Keeping Our Community Together

When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you are a member of an organization dedicated to strengthening our community. In difficult times, the Y pivots in response to community needs, and finds ways to use its resources to offer solutions.  Here's what the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is doing right now to help those in need in our community:


Food Distribution

The Y has established a number of different avenues to get food to the homebound and the food insecure.

We have established a Grab & Go breakfast and lunch program for those in need. The Y is providing breakfast and lunch at the following sites:

 

Anderson munger Family YMCA
9-11am Monday & Wednesday
4301 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Antelope Valley Family YMCA
9-11am Monday & Wednesday
43001 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534

Crenshaw Family YMCA 
11am-1pm Tuesday & Thursday  
3820 Santa Rosalia Drive Los Angeles, CA 90008

Downey Family YMCA
10-12pm Monday & Wednesday
11531 Downey Avenue Downey, CA 90241

Gardena-Carson Family YMCA
9am-11am Tuesday & Thursday
100 W Artesia Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90248

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA Preschool
10am-12pm Tuesday & Friday  
2916 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Mid Valley Family YMCA
11am-1pm Monday & Wednesday
6901 Lennox Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91405

San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA
9am-11am Tuesday & Thursday 
301 S Bandini Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA 
11am-1pm Monday & Wednesday
4801 E 58th Street, Maywood, CA 90270

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
11am-2pm Monday through Friday
2900 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Wilmington YMCA 
9am-11am Monday & Wednesday
1127 N Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, CA 90744

 

Our Torrance-South Bay branch is delivering nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors multiple times during the week so we can make sure that this at risk population is able to maintain their nutritional needs.

The Ketchum-Downtown Y is working with their local food bank to provide dried and canned goods to the food insecure, and the Weingart East Los Angeles Y will deliver canned and dehydrated food to local seniors. 

 


Child Care

Our Torrance-South Bay YMCA has partnered with Torrance Memorial Medical Center to provide on-site child care for first responders and for front line medical workers.  We are currently providing this service Monday-Saturday from 6am-6pm so the children of these critical health care workers have a safe place to learn and play while schools are closed. The hospital is handling all of the health and safety components of the program (social distancing requirements, etc) and our Y child care staff is providing the child care curriculum.

Additionally, the LA Y is providing free Preschool to at risk youth and children of essential workers at the three (3) state funded child care sites listed below.

Our Preschool facilities provide a safe and nurturing environment with trained child care providers. Children will be taught a curriculum aligned with the State of California’s education standards while closely adhering to all CDC social distancing guidelines.

Children will also be provided with home learning opportunities which include worksheets with numbers and alphabets, fun arts and crafts ideas as well as physical activities to stay healthy and active at home.

For more information on how to enroll, please call your nearest Preschool site from the list below:

 

Gardena-Carson Family YMCA
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
1000 W Artesia Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90248
(P) 310  523 3470

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm
2916 W 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(P) 213-503-4581

Mid Valley Family YMCA
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
6901 Lennox Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(P) 818  989 3800

 

We are closely adhering to all CDC guidelines and our facility is being cleaned throughout the day and every night.

 


Seniors


As we've all been informed, seniors are at greater risk during this outbreak. In recognition of this, the Torrance-South Bay Y is delivering nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors multiple times each week.  The Torrance staff is also preforming wellness checks on this community.  

In partnership with USC, White Memorial and Council District 14, our Weingart East Los Angeles Branch has developed a database of seniors, highlighting those that are food insecure. They have secured drivers and transport vehicles to deliver canned and dried foods to the elderly population in Boyle Heights and other part of Los Angeles where they are in need of these products. They will also be providing essential supplies and toiletries for distribution. 

Our Westchester branch has formed a senior support coalition with a number of local partners to engage our seniors even though they remain at home.  

 


Providing Essentials


Our Gardena-Carson and Weingart East Los Angeles branches have partnered with local organizations like Baby 2 Baby to expand the distribution of diapers, formula, wipes, bottles and more for families with infants and young children (age 0 - 5).

 


Blood Drives

The American Red Cross has experienced a huge number of blood drive cancellations, however making sure that we have an adequate supply of blood is critical, especially now. So, we're partnering with the American Red Cross to host blood drives at our branches so we can help make sure that this critical medical need is met for our community.  

