The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is a multi-service community center that, for more than 100 years, has provided educational, recreational, and social services to families, including a summer camp for children age two and up. This year, the Y was forced to cancel its usual in-person summer day camp in response to the pandemic. The 14th Street Y and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan also ran summer programs for their members that they had to cancel due to the pandemic. These three organizations were determined to find a way to continue to provide youth in their communities with a meaningful program during the summer of 2020 and decided to come together to host a virtual day camp.
The firm helped turn this idea into a reality. We prepared an agreement among the partner organizations that allowed them to create and run the virtual day camp, ensuring that the communities served by these organizations had a safe and meaningful way to keep children entertained and engaged during the summer despite the pandemic. The day camp was advertised under its own independent branding and was open to members of all organizations affiliated with the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York.