Your financial support allows us to care for our community
A lot of people think of the Y in terms of fitness and swimming. But that’s just part of who we are. Countryside YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Offering programs, childcare, and camp to members is one way we meet our mission. But we also bring our mission to life by identifying needs in the community and finding ways we can meet those needs. This pandemic has given us unprecedented opportunities to serve new ways, like providing pandemic childcare and partnering with Joshua’s Place to provide food and meals to families. All these opportunities are funded by private and corporate donations through our Annual Campaign, not with membership dues.
Your donations + our programs = community support
PROVIDE FREE SWIM LESSONS When we learned that fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old, we started a program to provide free swim lessons called Begin to Swim. Thanks to donor funding, this program serves fourth grade students in two school districts as well as preschoolers enrolled in our childcare center.
Although the shutdown due to the pandemic did force us cancel our lessons for 4th graders, we didn't let the pandemic completely stop us from this important work. We still provided the preschoolers with lessons, and we gave each 4th grader in the Lebanon school district a coupon for one free 8-week session of lessons.
PROVIDE CHILDCARE TO CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS When we learned that Governor DeWine was shutting childcare centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we immediately applied for emergency liscencing to become a "Pandemic Childcare Center." We were granted that licensing and took care of about 90 children.
" My wife and I both work as first responders and when the Coronavirus pandemic began we were nervous about balancing our essential jobs and providing appropriate care for our two young children. The staff at the Countryside YMCA was extremely responsive to us and made our transition into the new daycare setting seamless. We are extremely thankful the Countryside YMCA Children's Center was there in our time of need."Andrew and Christina Grossenbaugh
REDUCE FOOD SCARCITY IN OUR COMMUNITY The pandemic shut down resulted in job losses throughout Warren County, leaving some families without enough money for food. And children who normally received free breakfast and lunch at school were left wondering where their meals would come from. To make sure all children had food during this time of distance learning, we partnered with Joshua’s Place to provide more than 1500 healthy meals and snacks to children and their famlies.
CARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS AND KINSHIP FAMILIES When we learned that families of special needs children and kinship families needed a break, we created our Blessed Respite nights. Unfortunately, we were only able to hold one night of respite care in 2020 due to the pandemic. Thanks to continued donor funding we look forward to providing parents and caregivers several evenings in 2021 where they can enjoy themselves while their children are being taken care of at the Y.
SERVE CANCER SURVIVORS When we learned that there was a program to help cancer survivors, we trained staff and made LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA available. During 2020 we were able to expand this program and offer it at both our Lebanon and our Landen locations. Thanks to donor funding this program is offered for free to all cancer survivors and 25 cancer survivors graduated from the program this year.
PROVIDE NORMALCY DURING THE PANDEMIC SUMMER School shut downs at the start of the pandemic disrupted the lives of children and working parents. With the onset of summer, we wanted to bring as much normalcy back to their lives as possible. Though we adjusted our camps to meet COVID-19 guidelines, we still offered a variety of summer camps to keep kids active and socially connected. Thanks to donor funding, nineteen campers were able to play, swim and make friends during one week of unforgettable summer camp.
OFFER MEMBERSHIP FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Unexpected job losses during the pandemic meant discretionary money for YMCA membership and classes just wasn't there for many families and seniors. Thanks to donor funding, about 8.5% of our 2020 memberships received the financial assistance they needed to join the Y and engage in heallhty, safe activites for themselves and their families.
This Giving Tuesday, consider giving to the Y
As you plan for your year-end giving, please consider donating to the Y so that these programs - and others - will continue to positively impact our community. Thank you.
At Countryside YMCA - the world’s largest Y - you and your family will enjoy many opportunities to grow and achieve balanced, fulfilled lives. Our programs are part of our mission to help create a strong, vital, caring community.