YMCA and Community Resources

YMCA and Community Resources

We know this time is mentally, physically and financially trying for many individuals so here are a few resources that may help if you have a need.

Donations Needed for Local Charities

The YMCA is serving as a Donation Drop-Off Location for local charities.

We will be accepting donations from 6:30am-6:30pm at the Downtown YMCA.

Items needed:

  • Adult Pull-ups
  • Cleaning Supplies (paper towels, bleach, Clorox bathroom cleaner, latex gloves, masks, Lysol or Clorox wipes, Lysol Spray, Hand Sanitizer)
  • Computers for Kids
  • Diapers, Baby Wipes and Pull Ups
  • Gift Cards/Cash
  • Kitty Litter
  • Meal containers (plastic, styrofoam, cardboard)
  • Medical Supplies (first aid kits, etc)
  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Sewn fabric face mask [pattern]

We are accepting donations on behalf of, and will be distributing items to, these local charities:

  • BASE families
  • Frederick Rescue Mission
  • Housing Authority
  • Mental Health Association
  • Religious Coalition
  • Senior Services Division
  • SOAR (Supporting Older Adults through Resources)

If you have any questions, please call the Downtown YMCA.

Free Breakfast, Lunch and Supper for school children

FCPS Maryland will be serving FREE boxed breakfast, lunch and super  to all children 18 years and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities at the following schools Monday through Friday from March 16-27, 2020.

Breakfast: 8:30-9:30 AM, Lunch: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

• Ballenger Creek Elementary
• Crestwood Middle School
• Frederick High School
• Hillcrest Elementary School
• Lincoln Elementary School
• Monocacy Elementary School
• North Frederick Elementary School
• Waverley Elementary School

Free Boxed School Lunches

These locations will provide boxed lunches to-go only from 11:30 am-12:30 pm, look for the bright yellow school bus:

  • 7th Street Frederick Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1305 West 7th Street, Frederick
  • Brunswick – Rite Aid Parking Lot, Brunswick Heights Shopping Center, 92 Souder Road, Brunswick
  • Buckeystown United Methodist Church –  Parking Lot, 3440 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
  • Concord Mobile Homes Park Community – 4828 Pioneer Circle, Jefferson
  • Jubilee Foods – Parking Lot at 515 E. Main Street, Emmitsburg
  • Heather Ridge – School Parking Lot, 1445 Taney Avenue, Frederick
  • Lucas Village Community Center – 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Frederick
  • Max Kehne Ball Field – Parking Lot, 1100 West 7th Street, Frederick
  • New Market Shopping Center – Parking Lot, PNC Bank Location, 11717 Old National Pike, New Market
  • Overlook Park, 501 Coralberry Court, off Himes Avenue (across from Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant), Frederick
  • St. John’s Catholic Prep School, 3989 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown
  • Thurmont  Elementary – School Parking Lot, 805 E. Main Street, Thurmont
  • Walkersville – Discovery Shopping Center Parking Lot (Goodwill Store), 8425 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville
  • Whittier Elementary – 2400 Whittier Drive, Frederick

• Children do NOT have to live in Frederick County to receive free meals.
• Children do NOT have to be Frederick County Public School students receive free meals.
• Children do NOT have to be students at the participating school to receive free meals.
• Children will be allowed to take their meals to go. Participating schools will have containers and bags for children to transport their meals.

If you have questions, please call the FCPS food and nutrition services office at 301-644-5061.

Blessings In A Backpack

Every Friday, starting April 3
All are welcome

Distribution Locations

  • Thomas Johnson Middle School Parking Lot

Next to Yellow Bus:

  • 7th Street Shopping Center
  • Discovery Shopping Center – Walkersville
  • Heather Ridge School – Taney Ave.
  • Overlook Park

Look for Red Car:

  • Amber Meadows – Weiss Parking Lot

And at the following Schools:

  • Carroll Manor Elementary
  • Centerville Elementary
  • Glade Elementary
  • Green Valley Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Monocacy Elementary
  • Monocacy Middle
  • North Frederick Elementary
  • Orchard Grove Elementary
  • Parkway Elementary
  • Sugarloaf Elementary, Urbana
  • Tuscarora Elementary
  • Waverly Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary

Community Produce Market

The YMCA will still be holding its Community Produce Market, Wednesdays from 3-6 pm, at the Downtown Y for affordable fresh produce.

Mental Health

In times like these, The Mental Health Association Call Center provides:

  • A caring and supportive voice
  • Resources and information that show the way forward
  • Help in the midst of a crisis
  • Call Specialists available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Services free of charge and available to EVERYONE

What number should I call?

  • 2-1-1 or 866-411-6803 for Information, Referral and Crisis Intervention – For Frederick County and all of Western Maryland – Airtime and other charges may apply for cell phone users
  • 301-662-2255 for Hotline: Crisis intervention, information, referrals and phone support
  • 301-694-8255 for Phone Friend: Available for children in 1st through 5th Grade
  • 2-1-1, press 1 for Maryland’s Helpline: Crisis, intervention, phone support, information & referrals
  • 4MDYouth.org has Live chat for youth
  • 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Educational Resources

Ready Rosie

ReadyRosie is a fantastic family engagement tool that our Head Start program uses with families. We have partnered with FCPS to be able to offer this program with all Frederick County preschoolers, age birth to 5 years!

  • Visit App.readyrosie.com/en/register
  • Click on “Register by zip code”
  • Enter zip code: 21701
  • Frederick County Public Schools will pop up, choose and follow the prompts to register

Ready Rosie uses modeled moments to engage families in learning anytime, anywhere. Their videos are simple and use real families.


Story Time

YMCA Team Members and Head Start staff will be reading their favorite stories and posting on our YouTube channel!

OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.