The well-being of our members, families, staff and participants remains our top priority. Following the guidelines and recommendations provided by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the State of Georgia, the following closings and program suspensions are in effect until further notice:
All Y member facilities are temporarily closed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, with a commitment to reopen as soon as the health and safety of our community can be assured.
> In adherence with the closing of local school districts, Y early learning, afterschool and holiday camps are closed until further notice.
> All paid youth programs, including soccer, volleyball, baseball, karate, gymnastics, swim lessons, Parents Night Out, etc. are suspended until further notice.
> We have made the tough decisions to reschedule and reimagine our annual Good Friday Breakfast. Additional details will be provided in the coming months.
We ask that all members and staff continue to follow the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local agencies related to this virus, and take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others.
This is an unprecedented situation for the world and challenging time for our metro Atlanta community and the Y is pivoting and repurposing and working to provide programs and services that will continue serving those who need us most during difficult times like these. Find out more about our community response efforts by watching this video message from YMCA President & CEO Lauren Koontz.
> We are activating all of our YMCA branch locations to deliver childcare for thousands of healthcare workers and emergency responders. Within the next week, we anticipate serving 2,000 children daily at as many as 21 YMCA sites.
> We are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors at eight YMCA sites, and we are working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to expand food pantries and offer food distribution to the community. To date, we have distributed meals to more than 4,000 families and seniors. This number grows daily.
> We have implemented Operation R.E.A.C.H. to connect with and engage our seniors and vulnerable groups during this difficult time, offering resources and support to keep them connected and healthy.
We urge you to #stickwiththeY by maintaining your membership to support these critical crisis response efforts.
During this time, the Y has launched a daily newsletter with at-home wellness content to keep members engaged, suggesting ways to stay active and keep kids moving and learning while at home. Click here to sign up to receive the Healthy at Home newsletter.