Membership Options During COVID-19 – Updated 5/19

Your Y needs you to #StayWithUs as we prepare to reopen in a phased approach that minimizes the spread of COVID-19 and maintains a healthy and safe environment for all. 

At this time, YMCAs remain in the red phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania. While we have not received any indication from local or state officials when YMCAs may move from the red to the yellow phase and reopen to the community, we are hopeful it will be within the next two-three weeks.

You understand that your Y membership is the cornerstone of a strong and stable Y for today and tomorrow. Your membership will help us in the coming weeks to prepare our facilities and rehire staff in a manner that safeguards our health.

Preparing to Welcome You 

You’ve been helping us prepare for our reopening. Know that we are here for you and will be constantly evaluating our processes and procedures to serve you, support you and keep you safe. Trust your Y to ensure the health and safety of all people. We’re making significant investments in:

  • Technology for body temperature and mask detection
  • CDC approved disinfecting process utilizing EPA registered and approved chemicals, reducing the risks associated with COVID-19 and limit its spread
  • Signage and facility reconfigurations to allow for social distancing and environment
  • Staff training in health and safety, facility and janitorial

In the coming weeks, we’ll be slowly reopening portions of your Y when restrictions are lifted. You may find that you have to vary your routine – a hybrid of at-home, outdoor and at-the-Y activities while we adjust to a new Y environment. We will be reopening in phases.

We’re Here With You

  • Providing essential childcare services so our local workforce can return
  • Serving nearly 1000 free meals and snacks to children to relieve financial strain on families
  • Distributing 80 fresh produce boxes to families in need
  • Inspiring total wellness with free virtual resources including local, live classes and activities for families
  • Reaching out to our members to reduce social isolation and provide community connection
  • Supporting those at-risk for diabetes with virtual prevention program

#StayWithUs – Membership Options

We know you are dealing with challenges at home and we are thankful to have you with us, even if just in spirit. We’re asking you to stay with us if you can. Select from the following:

Remain an Active Y Member-

There are two options here. By continuing to pay your 100% or 50% of your membership dues, you will help us to be financially solvent during this chaotic time, build Y resources for when we do reopen, build virtual content to support you and your family and ensure we can continue offering critical childcare as our workforce returns  as well as free curbside grab & go dinner meals and snacks in partnership with local schools. We will also be able to reach out and support our seniors by phone to help ease the challenges of isolation.

Option A: Use 100% of my monthly dues as a donation to the Y’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. With this option, your membership dues become tax-deductible donations to the YMCA. With the passage of the CARES Act, you will be able to deduct up to $300 in charitable donations on your 2020 taxes, even if you do not itemize. When our YMCA is able to reopen, you will receive a tax letter for the amount you donated. If you choose this option, no action is required.

Option B: Reduce my monthly dues by 50% and use as a donation. Refer above. If you choose this option,  YOU MUST call the Y at 452-3261 or email [email protected] by Thursday, May 28 between 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday otherwise 100% of membership dues will be processed June 1, 2020. Should the Y reopen in June, you will not be charged for any days we are open.

If you chose this option previously, you must call to renew this option; we would not want to assume that your financial circumstances have remained the same.

Membership Hold –

This option places your membership on hold until we re-open. To place your membership on HOLD, please call the Y at 452-3261 or email [email protected] by Thursday, May 28 between 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday otherwise your membership dues will be processed on June 1, 2020 and a donation receipt issued. If your membership is currently on hold, we’ll extend your hold until June 30  – no need to call us. Should the Y reopen in June, we will remove the hold prior to our first day of operations and you will not be charged for any days we are open.

*If you have paid for your membership in full, we will credit your account for each month that the Y is temporarily closed. Please call the Y at 452-3261 to make these arrangements.

*If you have registered and paid for a program that was to begin after March 16, we will be crediting your YMCA account for those program fees.

Go Above & Beyond

If you would like to donate additionally to help fund the Y’s efforts to provide community services as referenced above, you can make a donation online. Any amount is valued and appreciated.

We have the opportunity, right now, to decide what the future looks like. We are learning a lot in real time, and we’re adapting.

Most importantly, this is not forever. We’re standing by you during this difficult time and ask that you stand by us as well. There’s a bright future ahead, but the only way we get there is together.

Thanks for #StayingWithUs

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