Our Y, Our Community
Although our doors are closed, the Skagit Valley Family YMCA has not stopped serving our community during the COVID-19 crisis. From our Emergency Childcare Program to our Community Shower Services, our Hoag Road building has pivoted to meet the new needs of the Skagit Valley community over the last several weeks.
However, the Y's service has not been confined to the walls of our facility. Our staff have been going out into the community during this challenging time, serving Skagit County with a smile and a selfless attitude. Here are just a few examples of these acts of service:
Our dedicated Welcome Center Lead, Erika, hard at work with a smile on her face at Skagit Gleaners. Skagit Gleaners is a nonprofit that provides fresh food to working families by rescuing and redistributing local surplus food items. Erika describes her time at Gleaners as "rewarding, fulfilling work. This is an amazing organization that serves Skagit County families directly. Their services are more important than ever during this crisis."
Erika sorts through boxes of surplus food items from local stores and restaurants.
COVID Testing Site
Another one of our amazing Y team members, Consuelo, administering tests to community members at the Self-Swab COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Site at Skagit Valley College. The site operates between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointments are needed and Spanish speaking interpreters like Consuelo are on site to assist with testing. This service does not require insurance, ID or an SSN, nobody will be turned away.
Baking for the Community
This Y team member is serving the Skagit community right from her kitchen! Charlotte has been teaching virtual baking classes through Zoom for community members- no Y membership necessary! A partnership with King Arthur Flour has even allowed Charlotte to hand out free baking kits to anyone in the community who wants to take a baking class at home. Charlotte's classes have been a hit, with participants baking scones, cupcakes, cream puffs, and more! For more information on our virtual programming, visit Our Virtual Y.
Thank you to all of our staff who are continuing to serve our community! Your love for Skagit County and its residents shines even brighter today than ever before!