YMCA Responds to the Needs of Critical Professionals in Coastal Georgia

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is announcing dedicated childcare services for Critical Professionals working to fight the COVID-19 virus and who are essential to the community fight against this global pandemic. Critical Professionals are those working the front line to protect, treat, diagnose and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia as partnered with the following hospitals and agencies, to serve their employees:

Memorial Health                                                       City of Savannah Police Department

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System                            Savannah Fire Department

Effingham Hospital                                                   Chatham County Sherriff’s Department

Winn Army Community Hospital                                  Chatham County Police Department   

Liberty Regional Hospital                                            Chatham Emergency Services    

Southeast Georgia Health System                               Bryan County Emergency Services 

East Georgia Regional Medical Center                           Bryan County Sheriff’s Department   

Expert Urgent Care (Richmond Hill)                              Bryan County Police Department

Liberty County Police Department                                Bryan County Fire Department      

Liberty County Fire Department                                  Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department

Hinesville Police Department                                       Bulloch County EMS

Hinesville Fire Department                                         Statesboro Police & Fire Department

Glynn County Police Department                                 Glynn County Fire Department

Glynn County Sheriff’s Department                                       McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department

Darien Police Department                                          City of Darien Fire Department

Tybee Island Police and Fire                             City of Pooler Public Health(Fire & Police)

“This is an extraordinarily challenging time for our community unlike anything we have ever experienced. The impact of school closures and the growing demand on our medical professionals and first responders is a great concern in our community. The Y want to make sure medical professionals and those on the front lines don’t have to worry about childcare and know that their children are in a safe place as they care for a growing number of our loved ones during this difficult time,” shared Joel Smoker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “The Y exists to serve the greatest needs in the communities we share and we are pivoting our services to do our part during these unprecedented times.”

YMCA Staff are working closely with these community partners to share the registration information with their top priority employees through their Human Resources Departments.  Y staff are also working closely with DECAL and the Department of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of both the children and the program and the staff who are working to care of them during this extraordinary time.