Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
Over the past few weeks I have been given the opportunity to reflect and celebrate a couple of fun personal milestones with my colleagues, board volunteers and friends in the community. October 16th marked my third anniversary with the Tampa YMCA and it happens to conveniently coincide with my 25-year anniversary with the Y Movement this month. To top it off, today’s my birthday and I get to share the best news ever! Alongside our neighboring Ys, we were named a “2020 One Tampa Bay” Honoree by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
“One Tampa Bay” is a Tampa Bay Business Journal award that honors 21 nonprofit organizations and 17 for-profit companies for their philanthropic efforts. Out of over 220 nominations, we are honored to be able to share this recognition with the YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
Collectively, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay are recognized for our unified efforts to pivot and respond to the critical needs of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you may be aware, we transitioned our Y facilities to provide emergency relief care for 1,534 children of medical personnel, first responders and other essential workers. In doing so, we were able to provide over 308,800 hours of safe fun and 15,440 healthy meals to children in partnership with local school districts.
In partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay and other community organizations, Ys across Tampa Bay served more than 70,000 meals to families in need, providing 1,104 baby care essentials, and more than 22,000 face coverings to those in need. Our staff reached out to nearly 8,000 senior members to prevent social isolation and lift their spirits. Our team continues to produce virtual resources to help community members stay engaged from home. Additionally, blood drives hosted at Ys across Tampa Bay have positively impacted 2,637 lives so far. Furthermore, the Tampa Y conducted 1,678 virtual reading and Early Head Start sessions to help students stay on track. I am very proud of our Y staff for their quick mobilization in order to serve community needs.
We are fortunate to have the support of our neighboring Ys, community partners, donors and staff to find ways to use our resources to offer solutions to social voids. We appreciate this recognition, but more importantly, we want to sincerely thank you - our donors, members and community partners - for your continued support of the YMCA and our mission.
Please be on the lookout for tomorrow’s Tampa Bay Business Journal. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay will be featured in a special section of the Nov. 20 edition. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and am very blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful community here in Tampa Bay. Thank you all!
President & CEO