The Coronavirus weighs heavily on us all. At the Lancaster Family YMCA, we are focused on responding to the most current information and its impact on our community. The most socially responsible action we can take at this time is to close Camp Shand, City Center YMCA and Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA until further notice.
Everything we do is guided by our mission of supporting and strengthening all, which has become even more critical now. The YMCA is a community and this situation has only proven again that our community is not defined by a physical building. It is defined by the many caring and generous people who make it up—you are one of those people.
How Our Team Is Responding
It goes without saying that the Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we respond is within our control. We are rapidly mobilizing to support our community:
- Emergency Childcare – We will begin providing emergency childcare for first-responders, healthcare workers and essential personnel in our region on Monday, March 23. The care will be available for children five years old through eighth grade at the City Center YMCA. Preparations, including additional deep cleaning and sanitization, have been underway for the last several days. As a first-responder or healthcare worker, if you or your organization has a need for childcare, please complete this form or contact Nic Legere at 610-643-9622, x2159 or email@example.com.
- We are working closely with our local government and health agencies to address additional needs.
- We are rolling out initiatives to keep our community safely connected, active and healthy during this time in spirit, mind and body. We’ve already launched Y360, which allows you to access online classes from our top YMCA instructors across the country. More than 60 classes will roll out on Y360 later this week.
- Daily inspirational messages that include actions you can take to cope during this time have already begun on our Facebook page.
Your YMCA Membership
- Respectfully, we 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. We have numerous initiatives underway (see below) to help our community during this time. Should you choose to keep your membership active, you do not need to do anything further. We will continue to draft your membership fee. Please know how deeply grateful we are for your generosity. If you continue your membership now, but wish to put it on hold at a later date, you can complete this form at that time.
- We also certainly understand that you have financial obligations; and naturally, we will place your membership on hold at no cost during this time should you wish to do so. Complete this form to indicate that you’d like your membership placed on hold. We will continue drafting your membership fee unless you complete and submit this form. If your membership is currently on hold, we’ll extend your hold until further notice.
Supporting the YMCA
In addition to keeping your membership active, please consider an additional donation to the YMCA to support our many efforts if you are able. Your support enables us to focus fully on providing our community with much-needed resources to help everyone remain healthy in spirit, mind and body. It will also help provide for our operational expenses, which do not stop during this time unfortunately. Please know how grateful we are for your generous support.
Whether financially or through volunteerism, we know that you will join us in creating a response to the Coronavirus that demonstrates how we all came together and served those who needed us the most during this time. Let us tell the story of the meaningful ways in which we responded to help all in our community.