Page 8 - Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Annual Report 2020
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As a leading 4-star charity committed to strengthening community, the Tampa YMCA is a non-profit organization open and welcoming to all.
  When schools, YMCAs and other organizations closed in 2020, kids and many parents found themselves learning and working remotely confined to their homes. Unfortunately, the isolation, routine disruptions and boredom coupled with the added burdens and anxieties of a global pandemic, can cause distractions. Distracted caregivers lead to a spike in drownings.
This tragic reality has given the Tampa Y the extra determination to do what it takes to ensure not one more child drowns in Tampa Bay. COVID-19 may have put a pause on some programs, but it did not stop the Y from safely serving our community in and out of the pool with various drowning prevention programs in 2020.
The year 2020 reminded us that generous contributions are crucial to the Y’s success in the community.
WATCH how our supporters stepped up in 2020 to help the Y pivot in response to the community’s critical needs.
  2020 Impact Snapshot
 6,691kids learned life-saving skills at more than 30 Ys in Tampa Bay through Safety Around Water, a program offered at no cost to the community thanks to the Florida Blue Foundation.
332children received mobile swim lessons through funding from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. The Mobile Swim and Education program provides free water safety lessons to kids in their own apartment complex and neighborhood pools. Funding from the Children’s Board allows us to provide free private swim lessons to 65 children with special needs throughout Hillsborough County.
275children in Hillsborough County’s Head Start program received 2,200 free swim lessons at the Tampa Y. The Y’s Head Start collaboration with Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, and City of Temple Terrace also provides classroom-based water safety education.

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