Giving Back | Annual Report 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic brought a devastating shutdown to our community's infrastructure, the Y's partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore enabled us to help feed 18,000 households across nine YMCA donation and distribution locations.
In the spring of 2020, we felt the full generosity of our members, as over half of our membership chose to #StayWithUs and continue paying membership dues throughout the closure, making it possible for the Y to continue to serve in critical ways.
Meeting Community Need
Through multiple partnerships, YMCA locations continued to host blood drives across our communities throughout the summer months, resulting in 30 drives by the end of the year.
On a single day in December for #GivingTuesday, with the help of matching gift sponsor TowneBank, lead sponsor GEICO, and a community aligned with the Y's mission to create a better us, generous donors gave $120,000 to ensure that no one is turned away from the Y, regardless of their ability to pay.
In the largest one-time gift in our Y’s history, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott awarded $10 million to help continue the work of bringing our neighbors home to the Y.
Volunteer work continued through the end of the year, resulting in nearly 12,500 combined volunteer hours from over 3,000 passionate volunteers.
Breaking ground to serve a new community
The Northampton County YMCA will broke ground on August 25 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia just a short distance from Cape Charles’ main street. Concern of insufficient youth programs, support for aging adults, swim safety, and healthy living access drove local partners, donors and the Y to collaborate in making these critical programs a reality, through a widely supported, fully funded capital campaign.