The YMCA of Greater Brandywine continues to expand its efforts to support and strengthen the community safely during this unprecedented time of government-ordered shutdowns.
Within the last several days, the YMCA distributed food to more than 120 families and held 12 blood drives to address a critical shortage. More than 430 people donated blood in just a few days. Now, during a time when many are feeling isolated, the YMCA is working to keep our community active and connected through its new virtual platform, Y at Home.
April Animal Madness
First, if you missed March Madness, the YMCA has you covered. The organization has launched April Animal Madness with more than 60 animals going head-to-head in an activity-filled tournament for the whole family.
The tournament will determine who the ultimate animal champion is — based on which is the most fascinating — and provides more than 130 indoor and outdoor activities, including arts, games, and exploration, that will help children and families connect with nature. Watch the promo video and download your bracket today by clicking here.
The Y is also offering virtual story time for children every day at 1 PM. The live stream of just the first story time has been watched more than 1,100 times. You will also find creative STEM, education, and enrichment activities for families on Y at Home. Learn more.
Adventure Wellness Challenge
Second, the YMCA launched an Adventure Wellness Challenge, which more than 1,600 people have signed up for. The challenge features a variety of fitness and wellness activities that will help you stay healthy, tackle new challenges, and connect with others while participating in a joint program virtually. Sign up online.
Y at Home
And finally, Y at Home features virtual group exercise classes — and many other resources — from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. Classes are available live as well as recorded. Live group exercise classes began streaming last week, with more than 1,000 people viewing the first class. Live classes are held every morning during the week at 9 AM and include Ultimate Cross Training, Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, and Barre. View a complete schedule of offerings.
Recorded Group Exercise Classes
These are available on demand and include everything from Pilates to barre, dance cardio fit, yoga, mindfulness, strength training, and much more for all ages and abilities. You can even learn how to hula hoop, as well as get tips from one of the YMCA’s personal trainers, who shows viewers how to use everyday household items for strength training and more. For a list of classes, visit Y at Home.
“Like many organizations, we are struggling to make sense of this new normal, but we know we must remain steadfast and committed to our mission of strengthening our community — now more than ever,” said Denise Day, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “This is a difficult time, and we hope our efforts can help to ease the stress and isolation people may be feeling.”
Your Support Is Needed
Like many nonprofits, the YMCA is facing significant financial stress due to the government-ordered shutdown. The majority of the organization’s funds for reinvestment come from membership fees, program fees, and donations. With their doors closed, almost every aspect of their operations has come to a halt, severely limiting the organization’s ability to generate the financial resources needed to meet its commitments.
They YMCA of Greater Brandywine is incredibly grateful for donations from those able to help. Donations help to ensure the organization’s long-term sustainability to strengthen the community. All donations are tax-deductible, and with the passage of the CARES Act, you can deduct up to $300 in charitable donations on your 2020 taxes, even if you do not itemize. Donations can be made online.