Your Help Is Needed
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are doing all we can to strengthen our community in partnership with many dedicated volunteers. Read our 10 ways to give back blog post here.
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Many of our neighbors, friends and colleagues are struggling to put food on their tables during this time. We have partnered with the Chester County Food Bank, Kennett Area Community Services, Southern Chester County Opportunity Network (SCCON), Square Root Collective and the United Way of Chester County, to collect and distribute food to our community.
Shelf-stable pantry items can be dropped off on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9 am – 4 pm at these YMCA branches:
- Brandywine YMCA, 295 Hurley Road, Coatesville (Drop off at East Side Door)
- Jennersville YMCA, 880 West Baltimore Pike, West Grove
- Kennett Area YMCA, 101 Race Street, Kennett Square
(Thank you to our partner, Kennett Area Community Service, for leading food collection and distribution in the Kennett community.)
- Oscar Lasko YMCA, 1 E Chestnut Street, West Chester (Drop off at Walnut Street Entrance)
To maintain social distancing, simply pull up and our volunteers will collect the items from your car. Items most needed are pasta, rice, peanut butter and cereal, as well as canned fruits, vegetables, tuna and chicken.
If You Need Food
If you are in need of food, please complete this confidential form and our YGBW team will be in touch.
The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood and is in desperate need of healthy individuals to donate immediately. We are working with the Red Cross to hold blood drives as often as possible. We have dates scheduled for:
- More dates coming soon.
The YMCA has the space to implement social distancing to protect individuals who give blood during the drives. In addition, the American Red Cross has implemented additional precautionary methods to prevent the spread of infection, including:
- All donors are temperature-screened before being permitted into the blood drive. If bodily temperature is above 99.5°F, the donor is asked to donate another time instead.
- All Red Cross staff are asked to check their temperature before presenting to work, and will not report for work if they are showing any symptoms or test above 99.5°F.
- Blood donors are asked to use hand sanitizer before and during the donation process.
- Staff wear gloves throughout the donation process, changing gloves between every donor.
- Donor beds are sanitized between every donor.
- Medically-recommended space between donors is implemented wherever possible.
Connect Our Community
Many people are home alone and could use a check-in from a friendly voice. You can volunteer to make calls/send emails or sign up to receive a call.
Donate Personal Protection Equipment
Our community health partners need our help as they prepare for a peak of COVID-19 cases in our area. Please consider donating personal protection equipment (PPE) if you are able. This includes new face masks (factory-made and handmade), latex-free gloves, eye protection, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, gowns and respirators. Learn more.
Like many non-profits, we are facing significant financial stress. The majority of our funds come from membership fees, program fees and donations. With our doors closed, almost every aspect of our branch operations has come to a halt, severely limiting our ability to generate the financial resources needed to meet our commitments. Donations are much needed to ensure our long-term sustainability.
Make a donation to the Y to support our ongoing efforts in the community.