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Contact: Ashland Family YMCA
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Ashland Family YMCA, Ashland, Oregon 97520 / News

3.17.20 CEO MESSAGE

March 17, 2020 

Dear Members,                                                                                      
                 
 

The Ashland Family YMCA is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  Over the next several weeks we will be taking specific steps to demonstrate our cause in each of these areas.  At our board meeting earlier today three key decisions were made.  1) We will be joining the community mobilization efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closing our facility for 14 days.  2) We will support emerging needs and vulnerable populations, beginning by making the Y available for emergency childcare.  3) We will be supporting our incredibly dedicated staff and paying them during this 14-day closure. 

 
Here is what you can expect in the coming weeks:
  1. We will be suspending operations at our facility from March 18 to March 31st, except for emergency childcare.  We intend to reopen April 1st, depending on the current situation at that time and on a limited basis in terms of maintaining the recommended precautions. 

  2. We will be offering emergency childcare for medical personnel, healthcare workers, first responders and vulnerable populations.   We will be working with local organizations to roll out registration immediately and information will be available on our website soon.

  3. We will be redeploying our staff to support our members, participants and community.  We will be rolling out online health & fitness courses so people can exercise at home and will offer consultations and helpful information on how to boost your immune system while you are away from the Y facility for a few weeks.

  4. We will be asking our members and donors to support the Y as we support the community.  We do apologize for this interruption to your health & wellness routines, but we hope that you consider keeping your Y membership active.  You joined a cause-driven organization, not just a gym.  Help us stay strong, support the community and avoid having to make cutbacks in the future.

  5. You will still be able to call the YMCA.  Staff will be available to answer calls, return messages and respond to emails.  We are encouraging everyone to check our website regularly during these next few weeks for updates and helpful information.  If people subscribe to our website, you will receive alerts when information is updated.

 
The YMCA as an organization is built on the foundation of supporting and strengthening the community. Through this challenge we will continue to do so. In times of uncertainty or crisis, the YMCA has steadfastly remained a place for health in all aspects: physical, social, emotional, spiritual. We realize these changes are a disruption to routines and the communities within our walls. During these unsettling days, I want to reassure you that as a group we are doing everything we can to continually assess the situation and make decisions based on the greatest potential for positive outcomes. While this is outside what any of us could have imagined, together we can navigate this challenge because we are an organization that is Determined, Hopeful, Welcoming, Genuine and Nurturing.
 
As I type this, Governor Kate Brown just announced an extension of Oregonís statewide school closure to a total of six weeks, until April 28, and issued further guidance for Oregonís public schools.  Please know that we will address this and continue to inform you as we adapt to the changes ahead.  As I mentioned before, check our website regularly during these next few weeks for updates and helpful information.
 
It is because of all of you that we can say that we are an amazing place. We couldnít be US without YOU. I wish you and your families all the best in health through these next few weeks.  We will do our very best to continue to keep you informed and are here for you if you need us or have questions.

Sincerely,
Dan Crocker
​CEO, Ashland Family YMCA​