How the Y is responding to community needs
As we reflect on our 61 years of service in the Arlington-Mansfield Area, we’ve learned that our longevity comes from our responsibility to our mission. At every turn, we’ve learned more about what it means to step up and lead in challenging times and be there for those who need us most.
We’re already pivoting our work. We’re picking up speed to serve our community resource partners affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID19). In times like these, it’s critical that we work together as a community to lift those most impacted by health and economic challenges. Maintaining your membership dues, volunteering, and donating help the Y tremendously, as we take on additional work to meet the growing needs of our fellow community members who are economically or medically vulnerable.
We are directing our community funding to these critical and essential services urgently needed to support the response and recovery of this country:
What you can do
There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.
Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including flu and coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged.
Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Secure Food for Vulnerable Children
The immediate impact on school closures goes beyond the loss of classroom instruction. Some children receiving free and reduced meals experience hunger when schools close and school-provided meals are not accessible. These are often the only nutritional meals children have access to every day. We’ve been working closely with lower-income families, school districts, and community partners to address meal access and nutrition education that assists in meeting the nutritional needs of children. Your support means we can scale these programs to meet the critical need to increase meal programming throughout the region.
Free meals for Children under 18 years of age
Caring for Children
Google Classroom to provide you with free and easy access to several of CATCH’s evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials. These activities require limited space and supervision, and are organized into three sections: Physical Activities, Activity Breaks and Family Health and Nutrition.
Serving Those In Need
- If you need help as a result of COVID-19 or any other reason, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.211Texas.org. This service, provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provides services to help people age 60 and older, their family members and caregivers receive the information and assistance they need in locating and accessing community services. Visit: https://hhs.texas.gov
- Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, services are available to those who are homebound for any length of time, are physically or mentally unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves, and have no one to help them on a regular basis. Visit: https://mealsonwheels.org/refer
- Arlington charities will continue to provided food through a “drive through”. They will still make appointment slots to aid in crowd control. Please call 817-275-1511 beginning at 8:30 AM in order to set an appointment and visit https://www.arlingtoncharities.org or more information
- Tarrant Area Food Bank is preparing emergency boxes for distribution to our 330 local pantry and all school sites, they are seeking volunteers and donations to continue their work to help people facing hunger have the food they need. Learn more: https://tafb.org/tafb-news/get-involved-be-informed-stay-healthy/
How You Can Help
We are the generation that builds on our longstanding foundation of caring and commitment to community that keeps anchored in hope today and inspired for the future. The Y and our partner organizations across this region, need your care and commitment even more today. Please consider investing with us to enable the Y and our response partners to deliver in this time of common need. Our community will emerge even stronger as we join in support of our friends and neighbors who need us most.
Thank you for standing with us.