YMCA Community Members

Written by Woody Chambers on March 27, 2020

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to the Coronavirus. We are all operating in unknown territory right now, and
we are working as quickly as we can to keep you updated and address your questions. At the
Grants Pass Family YMCA, everything we do is guided by our commitment to support our community, and this is even more critical now. When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you are a member of an organization dedicated to
strengthening our community. In difficult times, the Y pivots in response to community needs,
and finds ways to use our resources to offer solutions – and you can help.
Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Choice
Your membership helps support our efforts to meet the critical needs in our community during
this pandemic. Two examples of how the Y is helping include critical care for children of
healthcare workers and child nutrition for the hungry. More of our initiatives are highlighted below.
1. We respectfully ask 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.
2. We also understand that you may have financial obligations; and naturally, we will place your membership on hold during
this time should you wish to do so. Once your membership is on hold, we will extend your hold until further notice. As soon
as our Y reopens, you can resume your membership status.
How You Can Help
It goes without saying that the Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we respond is within our control. As soon as we realized the severity of the situation, we mobilized to explore ways the Y could help our community. You
play a vital role in helping us deploy these services and serve our community by CONTINUING your membership.
Examples of our services
Emergency Childcare – Beginning March 23, we started providing critical care for children of Grants Pass Hospital healthcare
workers, so they can focus on public health needs. We are providing similar services for essential hospital and first responder staff as well. We will operate according to the strictest guidelines for health assessments, social distancing and sanitation. We have plans to expand services to additional sites as needed.
Virtual Group Exercise Classes – We have rolled out resources to keep our members and participants safely connected, active
and healthy during this time in spirit, mind and body. A selection of virtual group exercise classes are available on our website and Facebook page.
Food Distribution to Those in Need – We are continuing our partnership with schools to distribute food to children and families in need at our Emergency Childcare site after spring break week.
We hope you are as excited about this community response assistance as we are! This is how the Y steps up to help, and we
hope you will join us to keep our community strong. We invite you to support each other and your community, and we offer
our deepest thanks in supporting the Y.
Together, we will come through this pandemic stronger than ever. We wish you and your family good health.
Thank you for being a Y member.

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Matt Lund
Grants Pass Family YMCA