Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Silver Bay YMCA providing free stays to frontline workers

The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center has expanded its Vacations Made Possible program to offer rest and renewal at no cost to essential workers who served at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program, which was established in 2015 to provide free vacation opportunities to families with limited financial means, broadened its original scope in response to the pandemic that shut New York State down for over two months. 

“The unsung heroes of the pandemic are those who continued to serve at the height of the pandemic when the rest of us had to stay home, the healthcare workers and grocery store associates who have risked their lives to take care of us and ensure that we had what we needed to survive,” stated Steve Tamm, Chief Executive Officer at Silver Bay YMCA. “Expanding this opportunity to essential workers so that they may rest and reconnect with their families is but a small way to thank them for serving throughout such a stressful and chaotic time.” 

Since the announcement of the program’s expansion in July, 13 families have been welcomed to stay at Silver Bay through Vacations Made Possible, and will stay on the YMCA’s campus throughout the fall season. Tamm added that many of these families include young children who have not enjoyed quality time with one or more of their parents, who have worked long shifts as healthcare workers in locations from Bolton Landing to Schenectady to the Bronx. 

“As part of Silver Bay’s mission to have a positive impact in our community and beyond, we are honored to welcome essential workers who serve in various capacities throughout the region and across New York State to reconnect with their families and enjoy a reprieve from stresses caused by COVID-19,” shared Tamm. 

Vacations Made Possible is a 100% donor-funded program that provides respite opportunities to individuals with limited means, individuals who have suffered financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or essential workers who provided essential services to the public throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals may request a Vacations Made Possible program application from the Development Office at

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