YWCA Richmond During COVID-19 – UPDATED

Dear friends of YWCA Richmond,

 

Things have been changing fast in the last few weeks with the outbreak of COVID-19 in our region. Our hearts go out to all of the families who have been, or will be, impacted by this disease.  At YWCA Richmond, we have been working diligently to determine how we can continue to provide services while keeping our employees, clients and families safe.

We would like to update you on the prevention protocol we have deployed at YWCA Richmond to protect our survivors, volunteers, staff and children.

First of all, our work to provide domestic violence crisis support through Greater Richmond Regional Hotline and emergency shelter in the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County continues. Our case workers and volunteers are continuing to work with survivors in our care and answer the 24/7 Hotline without interruption. If you know of people who need safety planning resources or are in imminent danger from domestic violence or intimate partner violence, please share our hotline number: 804-612-6126. During this unsettling time, our history shows we will see an increased number of incidents of domestic violence due to high levels of financial distress and social isolation. YWCA Richmond will continue to serve and advocate for our survivors to the best of our ability.

 

We have immediate needs to continue our work at our shelters and beyond. If you are able to help, your cash donations at this time will be the most impactful in providing critical resources. To help sustain our mission, please contact Chief Development Officer, Rupa Murthy, at rmurthy@ywcarichmond.org. In-kind donations of pop-top ready to eat foods, cleaning supplies, and small dollar amount gift cards to gas stations or grocery stores are also helpful. If your community organizations would like to organize a donation drive, we can offer a way to deliver items that adheres to social distancing recommendations. We are limiting traffic to our building at 6 N. Fifth Street, with a  window for accepting donations. To make arrangements, please contact Heather Garrett at hgarrett@ywcarichmond.org.

 

We have postponed major events this Spring that support YWCA Richmond’s mission and look forward to celebrating with you all soon when it is safe to do so. Please check out our website for updated information about each of our Outstanding Women Awards events. This is our 40th year honoring outstanding women’s leadership and we hope you will join us later this year to celebrate!

 

UPDATE: We have made the decision to reopen our preschool next week at our downtown location to children of essential personnel only.  We will ramp up during the week and depending on demand, should have all 7 classrooms available by next Friday.  The school will be following all of the health and safety protocols set forth by the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. Our priority is to start with our current Sprout School families who are considered essential personnel and of those, how many need childcare.  If you know someone considered essential personnel who is in need of child care for children ages 18 months through 5 years old, they can contact us through Sprout@ywcarichmond.org.

We are disinfecting the school and common areas to ensure the safety for our teachers and Sprout families when they return. Our teachers are sending home recommended activities for the children and parents to use during this time. They have even launched a new Sprout School YouTube Channel. If you are a Sprout parent, please refer to your Reminder app for updated information and staying in touch with our teachers. If you have trouble with the app, please contact school director, Kathleen Eastman, at keastman@ywcarichmond.org.

 

Since 1887, YWCA Richmond has been on the forefront of helping neighbors, strengthening resilience and promoting peace, justice and dignity for our community. We’ve been through many challenging times for our country during our 133 years of history and can share with confidence that together, we will endure this uncertain time by sharing caring spirits and grace with our collective community.

 

We are in this together, and we thank you for your support.

 

Respectfully,

Linda Tissiere
CEO, YWCA Richmond
ltissiere@ywcarichmond.org

Rupa S. Murthy
Chief Development Officer, YWCA Richmond
rmurthy@ywcarichmond.org