• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Capital District YMCA bounces back from pandemic

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Apr 14, 2022


The past two years have presented enormous challenges for the Capital District YMCA. Once a $45 million a year organization, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have cut our annual budget in half. Difficult financial decisions were made, reducing our staff and permanently closing our Duanesburg plant.

During the confinement and our financial difficulties, the CDYMCA has never stopped serving our community. From providing childcare for 1,600 children of essential workers to distributing nearly 1.4 million pounds of food, we have worked tirelessly to support the capital region at this time of crisis. and uncertainty. Last year alone, we provided over $800,000 in bursaries for camps, daycares and programs.

We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our Troy and Schenectady facilities reopen May 1; all facilities will once again be open seven days a week. We are working closely with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to provide refugee welfare programs and services in the Capital Region. We provide care for thousands of children through early learning, after-school programs and camps. We’re bringing back programs like our Black and Latino Achievers program, helping high school students build skills, raise academic standards, graduate from high school, and focus on their career goals.

We are more than a gym and a swimming pool. CDYMCA membership means an investment in our community to make the Capital Region an even better place to live.

David Brown

Albany

President and CEO, Capital District YMCA