Keeping You Healthy: Update Regarding COVID-19

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Update as of 6/25/20:

On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced our state will maintain the current safer-at-home Phase 2 mandate for an additional three weeks. Unless allowed otherwise, this means the earliest our YMCA facilities could open for indoor fitness is July 17.

As a partner in community health, we will continue working hard to ensure an environment that is clean and safe for everyone while following all federal, state, and local mandates. We’ll keep you updated on our plans to reopen our fitness centers, as we know the Y is a safe place to be. Until then, we encourage you to take care of your spirit, mind, and body by joining us for online or outdoor group exercise classes, swimming, and summer day camp and overnight camp options for your children. We are thrilled to begin offering outdoor group exercise classes at the Stokes Family YMCA, and we will open the indoor pool at the Yadkin and Davie Family YMCAs. We will have more information on these opportunities in the near future.

The governor also announced a statewide issue on masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which goes into effect Friday, June 26, at 5:00pm. Based on the language of the executive order, masks won’t be required during exercise, but we encourage members to wear them before and after each class and while coming into our indoor pool spaces when they can’t maintain 6 feet or more of physical distancing — or if they have an exemption. Day and overnight campers over the age of 11, unless they have an exemption, will be asked to wear them indoors and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

While we’re disappointed not to resume indoor fitness, that’s only part of what the Y means to the community. We’ve always been more than just a gym. You help us fill gaps and strengthen community in ways that no other organization can, and our work is needed now more than ever. Thank you for staying with us and for your belief and trust in knowing that the Y is a safe place.

Update as of 5/27/20:

As part of Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order, the Y and other indoor fitness centers are not allowed to open their entire building to general membership usage but we are pleased to welcome back the following programs:

Outdoor Group Exercise Classes currently at the Davie, Jerry Long, Kernersville, Robinhood, William G. White, Jr., Wilkes, and Yadkin Family YMCAs

Swimming Lanes currently at the Davie, Jerry Long, Kernersville (indoor community pool and outdoor pools), Statesville, Stokes, William G. White, Jr., and Wilkes Family YMCAs

Summer Exploration Academies/Day Camp currently at the Alexander County, Davie, Jerry Long, Kernersville, Statesville, Stokes, William G. White, Jr., and Wilkes Family YMCAs; and June 29 at the Winston Lake Family YMCA.

YMCA Camp Hanes: YMCA Camp Hanes will open its day camp on June 15 and overnight camp on June 28.

Meal Distribution Sites: Although we are returning attention to some wellness amenities for our members, our commitment to serving our neighbors in the community will not cease. We will continue to host meal distribution sites at the Winston Lake and Fulton Family YMCAs with other local partners and organizations.

For more on outdoor group exercise, swimming, day camp, reserving your spot in class or the pool, etc., please visit https://ymcanwnc.org/welcomeback/

Update as of 5/21/20:

Click here for a message from YMCA Camp Hanes regarding the opening of overnight camp.

 

Update as of 5/20/20:

Today, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina learned that gyms will not be included in North Carolina’s Phase 2 of easing restrictions. Although, the Y is so much more than a gym, this order does prevent us from opening our doors of our wellness operations. We are disappointed because we know that our fitness centers improve health and give us the opportunity to connect face-to-face with people we care about. However, it’s the love we have for our members and communities that compels us to follow the path that our state has provided to reopen with safety at the forefront.

While the doors of our fitness centers remain closed, other doors are opening even wider. We are still trying to understand the Executive Order #141 and look forward to sharing more details about pool operations and
outdoor group exercise opportunities in the near future. We are finalizing details and registration processes for our day and overnight camp opportunities. Day camp will start on June 1 and late June for YMCA Camp Hanes. Details will be communicated by the end of the week.

We know that for a while longer, visits to restaurants, stores and even our Y will feel a bit different. We’ve worked with health experts and our local health department to prepare our Y for your safe return.

Stan Law, President and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, said: “We have been working on a reopening plan since our temporary closure began in March, and have been following the available guidelines and
recommendations from state and local officials as it pertains to reopening in the safest way we can. We look forward to the time when we can fully open our doors to serve our communities in a more expansive wellness capacity.”

