COVID-19 News & Updates (Coronavirus)
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. Details here.
- 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. Details.
- Senior Support – 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're staying connected with our pre-K parents, providing activities to do at home and tips on how to stay engaged with their children. Plus, we’ve leveraged resources across the state to compile options for all families. 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.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.