The team at YWCA Helena is busy responding as effectively as we can to the threat of COVID-19 in our community. Our needs are changing day by day. Please check back often for updates. (Updated 6/2/2020)
Here's how you can help today:
1. GIVE GENEROUSLY
So many of you have given so much since the middle of March - thank you! It means so much to the staff, and to the women and children we serve.
But the need remains. A lot has changed at YWCA Helena because of COVID-19. Our women and kids are still at higher-than-average risk of contracting the virus because of their communal living situation. All of the women have at least one factor that makes them more vulnerable should they develop COVID-19 - some have several.
So, we've made a lot of changes to keep them safe, and those changes cost money. We need you more than ever to give as generously as you can. Thank you!
2. SUPPORT SEED STARTERS
As the days get warmer and the growing season begins, YWCA Helena is launching a gardening club called "Seed Starters" for the women and children we serve. A gift of $100 from you sponsors a woman in the gardening club and will be used to purchase plants, seeds, soil, and other gardening items.
Volunteers and staff will assist the women and kids in planting, weeding, harvesting, and enjoying their plants outside (observing social distancing protocols of course!) on the large, sunny south patio of YWCA. It's our hope that the process of nurturing and growing plants will help the women in their own recovery and growth.
Will you help start the gardening club by giving $100 today? Click below and type GARDENING CLUB in the COMMENTS box at the bottom of the DONATE page. Thank you for considering this creative way to help our women and kids grow during this difficult season!
3. PROVIDE NEEDED ITEMS
There are many particular things that we need right including cleaning supplies, plastic & paper supplies, and shelf-stable food for kids' breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.
4. SUPPORT YWCA AND MURRY'S CAFE AT THE SAME TIME
We're excited to announce a special partnership with Murry's Cafe, our neighbor and one of Helena's most beloved local restaurants. Please click below to purchase a meal from Murry's for the women and children of YWCA Helena. Murry's will work with us to determine the best menu and date for the meal. Then, they'll prepare and deliver the meal on the designated night.
PLEASE NOTE: For tax purposes, this purchase does NOT qualify as a $200 cash donation to Murry's Cafe or YWCA Helena. This is purchase from Murry's and a subsequent in-kind donation to YWCA Helena, both of which are deeply appreciated and will be acknowledged. Thank you so much!
5. SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT YWCA HELENA
As we all know, the threat of COVID-19 has been very tough on small businesses in our community. Please consider supporting these small businesses that support the work of YWCA Helena.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of the local businesses that support YWCA Helena. We will feature more businesses here soon!