COVID-19 UPDATE: March 20, 2020

Dear YMCA Community,

Thank you for your support over the past week as our Y has worked to determine the best steps forward for our members, participants, staff, and community. Our main concern is for the health and well-being of all our constituents. We continue to monitor and follow all local, state and federal guidelines. Considering Governor Baker’s announcement limiting public gatherings due to the current public health crisis, we have planned for our YMCA to be closed until April 7th. Our decisions may change as the situation unfolds.

I hope this update stands out by sharing not only how we are responding, but also by giving you an opportunity to be part of our solution and do some good.

Our organization is unique. Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic: childcare, aquatics, wellness, sports, creative arts, cancer survivor programs and day camps. Each of these programs require different protocols to ensure the safety of staff, members, and participants.

The YMCA of Greater Springfield has served Springfield and its surrounding towns for over 160 years. We have witnessed and survived wars, depressions, civil unrest and yes, other pandemics. It is uncharacteristic and disorienting for our Y not to be operating and readily available to our members and families in their time of need.

During this interruption, your Y is finding creative ways to fulfill our mission of delivering on our three focus areas of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility for all.

We will be posting group exercise videos to our YouTube channel to help people maintain their physical and mental health.

We are making every effort to support our 300+ staff members who are the backbone of our Y.

As all of us face this unprecedented time of uncertainty, I ask you to consider joining us in our mission-driven work. If you continue your membership dues, you will be playing a vital role in helping your Y continue to meet the needs of kids, families and individuals now and when we restart our operations. If you choose to do so, we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees during the closure. If you wish to continue your membership dues, no action is required. For those that pre-pay for their memberships, your membership will be extended an additional 30 days.

Should your situation require it, and you wish to have your membership placed on hold or have other membership related questions, please contact your home branch with the request.

Springfield (Tower Square): towersquarey@springfieldy.org

Scantic Valley: scanticvalleyy@springfieldy.org

We will continue to grapple with many long-term implications of this closure, including our ability to provide financial assistance now and in the future. Charitable donations complement our dues to enable us to fulfill our mission and support the most vulnerable in our community. We know the need for these subsidies will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months. While we may not be seeing you every day, please know that the Y is here for you. If you have other ideas of how we can support you or the community, please let me know.

Yours in Health,
Dexter Johnson
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Springfield

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