With all that 2020 left in its seismic wake, 2021 is bound to usher in a profound and much-needed sense of hope as we turn the page to a new chapter; a chapter that begins with resiliency.
COVID-19 affected our entire community. Neither organizations like the Y nor individuals like yourself could have avoided the invasion of this virus into everyday life. Its breadth was far-reaching, and its depth was life-altering for millions.
This year offered an unwitting perspective on how much we once took for granted. Our way of life was completely altered seemingly overnight. The pandemic has affected our community physically, mentally and interpersonally. It has demonstrated not only how intertwined we are, but how much we truly rely on each other. When one suffers, we all suffer.
Our core values tell us we must serve our neighbors, and that is exactly what we have done since 1888. With a mission that asserts we will be there “for all,” we wasted no time in adjusting our programs and facilities, allowing us to continue to serve our community while also ensuring a safe environment.
This year was filled with many tough decisions, but thankfully, continuing to serve community members in need was not one of them. The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is committed to doing what we can to stay open so we can continue to support this connected, strong and resilient community. Together, we will make it through this difficult chapter just as we withstood the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing. Our work here is not done; we still have many chapters to write together. When this pandemic is over, the Y will still be here working toward a better future for you, for us and for all.