Palisades-Malibu YMCA Executive Director Jim Kirtley spoke to Circling the News on February 4 about reopening the facility on Via de la Paz , tax deductions and the new food distribution program that is held every Thursday between noon and 2 p.m. in front of the building.
Last week, 50 bags of groceries were given away to workers at construction sites. “Please let workers and cleaning ladies that work in town know that they can stop by and pick up a bag,” said Kirtley, who is looking for volunteers to help on Thursdays. He needs workers from 10 a.m. to noon to fill the bags, he needs workers from noon to 2 p.m. to hand them out and additional volunteers are sought for the four-hour time periods.
“I’m also looking for help to get food to the Palisades Y from the Westside Food Bank on Wednesdays at noon and from the Collins & Katz Y on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.,” Kirtley said. (Email him at jimkirtley@ymcaLA.org or call 310-454-5591).
Kirtley said that some members have been paying the monthly membership fee to support the Y but have not had access to any programming or the facility. This may mean their payments qualify as a donation to the nonprofit. If you are one of those people, Kirtley said you can contact him, and a form will be sent.
He also said that because of the pandemic, L.A. County only allows outside exercise, but that he is looking at possible ways to bring exercise machines outside. Let him know if you have any ideas.