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YMCA in Fostoria receives COVID-19 relief funding

The Geary Family YMCA has been caring for 26 essential workers' children since early March.

FOSTORIA, Ohio — The YMCA in Fostoria received a grant to help take care of the children of essential workers.

The Geary Family YMCA in Fostoria was recently awarded $5,600 from the Greater Toledo Community Foundation.

The money comes from the COVID-19 response fund, and it was issued to offset any additional costs businesses helping essential workers may have during the pandemic. 

Since early March, the Geary Family YMCA has been acting as a pandemic child care location for those essential workers to rely on.

But with the health and safety restriction, they could only have nine children in a room per one child care worker. This resulted in a financial loss while the facility hosted children ranging from toddlers to school-age. 

The grant will help the Geary Family YMCA continue caring for those children for the foreseeable future. 

"We have been at capacity since the second week of March. So, there was a great need for it. And with the limited number of children per staff that we were able to do, these dollars really filled that gap for us," President and CEO of the Geary Family YMCA Tim Yenrick said. 

On Monday, June 1, the Geary Family YMCA will be able to open up for regular child care services and will be able to take up to 55 children a day.

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