We’re grateful for your understanding and for the concern you’ve shared for our staff who stepped up during this pandemic to provide emergency childcare, make wellness calls to seniors feeling isolated, distribute meals to
children and families, and host blood drives.

“Our commitment to Social Responsibility in the community will continue throughout the remainder of this pandemic and long after,” Law said.

We remain grateful to our members and donors for continuing to #StayWithUs as we continue to serve our neighbors when they need us most.

 

Give to help our COVID-19 Response

The YMCA is needed now more than ever. With our current challenges, we welcome your continued support. If you are able, please consider making a gift to help us provide critical care to our community and support to our employees. Thank you for being a part of the Y family.

Membership

We want to offer you options regarding your membership:

  1. Keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active will help us stay focused on our efforts to support our community when called upon. If you choose to keep your membership active, please know how grateful we are for your willingness and partnership. You don’t need to take any action to retain this status.
  2. Convert your membership to a donation. If you wish, you can choose to have your membership dues converted to an ongoing, tax-deductible donation during our temporary suspension of facility access and programs. We’ll continue to draft this payment monthly. When we return to normal operations, your donation will end and we’ll convert you back to a regular membership.
  3. If you wish to place your membership on hold at no cost during our temporary suspension of services, we understand. During these times, we want you to make the best decision for you and your family. Once we reopen, your membership will resume.

On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, thank you for your strong consideration to stay with us. Our community needs you.

Please click here to let us know your intentions or call 336 777 8055 and press option 8.

Stay Connected With Your Virtual YMCA

During the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s temporary closure, we’re working to make sure you have wellness and fitness options available to you and your family at home. Just because we aren’t in the same room together doesn’t mean we can’t be here for each other, together.

Between our Facebook pages, our YouTube page, the Y-360 YouTube page and our website there are so many resources for us to stay connected. Click here to get started.

Programs

Aquatics/Swim

  • If you were signed up for swim lessons or any aquatics programs in April or May, you should have received an email communication offering you a coupon for a future program. If you have not, please reach out to your branch’s Aquatics Director.

Sports

  • It was our hope to be able to begin spring sports next week. But based on Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest executive order, we are unable to do so. As a result, we had to make the tough decision to cancel our spring sports season. It is our intention at this time to offer special clinics, tournaments, and events in May as well as our normal summer sports programs. Stay tuned for more information and registration coming later this month. Because we are not able to offer spring sports, everyone will be issued a system credit to your account that can be used at a later date for any program and/or membership. You do not need to take any action. For questions, please contact Patrick Whitbred at p.whitbred@ymcanwnc.org.
  • We ask during this time if you are able to lend a helping hand to the community, please consider converting your registration fee to a donation. This tax-deductible donation will help support our efforts and ensures our Y remains strong and poised to meet the critical needs in our community during this unprecedented time. On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead for meal distribution and emergency childcare sites, thank you for your strong consideration. To convert your registration fee to a donation, please call 336 777 8055 and press option 8.
  • We know the options above will not work for everyone, and we always want you to make the best decision for you and your family. If needed, you can request a refund. Please understand it could take up to 2 weeks to process refunds. To request a refund, please call 336 777 8055 and press option 8.

Before and After School Academy/Preschool Enrichment Academy

  • We will not run our traditional before school, after school, out of school days, and spring break programs and no payments will be due for these programs. If your payment is scheduled to draft out of your account, it will not be processed. If you have already made a payment for April and/or May, we will issue you a system credit to your account that can be used at a later date for any program and/or membership.
  • For parents and guardians currently participating in our Preschool Enrichment Academies at our branches, drafts for April will not occur due to our facility closures. We do plan to offer PEA programming when we are able to reopen our facilities, even if that is sooner than when the school systems reopen.

Emergency Childcare

Registration for emergency childcare for first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential front-line workers (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.) is now open at the following sites:

William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA (underway)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382681&cid=3083

Davie Family YMCA (underway)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382711&cid=3083

Stokes Family YMCA (underway)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382712&cid=3083

Statesville Family YMCA (underway)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382713&cid=3083

 

For earlier updates, please scroll down.

 

Update as of 5/11/20:

Hello everyone,

We are pleased that our state’s Stay at Home order has been modified to allow some commercial activity.

