The government recently announced that most Americans will receive economic impact payments beginning in mid-April. At a time of uncertainty, these stimulus payments will be a welcomed relief for many.
While some are counting on these payments for a much-needed source of income, others will be able to use their funds to help lift up the community. As part of the CARES Act, individuals may take a deduction of up to $300 for charitable contributions, even if they do not itemize their taxes. We are inspired by the #PledgeMyStimulus movement started by generous people across the country. This grassroots movement is an amazing initiative by those who can afford to donate their stimulus check to organizations they believe in.
Right now, the Y has pivoted its entire service menu to focus solely on COVID-19 relief. We are offering childcare to the children of all essential employees. We are calling on nearly 15,000 seniors weekly to help combat loneliness and connect them to critical services. Many of our centers offer access to food and hygiene items for the children in our care as well as area neighbors. Finally, we are encouraging our community to stay healthy at home through activities that engage the spirit, mind, and body with online workouts and virtual volunteerism opportunities.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Y depends on membership dues, program fees, and donations to operate. Right now, we need the support of donors more than ever to sustain our operations so that we may continue to serve our community now and in the future.
If you find yourself in a position to give – either on your own or with your stimulus payment – we ask you to consider supporting the Y. We need your help.
Inspired by the grassroots movement Pledge My Stimulus, the Y wants to hear your story. If you choose to support the Y, let us know by tagging your social media post with #PledgeMyStimulus.