Virtual 5K

GOING THE DISTANCE VIRTUAL 5K

Please join our Virtual 5K Run/Walk for Emergency Child Care. The Y is providing free emergency child care for our community’s essential workers. This care helps parents do their essential work knowing their children are well cared for, at no cost to their family.

You may have seen in the news that our Y received funding for this program. The funding, which we are extremely grateful for, is only for child care for hospital staff.

No funding has been provided to care for the children of first responders and all other essential workers. Our Y decided to provide free child care for these families too because they also need help with child care. 

Now we need your help to cover the costs of this large funding gap. Help us provide emergency child care during this crisis for the children of all of our essential workers. Help us lighten the burden for these workers so they can go the distance and get us through this crisis.

Show your support by registering for the Virtual 5K, and please make a donation of your choice. All proceeds will benefit the Y’s Emergency Child Care Initiative.

Here’s how it works:

  • From April 30th through May 10th, run or walk on a treadmill, in your neighborhood or on your favorite route.
  • Track your 5K (3.1 miles) performance using your favorite exercise app (i.e. Strava, Nike, Garmin etc.)
  • Take a photo after you complete the 5K and sharer it on your social media with #nbbymca #Virtual5K #emergencychildcare.
  • Send your photo, and any comments with your results to ddestefano@meridenymca.org.
  • All ages are encouraged to participate. Age brackets are available on the registration form.
  • Register for the Virtual 5K.
  • Donate here.
  • Not a runner or walker but you want to help? Please donate here to the Emergency Child Care fund. 

For more information contact:

Carrie Marquardt at cmarquardt@meridenymca.org or Derek Destefano at ddestefano@meridenymca.org.

Together we can provide free safe and much needed child care services for those who must go into work during this crisis. No donation amount is too small. Thank you for your help.

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