Thank you for visiting my page! The past 15 months have been like no other -- Jordan taught woodshop via WebEx (!) until he bravely returned to campus last October. Jack was a distance learner and overall trooper until he rejoined his classroom buddies in-person in January. I worked from home with Jack, and actually cooked dinners, until returning to the office in January.
We have been fortunate and blessed to have been able to keep busy and hunker down during the pandemic. However, the pandemic posed a challenge to the YMCA, whose mission to support the health and well-being of our local community could not be served in traditional ways.
During the pandemic, the Y pivoted and...
* Distributed more than 100,000 free meals to ensure no child would go hungry and neither would our kupuna.
* In partnership with the Department of Health and Hawaii Community Foundation, the Y collected and distributed more than 100,000 pieces of PPE to over 50 social health agencies.
* When Essential Workers were called to the front lines, the Y provided childcare to ensure that their families could work and their keiki could continue to thrive and learn.
* The Y switched to virtual enrichment and social programs to keep teens connected and supported as they faced uncertainty and stress, while Y counselors kept at-risk teens safe and on track to deal with their challenges of trauma and addictions.
* Recognizing the sadness and loneliness of isolation, the Y held virtual classes to bring our community together for better health and wellbeing, and online activities for families struggling with finding ways to keep their children active and entertained.
* After months of stay-at-home orders, the Y gave hundreds of kids and teens an opportunity at our Summer Day Camps to have fun, make friends and thrive with safe experiences. Kids gained confidence, self-discovery and critical thinking skills that supported their wellbeing, academic growth and gave them back a sense of community.
* When schools continued virtual classes, the Y opened Distant Learning Centers so kids could keep learning and their parents could get back to work.
* As more became homeless, the Y repurposed Camp Erdman to transitional housing for 40 houseless individuals and families while they worked towards permanent housing.
Despite the Y's own struggles to keep its doors open and serve its members, it nonetheless managed to fulfill its mission in other ways.
Your gift makes a difference!
$100 - Provides a child with enrichment and academic support with 1 month of afterschool care.
$200 - Gives a child the joy of being safe and confident in water with 10 swim lessons.
$300 - Gives two kupuna the gift of health and friendship with a 3-month Y Membership.
$400 - Provides a safe and supportive week at a YMCA Learning Center for a child in distance learning.
$500 - Helps a struggling family reconnect and thrive with a 6-month Y Family Membership.
$600 - Empowers a teen to advocate for themselves and their community at YMCA Youth & Government.
$750 - Gives a child the joy of discovery, new friends and a sense of community with 4 weeks of Summer Day Camp.
$850 - Gives a toddler a head start with a month at the YMCA Early Learning Preschool.
$900 - Makes the dream of college a possibility for a teen in YMCA College Camp.
$1,000 - Ensures 10 kids don’t go to bed hungry with a week of YMCA Afterschool Meals.
Thank you for your interest in supporting our local Y!