South-Western, YMCA partner on PALS program as beneficial alternative to suspensions
A two-decade-long partnership between South-Western City Schools and the YMCA of Central Ohio provides an alternative to traditional suspension or expulsion of troubled students.
The Columbus Dispatch
September 8, 2021
Community Shelter Board Honors the Work of the YMCA
Things may have looked smooth on the outside, but that doesn't mean Tony Collins and his team didn't run into road blocks during this pandemic.
August 13, 2021
Teens keep Columbus clean through new program: 'It makes me feel good to make it better'
Funded by American Rescue Plan money, the YMCA's new Earth Service Corps helps keep the city clean but also teaches teens life skills.
Aug 10, 2021
Governor Signs Executive Orders Awarding Funds to Help Families, Reduce Poverty
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed two executive orders directing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funding to initiatives that will provide support services to Ohio families.
Aug 2, 2021
Grange Insurance Commits Additional $1 Million to Advance Racial Equality, Support Health and Human Services
Today, Grange Insurance Company announced that it is committing $1 million to local nonprofits to support social justice equality, health and human service initiatives and economic disparities because of COVID-19.
Liberty Township-Powell: Township, city, YMCA officials planning for rapid growth
Representatives from the township, the local YMCA and the YMCA of Central Ohio met recently to begin discussions on a five-year strategic plan for...
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Tips to Help Students Avoid the Summer Slide
The YMCA of Central Ohio partners with South-Western City School District for the Stiles Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, which serves
Horizon to Explore Broadband Challenges and Opportunities Under Biden Infrastructure Plan
Through several business initiatives, including partnerships with the YMCA of Central Ohio that help build vital connectivity for local communities.Read More
Cam Around Town: YMCA Summer Camp
Cameron heads to the Whitehall Community Park YMCA to jump into one of their summer camp programs kicking off this week.
YMCA swim teacher moving on after 24 years
Sally Stahlecker, in the pink shorts, receives a plaque from Executive Director Jeff Phillips, honoring her for 24 years at the Pickaway County Family
A year of change and cautious hope for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion
The YMCA, one of the region's largest nonprofits, has added BIPOC staff members to its executive and senior leadership teams. The organization also has taken steps to mitigate bias in recruitment by examining the language used in job postings and during the interview process. Farley says the goal is to make the hiring process consistent for everyone—just one of many steps the organization is taking to become an anti-racist institution.
April 2, 2021
Columbus organizations team up to vaccinate people without homes
Dozens of homeless individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19 this week thanks to a clinic set up by Columbus Public Health and the Community Shelter Board.
Ohio programs working to prevent rise in homelessness after pandemic
The pandemic has highlighted a crucial problem of homelessness across the nation and here in Ohio. As the state works to recover from COVID-19, organizations are also trying to prevent a rise in homeless numbers.
These Columbus nonprofits are teaming up to fundraise during Covid-19
The collaboration comes as nonprofit groups continue to navigate a difficult fundraising world. Partnering is a way to leverage the generosity of fundraising audiences.
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Battelle donating $1 million to support Central Ohio organizations during pandemic
Columbus-based nonprofit Battelle has pledged $1 million to three Central Ohio organizations to provide emergency support during the pandemic. The company says it is part of its mission to make positive impacts in the community it has called home for 80 years.
YMCA Presses Forward With Emergency Operations Amid Calamitous Layoffs
Amidst the continuing coronavirus pandemic, emergency operations are the top priority for The Y from coast to coast — but they are coming at a huge cost.
Local agency works to house homeless individuals battling COVID-19
As central Ohio continues its fight against COVID-19, local advocates are working to ensure some of the communities most vulnerable are safe.
COHHIO Pandemic Fund Helps Homeless Shelters Save Lives
The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio issued grants this week sending a total of nearly $500,000 to help local homeless shelters limit the spread of COVID-19 among their residents, staff, and the broader community.
BrewDog donates canned water to two local organizations
Last week, BrewDog began canning water to help local retailers and philanthropies that were struggling to meet the demand for bottled water during the COVID-19 pandemic and on Tuesday, BrewDog delivered 4,800 cans of water to two local organizations.
Homeless shelters working to improve social distancing
On any given night in Columbus and Franklin County about 1,200 people sleep in homeless shelters and anywhere up to about 600 or more are believed to be homeless on the street
Column: Housing, hope: just what the doctor ordered
But with every crisis comes inspiration. The members of the alliance have, like many other community organizations, shifted gears to meet the current need. The YMCA of Central Ohio is modifying its gymnasium to provide expanded, safe emergency shelter.
First responders make adjustments
Firefighters with the Truro Township Fire Department are operating out of two facilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
New shelter announced for Columbus homeless population with coronavirus
On Tuesday, the City of Columbus, Community Shelter Board and YMCA of Central Ohio announced the opening of a new shelter for homeless residents who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been determined by a medical professional to be showing symptoms of coronavirus.
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YMCA offering childcare for "essential staff"
CIRCLEVILLE — The Pickaway County Family YMCA has reopened to offer one program to the community, pandemic childcare.
The program, which has the support of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, is for potty-trained pre-school children up through age 12. The program is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pickaway County Facility at 440 Nicholas Drive in Circleville.
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Truro Township Station 161 finds temporary housing at vacant YMCA
Closed to the public because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the new Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA is serving as a temporary fire station.
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Demand for pandemic child care uncertain
Starting Thursday, families will find out whether Ohio has enough “pandemic” child-care providers to care for the kids of essential workers.
About 1,500 centers and family child-care homes had been approved as of Tuesday evening to operate as pandemic providers during the corona-virus crisis, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Coronavirus: Ohio National Guard and Military Reserve feed the needy in new mission
Tony Collins of the YMCA of Central Ohio describes the ways his organization is “leaning in” to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 11:55 AM
YMCA CEO on Coronavirus Efforts: “It’s a War.”
As workers at the Downtown Y prepared last week to convert the gym and first-floor common spaces of the 96-year-old building into temporary housing for homeless men, the CEO of the YMCA of Central Ohio encouraged those who normally work out in that space or at another Y facility, all of which the agency has closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, not to cancel their memberships.
Coronavirus: Hoping to prevent outbreak, officials work to reduce crowding in homeless shelters
Advocates for the homeless are taking steps to lessen crowding in shelters, where residents often live and sleep in close quarters
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm
Ohio seeks to help its most vulnerable citizens during coronavirus crisis
Ohio is helping the state’s most vulnerable as the coronavirus spreads. The Ohio National Guard will deploy Monday to deliver goods and help food banks.
Posted Mar 19, 2020
Homeless Shelter Opens Additional Site to Limit Potential Exposure
The Van Buren enter in Columbus serves about 700 people on any given night, and with Ohio’s cold nights, the demand is even more. With new Coronavirus regulations, the shelter’s CEO said it’s making it tougher to serve all who come and is looking for guidance from state and local health officials.
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Posted Mar 19, 2020
YMCA helping homeless in crisis
Help for Ohio’s most vulnerable is being deployed as the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus continued to climb Thursday.
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 11:55 AM
YMCA, digital babysitting services prepare to fill gap if childcare centers close for coronavirus
Childcare arrangements are in flux in the coronavirus pandemic: Parents working from home are pulling children from centers, while healthcare workers and others who must do their jobs in person are seeking emergency services while Ohio's schools are closed.
Columbus Business First
Posted Mar 18, 2020