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HRYMCA Membership Update: April 6, 2020

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April 6, 2020

To Our Loyal Members and Supporters,

We sincerely hope that you and your families are adjusting to the shifts in your daily routines as we all learn how to navigate the new normal of social distancing to stay safe and healthy. To our members on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – health care workers, first responders, grocery store and pharmacy employees, facility staff, day care providers – we are all so grateful for the sacrifices you are making to help our community, our state and our nation endure this most unprecedented and uncertain time. To all of you, we send kind and caring thoughts.

Extension of Non-Essential Business Closure to May 4

On Tuesday, March 30, Governor Baker extended the COVID-19 non-essential business closings to May 4, meaning our YMCA doors will remain closed until then. However, we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping our members through this time and beyond.

For A Better Us

The COVID-19 situation has had a severe impact on so many, and as a result we have been unable to open our doors. However, the resiliency and creativeness of our staff, combined with the support of our members, has enabled us to open our virtual windows to serve you.

During this unique time, with health, anxiety, stress and social isolation being in the forefront of our minds, your Y staff team is working diligently to support our community. Our committed staff are dedicated to creating opportunities to provide you and your families with healthy activities and social interactions through an extensive weekly schedule of both live and taped group exercise classes for all ages, interests and abilities.  We have also partnered with the Northampton Senior Center to provide classes to our seniors at home.

We remain in regular contact with both local and state organizations to offer support, assistance and information sharing. Together, we are navigating this situation and finding ways to best serve our community. Please visit our website and Facebook pages to stay up to date on our ever expanding impact.

Your Membership Means So Much to So Many

In addition to the virtual services we are now providing, we anticipate an increased need for financial assistance for child care, camps, memberships and programming in the upcoming months. The Y remains committed to helping your families navigate the new normal.

To support our mission, vital resources are needed and we have continued to draft membership payments. We are all operating in unknown territory right now, and we strive to keep you informed with your options and choices.

We hope that you consider keeping your membership active during this time so that we can remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and body. Should you choose to keep your membership active, please know how deeply grateful we are for your generosity.  No action is needed if you continue to support our YMCA family. If you would like to identify your dues during this closure as a donation, we can provide you with a tax receipt upon request.

We also understand that you may not be able to continue and are here to help you.  If you wish to make a change in your status, please email Nicole Seligman at Nicole.seligman@hrymca.org.

We Are Stronger Together

Your YMCA membership has always been about more than access to a building; it’s about making connections, building relationships and contributing to a stronger community. We rely on that collective solidarity now more than ever. There’s a bright future ahead, and we will all get there, together.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.  Stay safe and healthy – we look forward to seeing you very soon!

Julie Bianco

CEO