YWCA’s Response to COVID-19
Like you, we are closely following the evolving news about COVID-19 and working quickly to address the impact of this situation on the people we serve, our employees, and our partners throughout the region.
YWCA’s services are essential, especially during this difficult time, and we’re here to support the community, provide information about the impact of this virus on YWCA programs and the populations we serve, and share guidelines for public health in King and Snohomish counties.
Here are some of the ways our YWCA is responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region:
- In response to Washington State public health recommendations, the 2020 Everett Inspire Luncheon on April 16 has been canceled and the 2020 Seattle Inspire Luncheon on May 14 has been rescheduled for September 10. Guests may attend the rescheduled Seattle Inspire Luncheon on September 10, convert their ticket to a tax-deductible donation, or request a refund.
- All YWCA locations and direct service programs currently remain open, including Angeline’s Day Center for Homeless Women and the Central Area Food Bank.
- Cleaning sprays, wipes, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been distributed throughout YWCA sites and are being used to disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the offices and common areas. Facilities staff are taking extra precautions cleaning and sanitizing YWCA sites for residents and staff.
- YWCA staff who are able to telecommute have been encouraged to do so, with non-essential meetings and events conducted virtually or postponed, through March 31.
I would like to thank YWCA’s staff, who work on the front lines every day to serve nearly 11,000 people each year. Most of this work cannot be done remotely, and like many others, they are working long hours and managing a great deal of uncertainty.
Fortunately, our community is resourceful, resilient, and ready to work together to address the impact of this public health threat. Below are a few regional resources regarding COVID-19:
- Here are the latest King County public health recommendations.
- Everett Herald has compiled a list of updates in Snohomish County.
- You can also call the Washington State Department of Health’s hotline with questions about the COVID-19 virus at 1.800.525.0127.
The spread of COVID-19 poses a very real threat to the populations YWCA serves, and highlights the importance of our work to protect the health and well-being of local women, girls, and communities of color.
- Experts say that people experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable to coronavirus, and Seattle is expanding shelter capacity in response to the outbreak.
- Incidents of anti-Asian racial discrimination are manifesting across the country, from racist bullying to plummeting sales at Chinatown districts and Asian-operated businesses.
YWCA’s work to create equity and justice for all people matters now more than ever before. Rest assured, we will closely monitor the situation, adhere to protocols recommended by the county and state health agencies, and continue to update you with any changes to our operations.
Maria Chavez Wilcox
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish
About YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish:
YWCA is the region’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs of women, and provides services and advocacy to support stable homes and economic advancement, reduce violence and improve health, and promote racial equity and social justice. With programs that serve more than 11,000 people each year, YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. To learn more, please visit our website: ywcaworks.org.