Home / Announcements

Make an Emergency Gift to Help Our Efforts in Texas

09.11.2017

Letter from Kevin Washington, CEO of Y-USA:

Though the flooding from Hurricane Harvey is receding, the need remains dire. Still, there is hope for the recovery effort ahead thanks to the outpouring of support from people like you. If you haven't already, you can still help by donating to the Y's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund today.

In the Houston area, 23 of 34 YMCA locations are open and serving the community.

fun zoneJust one example of The YMCA of Greater Houston's inspiring service is the Fun Zone for children displaced by the storm: During the height of the storm last week, when so many families began taking refuge in the Houston convention center, Houston Y President and CEO Paul McEntire and the Director of Houston's Parks and Recreation Department came up with an idea.

A few days later, the idea was in action. The words "fun zone" and "storm shelter" don't normally go together, but with help from the Children's Museum of Houston, the two organizations got the Fun Zone up and running, a space within the shelter where, despite the chaos around them, kids could just be kids—playing, making friends and participating in crafts and learning activities.

"We're in this for the long haul," Paul said of the Fun Zone.

Beyond the Fun Zone, The YMCA of Greater Houston is offering camps during the day in communities where schools remain closed, with activities including science and technology, reading and literacy, arts and crafts, swimming, and more—so parents can go back to work and focus on getting home life back in order.

Communities in Texas know that the journey to recovery will take time. But they also know a thing or two about coming together in a crisis. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, so many in southeast Texas stepped up to help when their neighbors needed them. Today, we can do the same.

Please, if you are able, consider making a donation right now to support our immediate and long-term efforts in Texas. Any amount helps, and every dollar we raise will go directly to YMCAs serving the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.

I am so proud and thankful to witness how our friends and neighbors are banding together to support the people and communities of southeast Texas. Thank you for being a part of this critical recovery effort with us.

Sincerely,

Kevin Washington
President and CEO
YMCA of the USA