YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg to receive emergency assistance from United Way Suncoast

April 22, 2020

As the nation’s largest school-age childcare provider, the Y is committed to ensuring that essential workers in our community have access to quality childcare. The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is pleased to announce that United Way Suncoast has provided $25,000 in emergency funds, part of United Way Suncoast’s $1 million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund being distributed to human services agencies across the Suncoast in support of housing, shelter, food, childcare, financial stability and mental health services.

“United Way Suncoast has always been there for us,” stated David Jezek, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. “This grant, given generously to sustain our operations as we respond to community needs, is vital to our success during this crisis.” 

YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg will utilize the funds to support the families of essential workers in Pinellas County. Children will be able to attend “Relief Care for Essential Workers” with activities such as arts and crafts, physical activity, lunch and snacks, structured play, and STEM-based activities while offering additional support with virtual learning. With safety as a top priority, the Y is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our youth campers and staff including adherence to all CDC recommendations and guidelines. 

“It is our job to raise funds, awareness of need, and mobilize volunteers for the critical services needed during this crisis. United Way Suncoast is proud to partner with the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. This funding is immediately being put to work to support essential workers and their families in our community,” says Jessica Muroff, CEO of United Way Suncoast.




About the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg

Each year, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg serves more than 45,000 members of our community across southern Pinellas County. Established in 1920, the St. Petersburg association is an award-winning charity that strengthens the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.stpeteymca.org