Fitness facilities closing. Virtual Y, Day Camp, Supervised Visitation continue

Greg GackUncategorized

Dear Friends,

Each year for the last 10 years, we’ve gathered at the Y on Thanksgiving morning to promote exercise, community, and togetherness. It’s become a family tradition in so many Central Minnesota families and a favorite day for our YMCA team.

This year, I will still be thankful for your membership in our community. We will still run or walk a 5k, but we won’t be able to warm ourselves in the Y building.

In order to control the spread of COVID-19, and per the Governor’s orders, the fitness facilities of your YMCA will close at 9 p.m. on Friday November 20. We have been told that we will be closed for four weeks, which means we’ll see you again on December 19.

I am so thankful, three of the programs our community needs MOST right now will remain open:

·    Supervised Visitation Program

Our Supervised Visitation Program is an essential community asset at the Y that never closed in all of 2020. It is more important now than ever that families are still able to come together under the supervision they need. Your continued membership allows us to keep this essential program running.

·    Day Camps (Distance Learning and Holiday Break)

Families in need of quality care for their school-aged children will still be able to rely on the Y to provide a place where their children can attend virtual classes, work on their homework, and remain active the rest of the day. Day Camp will look a little different, but will remain an important resource for our community’s heroes.

·    Virtual Y (Have you tried it?)

Regular exercise has been proven over and over again to promote mental and physical well-being. During the closures earlier this year, our YMCA team built a library of online classes, taught by your favorite local Y instructors. This growing library of on-demand classes, along with live classes, is available with your members. Join your friends and instructors virtually to get your sweat on!

THANK YOU for remaining a member of your Y and supporting these critical programs. While I know the pandemic has impacted all of us, I pray that its impacts on your family have been as minimal as possible.

Our November membership draft was already in progress at the time of Governor Walz’s announcement and will process as scheduled on November 20. As members, here are your options:

  • Keep your membership active to support the YMCA and critical programs like Supervised Visitation and Camp during this uncertain time.
  • Place your membership on hold, which you may do by completing this form.
Thank you for your continued support of your Y during this difficult time.

See you soon,

Greg Gack
Executive Director
St. Cloud Area Family YMCA