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UPDATE - May 20, 2020

Dear Y Members,

It has been a long time since we have seen each other and our staff teams miss each of you. The question many of us are asking is when can we re-open or when can I go to the Y again. Our staff teams at each branch have been working hard on new health and safety guidelines to implement when we do reopen. We believe we will be able to reopen in the Governor’s green phase but we have no directions, guidance or timeframe to follow from the State as to when and how we will be able to reopen our YMCA’s to all of you.

Currently we have our childcare programs open at the Williamsport, Eastern Lycoming and Lock Haven branch YMCAs. Starting the beginning of June we will have Day Camp open at all branches including the Tioga County, Bradford County and Jersey Shore Branch YMCAs. We are following all CDC guidelines, including temperature checks for all children and staff before entering the program, cleaning and disinfecting each room every hour and have implemented lots of handwashing.

We will continue to provide various exercise videos to keep you active while at home, visit our website for all the details - www.rvrymca.org. Starting the week of May 26 we will begin offering limited outdoor group exercise classes to members. These classes will be limited to 15 participants, the class will be outside and members spaced 10ft apart. Sign-ups for each class will take place through our website. Look for more details in an email, on our website or on social media.

Since temporarily closing our doors in March, our staff have continued working to meet needs in our community. The River Valley Regional YMCA has partnered with the American Red Cross to make our facilities available for blood drives, where 66 individuals gave blood to save lives. As we continue to put our mission into action each day, we look forward to the time when we are able to gather together at the YMCA and until then, we will deliver on our promise of service to those who turn to us for community and to those who turn to us for assistance. Please consider making a gift to the River Valley Regional YMCA to help us continue to providing these and other vital services to our community.

Thank you to all of our members who have been able to stay with us and support us through this challenging shutdown. Your support as well as some grants have been a huge financial help to get us through the shutdown.

Sincerely,          

Chad Eberhart
CEO
River Valley Regional YMCA

 

UPDATE Thursday, May 7, 2020

Dear Y Members,

We are excited to announce that the River Valley Regional YMCA has started working on a reopening plan for each of our branches! While we still do not have a set opening date, we want to be ready to serve you as soon as we possibly can. We have assigned a team to each department to ensure every part of our facility will follow all Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations to keep our members, volunteers, and staff safe.

Beginning Friday, May 8th our service area will begin to move into the yellow phase thus allowing us to re-open our licensed childcare facilities outside of the school district, however the Y operations will continue to be closed. Once we can move into the green phase and mitigation orders have been lifted, we will have a better understanding of when we can re-open.   We will communicate our plans as soon as they are in place through email, social media, our website, and other media outlets. Information on new policies and procedures will also be released. Please keep checking our COVID-19 Updates page on our website for more.

Our Childcare Departments opened to essential workers Monday, May 4, and will open to all currently enrolled families who need coverage on Monday, May 11. The safety of our childcare families and staff is very important to us so we have changed our operations to keep class sizes smaller and have implemented cleaning practices recommended by the CDC.

Sincerely,          

Chad Eberhart
CEO
River Valley Regional YMCA

UPDATE Monday, April 9, 2020

Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Choice

Your membership helps support our efforts to meet the critical needs in our community during this challenging time and will allow us to fulfill our promise to do everything possible to serve the community when we reopen. Some of our initiatives are highlighted below.

Please tell us by Monday, April 13th how you would like us to handle your YMCA membership fees. There are a few options for you to consider:

  1. We respectfully ask that you consider keeping your membership active during this time so that we can remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and Our numerous initiatives to help our community during this time are Should you choose to keep your membership active, please know how deeply grateful we are for your generosity.

  2. We also understand that you may have financial obligations; and naturally,we will place your membership on hold at no cost during this time should you wish to do so. If you wish to place your membership on hold, please contact your branches membership director on our website at www.rvrymca.org

UPDATE Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Valued Y Member,

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to the Coronavirus. We are all operating in unknown territory right now, and we are working as quickly as we can to keep you updated and address your questions.

At the River Valley Regional YMCA, everything we do is guided by our commitment tosupport our community, and this is even more critical now. When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you area member of an organization dedicated to strengthening our community. In difficult times, the Y pivots in response to community needs, and finds ways to use our resources to offer solutionsand you can help.

Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Choice

Your membership helps support our efforts to meet the critical needs in our community during this challenging time and will allow us to fulfill our promise to do everything possible to serve the community when we reopen. Some of our initiatives are highlighted below.

Please tell us by Monday, March 30th how you would like us to handle your YMCA membership fees. There are a few options for you to consider:

  1. We respectfully ask that you consider keeping your membership active during this time so that we can remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and Our numerous initiatives to help our community during this time are Should you choose to keep your membership active, please know how deeply grateful we are for your generosity.
  1. We also understand that you may have financial obligations; and naturally,we will place your membership on hold at no cost during this time should you wish to do so. If you wish to place your membership on hold, please contact your branches membership director on our website at www.rvrymca.org

How You Can Help

It goes without saying that the Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we respond is within our control. As soon as we realized the severity of the situation, we mobilized to explore ways the Y could help our community. You play a vital role in helping us deploy these services and serve our community by CONTINUING your membership.

