FEDERAL SHUTDOWN: West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA says, ‘We want to help’

From Shalimar Gonzales, executive director of the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor):

As the partial government shutdown continues, we are concerned for our friends who are federal employees. With mounting stress that comes from meeting basic needs (food, housing, utilities) while not receiving a paycheck, we want to help. If you are a member who has lost pay, due to the shutdown, bring your government ID to either West Seattle or Fauntleroy Welcome Centers in January and we will waive one month of your dues. We want to make sure you continue your well-being journey, especially now. If you are not a current member, feel free to bring in your government ID and be our guest for free during the month of January. The Y is about creating a place where we can meet goals, make friends and find a place to belong; it is where we can lean in and find help when we experience unplanned challenges.

The West Seattle Y is at 3622 SW Snoqualmie; the Fauntleroy Y is at 9140 California SW.

11 Replies to "FEDERAL SHUTDOWN: West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA says, 'We want to help'"

  • truecaring January 11, 2019 (12:35 pm)

    this is a lovely gesture and i am sure will be appreciated by those being affected.  thank you for looking beyond $$ and caring about your neighbors, ymca.

  • SemperP January 11, 2019 (12:36 pm)

    My Coast Guard family is so appreciative that the Y is doing this. Exercise has helped tremendously in keeping my stress levels down. We adore the West Seattle Y! 

  • Corey January 11, 2019 (1:52 pm)

    Kudos, Y. Has anyone heard of any organizations or groups that might be coordinating efforts to help our local federal employees (with goods, funds, etc.)?

    • Semper P January 11, 2019 (4:27 pm)

      The American legion is giving grants to Coast Guard members. (I can only speak to organizations helping the Coast Guard). I know there are many FAA/TSA workers in need as well. 

  • annika January 11, 2019 (3:41 pm)

    Way to go, YMCA!  What a great way to support our local federal employees and to be an example of a what it means to be a great neighbor to all in our community.

  • Also John January 11, 2019 (4:17 pm)

    Fantastic!…..this is why I’ve always been a member of the Y.  The Y is always looking out for the community.

  • SBinArborHeights January 11, 2019 (4:33 pm)

    So proud to be a YMCA member and to see the organization helping our our neighbors in need!

  • Mj January 11, 2019 (6:11 pm)

    Nice, exercise is an good stress relief.  Not getting a paycheck is very stressful.  

  • Kadoo January 11, 2019 (7:13 pm)

    I’ve been a WSY member since 1985. I love our Y! 

  • MJ Mariano January 11, 2019 (10:22 pm)

    Good move Y

  • KFT January 13, 2019 (1:09 pm)

    As a furloughed Federal employee, this gesture is much appreciated. As crazy as it sounds, I want to go back to work!

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