For the past 21 years, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan has been serving the community and helping grow the next generation of leaders. However, Widji has not been immune to the effects of COVID-19.
In March, just after the tornado hit Nashville, 48 Widji staff members had to be furloughed. In the midst of that hardship, however, came an opportunity to partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools and provide gran n' go breakfasts and lunches for hungry kids in Middle Tennessee. Despite the limited and resources, Widji began providing 2,000 or more meals a day at four different pick-up sites, all while still planning and preparing for summer camp.
Facility upgrades and program changes were just the beginning of the ever-changing landscape that COVID-19 brought. In the end, our Day Camp and Family Camp started on June 15th and Overnight Camp, after not being given permission to run by the Nashville Health Department, converted its programs to Day Camp versions that began June 29th.
At Camp Widjiwagan, we believe we all have a choice in how we remember 2020. This year has been one of obstacles, yes, but it's also been a year of grit, of overcoming and of triumph. Now more than ever, we know the children are watching and we are commited to being excellent role models so they know even in the most challening of situations, there is room to pivot, evolve and overcome. Just opening and running Day Camp is a huge victory and an affirmation of what is possible when you have a team that refuses to give in.
Now, we're asking for your help to bring Camp Widjiwagan back to place of financial stability so we can continue to be a place of magic and memories for generations to come.