Dear donating member,
In uncertain times, the Y is still here. Though our doors may be closed, when the COVID-19 situation arose, Berkshire Family YMCA shifted its focus and responded quickly as the needs of Berkshire County changed. Evolving to meet community needs is something your Y has done for over 130 years. That’s why we’re so grateful for the compassionate support of individuals like you that have stayed with us. The Y is in a unique position to provide essential services to our community and your gift makes this possible.
In addition to our Massachusetts Approved Emergency Child Care program for first responders, healthcare workers and essential personnel in Pittsfield and North Adams, we have partnered with Berkshire Medical Center to provide child care to their staff. These heroes are on the front lines and have enough to worry about—a safe place for their children to continue to learn, play and grow shouldn’t be one of them. In partnership with Pittsfield Public Schools and North Adams Public Schools, we have provided healthy meals and snacks to children. We have continued our supervised visits virtually to maintain the important reunification efforts keeping families connected. We are also creating pathways to continue to engage our senior population. Our seniors, many of whom live alone, are feeling isolated and vulnerable right now, and we are committed to helping them feel connected during this scary time.
We are just as eager as everyone to reopen our doors, and when that time comes, we know it will be an exciting day, filled with celebration. Until then, we will continue to do the work that is needed to keep our children safe, our seniors connected and our community healthy. Thank you for donating, investing, and believing in our cause!