In the Y, our cause defines us. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
TO SUPPORT KIDS AND
FAMILIES IN OUR
COMMUNITY THIS YEAR
A BOLD VISION FOR OUR COMMUNITY
We envision the South Sound as an anti-racist community where all children see a path to their dreams, all people are valued, and each of us has the support and space to meet our potential.
We believe that the economic success of our community as a whole is dependent on addressing inequities in the intersecting issues of race, poverty, education and health that serve as barriers to individual success.
In the Spring of 2020, COVID-19 caused many childcare programs to shut down, leaving parents struggling to find safe, supportive places for their children to spend the day. The ongoing crisis of childcare accessibility impacts rural and historically marginalized communities disproportionally, with the greatest impact being on women of color who often hold essential worker positions.
500,000 children in WA State lacked access to licensed childcare prior to the pandemic
1 in 5 Washington parents turned down jobs or promotions due to childcare issues prior to the pandemic
30% of childcare programs have closed state wide since the beginning of the pandemic
Child hunger rate has increased by 14x nationally during the pandemic
INCREASE ACCESS TO CHILDCARE, FOOD AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Offer free care to 270 children of first responders and emergency personnel during the early stages of the pandemic
Double the % of students on financial assistance for childcare programs from 20-40%
Distribute 60,000 meals to students in partnership with local school districts
Structural and systemic racism is deeply rooted in every aspect of our nation’s history, and it endures across communities in the U.S. It is actively perpetuated through racist policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages, preventing us from actualizing our full potential as a community.
Black residents Thurston County are 30% less likely to own their home than white residents
Infant mortality rate for black children is twice that of white children in our region
Life expectancy of people with black skin is 8 years less than their white counterparts
RECOGNIZE OUR PART IN THE PROBLEM, FACILITATE LEARNING IN COMMUNITY, LEAD THROUGH OUR ACTIONS
In partnership with the YWCA, we are evaluating our own organization and making changes to acknowledge and breakdown racist systems and structures
Hosting the Zero Apologies: Droppin’ Truths podcast to facilitate and inspire conversations around racial justice issues in our community
Allocating staff, volunteer, and financial resources to support anti-racist work in our community
Thank you for donating to the South Sound YMCA located in Olympia and Shelton. The South Sound YMCA is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities.