YWCA Grand Island hires coordinator for new COVID-19 women’s program

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 8:50 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The YWCA Grand Island has hired their first-ever women’s empowerment coordinator.

Tyler Fike, from Hastings, who has 10 years of human services experience is in charge of developing their new women’s empowerment program.

This new service will help women who have lost their jobs during COVID-19 by offering resume and cover letter assistance, interviewing skills, and other resources.

“Grand Island got hit pretty hard. We’ve lost four big retail stores which is primarily workforce dominated by women. We’ve lost three daycare centers since COVID-19, and so the goal of the project is to get these women who have been affected back into the workforce.”

There were over 3,500 unemployment claims made in Grand Island between February and March this year, and nationally 60% of claims came from women between March and April.

“If women make up 50% of the population, but if they’re 60% of those unemployed we know that they’re being hit harder by this pandemic," YWCA Grand Island Director of Mission Impact Danielle Helzer said. "This is a new program that we received grant money from the CARES Act and from the Community Block Grant here in Grand Island to launch this program.”

Fike grew up around strong successful women, and has a daughter of his own. He wants to help women reach their goals.

“I just want to be able to make a difference not only in our community but for women in general, so that she can have a better life, and so that are children can move forward in an equal and better world,” Tyler Fike said.

The YWCA hired Fike to develop the program because they think he is the right fit for the job.

“He’s had so much experience working with families, and with individuals from all different backgrounds," Helzer said. "We felt like he would do an incredible job of connecting with people from multiple sectors of society.”

The Women’s Empowerment Program starts October 1, and they’re accepting applications. Women who are interested in applying can call the YWCA office at 308.384.9922 to receive an application through email, they can apply on their website, or they can stop by their office at 211 E. Fonner Park Rd. in Grand Island to pick it up.

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