Our YMCA is in Phase 2 of North Carolina’s approach to lifting restrictions; this can begin in 2-3 weeks if we all remain vigilant and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Until we can welcome members back to the Y, we are working hard to prepare our facilities and staff to meet state requirements and follow the guidance of local health departments to ensure health and safety.

We will communicate our reopening plans as soon as we receive guidance from local and state officials. While our Y may open initially with limited services, there is no limit to the appreciation and love we have for our members, and we are grateful to you for continuing to #StayWithUs as we work to provide exceptional service in challenging circumstances.

Stay safe, and we cannot wait to see you again soon!

Update as of 4/28/20:

Updated food distribution days:

We’re continuing to work with Love Out Loud, Ministers’ Conference Winston Salem Vicinity, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC for food distribution.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2:00-3:00pm at the Winston Lake Family YMCA

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm at the Fulton Family YMCA

 

Update as of 4/14/20:

Meal distributions will begin at the Fulton Family YMCA on Wednesday, April 15. They will be distributed Mondays-Fridays from 4:00-5:00pm in partnership with the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Love Out Loud, and Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC.

 


 

Update as of 3/26/20:

As you are probably aware, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Monday that closes all North Carolina Public Schools for in-school instruction through May 15. As a result of this order, we will not run our traditional before school, after school, out of school days, and spring break programs and no payments will be due for these programs. If your payment is scheduled to draft out of your account, it will not be processed. If you have already made a payment for April and/or May, we will issue you a system credit to your account that can be used at a later date for any program and/or membership.

For parents and guardians currently participating in our Preschool Enrichment Academies at our branches, drafts for April will not occur due to our facility closures. We do plan to offer PEA programming when we are able to reopen our facilities, even if that is sooner than when the school systems reopen.

If school resumes in mid-May, we will reach out to parents to register at that time. We also hope to offer Out of School Days in our branches as soon as we are able to reopen.

We thank you for your trust and partnership in our programs and hope you and your family stay safe and healthy. We look forward to serving you and your family soon. Please feel free to call 336 777 8055, and press option 8 if you have any questions regarding these programs.

Kim McClure
Vice President of Youth Development
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


 

Update as of 3/25/20:

To our YMCA of Northwest North Carolina members and community,

The global pandemic that is COVID-19 has been an unprecedented test on our nation, state, and community. We are all dealing with abrupt changes and uncertainty that has no doubt been a challenge to us all. It has never been more critical to stay together as we follow the guidelines from officials to keep each other and our community healthy.

It was our hope to be able to open our doors this Monday, but based on Governor Roy Cooper’s latest executive order, we are unable to do this for another 30 days.

At the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, everything we do is guided by our commitment to social responsibility, healthy living, and youth development. We’re so much more than a gym. And here at the Y, you’re much more than just a facility member. At our YMCA, you’re a part of our purpose, you’re a partner in strengthening the foundations of our community, and part of our family.

Since 1888, our Y has always been there to help all people in the community when times were tough. And as I shared with you all in a recent message, today is no different. You can help be a part of this.

Stay With Us

We ask that you stay with us during this time to lend a helping hand to the community. Your membership helps support our efforts and ensures our Y remains strong and poised to meet the critical needs in our community during this unprecedented time. We’ve partnered with organizations to use our YMCA facilities as food distribution centers for local children, we are finalizing details of a potential blood drive, and getting ready to roll out childcare options for those on the front lines of this fight.

At this time, we want to offer you options regarding your membership.

  1. Keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active will help us stay focused on our efforts to support our community when called upon. If you choose to keep your membership active, please know how grateful we are for your willingness and partnership. You don’t need to take any action to retain this status.
  2. Convert your membership to a donation. If you wish, you can choose to have your membership dues converted to an ongoing, tax-deductible donation during our temporary suspension of facility access and programs. We’ll continue to draft this payment monthly. When we return to normal operations, your donation will end and we’ll convert you back to a regular membership.
  3. If you wish to place your membership on hold at no cost during our temporary suspension of services, we understand. During these times, we want you to make the best decision for you and your family. Once we reopen, your membership will resume.

On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, thank you for your strong consideration to stay with us. Our community needs you.

Please click here to let us know your intentions or call 336 777 8055 and press option 8.