If you'd like to make an appointment at any of our Y locations listed below, please visit www.redcrossblood.org/give and enter their sponsor code.

 

WESTCHESTER FAMILY YMCA
June 18, 25; 9am-3pm
Sponsor Code: YMCAWestchester
 
DOWNEY FAMILY YMCA
June 29; 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: ymcad
 
GARDENA-CARSON YMCA
August 4; 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: YMCAGardena
 
WEST VALLEY FAMILY YMCA
July 16; 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: WVFYMCA
 
SANTA ANITA FAMILY YMCA
July 17; August 14 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: YMCAMONROVIA
 
WEINGART YMCA WELLNESS & AQUATIC CENTER
July 13; 10a-4pm
Sponsor Code: WeingartYMCA
 
COLLINS & KATZ FAMILY YMCA
June 22; 11am-5pm
Sponsor Code: YMCACC
 
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY FAMILY YMCA
June 19; 12:30pm-6:30pm
Sponsor Code: SCVYMCA
 
ANTELOPE VALLEY FAMILY YMCA
July 17; August 14 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: AVYMCA
 
CULVER-PALMS FAMILY YMCA
June 18; July 16; 1pm-7pm
Sponsor Code: CulverPalms

SOUTH PASADENA SAN MARINO YMCA
June 19; 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: SPSanMarino

PASADENA-SIERRA MADRE YMCA
July 2; 10am-4pm
Sponsor Code: SMCSM

 


Virtual Group or Individual Exercise Classes


The Y has rolled out some great resources to keep our members and participants connected, active and healthy during these challenging times. We have on-line classes available for our members from Y360: and we are also offering the LifeFitness Digital Coach service.  Your physical health has never been more important and we recommend that all of our members participate in these online classes. 

 


Our Facilities


While our branches are not operating in their usual manner, we are taking advantage of this time to address outstanding maintenance issues and we are also deep cleaning all of our facilities to make sure that we're ready with clean, well maintained branches as soon as we're able to resume our normal operations and programs.  

 


Sanitation Shower Program

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has opened nine of their locations for people experiencing homelessness to use for showers and restrooms. 

Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement in his daily briefing on Friday, April 4. Showers, bathrooms and locker rooms will be available at the nine YMCA facilities listed below, Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm:

 

Anderson Munger Family YMCA
4301 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Collins & Katz Family YMCA
1466 S Westgate Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Hollywood YMCA
1553 N Schrader Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Mid-Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91405

North Valley Family YMCA
11336 Corbin Avenue, Northridge, CA 91326

Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center
9900 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044

West Valley Family YMCA
18810 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91335

Westchester Family YMCA
8015 S Sepulveda Boulevard, Westchester, CA 90045

Wilmington YMCA
1121 N Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, CA  90744

 


How the Shutdown Has Impacted Our Staff


The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has complied with the Mayor's and Governor's order to temporarily close our programs and classes. Most of the Y's dedicated employees were put on temporary leave on Saturday, March 21st due to this extended cessation of our regular operations and programs. This has been extremely difficult for everyone and the Y is doing everything it can for our passionate, caring and dedicated staff.

Currently, less than 5% of our staff is still working to provide food assistance, child care for first responders and medical personnel and support for our seniors. A limited number of staff are maintaining our facilities, answering your calls and emails, and preparing for the time when we're able to reopen.  

Employees on temporary leave are eligible to collect unemployment. The Y is self-insured for unemployment, which mean that the Y pays 100% of this benefit for all eligible furloughed employees. This benefit will pay each eligible employee up to 50% of their usual compensation while on leave.  In addition, the Y will continue to fund all medical insurance for eligible employees. No eligible employees will see a disruption to these benefits.

These benefits are paid from the Y's very limited reserves, which for a nonprofit, charitable organization, are sparse and depleting quickly.  

As a result, we're asking that you choose to keep your membership active and consider it a donation. Doing so will help the Y to continue delivering charitable services that our community needs. If you're unable to maintain your membership and would like to place it on hold at no charge, please click here. And if you can please make a donation, click here.