Due to COVID-19 crisis the YMCA worldwide movement is facing a difficult time, the situation generated having a huge impact on our activities: programs have stopped, hostels have closed, camps and wellness programs have been cancelled. The sudden loss in income means YMCAs are faced with shutting down operations and laying off staff at the very time when their communities need them most.
In response to this situation, the World YMCA created a Solidarity Fund which provides grants and loans to the most fragile YMCAs, enabling them to continue to support their communities throughout and beyond this crisis.
The Fund is managed by World YMCA with support from the Area Alliances, with oversight from the Solidarity Fund Committee appointed by the World YMCA’s Executive Committee. The Solidarity Fund Committee is the one to review and approve all grant decisions.
YMCA Romania Federation applied on behalf on National Office and of 3 local associations to Solidarity Fund, emphasizing the necessity of keeping the youth workers and other essential staff to run the programs and the community projects, to build resilience.
On 2nd of June 2020, the decision of the World YMCA Solidarity Fund Committee was communicated to us, the requested grant being approved – 19.000 $.