Social Responsibility

Now, more than ever, we have neighbors who need assistance. As soon as it became apparent that our Y needed to change course to support our community, we got to work. We began looking at ways we could offer our services, and even our facilities and resources, to offer help to our community. Thanks to your continued support, we have been able to do the following:

Food Distribution to Those in Need

We have partnered with the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Love Out Loud, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, and other area organizations to distribute meals. The Winston Lake Family YMCA, located at 901 Waterworks Road, is serving as a distribution site from 2:00-3:00pm on Monday-Friday. And we are continuing our partnership with school systems to distribute meals to children and families in need.

Childcare for Essential Personnel

We are working with community leaders to provide child care options for first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential front-line workers (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.). Currently, we’re offering this much-needed service at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, starting Thursday, March 26. We’re expanding this on March 30 to the Davie, Statesville, and Stokes Family YMCAs. (Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer Wilkes Family YMCA as an option.)

Reaching Out

We are reaching out to families in our community, support programs, and medical officials to ensure they have what they need during this time. We are also reaching out to our senior members to offer support as needed.

Family Resources

With recent school closures, families are adjusting to a new normal. It can be overwhelming to contemplate what to do with all this new-found time. To help, we’ve compiled educational and fun resources for parents and children. You can access those resources here.

Virtual Group Exercise Classes

We continue to share resources to keep our members and participants alone but together. You can visit Your Virtual YMCA here.

Give Back, Donate Blood

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Jerry Long Family YMCA in Clemmons on Monday, March 30, and Wednesday, April 1. We will keep you updated with times and other details very soon. Anyone who is healthy and able to donate, please do so.

There is much more work ahead for our Y. Moving forward, we’ll share updates and additional resources with you as well as keep you informed on our efforts to support our community.

Continue to visit this web page for the most up-to-date information on our YMCA.

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our Y during these times, and for your partnership, your support, and your trust. It is truly remarkable to see what we can do together, even in the face of such extraordinary and difficult circumstances.

We are all in this together, and we are always stronger when we work together.

Stay well. I cannot wait to see you back in our facilities when the time is right.

Stan Law
President and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


 

Update as of 3/24/20:

Registration for emergency childcare for first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential front-line workers (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.) is now open at the following sites:

William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA (starting March 26)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382681&cid=3083

Davie Family YMCA (starting March 30)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382711&cid=3083

Stokes Family YMCA (starting March 30)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382712&cid=3083

Statesville Family YMCA (starting March 30)
https://operations.daxko.com/Programs/Redirector.aspx?program_id=21382713&cid=3083

(Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer Wilkes Family YMCA as an option.)

Childcare for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will begin at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA begins Thursday, March 26, and the price is $20 per day Thursday and Friday, March 27. Services at the Davie, Statesville, and Stokes Family YMCAs will begin Monday, March 30. The weekly rate is $100 per week for these sites, as well as William G. White, Jr. No registration fee will be charged. Financial scholarships are available.

We encourage you to register online if you are able to. If you need to call someone about more information, please see the list below:

Please see below for more information:

  • Stokes hours 6:30am-7:30pm Monday-Friday, drop off is ONLY from 6:30-9:00am and pick up is 4:00-7:30pm.

  • Davie hours 7:00am-7:00pm

  • William G. White hours are 7:00am-7:00pm, drop off is ONLY from 7:00-9:00am and pick up is 4:00-7:00pm.

  • Statesville hours are 7:00am-6:00pm, drop off is ONLY from 7:00-9:00am and pick up is 4:00-6:00pm.

  • Drop off and pick up are in/out style, and no parents in the building. These hours are subject to change based on volume.

  • We are going to run groups consisting of a staff member and students in a 1:9 ratio, so our groups will not exceed the recommended group size of 10 in a space at one time.

  • We will have at least one designated phone number at each site for parents to call if they need us during the day for anything.

  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

  • The days will be filled with high quality programming that will include homework time with certified teachers (students can bring their assignments, including Chromebooks, and we will have 1-2 hours each day to help them work on it while they are with us). In addition to homework time, we will have our YMCA curriculum time, Physical Activity (PE) time with sports staff, and our CATCH curriculum, as much outside time as we can have (please dress appropriately and bring coats if needed), arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and more.

