YMCA Disaster Response

Every day, YMCAs respond to the specific needs of the communities they serve. When disasters strike, we are there to take action and provide support to those affected.

YMCA Disaster Response
Aftermath of a tornado that hit the Andover YMCA

Tornado, Andover, Kansas

On, April 29, the Andover YMCA was directly hit by an EF-3 tornado. While employees were able to keep members safe during the storm, the tornado damaged the building significantly, causing the need to close and rebuild. Neighboring Ys throughout the Wichita area have opened their doors to 135 Andover YMCA employees and their members in the meantime. 

Learn more and donate to help the Greater Wichita YMCA secure temporary space for summer camps and child care services and to help with rebuilding efforts. 

Russian Invasion, Ukraine

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Gym at YMCA of Northern Colorado set up as shelter following December 2021 wildfires.

Wildfires, Colorado

On Dec 28, 2021, fast-moving fires ripped through miles of Boulder County, Colorado, destroying more than 1,000 homes and businesses and forcing tens of thousands of households to evacuate. In those early moments, the YMCA of Northern Colorado opened its Lafayette YMCA branch as a Red Cross Shelter, welcoming more than 300 adults, children and seniors and about 45 pets.

For more than a week, the Y housed evacuees from Louisville and Superior, collected truckloads of donated supplies and food, handed out heaters and water, and provided space and support for other organizations serving displaced families and individuals. The Y continues to offer free childcare at the local Disaster Assistance Center and provides financial assistance for afterschool care and preschool to families who lost everything in the fire.

To support the YMCA of Northern Colorado’s emergency response and relief efforts, donate and add “disaster relief” in the comments.

A woman searches for her possessions in a debris field near where her home stood before it was destroyed in tornadoes on December 14, 2021.

Tornadoes, Kentucky

On December 11 and 12, 2021 a tornado outbreak devastated communities across multiple states in the Midwest and the South. Kentucky was hit especially hard, with dozens of lives lost.

The following Ys are supporting their communities as they recover and rebuild. Please consider helping their efforts. 

Mayfield Graves YMCA in Mayfield serves one of the communities hardest hit by the tornadoes. The Y has been distributing food and supplies to residents and offering use of the showers along with free toiletries. They are also participating in an initiative called “Project Save Christmas” to collect essential items for kids and teens. 

Hopkins County Family YMCA in Madisonville is working with community partners and response agencies to transport essential materials and is offering use of their showers to anyone who has been impacted. They are also organizing an initiative called “Make Christmas Happen” to ensure that local children still receive gifts this holiday season.

Hopkinsville Christian County YMCA in Hopkinsville is offering takeaway meals, serving lunch and dinner and mobile food distribution.The facilities are also open for anyone to use showers, computer and charging stations. 

YMCA Haiti building with people standing in front of it.

Earthquake, YMCA d'Haiti

On August 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck just off the coast of Haiti's southern peninsula. As of August 25, the death toll has reached 2,189, with 12,200 injured. In addition to the damaged schools, churches and clinics in the area, it is estimated that 37,300 homes have been destroyed, leaving thousands of families without adequate shelter and food. 

YMCA d'Haiti operates centers in the affected region in the communities of Les Cayes and Camp-Perrin. The YMCA has leveraged its presence to provide food and basic medical supplies to families. With your support, YMCA d'Haiti can reach more people who have been affected by the earthquake's devastation. 

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COVID-19 Emergency Services

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and Ys are responding in a variety of ways to meet community needs.

Amid school closures and economic uncertainty, a rapidly increasing number of people are facing food insecurity. In response, hundreds of Ys nationwide are providing free grab-and-go meals to help address this serious issue.

FIND Y-AFFILIATED FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES

With COVID-19-related school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe child care options across the country. In response, the Y—one of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of child care services—is offering emergency child care at more than 1,000 sites for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders.

FIND Y EMERGENCY CHILD CARE SITES

Man at the YMCA Philippines writing at a desk while wearing a face mask.

Global COVID-19 Response

Across the world, YMCAs are responding to the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis with hope and resilience. There is an urgent need to address the following:

  • Growing disparities, including advocating for free and equitable vaccine access for all
  • Access to food, shelter, education, mental health support, employment and more
  • Community outreach
  • Hosting vaccination centers
  • Support for YMCA Staff affected by COVID-19

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Support Ys as they respond to these critical needs globally through donating to YMCA World Service.

GIVE TO YMCA WORLD SERVICE

India experienced a second wave of COVID-19 cases that overwhelmed hospitals and health services. As of May 4, 2021, India surpassed 20 million cases with over 350,000 reported cases per day, and 3,500 deaths in 24 hours. YMCA Madurai is responding by:

  • Distributing food and hygiene items and health education campaigns
  • Distributing face masks made by women in their YMCA entrepreneurship program
  • Making home visits to program participants, including young people with hearing impairment and mental disabilities and participants in YMCA tutoring programs

DONATE TO YMCA MADURAI-COVID-19 RESPONSE

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch sign with "fire camp" directional sign in front of it

Wildfires, YMCA of the Rockies

YMCA of the Rockies is used to helping in times of need. They've provided respite for healthcare workers, shelter for those displaced by natural disasters across the U.S., free stays for families dealing with childhood critical illness and so much more.

2020 brought the opportunity to serve their local communities of Estes Park and Grand County, Colorado like never before. On August 13, the Cameron Peak Fire started about 18 miles from YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. The next day, the Williams Fork Fire started just 10 miles from the Y's Snow Mountain Ranch.

As the fires grew, both YMCA properties remained unthreatened, allowing YMCA of the Rockies to serve as a vital resource for firefighters and evacuated families. 

This campaign is now closed. 

Aftermath of explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

Port Explosion, Beirut, Lebanon

On August 4, 2020, there was a devastating explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon. Initial reports from the Lebanon YMCA describe the situation as catastrophic, with more than 35,000 homes destroyed, 300,000 people left homeless, over 150 fatalities, 5,000 people injured and more than 140 people missing as of August 7, 2020. YMCA of the USA is supporting the response to this crisis in coordination with the Lebanon YMCA.

This campaign is now closed. 

YMCA disaster relief after Tornados in Tennessee

Tornadoes, Tennessee

Severe storms and at least one tornado slammed central Tennessee in the early hours on March 3, 2020 killing more than 20 people and leaving many more injured or homeless.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee's family wellness centers remained open, and the Downtown, Margaret Maddox and Northwest locations made showers available to members of the community who need them. One of the Y-CAP community outreach program sites sustained significant damage, though thankfully, no one there was injured.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee has listed ways that you can help their community recover. Please consider donating to their community partners.

This campaign is now closed. 

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