  • Family Resources- With recent school closures, families are adjustingto a new normal. It can be overwhelming to contemplate what to do with this new found time. We are currently working on fun, educational resources, for parent and their children during this time.
  • Virtual Group Exercise Classes- We are rolling to keepour members and participants safely connected, activeand healthyduring this time in spirit, mind and body. A selection of virtual group exercise classes is available Many more will be added in the next few days.
  • Senior Outreach- We are reaching to our most vulnerable population, our senior members, to ensure they are supported, have access to services, and are connected during this time.
  • Food Distribution to Those in Need- We are continuing to explore our partnership with others to see what the need is and how the Y can help.

We hope you are as excited about this community response assistance as we are! This is how the Y steps up to help, and we hope you will join us to keep our community strong. We invite you to support each other and your community, and we offer our deepest thanks for staying with us. Together, we will come through this pandemic stronger than ever.

We wish you and yourfamily good health. Thank you for being a Y member.

With Gratitude,
Chad Eberhart
CEO
River Valley Regional YMCA

UPDATE Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Dear Valued Member,

Like our entire nation, our YMCA continues to monitor the ongoing developments associated with the community spread of COVID-19, which is prompting us to make some unprecedented decisions.

In light of Governor Tom Wolf’s request to close all non-essential businesses, River Valley Regional YMCA felt it necessary to protect our communities and help combat COVID-19, effective end of business day on Monday, March 16th. We anticipate this closure will last at least two weeks but will adapt our plans based on the best and latest guidance from the CDC and local public health officials. 

We understand the impact this will have on the lives of the children, adults and families we serve. Please know, we are thinking about you. We are deeply saddened as we pride ourselves on close relationships and conversations with our members. The YMCA is a non-profit, inclusive organization who serves everyone. At the Y, strengthening the community we love is our cause. That will not change. We are currently working to streamline information and provide you with home workouts, online classes, healthy recipes, and other ways to stay active and safe during the unprecedented times. These items will be available to you on our website at www.rvrymca.org.

River Valley Regional YMCA proudly employs over 500 devoted employees. It is our privilege to keep our community healthy, to educate your children, to teach kids how to swim and so much more. We rely heavily on membership dues to operate our facility and we hope our members will continue their memberships during this difficult and uncertain time so we can continue making a substantial impact on the lives of those we serve. If you would like to suspend your membership, please consider re-allocating those funds to your branch’s annual campaign, where funds raised support our financial assistance program allowing low-income and underserved individuals and families to benefit from all our Y has to offer. We also offer many other benefits our entire community can enjoy. In addition to our membership, in 2019 our 6 branches provided over $841,000 in community benefits to almost 30,000 people spanning 5 counties. Upon re-opening, we are projecting the need for financial assistance and communal activities to be greater than ever and in fulfillment of our mission. Our promise is to do everything we can to help.

We are so grateful that you are a part of our Y family. Our goal is to be open as soon as possible to serve our communities. Our YMCA family will miss you during this time. We pray for your health and safety and cannot wait to see you all soon. Please continue to check our website and social media pages for updates.

COVID-19 UPDATE Monday March 16, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Attention childcare participants. Unfortunately the state has mandated that we must close our facilities. We will not be providing care for any children tomorrow including both preschool and school age care. We apologize for the inconvenience as we received this information after we released our last statement. We will continue to give updates as we have them and ask for your patience as we navigate through this ever-changing situation.

COVID-19 Update Monday, March 16, at 4:22pm

At the River Valley Regional YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader communities we serve have always been and will always be a top priority.
We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, and base on recommendations from the Governor, we have decided to close our YMCA facilities to the public for two weeks effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The YMCA will continue to reassess the situation and will provide updates as we receive them from our local health agencies. We encourage all members to continue to stay physically active. We will be sharing ideas and videos to keep you motivated during this time when you cannot utilize the YMCA.
To service the needs of our community our Childcare programs will remain open until further notice for those families who need to remain in the workforce. We ask that you please do not send your child if care is not needed or if they are not feeling well.
During this closure, we will provide updates and information directly to staff, members and participants via email. We will also be posting information to our website and social media channels
Branch Specific Information

COVID-19 Update Monday, March 16, 2020 12:30pm

The River Valley Regional YMCA will remain open as of now. 

We will continue to offer Preschool Childcare and School Age Childcare will continue at all offsite NON-SCHOOL FACILITIES including the Vineyard in Muncy, The Church Site in Lock Haven and the Loyalsock Childcare Center.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 we will offer School Age Childcare to existing families at the Eastern Lycoming Branch YMCA and the Williamsport Branch YMCA. 

We will continue to provide updates as needed.

Please choose your branch below for more specific programming updates.

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COVID-19 Update Wednesday, March 11, 2020 

A Message to our Members, Staff, and Volunteers The River Valley Regional YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. With the increased media attention and heightened awareness of the coronavirus in mind, along with it being peak cold and flu season, we are sharing some important information in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs.

Our Y is taking extra precautions to help keep everyone healthy. In addition to our normal cleaning routines, each of our branches have implemented frequent cleaning of areas like door handles, fitness equipment, hand rails, tables/countertops, and other common “high-touch” items, are enforcing hand hygiene, and are asking our staff and community members who feel sick to please stay home.

We are also encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Wipe down your piece of equipment before and after use

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

- Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.

Additionally, we encourage you to regularly check the CDC’s website and the PA Department of Health at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx for important updates and safety information.