Update - 5/15

We want to thank all our members and neighbors in the community that have continued to support the efforts of the Y during this time!

We wanted to let you know that we don't currently have an opening date set. We’re waiting to hear from our local authorities about which phase of reopening we will fall into, but we do know that it is NOT Phase 1.

We're working through plans right now to make sure we reopen safely and responsibly, meeting and exceeding all health and safety guidelines. As soon as we have more information to share, we will do so via social media, email, and our website.

We’re looking forward to being able to safely serve you in our branches! Please see the FAQ to find email addresses to contact your branch or reach out on Facebook with any questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY ARE YOU CLOSED?

In response to the coronavirus concerns globally, and to help reduce the spread of the illness locally, we are closing our doors as of 8pm on March 16th. We cannot, at this time, definitively, state the length of this closure other than to commit to reopening at the earliest possible date as recommended by the State and County.

 

I NEED SUPPORT, WHO CAN I CONTACT?

You can email your specific branch at the following addresses:

HAL WELSH EAST
Membership - Dena Troubetaris dena@ymcacny.org
Membership - Allie Clarke aclarke@ymcacny.org
Licensed Child Care and Camp - Megan Davis mdavis@ymcacny.org

NORTHWEST
Membership - Jenelle Balstra jbalstra@ymcacny.org
Licensed Child Care/Camp - Jodi Mueller jmueller@ymcacny.org

NORTH
Membership - Amy Grabowski agrabowski@ymcacny.org
Licensed Child Care and Camp - Linda Spier lspier@ymcacny.org

SOUTHWEST
Membership - Jack Korzyp jkorzyp@ymcacny.org

DOWNTOWN
Licensed Child Care - Kristina Mullahy kmullahy@ymcacny.org
Membership - Cary Rueppel crueppel@ymcacny.org
General - Cheryl Pusztai - cpusztai@ymcacny.org

MANLIUS
Membership & Licensed Child Care - Mike Heppner mheppner@ymcacny.org

You may also email us at contactus@ymcacny.org and we’ll work promptly to direct your question to the appropriate staff member.

 

CAN I PAUSE MY MEMBERSHIP OR GET MONEY FOR THE TIME YOU ARE CLOSED?

We are asking our members to consider their membership dues this month a contribution toward the community response to the coronavirus. There will be a significant financial impact on our Y and we are asking if you'd consider applying the unused membership dues this month to help us continue our limited operations child care, resident care, and so we'll be ready to open as soon as we're able.
 
We can also pause memberships for those who request that action.

 

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY PROGRAM OR CHILDCARE FEES.

  • For those currently enrolled in our licensed childcare programs (Before and After School, Full Day and Half Day Preschool):
    • Your March 1st payment covers the first half of March and the second half of April when school is back in session and programs resume.
    • As such, there will be no payment drafted on April 1st.
       
  • Those currently enrolled in sports, aquatics, family, teen, education, health and wellness, tennis and arts programs have two choices: you can consider your program fees as support to the Y’s ongoing mission to serve the community, or take a credit toward future programming in the 2020 calendar year.
     
  • If it’s your choice to support us with your fees – thank you. No further actions are necessary. If you would like to do something different, we are able to assist you.

A Message of Hope - 3/27/2020

These are unsettling times – we've never had to close our YMCAs for this length of time in over 160 years. We know you’re feeling a wide range of emotions and we hear you.

Along with Ys all over the state and country, we’re sharing a united message of hope. We WILL get through this! So many of us are feeling powerless right now and you may be asking what role you can play as a Y member. We are asking you to stick with us and continue your YMCA membership as a sustaining member to support our ongoing efforts and ensure that the Y is here to keep serving our community after this crisis is over.

We certainly understand that may not be possible for everyone. We’re here to work with you, and would gladly put your membership on hold for you until we're able to reopen our doors.

The Y is known for strengthening a community by bringing it together. I want you to know that your Y is still working diligently to serve those in our community that need us most.

  • We’re continuing to provide access to emergency childcare to our members, first responders, and essential personnel who must work to support our community in this time. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and the Y will be there for them.
  • Our Downtown Y is continuing to serve over 130 men and senior residents. We know our members often feel like the Y is a home away from home, but for these residents, it IS their home, and they will continue to need the services they rely on from the Y.
  • We’re reaching out to our seniors and other members in need through wellness checks over the phone and continuing to identify the areas of greatest need for our families.
  • We’re also creating virtual resources to bring the Y into your home with virtual wellness options and more. Our staff team is working hard on ways to connect and bring the Y community to you when you need us most. 

We have an obligation through our Y mission to lead with kindness and serve our community, but we can’t do this work alone. Please continue to be a Y member to empower our programs and ensure our future.

We care deeply about your safety and well-being, and we’re looking forward to the day we can safely re-open. We’ll come out of this much stronger together.

