Grantee Blog 2020

Back in our Community

In July, Community Hub made it’s first debut in the community since COVID-19 paused all activities. While starting slow, the community was thrilled to have events back at our Hub sites. Our events for July included 2020 Census events and BB&T Financial Services. We had a lot of interaction with all of our events while proper social distancing and PPE was in place to ensure both community members’ and providers’ safety. Community Hub secured over 500 masks to give out to those who want to engage with our providers, but did not have a masks (although most community members did have masks on already).

While things are up and running with Community Hub, behind the scenes we have our Back to School Bash planning in the works. Our Back to School Bash may look a little different this year, but we are dedicated to providing free backpacks with free school supplies to our community, especially at a time where financial situations are uncertain for most. We have received over $2,200 in donations from local business in Vineland that want to help our community in a time of need. The Back to School Bash will take place on August 27th, 2020 at 5pm at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and will be conducted as a Drive-Thru event with social distancing and PPE in place. We are so excited that we will be able to give back to 250 children of our community.

Overall, things are getting back  to somewhat of a normalcy, but we still face some challenges. With all of our events having to be outside for Community Hub, the weather plays a huge part. Luckily for us, most of the events have not been impacted the weather, but some have. Another challenge was getting sponsorship for the Back to School Bash. Most of our providers who sponsored last year were hit hard and did not have the budget for it, but luckily our local businesses stepped up for our community to help us make the Back to School Bash work. In a time like this, it is great to see the local businesses help the community.

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Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA

We are a nonprofit charitable organization that is part of a worldwide association based on Christian principles, inclusive of all people, dedicated to fostering opportunities for all individuals, families and communities through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.