YMCAs of Tampa Bay Named “2020 One Tampa Bay” Honoree
Tampa Bay, FL (Oct. 8, 2020) – The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay are pleased to be named a “2020 One Tampa Bay” Honoree by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
“One Tampa Bay” is a Tampa Bay Business Journal award that honors nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies for their philanthropic efforts. This year’s class features 17 corporate philanthropy honorees and 21 nonprofit organizations, out of over 220 nominations.
“We are honored to be recognized for our unified efforts to pivot and respond to the critical needs of our communities this past spring,” says David Jezek, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
Stepping in to fill critical voids, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg and YMCA of the Suncoast transitioned their Y facilities to provide emergency relief care for 1,534 children of medical personnel, first responders and other essential workers during the initial months of the pandemic. In doing so, the Y was able to provide over 308,800 hours of safe fun and 15,440 healthy meals to children in partnership with local school districts.
In partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay and other community organizations, Ys across Tampa Bay served more than 70,000 meals to families in need, providing 1,104 baby care essentials, and 753 cloth masks to community members in need. Y staff reached out to nearly 8,000 senior members to prevent social isolation and lift their spirits. The YMCA team also produced virtual resources to help community members stay active, healthy and connected in their own home. Additionally, blood drives hosted at YMCAs across Tampa Bay have positively impacted 2,637 lives so far. Furthermore, the Y conducted 1,678 virtual reading and Early Head Start sessions to help students stay on track.
“For more than a century, the Y and the Tampa Bay community have made it through many challenging times together. Historically, the Y has played important roles in helping our community endure during times of uncertainty and societal strain. The current COVID-19 pandemic is another challenge that none of us will soon forget,” says Matt Mitchell, President & CEO of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. “We are fortunate to have the support of our neighboring Ys, community partners, donors and staff to find ways to use our resources to offer solutions to social voids.”
“We are very proud of the Y staff for their quick mobilization in order to serve community needs,” says G. Scott Goyer, President & CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast. “We appreciate this recognition and thank our donors and members for their continued support of the YMCA and its mission. Together, we can help our community become a better place in which to live.”
The YMCAs of Tampa Bay will be featured in a special section of the Tampa Bay Business Journal on November 20. Click here to see the full list of One Tampa Bay honorees.
About the YMCAs of Tampa Bay
Each year, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay collectively serve over 400,000 members of our community across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus & Hernando counties. The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast & YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are all 4-star charities that strengthen 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.ymcatampabay.org