During the COVID-19 pandemic, our doors may have been closed for several months, but our Y continued to be open for good. As we begin to reopen, this remains and we are here for our members, staff and community now more than ever – with the goal of being here FOREVER to serve our neighbors.
With ongoing support to our We Are Y Strong campaign, along with our members who have stayed with us throughout our closure into our reopening phases, we have been able to reach out and assist our community in a number of ways.
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Here are some of the ways we remain open for good:
- We are now offering essential child care services for infants through children age 5, including a new full-day Kindergarten program.
- We offer a new full-day program for virtual learners in grades 1-5; working with local community partners, we have identified several families in most need of financial and academic support and have offered scholarships to assist them.
- We offered a successful Summer Camp program, serving 60 campers and providing working families with a safe space for their children.
- Our team members have made over 3,000 phone calls to check in on our members, and have visited numerous Y members outside their homes to brighten their day and see what they might need.
- We’ve collected over 5,500 pounds of food – and counting – for local food pantries over the past few months.
- Our blood drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, brought in 50 individuals who donated 40 pints of blood, which will help 120 people.
- For over 8 weeks, we conducted virtual YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program classes and our participants thrived – 10 lost at least 5%, some up to 10% of their body weight, reducing their chance of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. We are planning to conduct another YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program virtually this fall, as well as a YMCA’s Weight Loss Program.
- We continue to engage our LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participants, providing cancer survivors in our community with weekly social calls and workouts to help them continue healing in mind, body and spirit.
- Along with community partners, we collected over 100 extension cords and phone chargers for local hospitals, along with hundreds of hair ties for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic.
- We partnered with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club to distribute masks to our members who were unable to find any, and also distributed masks to help other community service organizations.
- We have helped over 500 individuals stay healthy, active, engaged and inspired through our Healthy at Home and Family at Home Facebook groups.
- We continue to support members of our team who have been financially impacted by the pandemic by assisting with emergent needs such as food costs through our newly established Emergency Assistance Fund.
- To help people stay strong and active, our team members have conducted over 100 hours of live group exercise classes, and continue to offer more each week.
- We now offer over 150 videos on health and wellness, cooking, gardening and family fun on our YouTube channel and are adding more all the time.
- We hosted our virtual United For A Cause 5K and Family 1-Miler, which is part of the Scotch Plains Mayors Wellness Campaign and held in conjunction with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PTA Council.