As the state reopens and more residents get back to work, Dartmouth’s YMCA is working to combat food insecurity on the South Coast.
On April 20, the head of YMCA Southcoast and other officials from the nonprofit youth organization came out to the Dartmouth Y to announce a partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, kicking off the 2021 Full Plate Project to support families in need.
DARTMOUTH — Wareham resident Jacqueline Webb has always tried to instill a sense of social responsibility in her family.
When the pandemic hit, her family — like many around the country — fell on hard times, but they didn’t let that get in the way of their dedication to service.
To get by, they utilized a number of programs offered at the Gleason Family YMCA.
Wareham residents looking to get their Johnson & Johnson shots will have to make do with other vaccines for the foreseeable future, as clinics across the country are setting aside doses following reports of blood clots in six patients.
The Southcoast Health clinic at the Gleason Family YMCA — which has administered Johnson & Johnson vaccines — will pause its use of the single-dose shots following new federal and state recommendations.
It’s been one whole year of COVID weddings. And that term takes on many different meanings depending on what couples chose to do about restrictions, whether it was to postpone, downsize, or cancel altogether. One local venue has made the most of what this last year has had to offer and taken care of their couples no matter what they decided.
According to a recent press release, YMCA Southcoast is making all the necessary preparations to launch the 2021 Summer Camp season on Monday, June 28. The Y is ready to get back to having fun and developing skills while offering opportunities that allow children to grow to their fullest potential.
February is Black History Month and the YMCA has recognized iconic individuals for their achievements each day. We still have a few more days to celebrate the event, and the Y wants to end the month in a big way. The Y is asking that everyone wear black to mark the occasion
YMCA Southcoast is part of a partnership distributing free meals to young people under the age of 18. YMCAs in New Bedford, Fall River and Wareham are serving as food distribution sites. The program began in late January, and is expected to last until August.
YMCA SouthCoast just launched a new program on Thursday, January 21. “Free Ready-Made Meals for Kids!” is an initiative that intends to provide meals at no cost to local children under the age of 18.
“In coordination with the Shah Family Foundation and the Y of Greater Boston, the following YMCA Southcoast locations will be offering a new school food program that will supplement the current public school food programs: Fall River YMCA, New Bedford YMCA, and Wareham Gleason Family YMCA,” said Kris Caisse, Graphic Designer at YMCA Southcoast.
The Gleason Family YMCA’s youth basketball program is a chance for Wareham’s youngest residents to experience “the joy of being a kid — of playing,” according to Lu Brito, the Y’s senior program director.
Brito said the youth basketball program has been great for the kids and for their parents.
NEW BEDFORD – The SouthCoast Community Foundation has announced it is awarding over $600,000 of stabilization grants from its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to 60 nonprofits from the Southeastern, Massachusetts region. The selected group of 501(c)3 organizations clearly demonstrated a financial need due to COVID-19 and cover a range of areas of need including arts and culture, education, and economic opportunity, according to a press release.