  • If students are already in our Before and After School Academy programs they will not need to complete new paperwork. However, a waiver is required before children can stay the first day

  • In order to keep ALL staff and children safe, we will take each child’s temperature upon arrival to help ensure they are not sick. Please allow for some extra time for these additional daily safety precautions. Children will be sent home immediately if they have a fever or are not feeling well. We will also have an assigned “sick area” for those waiting to be picked up throughout the day.

  • We will clean all areas several times a day, including every time children enter and leave a space. Handwashing of all staff and children will take place many times throughout the day.

 


 

Update as of 3/23/20:

To all our YMCA of Northwest North Carolina members,

Since 1888, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has always found ways to step up and help the community in times of need. With this global pandemic happening right now that is affecting the lives of everyone, we are needed and responding now more than ever.

In order to best help the community during these difficult times, we ask that you stay with us and retain your membership by becoming a cause-driven member. Staying with us ensures our Y remains strong during this difficult time and is poised to help and support those neighbors who need us most.

We have been in conversations with state and local officials, healthcare workers, first responders, school systems, and other nonprofits to find ways to best serve you.

At this time, we are poised to transition five of our branches — William G. White, Jr., Davie, Statesville,and Stokes Family YMCAs — into emergency childcare sites for healthcare personnel, first responders, and other essential front line staff (pharmacists, grocery store workers, etc.) who do not have other childcare options. Services start at William G. White Jr., Family YMCA on Thursday, March 26. And on Monday, March 30, services will start at the other four branches. More information about emergency childcare services can be found below. (Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer Wilkes Family YMCA as an option.)

We are partnering with the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Love Out Loud, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, and others to help distribute food to those in need. We are offering this service to the community at the Winston Lake Family YMCA, at 901 Waterworks Road, from 2:00-3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

And as many of you may have noticed on our social media accounts, our staff have been working hard to bring you virtual home fitness options and childcare activities during our temporary closure. We have all of our branches posting and sharing Facebook Live workouts, home workout graphics, and access to other YMCA fitness videos, as well as family crafts, games, and more!  Your continued support helps our staff provide more of these resources to members. You can see more about this at ymcanwnc.org/yourvirtualymca.

We understand not everyone will be able to continue their membership during these difficult times. Ultimately, we want you to make the best decisions for you and your family.

From all of us at the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, I want to say thank you for your continued support. Our focus on the Y’s Mission remains unwavering even in these unsteady times.

We cannot wait to have you back in our branches. That is why our staff is working tirelessly — from deep cleaning to planning out the day-to-day operations — during the closure to make sure we’re ready for you once we are able to open our doors again.

Thank you for your partnership, for your support, your trust and for staying with us.

And please continue to check this page for updates and other information from us regarding COVID-19.

Stan Law,
President and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


 

Update as of 3/22/20:

The YMCAs across the country along with other nonprofits and organizations have come together during this global pandemic to address a number of community concerns during these uncertain times.

We are thrilled to say the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is doing the same. We are working with community partners for food distribution in response to community needs during the continued spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In partnership with Love Out Loud, the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC, and others, the Winston Lake Family YMCA will serve as a food distribution site, starting Monday, March 23. Anyone from the community who needs assistance getting food can stop by the Winston Lake Family YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road, from 2:00-3:00pm Monday through Friday.

No paperwork or ID is needed to pick up meals.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with food distribution. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please visit this link.

Thank you all for your continued support of the YMCA, and by extension our community.

 


 

Update as of 3/21/20:

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will transition five of their branches into emergency childcare sites, serving first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential front-line workers (grocery store, pharmacy, etc) that need to go to work and serve our community during this pandemic, but have no options for childcare. These branches include: William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, Davie Family YMCA, Stokes Family YMCA, and Statesville Family YMCA. (Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer Wilkes Family YMCA as an option.)

“Since 1888, the Y has always been there to serve our communities in times of need and, right now, our community needs us to provide emergency childcare so first responders, health care workers and other essential front line staff can go to work,” said Stan Law, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.  “We will transition as many branches as needed to serve our communities during this pandemic.”

