In 2021, YCCA served more than 15,000 individuals and children across our programs, weekly food distributions, and community-wide events. We support families through our programs, but also make a concerted effort with our partners to ensure our families always have access to basic needs when they come to us for help.
Unrestricted funding allows us to fill gaps in program needs and offer additional support to families like bus passes, diapers, coats, shoes, translation services, staff development, and more. Unrestricted funding is vital to being able to offer consistent and responsive support amidst the ebb and flow of program specific funding which is inconsistent and can be restrictive in terms of what it's spent on.
Our agency needs include both monetary and in-kind donations. Monetary donations are used towards purchasing food, formula, printed parent packets, and other program supply purchases. Additionally, the funds received from BDOG help us purchase hundreds of backpacks and school supplies for our annual Backpack Giveaway; thousands of coats for children for the winter at our Community Giveaway Day; and thousands of toys for children during our Holiday Toy Distribution event.
In addition, we are always in need of the following in-kind donations: new diaper packs, non-perishable food (granola bars, quick meals, soups, baby formula), books for children, NEW shoes and clothing for children, NEW backpacks and school supplies for our Backpack Giveaway, NEW coats and winter supplies for our Community Giveaway Day, and NEW toys for our toy distribution.