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YMCA receives grant to provide child care for essential workers

Published 05.14.20

Wilmington, NC 5/14/2020 – The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina was awarded $10,000 from the Corning Incorporated Foundation to help support parents who are working in essential jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are being used to provide child care for children of healthcare workers, first responders, and others who are needed to maintain essential services. 

Full day child care programs are being offered at the Nir Family YMCA and Midtown YMCA, and financial assistance is available for families who need it. 

“While many people are staying home, essential workers don’t have that option,” says Corey Maarschalk, YMCA Southeastern North Carolina’s Youth Services Branch Director. “We recognize that people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response need access to safe, quality child care so they can care for others.” 

The program provides for a mix of time for schoolwork, outdoor play, games and arts and crafts. Extra measures are being taken to ensure children and staff are safe, including temperature checks prior to entering the building each day, frequent hand washing, smaller groups, and activities conducive to physical spacing. The YMCA has also added enhanced cleaning protocols for its facilities. 

“We are so grateful to the Corning Foundation for their support of our efforts to serve the community during this unprecedented time,” says Dick Jones, YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Interested families should contact Corey Maarschalk at corey.maarschalk@ymcasenc.org or (910) 726-9847 x255

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