Here are the details:

    • Emergency Care for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will start Thursday, March 26 at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA ONLY.  The price is $20 a day for March 26 and 27. 
    • Davie, Stokes, and Statesville Family YMCAs will be operational starting March 30, assuming the school systems do not go back into session. The weekly rate is $100 per week for these sites, as well as William G. White, Jr. No registration fee will be charged. Financial scholarships are available. (Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer Wilkes Family YMCA as an option.)
    • We are going to run groups consisting of a staff member and students in a 1:9 ratio, so our groups will not exceed the recommended group size of 10 in a space at one time.
    • We will have at least one designated phone number at each site for parents to call if they need us during the day for anything.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.
    • The days will be filled with high quality programming that will include homework time with certified teachers (students can bring their assignments, including Chromebooks, and we will have 1-2 hours each day to help them work on it while they are with us). In addition to homework time, we will have our YMCA curriculum time, Physical Activity (PE) time with sports staff, and our CATCH curriculum, as much outside time as we can have (please dress appropriately and bring coats if needed), arts and crafts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and more.
    • Registrations start Tuesday, March 24, at noon for all branches. A link for registration and more information will come soon.
    • If students are already in our Before and After School Academy programs they will not need to complete new paperwork. However,  a waiver is required before children can stay the first day
    • In order to keep ALL staff and children safe, we will take each child’s temperature upon arrival to help ensure they are not sick. Please allow for some extra time for these additional daily safety precautions. Children will be sent home immediately if they have a fever or are not feeling well. We will also have an assigned “sick area” for those waiting to be picked up throughout the day.
    • We will clean all areas several times a day, including every time children enter and leave a space. Handwashing of all staff and children will take place many times throughout the day.

We look forward to serving our community and supporting all emergency personnel, first responders, and essential front line workers (pharmacy, grocery workers, etc.) during this unprecedented time.

 


 

Update as of 3/20/20:

To our YMCA members and community, 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times that led to the temporary closure of our YMCA of Northwest North Carolina facilities and programs due to the continued spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We understand there are lots of questions and we appreciate you providing us grace as we work through these details. We hope this update can provide you with some information and options that best suit you and your family.

Membership

The Y is a cause-driven organization here to serve the community, especially in times of its greatest need. We ask that you stay with us and continue your membership so we can help those that need it the most. We will continue to be good stewards of all funds that support our mission to serve the community and our staff during this time of need.

If you have questions regarding your membership, please call 336 777 8055 and press option 8. Please understand that we are receiving an increased number of calls and request your patience and grace. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Please note, the number listed above is staffed from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

We are working vigorously to determine as many virtual exercise options for our members. We hope to finalize this plan quickly and will keep you updated. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Before and After School Academies

We have heard questions about before and after school care and how we will offer credits or refunds. At this time, we are monitoring the decisions of local school systems to see how or if they make adjustments to their calendars. If they make up classroom time in response to the current closure, we will provide care on those additional days.

But until we know what the school systems plan to do, we ask you to consider the same options above and make the best decisions for you and your family. Please call 336 777 8055, and press option 8.

For all of our communications and updates, please continue to follow this page on our website. We will also share those messages via email and social media.

Thank you for your partnership, grace, trust, and patience as we work through these unprecedented times. It is the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s privilege to serve you and our community.

And as always, thank you for being a part of our YMCA association.

Stan Law

President and CEO, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


 

Update as of 3/15/20:

Due to these unprecedented times, this Y is temporarily closed until the end of the business day on March 29.

To our YMCA members and community, 

These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a global pandemic and a national emergency, and nobody is certain what the days ahead hold. 

It’s hard to imagine more difficult circumstances for operating our YMCA. We are a community organization. We bring people together – from all backgrounds and circumstances – and create personal connections that change lives through membership and programs. Our proximity to people and communities has shaped our YMCA and the impact we make.

But the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges for our Y. 

In light of that, in order to protect the health of our community, and with an abundance of caution, we will temporarily close all YMCA facilities effective Sunday, March 15, at the end of the business day until at least Sunday, March 29, at the end of the business day as well. We will constantly evaluate and will determine whether conditions allow us to reopen. 

During our temporary closure that also adheres to Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order that mandates no public gatherings of more than 100 people, we plan to work closely with local officials, emergency agencies, school systems, and health care organizations to support our community. We have already received requests from these groups to position ourselves as a resource. We will communicate any updates with the public as we are able to. 

