COVID-19 Updates, Facility Info & Membership Options

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News & Updates (Novel Coronavirus)

To stay up to date on COVID-19, visit the CDC website or check out this data map to learn about cases in our area.

 

5/29/2020 YMCA of Greensboro Update

In accordance with state and local guidance, we’re excited to announce our first phase of reopening the Y with programs and services for current members of the YMCA of Greensboro that include access to curated outdoor group exercise classes and fitness offerings, indoor pools, licensed childcare, tennis, and the launch of day camp and overnight camp options. This will be on a reservation basis only. View the details on our reopening by clicking here.

5/20/2020 YMCA of Greensboro Update

 

This evening, we learned from NC Governor Cooper that gyms will not be included in NC’s phase 2 of easing restrictions. We are disappointed because we know that our fitness centers improve health and give us the opportunity to connect face-to-face with people we care about. However, it’s the love we have for our members and communities that compels us to follow the path that our state has provided to reopen with safety at the forefront.

While the doors of our fitness centers remain closed, other doors may open even wider. We are evaluating options for our pools and outdoor exercise classes, and we continue to offer virtual programming at ymcagreensboro.org/virtual and on Facebook. We are finalizing launch dates of our summer camp programming and are excited to welcome Y campers as we kick off a different but still fun and meaningful summer. Check back here as we continue to post updates. As always, we value your patience during this time. If you have questions about your membership, contact our membership team at info@ymcagreensboro.org.

We’re grateful for your understanding and for the concern you’ve shared for our staff who have stepped up during this pandemic to provide emergency child care, make wellness calls to seniors feeling isolated, distribute meals to children and families, and organize blood and supply drives. We remain grateful to our members and donors for continuing to stay with us as we continue to serve our neighbors when they need us most.  

 

5/19/20 Update

We are awaiting Governor Cooper's final guidance on when we are able to reopen. We look forward to welcoming back our members soon, and we are developing plans to serve members safely in alignment with state and local health authorities. We will send an update to members as soon as these plans are finalized. For membership questions, click here or contact our membership department.

 

5/6/20 Update

Honoring Governor Cooper’s latest executive order, our Y remains temporarily closed. We look forward to welcoming back our members soon, and we are developing plans to serve members safely in alignment with state and local health authorities. We are grateful to all of our members who have stayed with us and fueled our efforts to deliver critical emergency services to children and families across our community. For membership questions, click here or contact our membership department.

*If you'd like to change your draft options/membership to go into effect for the May draft, the request must be submitted by 5pm on May 12th.

We, like you, are anxious to finalize plans for the summer, and we are working diligently to consider all of the factors that will enable us to deliver a safe, fun and meaningful camp experience. We will be following strict cleaning protocols and adhering to social distancing and screening guidelines set forth by NC Department of Health and Human Services and other officials. The week of May 18th, we will share additional updates for summer 2020, including the targeted start date for camp. If we must start later than originally planned, we will provide options for anyone who is registered for those earlier camp weeks.

4/11/20 Update

Dear YMCA Community,

We are continuing to adjust to these unprecedented times – times that challenge the way in which we, at the Y, work to strengthen our community as we have for over 130 years.

As we approach our membership draft on April 15th, I want to ask you to stay with us as we work to serve our community during this time of crisis.

The Y is so much more than your average for-profit gym. We're a nonprofit organization committed to supporting our community. And we need your help as a cause-driven, rather than a facilities-driven, member. At the Y, you’re part of our mission, and you are a partner in strengthening the foundations of our community.

Your YMCA Membership Options

As one YMCA Community, we ask that you stay with us. Your membership helps support our community efforts and ensures our Y remains strong and poised to meet the critical needs in our area during this challenging time.

At this time, how your YMCA membership is handled is completely your choice. See your options below:

1. Keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active as a cause-driven member will help ensure we remain fully focused on our efforts to support our community and adjust quickly when called upon. If you choose to keep your membership active, please know how grateful we are for your willingness and partnership. You don’t need to take any action to retain this status.

2. Convert your membership to a donation. If you wish to have your membership dues converted to an ongoing, tax-deductible donation during our temporary suspension of facility access and programs, please fill out this online form. You’ll continue to be drafted monthly and when we resume normal operations, your donation will end. At that time, we’ll convert you back to regular membership. At the end of the year, the YMCA will provide a tax receipt for your gift. Again, we are deeply grateful for your willingness and partnership.

