I’m reaching out to you today, our members, to ask for your help. Our members are always important to the Y, but right now you are critical. I know that you may be disappointed that our YMCA facilities are not currently open, and I hope to see you back very soon. We are in unprecedented times for our country and all over the world. But I want you to know that your YMCA has pivoted.
Today, The YMCA role for our community has changed. Since our Ys closed, we have been transforming into a school age child care site for first responders, healthcare workers, and essential personnel. You may not know that your YMCA is not just a place where you work out. As one of the childcare providers in the State of Alabama, we are uniquely suited to think about the needs of children who are out of school right now who need care.
If you are a healthcare professional, first responder, or essential personnel, please call us at 256-238-9622 on Monday, March 23rd from 9:00am to 3:00pm to register your child(ren). Emergency School Age Childcare program will begin Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
But during this time, we’re asking that you stay with us. Not as a fitness facility member but as a cause driven member. We need you to stick with the Y. We need your help so that YMCA of Calhoun County can continue to keep our promise to the community to show up and step into the spaces where we can provide meaningful contributions during these uncertain and difficult times.
Thank you for being a member now and in the future. I look forward to when we can all come back together to our YMCA and do all the things that we love. The YMCA is a non-profit organization that is much more than a gym. When this virus is contained, we look forward to serving you and your family once again.
Maggie Burn Owens
President & CEO
YMCA of Calhoun County
Please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take measures to protect yourselves, including frequently washing your hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home if you do not feel well, and practicing social distancing by avoiding large crowds or close contact with others.