It is our intention to resume all normal YMCA of Northwest North Carolina operations as soon as it is safe for our members, staff, and program participants. We know how much our YMCA and the membership and programs we deliver mean you and your family – and how important they are to overall community health. 

We ask that you join us in the effort to help our community. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to “do good” during the time of uncertainty. Naturally, we will put your membership on hold, but if you want to join us in service to others, we invite you to join us. We know your membership is meaningful to us and that “meaning” lies in the relationships you have built at the Y. Those relationships are based upon the humanity you share with others. We are asking you to support us in service of “our” community. Join us in creating a history that demonstrates how we came together and served those who needed us the most. Let us tell the story of the “meaningful” ways in which we responded. Let that be the story that is told.

This page is the best place to stay updated. Check back here often for the latest information, including some potential virtual exercise options. We will also continue to update you via email and social media as well.

As we navigate through this rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to make decisions with vigilance and a strong determination to serve you and our community. 

Thank you for your partnership, your patience and your trust. It is the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s privilege to serve you and our community.  

And as always, thank you for being a part of our YMCA association.

Stan Law

President and CEO, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


Update as of 3/14/20:

Hello,

As many of you may have seen, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Saturday that all public schools in North Carolina will close for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, in response to the growing number of confirmed COVID-19, or Coronavirus, cases.

As a result, all Before and After School programs across the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will close during this time.

As we navigate any challenges ahead, please know that we never make a decision to adjust Y programs and services in haste. And while we know these adjustments may be disruptive to you and your family, we also know you share our commitment to safety, health, and the well-being of your children.

We thank you for your understanding during this time.

We will continue to keep you updated as often and as necessarily as possible about Before and After School Academy, as well as other functions within the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.

If you have any questions or concerns about before and after school care, please contact the following people:

Davie Family YMCA sites

Nancy Deaton, n.deaton@ymcanwnc.org

Fulton Family YMCA sites:

Chelsea Byers, c.byers@ymcanwnc.org

Jerry Long Family YMCA sites:

Racheal Renegar, r.renegar@ymcanwnc.org

Kernersville Family YMCA sites:

Chelsea Byers, c.byers@ymcanwnc.org

Robinhood Road Family YMCA sites: 

Racheal Renegar, r.renegar@ymcanwnc.org

Statesville Family YMCA Sites: 

Danny Gathings, d.gathings@ymcanwnc.org

Stokes Family YMCA sites:

David Joseph, d.joseph@ymcanwnc.org

Heather Adams, h.adams@ymcanwnc.org

Amanda Dickerson, a.dickerson@ymcanwnc.org

William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA sites:

Chelsea Byers, c.byers@ymcanwnc.org

Wilkes Family YMCA sites:

Nathaniel Morefield, n.morefield@ymcanwnc.org

Winston Lake Family YMCA sites:

Chelsea Byers, c.byers@ymcanwnc.org

We encourage everyone — members, staff, volunteers, and the community — to follow the three C’s:

COVER: Cough into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away.

CLEAN: Frequently wash/disinfect your hands and wipe down fitness equipment.

CONTAIN: Stay home when you are sick and limit touching your face.

For more about Coronavirus:

From the CDC
Coronavirus Overview
Business Response Guidance
Flu
From the World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Overview
Coronavirus Q&A

Kimberly McClure
Vice President of Youth Development
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
k.mcclure@ymcanwnc.org

 


 

Update as of 3/13/20:

To all of our YMCA of Northwest North Carolina members,

We’d like to first thank you all for taking the necessary steps and procedures to help us keep our YMCA branches and community healthy and safe.

As more news and updates come in about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, we continue to evaluate our facilities and programming to make the best health decisions for our members, staff, volunteers, and community as a whole.

As many of you saw, Gov. Roy Cooper announced yesterday several guidelines for North Carolinians to help minimize the impact of the Coronavirus. Other localities, including Winston-Salem, in our association have made similar recommendations.

We have categorized our offerings into four areas in which we serve: programs, school day extension/youth educational programs, member services and special events. Starting Monday, March 16, the following changes will take effect in each of these areas:

Programs

Postponed

  • Youth Sports practices and games until April 6
  • TYDE Swim Team practices and meets until April 6
  • Community Integrated Health programs (such as LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, and Moving for Better Balance) until further notice
  • Swim Lessons from March 16 until April 6

Still Currently Scheduled

  • Summer Exploration Academies/Day Camps
  • Residential Summer Camp

School Day Extensions/Youth Educational Programs

Our Before and After School programs will continue to operate in our schools and branches as long as schools are open. If a school system closes in a county, then the programs in that county will not operate until further notice. In-branch preschool, Saturday Academies, and Achievers Saturday programs will also fall into this category.