3. If you wish to place your membership on hold at no cost during our temporary suspension of services, we understand. Please do so using this form. Your membership will be kept on hold until we reopen, at which time it will automatically restart.

We realize you have to make the best decision for you and your family, and we completely support that decision. On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, thank you for your strong consideration to stay with us. 

How Your Contributions Support Your Community

The COVID-19 outbreak has created enormous uncertainty for us all, but how we respond is within our control. Our teams have mobilized to explore ways to support you and our community. By continuing to be a part of our Y, you’re helping us deploy and expand these resources and services.

  • Food Distribution to Those in Need – We are distributing meals to children and families in need. 
  • Childcare for Essential Personnel – We have partnered with community leaders to provide childcare options for those who need it most: our first responders, medical staff and other essential personnel.
  • Reaching Out – We are reaching out to the senior members in our area to offer support and prevent social isolation.
  • Family Resources – With recent school closures, families are adjusting to a new normal. It can be overwhelming to contemplate what to do with all this new-found time. To help, we’ve leveraged resources across the state to compile options.
  • Virtual Group Exercise Classes – We continue to share resources to keep our members and participants socially distant but together. You can visit your Virtual YMCA here.

    Continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information on our YMCA. If you have questions, contact info@ymcagreensboro.org.

    For those celebrating Passover and Easter, I pray that it is a time of reflection and celebration. 

    Sincerely,

    Rhonda Anderson
    President and CEO
    YMCA of Greensboro

 

UPDATE: MARCH 24

 

Dear YMCA Community,

These last few weeks have been extraordinary as our community, state, country and world navigate the rapidly changing challenges related to COVID-19. Given all the uncertainty and the stress that come with these challenges, it has never been more critical to stay together, even as we follow the guidelines from officials to keep each other and our community healthy.

Based on the executive order from NC Governor Roy Cooper, continued recommendations from the CDC, state and local health officials, we must extend our temporary suspension of all YMCA facility access and programs at least through April 25, or until otherwise notified by officials.

At the YMCA of Greensboro, everything we do is guided by our commitment to nurture the potential of children, support your health and well-being, and provide support for our neighbors and the community. We’re so much more than a gym. And here, at the Y, you’re much more than just a facility member. At our YMCA, you’re a part of our purpose, and you’re a partner in strengthening the foundations of our community.

As I’d like to share with you in a video message, since our inception in 1889, especially in difficult times, our Y has boldly marched toward challenges; and we pivot in response to community needs. Today is no different. You can help, and we’re counting on you.

Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Choice

As one YMCA Community, we ask that you stay with us. Your membership helps support our efforts and ensures our Y remains strong and poised to meet the critical needs in our community during this unprecedented time. In the past week, we’ve partnered with organizations to use our YMCA Camp Weaver and Reidsville Family YMCA as emergency child care options for first responders, medical staff and other essential personnel. And we’re also partnering with local agencies for some of our Ys to serve as food distribution centers for area children. 

At this time, we want to offer you options regarding your membership.

1. Keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active as a cause-driven member will help ensure we remain fully focused on our efforts to support our community and adjust quickly when called upon. If you choose to keep your membership active, please know how grateful we are for your willingness and partnership. You don’t need to take any action to retain this status.

2. Convert your membership to a donation. If you wish to have your membership dues converted to an ongoing, tax-deductible donation during our temporary suspension of facility access and programs, please fill out this online form. You’ll continue to be drafted monthly and when we resume normal operations, your donation will end. At that time, we’ll convert you back to regular membership. At the end of the year, the YMCA will provide a tax receipt for your gift. Again, we are deeply grateful for your willingness and partnership.

3. If you wish to place your membership on hold at no cost during our temporary suspension of services, we understand. Please contact our membership team using this form. They will be more than happy to help you.

We realize you have to make the best decision for you and your family. On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, thank you for your strong consideration to stay with us. Our community needs you.

Mobilizing for Good

The coronavirus outbreak has created enormous uncertainty for us all, but how we respond is within our control. As soon as it became apparent that our Y needed to change course to support our community, we did. Our teams immediately mobilized to explore ways to support you and our community. By continuing to be a part of our Y, you’re helping us deploy and expand these resources and services.

  • Food Distribution to Those in Need – We are working with schools to distribute food to children and families in need.

  • Child Care for Essential Personnel – We are working with community leaders to provide child care options for those who need it most - our first responders, medical staff and other essential personnel.

