For over 165 years, the "Y" has been there for communities, stepping up to adapt to local needs by recognizing the challenges the community is facing and providing support. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces everyone to adapt their daily lives, the "Y" is stepping up to do even more. They are providing emergency child care for essential frontline workers, shelter and support for youth experiencing homelessness, and remote employment services for people who need work.
With an increased need to stay home due to COVID-19, the "Y" recognizes that older community members face increasing challenges including connecting with friends and loved ones and maintaining routines, like walking, that are import for physical and mental health.
Recently, they launched The Bright Spot, an online community where older adults can shine, offering everything from exercise classes and small online group discussions to trivia nights and mindfulness tutorials – all free of charge.