The Lake Area United Way is partnering with front-line healthcare workers and first responders in the battle against COVID-19. With schools closed and many parents and caretakers scrambling for child-care options, LAUW and Crossroads YMCA are teaming up with several local child-care providers to facilitate emergency back-up child care to healthcare workers and first responders. Beginning Monday (March 30th), the Griffith YMCA will open up for 100-150 available children of healthcare workers and first responders. Additional operations will open at Faith Child Care in Gary, Life Changers Early Learning and Aftercare STEAM Academy in Gary, and Happy Days Child Care in Highland and Merrillville. According to a press release, Lake Area United Way will also offer financial assistance for child care to eligible, low-income healthcare workers while funds are available, To qualify for financial assistance, employees must be residents of East Chicago, Gary or Hammond and work for Methodist Hospitals, Franciscan Hospitals or hospitals in the Community Healthcare System. Interested workers and first responders should contact the Griffith YMCA for online enrollment options.