There has been a lot of change to how the Y operates during the pandemic. There has also been an increased interest on the overall status of the Y and how people can help. This is a positive measure of community support and appreciation.
How did COVID impact the Y?
How can I help the Y?
Is the Y going to survive?
It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 months since receiving the state mandate to close the Y facility. The Y made a quick pivot to meeting critical community needs where we provided virtual fitness opportunities, borrowed out equipment for home use, and facilitated wellness checks of seniors. We provided distance learning classes for 70 plus students, held community health challenges, hosted blood drives, and continued to support the community as new needs arose.
It has become a daily occurrence to field status related questions.
Are all areas of the Y open for business?
Do I need to be vaccinated or wear a mask?
Do I need a reservation visit the Y? Let’s look at these questions. The pandemic has had a profound financial impact on the Y. With membership supplying about 65% of annual revenue it is critical to recover former members and gain new supporters this fall.
We are currently operating at about 70% of pre-pandemic numbers. The pandemic has elevated the importance of health and wellness for families and businesses. We are seeing a resurgence of families looking for small group activity options. Businesses are using the Worksite Wellness program as an employee benefit to recruit and retain employees while simultaneously promoting healthy living for their workforce and extended families.
The Y is completely open for business, but with new systems and programs in place to provide for all perspectives in our community. Enhanced disinfection takes place around the clock and there are personalized options for those wanting more control. Reservations for group exercise classes or the aquatic center are made through a new MotionVibe App. These reservations allow the Y to guarantee appropriate ratios for our spaces. The app also serves as a streaming platform for virtual fitness classes with our local certified instructors allowing members to participate from home or in-person at the Y.
— Tom Bolin is executive director of the YMCA
We want to thank our current members and donors for their support during the pandemic. We look forward to seeing current and past members along with many new faces at the Y this fall. Fitness equipment is dispersed in various facility locations to provide a variety of workout options. Masks are not required but are encouraged for the unvaccinated and anyone else who would like extra protection. We also ask that anyone who is feeling ill or running a temperature refrain from visiting the Y.