Postponed

  • Achievers college tours and in-school meetings until April 6

Member Services

  • Senior pot luck events are postponed
  • Child Watch will operate as normal until further notice
  • Some group exercise classes will reduce in size, or move to other parts of the building or outside to allow for more spacing between people

Please follow your home branch’s Facebook and Instagram pages for specific updates and changes to group exercise classes.

Special Events

In keeping with Gov. Roy Cooper’s guideline for keeping crowds at public gatherings to no more than 100 people, the following events at our branches have been postponed or canceled:

  • Kernersville Family YMCA’s Spring Fling has been canceled
  • Branch Easter Egg Hunts are canceled
  • All Healthy Kids Day activities are postponed
  • Association Annual Meeting on April 28 is still scheduled at this time
  • Community Prayer Breakfast on May 5 is still scheduled at this time

Be sure to follow your branch’s Facebook and Instagram pages for specific branch event information on postponement or cancellation.

And finally, while the Centers for Disease Control does say that pools and whirlpools are considered safe — as long as they are properly maintained and cleaned — we ask members to use their own judgment at this time.

We thank you for your understanding, patience, and trust during this time of uncertainty. Just as our members are an important part of our family, so are our staff and we are taking their safety just as seriously by reducing meetings, gatherings, trainings, and events. We will continue to communicate with you frequently, and please know that our decisions to adjust Y programs and services are never made in haste.

*And don’t forget to wipe down your equipment before and after usage!

We encourage everyone — members, staff, the community, and myself included — to follow the three C’s:

COVER: Cough into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away.

CLEAN: Frequently wash/disinfect your hands and wipe down fitness equipment.

CONTAIN: Stay home when you are sick and limit touching your face.

For more about Coronavirus:

From the CDC
Coronavirus Overview
Business Response Guidance
Flu
From the World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Overview
Coronavirus Q&A

And as always, thank you for being a part of our YMCA association.

Stan Law

President and CEO, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

 


 

Update as of 3/12/20:

To our YMCA of Northwest North Carolina members,

As many of you may have seen, North Carolina health officials confirmed two cases of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in Forsyth County earlier this morning. Statewide, there are now 12 confirmed cases.

As always, your health and safety is very important to us. It is why our Association’s senior leadership team is communicating regularly and taking proactive measures and planning for appropriate responses.

Staff at branches across the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina are taking this situation incredibly seriously. In addition to monitoring the news, we are asking staff at our branches to continue increased sanitation and cleaning of equipment and other high-use areas.

Our team is updating cleaning procedures to ensure they meet or exceed Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Hard surfaces — such as doors, counters and fitness equipment — will be wiped down with a high-grade disinfectant and multi-purpose cleaner every 60 minutes. Know that if we are advised by the CDC that a person exhibiting coronavirus symptoms has entered our facilities, we will shut down the location to allow for additional cleaning and decontamination of all surfaces.

For our members, we ask that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and seek proper medical attention. If you are feeling well and able to visit our branches, please be considerate and wipe down fitness equipment after you use it.

We have heard several concerns about whether we’re suspending or canceling programs in response to the Coronavirus. We will continue to monitor and make the appropriate responses for the wellbeing of our members, staff, and community at-large.

Any decisions will be communicated with you as quickly as possible. Please watch for messages via email, or posted on our branches’ Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

You can help by partnering with us to stop the spread of coronavirus, the flu and other human illnesses by practicing the three C’s:

COVER: Cough into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away.

CLEAN: Frequently wash/disinfect your hands and wipe down fitness equipment.

CONTAIN: Stay home when you are sick and limit touching your face.

For more about Coronavirus:

From the CDC
Coronavirus Overview
Business Response Guidance
Flu
From the World Health Organization (WHO)
Coronavirus Overview
Coronavirus Q&A

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.

And as always, thank you for being a part of our YMCA association.

Stan Law

President and CEO, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina