2020 was a year like no other. When the year began, we were excited about potential growth, expansion, and other great ideas. But as March arrived, things changed overnight; the pandemic struck. And while many organizations closed, the Y remained open. At the time, I had no idea what the ramifications of the decision to remain open would have been. But quickly they became present by an amazing group of people rising to meet the needs of the community, each other, and this organization. I witnessed first-hand our Child & Youth Development teams build two “pop-up” child care locations within days, our branch staff move fitness equipment and activities outdoors within 24 hours, and families calling with tears of joy for the child care help so they could work or care for a sick loved one, and more.
Momentum may not always be on our side, but when the stakes are high and the issues are too important, we must move forward. By rallying together, we have the strength to survive and even thrive in a year like 2020. While this organization has taken a substantial financial loss, we have gained much more. I am more confident than ever that the YMCA of Orange County is well prepared for whatever the future brings. To all of our staff, partners, donors, members, grantees, and friends; THANK YOU for all of your hard work, support, and perseverance!
– Jeff McBride, YMCA of Orange County CEO