In moments of uncertainty, the YMCA lifts up communities more than ever with resources to support families and ensure well-being as best we can during the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While maintaining social distancing and relying on virtual support according to public health guidelines, the Y continues to connect families to the services and supports they need.

With a constant stream of news and rapidly changing information, it can be difficult to know where to turn for advice. We know there are many organizations working together, and this list is a sampling of a few local resources and community partners our social service staff have been using to support youth and families during this time.

This list will be updated as we continue to receive information, so please check back often.

Local Resource Hub

2-1-1 San Diego - Visit the website or call 2-1-1 for connections to local resources. 2-1-1 is also operating a nurse's hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for health-related questions. Call 2-1-1 and follow prompts to get connected to the hotline.

Child Care and Resources for Parents of Young Children

Child care: 

YMCA Childcare Resource Service is now providing enhanced referrals to San Diego County families to speed up the search for licensed child care for essential personnel during this crisis: 1-800-481-2151. *Special phone line for health care, first responder, law enforcement and military families: 619-952-0242 (Countywide)

Diaper Distribution: 

Summit Church (292 E Barham Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078)
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Diaper sizes 1 - 6 will be distributed
Email [email protected] or call/text (760) 390-2393

Escondido Child Development Center
819 W 9th Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 839-9361

Educational resources for children of all ages:


San Diego Mission Academy: Free Online School, grades 7-12
Sesame Street



Distribution site For students (Countywide)
Distribution site For families (Countywide)
North County Food Bank (North County)

Assistance for Grandfamilies
Generations United Resources

Grocery Assistance

Emotional and Physical Well-Being

Virtual Therapy on a sliding scale: Counseling Services and Well-Being Annex, YMCA Youth & Family Services

Virtual coaching and well-being services for current and former foster youth:
YMCA Youth Resiliency Center, contact Brittany Vetter, LCSW 81890, [email protected] 

Online/Text/Phone Crisis Counseling with California Coalition for Youth:
Call 1-800-843-5200 or access online chat here.

Support for Individuals Sheltering in Unsafe Situations 
1-(888) 385-4657: San Diego's 24-hour domestic violence crisis line is currently providing counseling, legal services, and an updated list of the safe shelters that have availability within the county.

Free OnDemand YMCA fitness classes for home workouts


Financial Assistance

United Way’s Worker Assistance Initiative: Request assistance to help to pay utility bills or rent/mortgage. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Tax Assistance and Relief through the Internal Revenue Service:

Calculate how much you will receive from federal stimulus checks: Washington Post



YMCA Transition Age Youth Housing (Countywide): Transitional housing and services available for youth ages 18-24. Contact Amanda Sanchez, MSW, [email protected] or 760-721-8930.

San Diego Housing Commission (City of San Diego)


Employment Counseling and assistance

San Diego Workforce Partnership (Countywide)

YMCA Connections 2020 (for youth ages 18-24, Countywide)

YMCA Urban Career Pathways (for youth 18-24, North County) 

News and Updates on regional COVID-19 response: San Diego County

Inclusion in this list is not an explicit endorsement of these resources; individuals seeking assistance are advised to conduct their own research and determine if the resources, services, or organizations are a good fit for their needs.