Washington Heights and Inwood have been among the neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID-19 in all of New York City, with higher percentages of health complications and financial hardships.
Throughout the pandemic, many of our neighbors could not afford food, rent, or basic necessities. Cash workers and undocumented immigrants lost their income and could not access unemployment benefits or other relief from government sources.
Through the compassion of generous donors and funders like you, the Y was able to directly distribute nearly $500,000 in emergency cash assistance — a previously unimaginable source of support and hope. The Y provided:
• Pedro, a young boy with down syndrome who is undergoing cancer treatments, and his family the funds to cover their rent, so they could focus on Pedro’s health.
• Rosy, a single mother struggling to avoid eviction, with emergency cash assistance.
• Marc, who is unable to work after suffering several strokes, the funds to cover two months’ rent and some of his basic necessities.
• Saralina, a single mother and former victim of domestic violence, with new winter coats for her three children.
Your support helps make all this and more possible. As the community continues to suffer, we must be prepared to support the most vulnerable among us. Right now, your gift will be matched to deliver double the critical services to those who need them most.
Every dollar donated to the Y — up to $50,000 — through the end of December will be matched by a generous special year-end matching gift from UJA-Federation of New York. That means you can double your impact for the community.
Please make a gift now to help our neighbors in crisis, like Pedro, Rosy, Marc, Saralina, and so many others. Our community is counting on us.
The Y is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution may entitle you to additional tax-deduction benefits under the CARES Act.