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Our Operation Compassion webpage serves as a portal for both those who wish to support this important program by donating and those who need assistance during this challenging time.



Through Operation Compassion, launched shortly after the shutdowns in March 2020, YMCA of Bucks County has been able to impact more than 1,000 individuals during this unprecedented time of need. We are providing a collaborative and coordinated response, helping to meet basic needs for the low to moderate income communities we serve. 


YMCA of Bucks County has been actively responding to families shattered by job loss and living payroll to payroll through the following:

  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Provided to 100+ members and furloughed Y staff for essential expenses, particularly those with no additional income support;
  • EMERGENCY CHILDCARE: Served front line employees by providing childcare when there were no other options;
  • ACADEMIC AND FOOD RESOURCES: Supported the continued academic growth of our Pre-K Counts children by providing over 400 learning and food packages;
  • MEAL DELIVERY: Provided meals to more than 400 food insecure seniors who were isolated in their homes; and, 
  • HOMELESS SHOWER EVENTS: Provided nearly 500 homeless with showers, food, gift cards and clothing. 
  • SUMMER CAMP: Served more than 1,000 children in 2020 and providing 79 children with more than $73,000 in financial assistance (numbers through September)
  • CHILDCARE: Provided 41 children with more than $48,000 in financial assistance (numbers through September)
  • STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAM: Provided 94 children with more than $20,000 in financial assistance. 

We are anticipating awarding more than $172,000 in financial assistance to over 125 additional children from low to moderate income families (most significantly impacted by COVID-19) through the end of December so they may participate in childcare (early and school age) and the Student Success Program. 

YMCA of Bucks County also held several blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross at our Doylestown Branch. We continue to engage with members and pathway participants including isolated seniors, veterans and cancer survivors with over 5,000 conversations to date.


The Y has also had an opportunity to focus on the nutrition needs of the community, creating “Healthy Lifestyles, Families Together-Growing Healthier Communities.” This new program has allowed us to build two outdoor classrooms in Doylestown and New Hope. As a result, we will provide farm to table hands-on agriculture education and obesity prevention for children aged 2-12. These gardens will also be resources for our cooking programs and donor-supported pathways for cancer survivors, veterans, teen girls and pre-diabetics.


At the onset of the pandemic, YMCA of Bucks County created a special initiative to raise money and provide support for local needs caused by the crisis. Due to the generosity of donors, the Operation Compassion Relief Fund will now provide additional funding to the Y’s Financial Assistance Program through the end of 2020, while funds are available.

If you are facing financial hardship due to you, or a family member, losing a job or experiencing a reduction of hours related to  
the coronavirus, you may qualify for assistance.

If you are seeking financial assistance for child care, camp, programs, and membership, without having experienced a recent job loss, please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information and to download the application.

If you are seeking a YMCA membership and recently experienced a job loss or reduction of hours, please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information and to download the application.

If you are a YMCA staff member seeking assistance with essential expenses, please complete the simple STAFF application found below and mail or email it today.

Additional questions?

Catherine Refice
Associate Director of Financial Assistance