Thank you for being a vital part of the YMCA's cause and mission.

Mike Brown
President and CEO

An Update From Our CEO - 3/18/2020

An Update From Our CEO - 3/17/2020

Dear YMCA Family:

This is an extraordinarily challenging time; unlike anything we have experienced. While we need to maintain social distance today, our Y community is strong and connected. We will get through this together. And when we emerge from this challenging moment, we look forward to welcoming you and your families back through our doors.

Right now, we're asking you to stick with us if you can.

With our branch operations temporarily suspended, we're shifting our work to support critical needs in our community, especially for those who need us most: 

  • Continuing to compensate and support our employees, who are your neighbors, friends, and colleagues, and maintain our facilities
  • Identifying the areas of greatest need for families
  • Providing childcare to support first responders and essential workers
  • Continuing to care for our men and seniors in our housing programs

Your support now also ensures that the Y will be here after this situation has subsided. Our strong hope is to reopen our doors as soon as we are allowed to, and we will be ready to serve and help our community get back to a sense of normalcy.

Your health, and the health of our community, continues to be a top priority for the YMCA of Central New York. To maintain your health during this time we have made virtual resources available to you at no extra cost. They can be played from any device in the comfort of your home. 


ACCESS VIRTUAL WELLNESS

 

We would also like to share the following information with you to help answer some of your questions:

  • For those currently enrolled in our licensed childcare programs (Before and After School, Full Day and Half Day Preschool):
    • Your March 1st payment covers the first half of March and the second half of April when school is back in session and programs resume.
    • As such, there will be no payment drafted on April 1st.
  • Those currently enrolled in sports, aquatics, family, teen, education, health and wellness, tennis and arts programs have two choices: you can consider your program fees as support to the Y’s ongoing mission to serve the community, or take a credit toward future programming in the 2020 calendar year.
  • If it’s your choice to support us with your fees – thank you. No further actions are necessary. If you would like to do something different, we are able to assist you.

We know you still have a lot of questions. We do, too. All of us are grateful for the outpouring of support many of you have expressed. We are committed to doing everything possible to secure the future of the Y, and its services, in these uncertain times. Closure for any length of time represents a significant threat to us as a non-profit organization, but we are hopeful that this situation is temporary, and we will return to normal operations soon.  

Thank you for working with us to demonstrate the power of community and what we can accomplishment when come together to support those who need us the most.

With your membership, you are more than a member of our gym and fitness facilities—you are a critical part of the Y Community, Movement, and Mission.

This situation will continue to evolve, and so will we. We will do our best to continue to communicate with you all as things progress. We thank you for being such valued members of our YMCA family.

Mike Brown
President and CEO

A LETTER FROM OUR CEO - 3/16/2020

Dear Y Members:

At the YMCA of Central New York, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader Central New York community have always been and will always be our top priority.  

We have been monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we will be closing our facilities to the public, effective Monday, March 16th at 8 PM. Our childcare operations will remain open until further notice to support our community through this pandemic.  

We will adhere to public health protocols that have been put in place by New York State and Onondaga County and cannot, at this time, definitively, state the length of this closure other than to commit to reopening at the earliest possible date, as recommended by the State and County.

In light of the uncertainty in this time, we ask ourselves: How can our YMCA best serve the community and support efforts to keep our community healthy and safe? We will be pivoting our resources to best support the most pressing needs in our community. We are aligning with our community partners to serve the parents and guardians we currently serve and also who must work. We are also planning to support health care workers, first responders and "essential" employees protecting our community during this time. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and we will be there for them.  

Cleanliness of our facilities continues to be a priority for our Ys. As such, we will also be using this time to do thorough, deep cleaning of our equipment and facilities, ensuring a clean and safe environment, ready for your return when we re-open. Along with childcare, we will also continue to maintain services for our Men’s and Senior Residences located at our Downtown Y.

We are committed to doing everything possible to secure the future of the YMCA and all our needed community programs and services, as these uncertain times continue. Closure for any length of time represents a significant threat to our non-profit organization. We are asking and hoping that our members join us in service to our community by continuing your membership fees. Doing this will allow us to continue to provide vital services to all who need us during this time. Your choice to stay with the Y now will help us ensure that we will be here for you and others in our community in the future.  

We know you have many questions and we will continue to communicate information to you as we have it. As we are doing now, we will continue to monitor and coordinate our next steps in accordance with the recommendations of Onondaga County and the State of New York. We will continue to keep you informed via our website, our Facebook pages and our mobile app. As soon as we feel it is prudent, we will open our doors once again. In the meantime, we will be working on new ways to serve our community in this time of need.

To support your health and well-being goals while you are away from our branches, we are offering virtual wellness options, free of charge. You can access them today!

We hope you will continue to support us. We know we will get through this together as a community.

 

Mike Brown

President and CEO

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