The Bright Spot is a place where older adults can shine.

It’s an online community offering everything from exercise classes and small online group discussions to trivia nights and mindfulness tutorials— all provided free of charge by the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Our charity has always been there for older adults, for our entire 165-year history. Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to adapt our daily lives, we're stepping up to do even more.

We’ve been keeping in touch with our older community members over the phone, and you’ve shone a light on several things you need and want. You told us you’re having a hard time getting groceries, connecting with friends and loved ones, and maintaining routines like walking that you usually rely on to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. The Bright Spot is our response. By adding a little structure and a ton of fun to your days, we want to make your “new normal” feel a whole lot more comfortable.

This is just one of many ways we’re stepping up to support our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the other work we’re doing right now includes providing emergency child care for essential frontline workers, shelter and support for youth experiencing homelessness, and remote employment services for people who need work. If you, your friends, or your family members have been wondering what you can do to help in this unprecedented time of need, we hope you’ll consider supporting our work at ymcagta.org/covid-fund. Until the end of May, every dollar you donate will be matched through the Nesbitt-Lawlor Family Matching Grant — so you’ll be making twice the difference for your community!

We’re certainly looking forward to a brighter future — one where we can connect with you face-to-face! — but there are plenty of ways you can light up your life right now. Whether you join us for a virtual coffee, get moving in a real-time fitness class, or try something new from our blog, we hope you’ll let us be the bright spot in your day!

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