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  • Pav YMCA of Berwyn-Cicero Senior Food Service Drive Program Awarded BDC Philanthropic Grant

    A Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) philanthropic grant was awarded to the Pav YMCA for their Senior Food Service Drive Thru Program in September 2020. The BDC philanthropic grant helped fund over 12,000 shelf-stable food kits and over 6,800 senior meals served through delivery or curbside pickup in Berwyn and surrounding communities. 
    Incorporated in 1970, the Pav YMCA (YMCA of Berwyn-Cicero Inc.) exists to strengthen our community by working side-by-side with our neighbors every day. Their very holistic approach ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to grow and thrive. The BDC’s philanthropic program helped facilitate their efforts to continue providing seniors with free programs such as the Food Service Drive Thru Program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of their services, the Pav YMCA is a reliable place for seniors to find support and assistance during difficult times. 
    "Since the start of the pandemic, we have worked to meet the needs of older adults in our community.  Food insecurity and social isolation has a huge impact on the mental health of individuals; if the Y can help in those areas, the hope is that seniors have a greater sense of security during uncertain and challenging times." Shared Jamie Kucera, Executive Director/CEO of PAV YMCA. 

    Pav YMCA has worked in partnership with Age Options and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to ensure this vulnerable population’s food supply is not impacted during this time. Anyone 60 years in age and over that resides in Cook County is offered bi-weekly shelf stable meal packages through these partnerships. They have also partnered with the Berwyn Health District, City of Berwyn, and the Census Committee to pass out masks and offer various support and services to Berwyn’s senior residents. 
    The Pav YMCA also offers Senior Choice Markets, providing fresh produce and other healthy shelf-stable options. Staff also delivers to homebound seniors to provide them with basic needs and prevent food insecurity. In addition to food services, they are calling any senior enrolled in Silver Sneakers, Renew Active, and their congregate lunch program to check in on their health and wellbeing. They also offer at-home workouts and on-demand classes for those interested in staying active but are not comfortable visiting the facility while COVID-19 is still a risk. "Each week the Pav YMCA serves shelf stable meals to over 100 seniors. Our drive-up Senior Choice Markets, held every other week, serves 350-400 seniors at each market," said Pav YMCA Marketing/Financial Development Director Stephanie Robinson.  
    "We are beyond grateful that the Berwyn Development Corporation believes in the work that the Y is doing for the community.  Being a recent recipient of their philanthropic grant means that they are also invested in serving others, our partnership is beneficial for everyone." Said Kucera.  
    BDC Board President Andy Sotiropoulos said, "On behalf of the BDC Philanthropic Committee, congratulations to the Pav YMCA. Providing essential services for seniors has proven more important than ever and the Y's efforts to do so in a safe and resourceful manner is something Berwyn takes pride in." 
    For more information on the Pav YMCA Senior Food Service Drive Thru Program, visit pavymca.org or email Stephanie Robinson at srobinson@pavymca.org. For more information on the BDC’s Philanthropic Grant Program contact the BDC at (708) 788-8100 or email info@berwyn.net
    About the BDC Philanthropic Program
    The Berwyn Development Corporation provides charitable contributions to causes within the Berwyn community. The BDC makes awards to local not-for-profit public charities, giving priority to those efforts that positively impact economic vitality, provide services directly to beneficiaries, address root problems and serve disenfranchised groups. 
    Berwyn headquartered not-for-profits will be asked to submit a grant proposal for consideration before completing the full application. Proposals should include a summary of the project, event or program, the requested grant amount and how it will impact the Berwyn community. Grants will be awarded within the month after each round of submissions is closed based upon available BDC funding. For more details regarding the philanthropic program, call the BDC at (708) 788-8100 or visit Berwyn.net

    Special thanks to our BDC Trustees that help make these grants possible: Byline Bank, Kopicki Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, MacNeal Hospital, Morton College, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Republic Bank of Chicago, Turano Baking Company, World’s Largest Laundromat and Zeigler Pre-Owned of Chicago.  

    About the Berwyn Development Corporation
    The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) markets Berwyn regionally and nationally as a prime business and leisure destination. We are here to promote Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors and residents and to create unique development opportunities for business. The BDC is a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides economic development and Chamber of Commerce services to all segments of the Berwyn community. We are a not-for-profit membership organization that serves over 300 businesses and individuals. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and events that promote the community. For more information, visit whyberwyn.com or follow the BDC at facebook.com/WhyBerwyn, twitter.com/WhyBerwyn and instagram.com/WhyBerwyn