  • Reaching Out – We are reaching out to the senior members in our area to offer support as needed.

  • Family Resources – With recent school closures, families are adjusting to a new normal. It can be overwhelming to contemplate what to do with all this new-found time. To help, we’ve leveraged resources across the state to compile options. You can access those resources here.

  • Virtual Group Exercise Classes – We continue to share resources to keep our members and participants socially distant but together. You can visit your Virtual YMCA here.

There is much more work ahead for our Y. Moving forward, we’ll share updates and additional resources with you, as well as keep you informed on our efforts to support our community.

Continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information on our YMCA. 

Again, I want to thank you for being a part of our Y Community, for your partnership, your support and your trust. I have consistently seen the Y Community come together to do extraordinary things in uncertain times. I am inspired by our community response. 

We’re in this together, and together, we’ll emerge stronger.

Programs

After School: The Y will not charge families for after-school care while schools are closed. Any payments that were made in advance will be credited to future weeks if/when schools resume. If schools do not resume, any advance payments can be credited to other childcare programs - like summer camp.

Other Programs: Most Y programs will be postponed and rescheduled when we reopen. Keep an eye out from our staff for updated schedules once we near a reopening date.

 

UPDATE: MARCH 15

Due to these unprecedented times, all YMCA of Greensboro locations will be temporarily closed, effective March 17. Anticipated reopening is March 30.

To Our Valued Y Members:

In an effort to prevent continued spread of COVID-19, our Y has made the difficult decision to close our facilities effective March 17, with an anticipated reopening date of March 30. Rest assured that this decision was not taken lightly.

The YMCA is a relationship organization. We bring people together – large numbers of them, from all backgrounds and circumstances – and create personal connections. Our proximity to people and communities is an organizational asset. As we follow the reports and learn about COVID-19, we know that the very nature of how it spreads presents significant challenges to how we deliver our mission and strengthen the community.  

 We also know that it affects high-risk populations, many who are in our YMCAs daily, and understand we have an obligation to protect our staff, members, and our community has a whole. Your safety and health are our priority.  

Throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times. During our temporary closure, we are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs in partnership with local health officials and other community leaders. While we encourage families to keep their children home, some parents - first responders and essential healthcare employees - must work and cannot stay home. We are working closely with school districts to provide childcare for families in these fields on a first-come first-served basis, and we are working with our community partners to identify additional community needs and determine how we can best meet them.
 
As a nonprofit, we’re working hard to serve during this time. Your generous support provides a foundation for our work. We also understand many of our members may be facing financial uncertainty. If you have concerns about your account, please contact your branch or contact Lynn Crawford, lynn.crawford@ymcagreensboro.org.

To help you stay active, the Y has launched virtual exercise options. These at-home classes have been made available to you at no cost during this crisis so you can stay healthy at home. Learn more and access them here: https://www.ymcagreensboro.org/virtual 
 
It is our strong intention to resume all normal operations by March 30. As things change, we will continue to keep you informed. We are grateful for your understanding, flexibility and support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@ymcagreensboro.org.

Sincerely,

Rhonda Anderson

President/CEO, YMCA of Greensboro

 

WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?

Please use the links below to find out more information about the Coronavirus Disease including symptoms, treatment, current cases and more.

CDC - Coronavirus Information

World Health Organization

AT THE Y, WE HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS BY:

  • Scheduling frequent cleaning of “high-touch” areas throughout the facility, such as door handles, fitness equipment, lockers, tables/countertops, phones and more.
  • Providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes or spray to members and staff throughout each YMCA facility.
  • Encouraging frequent hand cleaning and hand sanitization by all members and staff in each YMCA facility.
  • Postponing all programming to minimize spread of germs
  • Suspending all in-person group exercises classes. Access to Mossa Move virtual classes is being provided for free during this time.
  • Canceling or postponing all swim team events or any other events that would gather 100 or more people.
  • Educating staff and members with facts about the flu and other viruses. The YMCA encourages any staff or members (including their children) that are experiencing any of the symptoms affiliated with the flu or coronavirus to stay home and immediately see their doctor (or go to urgent care / hospital).

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (if tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow). It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
  • In your home and at work, frequently clean door handles and high-touch areas (while wearing protective rubber gloves) with disinfecting wipes. Also, remember to frequently clean all portable electronic devices.
  • When you are at the Y, use a disinfectant wipe to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • When you are sick, stay home. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Stay informed through trusted sources, such as the WHO and CDC.