, and with just over half of parents telling pollsters they're comfortable with in-person school this fall, NPR looks at how YMCAs have provided safe child care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and how education leaders should be discussing and drawing on these real-world child care experiences.

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June 22, 2020

While some camps have gone out of business or opted to remain closed for the season, the YMCA, a community nonprofit, is welcoming hundreds of thousands of children in the next three months. Its experiences with child care in the first wave of the pandemic serve as a model for what families might expect.

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