Facility Update March 16, 5pm

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SAFEGUARDING OUR HEALTH – Members
FACILITIES CLOSED | EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 5pm

Dear valued Y members, participants, and friends,

These are unprecedented times. In light of the uncertainty created by COVID-19, closure of the schools and the need to provide essential service for the most vulnerable in our community, we are confronted with a moment of truth.

How best can our YMCA serve the community and support the efforts to keep our Frederick County residents healthy and safe?

Established for more than 160+ years, we have always been an organization that has chosen to walk in the direction of a challenge. Today is no different and we must focus our resources on those who need us most during this time of crisis.

Immediately we are pivoting our resources to best support the most pressing need in our community. Responding to a request from the governor and the office of MSDE, we are aligning with our community partners to serve parents who must work, including health care workers, first responders and “Essential” employees protecting our community. These families need safe and reliable places for their children and at this time we are committed to be there for them. 

At 5 pm today, Monday, March 16, our fitness, health and wellness centers, swimming pools and classes/programs will be closed and/or suspended. At this time we plan to restore full operations on March 30 in concert with the current school schedule, however it is probable that this date may be extended. 

During this time of need, we are working with schools and community partners to support youth, families, and our senior population to stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body. 

If you participate in before and after school programming that the Y provides, we are continuing these services for essential workers. If you are in need of a school-age day program contact dlewis@frederickymca.org

If you are enrolled in the Y’s early learning childhood center, our centers will remain open during regular hours and your child will continue to receive care by trusted teachers. Updates and additional information about program specifics will be listed on our website. If you are in need of childcare, ages 6 weeks-5 years of age at the Downtown Y please contact kkaplan@frederickymca.org or Green Valley tdegrange@frederickymca.org.  We will need a completed Health inventory, immunization records, emergency form and other Y forms completed before a child can start.

We are working with our community partners to identify the greatest community needs and determine how we can best meet those needs. One of those needs is access to affordable fresh produce so we will continue to offer the Community Produce Market on Wednesday from 3-6 pm at the Downtown Y. We will be sending updates via email and our website. 

Thank you,
Chris Colville, President and CEO

 

YOUR Y COMMUNITY CONTINUES ONLINE

All Y members are encouraged to access Y360: Your Virtual YMCA at no cost to stay healthy at home. More than 30 classes will be added this week! Watch for new releases of virtual mindfulness classes, virtual youth programs, and more starting this week and throughout March.

Please visit our website at www.frederickymca.org or check social media for periodic updates as we strive to keep you informed.  

LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY

In this unique season, we are called to serve our community in unique ways. We have a history of adjusting our service delivery to meet large-scale community needs and look forward to supporting our community as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about the Y’s history of service.

A COMMUNITY NON PROFIT

We ask that you join us in service to others and ask that members who can continue to pay their dues, still do. The YMCA is a community benefit non-profit and membership dues are the foundation of our work. We would ask that you consider membership dues, a donation to support the ongoing critical services the YMCA provides.  That said, we understand many of our Y members may be facing financial uncertainty. You may easily put your membership on hold. You can request a one or two-month hold by calling the YMCA. 

If you’re registered for a paid program, we are offering a credit for the unused portion of the program that you can apply to future programs. For example, if your child was in a five-week program and has participated in four weeks, you will be credited for one week. The credit will be applied to your account once we know the length of the closure. 

THANK YOU 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our Y family for their patience and understanding.  We believe this is the socially responsible thing to do and we do not take this measure lightly. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities.  If you have any questions or comments, you can call the YMCA or visit our Contact Us webpage.