Ivy Averette

Harrison Family YMCA Youth and Family Director Ivy Averette helps a student log on to Zoom for school during a session of the Learning Academy at the YMCA.

The Harrison Family YMCA has been awarded a $100,000 grant to provide temporary remote learning support for working families in the area.

The Harrison Family YMCA provides remote learning at its Future Leaders Child Care Center that serves 92 children who need a safe place to participate in remote learning while schools are closed to in-person instruction.

The Harrison Family YMCA is one of 116 organizations with 287 sites that have been approved for the grants. These organizations will serve about 14,000 students across the state.

“We feel honored and blessed to have received this critical funding to support our youth,” said Jacquelyn Price, chief executive officer of the Harrison Family YMCA. “In these trying times, our organization has prioritized our limited resources toward child care programming to help support families in need. This grant serves as a source of relief for our Y and our ability to continue serving these families as we all navigate this new learning landscape.”

Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 1105, the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, into law on Sept. 4. This legislation in part allocates $19.85 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding for qualifying community-based organizations across North Carolina.

The N.C. Alliance of YMCAs is administering the grant program that enables community-based organizations such as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, county and municipal parks and recreation departments and other qualifying organizations in North Carolina to apply for funding to recoup expenses related to remote learning support.

“We are honored to serve community organizations by administering these funds in accordance with federal guidelines,” said Sheree Thaxton Vodicka, CEO of the N.C. Alliance of YMCAs. “We’re grateful for our legislators and governor providing a path for community organizations statewide to meet the critical need of remote learning sites for students and to provide funding from the federal COVID-19 relief funding to support so many organizations in providing this support to families.”

With the updated Nash County Public School plans, the YMCA has updated its Out of School Care programs to fit the needs of families.

“We understand that taking care of your children is not just caring for them but continued learning support, teaching character values and more,” said Alyssa Matthews, marketing and development director at the Harrison Family YMCA. “We also work hard to provide flexibility and affordability within our programs to help provide options for all.”

Financial assistance is available through the YMCA for those who apply and qualify. DSS vouchers also are accepted at the YMCA.

Programs available for registration are the Full-Day Learning Academy program and the Before & After School programs at the YMCA and 15 other school locations throughout Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Some school sites are available for registration now and others will be available this fall and winter.

For more information about these programs or to register, go to www.harrisonfamilyy.org/out-school-care.