YMCA of Florida's First Coast

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COVID-19 Relief Fund

At the Y, we believe in the ability to inspire a better tomorrow. As the center of the First Coast community since 1908, the Y is the place where people turn for help during some of life’s most challenging moments.

One of those times is happening right now – an unprecedented public health emergency threatening our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones, our way of life.

We know we can get through it TOGETHER.

But, we need your help now more than ever.

By establishing a COVID-19 RELIEF FUND, the Y will be able to make a meaningful and measurable difference in the lives of others across the First Coast. The dollars donated to this fund will help us address some of our community’s most critical needs, including:

Child Care

The Y is currently responding to an urgent need to support our first responders and medical community on the front lines of this coronavirus fight. With schools and other child care facilities closed, the Y is providing emergency childcare for essential employees in Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties. While they care for the sick, they can feel comforted knowing their children are being cared for in a safe environment by our team of certified youth development professionals.

 Supporting Our Staff

Our employees are cause-driven leaders who are dedicated to helping everyone on the path to reaching their full potential. Every day they come to work ready to make a difference in the lives of others. But every day that we can’t open our doors, our operations become strained and we must make difficult decisions that affect the lives of our staff and their families. Already, the COVID-19 crisis has forced us to furlough 1,500 employees. We are establishing an emergency support fund to help those in furlough status.


Despite these uncertain times, we continue to serve those who need immediate support. For 20 years, Daystar has been providing therapy and social connection for adults with different abilities. We remain open now for 32 families who rely on us to be there for them.

Staying Connected

We know isolation is a serious health risk, and at least a quarter of seniors over age 65 live with it. The devastating effects can be felt physically, mentally and emotionally. For many of our older members, the Y is the place where they stay connected. Now, with our doors closed, our employees are calling them to say hello, make sure they are okay, and assist them with needs they may have in case they are alone and don’t know who to call for help.

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