April 1, 2020
Dear Y members and program participants,
As you know we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact within the communities we serve. Following the recent mandate from Governor Jim Justice and in order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have made the very careful and thoughtful decision to close all of our YMCA facilities, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, with a commitment to reopen as soon as the health and safety of our community can be assured.
The guidance we are receiving from numerous sources informs us that the most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19 is for community members to practice social distancing and remain at home as much as possible. We hope you understand this decision. The Y is so much more than a gym. We are a connected community and service organization; it is vital to serve the best interest of our community during this difficult time.
For our dedicated members and greatest supporters, thank you for staying with us during these challenging times. You are a part of our effort to support the entire community. As a charitable organization, we humbly ask that you remain a part of the Y family by continuing your membership. Your membership dues are vital in helping us to continue to serve the community during this time of extreme need and ensure a timely reopening of the facility when we are able. While we cannot serve you in person, the Y has launched online exercise classes and youth programs to support the health and well-being of our community.
YMCA 360 is designed to help you and your family engage with the YMCA virtually from the comfort of home. Popular group exercise classes like boot camp, barre, and yoga taught by YMCA instructors are available now at no cost.
We are working hard to provide options and additional benefits for our members and trust that you will find a class that you love. Remember you are not alone, and your Y community is still here! Connect with Y staff and other members on the YMCA360.org, Facebook, and Instagram.
Please continue to monitor our website for updated information. For questions, please email [email protected] or a staff presentative is available by phone,304-340-3527, from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday to answer your questions.
Please take care of yourself and one another. Our community is strong, and together, we will get through this.
Erin Dydland and Garth Mariani, II
YMCA of Kanawha Valley