Coronavirus Updates

THOMAS E. HANNAH

WILLIS ROAD

MIDDLE TYGER

Our facilities will re-open for member use on Monday, May 18th. To learn more, please read the guidelines posted on the accelerateSC.gov website for gyms and fitness centers and for public pools.

 

April 6, 2020

Hello YMCA Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the YMCA staff, thank you for being a YMCA member. I hope this email finds you safe and well at home. The YMCA is about bringing people together, but this virus is attacking our ability to do that at our facilities.

However, since the onset of this pandemic, our members and volunteers have rallied around their Y with many heartwarming examples of sacrificial giving. Hours after our Board of Directors made the difficult, but socially responsible decision to close the Y for members’ use, I received a text from one of our board members, saying not only would he keep his membership active, but he would also pledge an additional monthly donation, because he knew some of our members would not be able to afford to stay. In the next week, several others joined him, pledging additional hundreds, and even thousands of dollars, to keep your Y financially stable during this time.

These contributions also help us provide childcare for essential workers like hospital staff, first responders and grocery store clerks. Our goal is to provide these heroes with peace of mind while they help us get through this difficult time. Many of you have already committed to stay with us, and for that, I am deeply grateful!

The Y needs everyone’s support right now. If you are able, please consider keeping your membership active. Please consider continuing to pay your membership dues so the Y can keep providing these vitally important childcare services. If you can help the YMCA right now, no action is needed. However, we understand that you may not be able to do this, and we have staff at the desk to help you place your membership on hold or even cancel. We are waiving the 30 day option on each of these. Please note that all membership changes have to be in writing, so please feel free to contact us at your respective branch. As the April 15th draft is approaching, please accept this reminder to contact the front desk and let us know how we can help you.

The Y has been serving this community since 1869. We will reopen as soon as possible, and we will be stronger and better than ever.

March 23, 2020

Dear Valued YMCA Member,

On our doors is a sign that reads, “Your dues operate the facility; your gift changes lives.”

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has put us in a situation where we need you to consider making your dues your contribution. We are asking you to continue paying your membership dues while the Y is closed. We understand that you may not be able to do this, and we have staff at the YMCA desk to assist you if you need to put your membership on hold, or even cancel. We have waived the 30 day notice on each of these options.

We don’t know when this crisis will end. We are projecting monthly costs of $250,000 dollars, including building payments, utilities, upkeep of pools, service contracts, and insurance. We are keeping our core staff in place for now to provide childcare for essential service providers in our community who must continue to work to keep us all safe. We are also providing online live fitness classes through the Middle Tyger and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg Facebook pages. Our staff is cleaning and maintaining the facilities, answering the phones, and providing ongoing communication with our members and our community.

Your Y has never faced anything like this before, and we have been serving this community since 1869. Our doors will open again, but right now we need your help to sustain our emergency response and ensure future operations. If you are able to support these efforts, please consider staying with us. Last year our Y provided $1.53 million in scholarships, free programs and subsidies to our community, and with your help, our Y will remain strong and positioned to serve those in our community who need us the most when we emerge from this crisis.

Thank you for your consideration of this request for crucial support. Please visit our website often for regular updates as we navigate these uncertain times together.

Dear Valued YMCA Member,

The YMCA of Greater Spartanburg has a long and storied history of serving our community. We are currently facing unprecedented times with the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, where adjustments have to be made on a day-to-day basis.

Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community, members, volunteers and staff.

Based on the information we have been provided, our Board of Directors has decided beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm, we will temporarily suspend facility use at both branches. We will re-evaluate this decision on April 1st.

In the meantime, we will offer online classes as an option to help you remain fit.

Because of the impact of school closures and growing demand on medical professionals and essential service providers, both branches will transition into school-age childcare centers for children of essential service providers, including doctors, nurses, technicians, first responders, pharmacy and grocery store employees. The YMCA will also continue to provide services for our current after school program participants until other arrangements can be made.

We ask that you join us in this effort by remaining a member so that we can do good work together in this time of uncertainty. We know your membership is rooted in the relationships you have built at the Y; these relationships are based on the humanity we share with each other. Please remain with us as we write a story of how we came together, continued our wellness journey at home and served those who needed us the most. Thank you for being a cause-driven YMCA member.

Sincerely,

Claude Saleeby                                                 Rick Callebs

Board Chair                                                      CEO

YOUTH SPORTS

We are suspending all YMCA of Greater Spartanburg youth sports programs effective immediately. This includes Swim Team. 

We will share updates with you in the days ahead.

SWIM LESSONS

All YMCAs have canceled all swim lessons beginning Monday, March 16. Be on the lookout for additional communications regarding your account and/ or rescheduling.

GROUP EXERCISE

Active older adult classes, water fitness and group fitness classes are all temporarily suspended. We will offer online classes as an option to help you remain fit. Click here for free online workouts.

EVENTS

All events have been canceled or suspended.

ONSITE CHILDWATCH

The YMCA will not offer onsite child watch in nursery area.