Governor Walz enacted an Executive Order that once again requires us to temporarily pause a portion of our operations beginning at midnight on Friday, November 20th for a period of 4 weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. While this order does impact our fitness operations, gyms, and pools, it does not impact our mission-critical programs and virtual options, and it is through many of these areas that we are able to offer the services that meet our members and neighbors at the heart of where they need us most. As you already know, the Y is so much more than a gym.
Programs & Services Still Active
Early Education and Childcare: The YMCA is our nation’s largest and most trusted provider of early childhood education and afterschool programming and we have worked hand-in-hand with parents and local school districts to provide safe and fun opportunities for youth to learn and grow. We are committed to ensuring that the children in our care are engaged, happy, and safe, and that parents and caregivers can serve our community each day with peace of mind.
Food Access: Since March, the Duluth Area Family YMCA has provided more than 36,500 meals to youth and families, and this vital service will continue and expand to meet the needs of families across the Northland. In addition to nutritious meals and healthy meal kits, our Y has been able to provide books, crafts, hygiene supplies, and groceries to our community members. Meal distribution will continue without interruption so that children and families in our community can have the resources they need to learn, grow, and thrive in the coming months.
Virtual Fitness Programs: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created robust virtual fitness content for our members of all ages and abilities to use at home. We invite you to take advantage of virtual fitness options on our website. Please visit our Facebook page for live-streamed workouts that will help you to keep moving at home. These classes feature some of your favorite instructors and are suitable for all ages and ability levels.
Connection with Seniors: The YMCA is a home away from home for many in our community, and we want to ensure that no one feels alone, even though many of us cannot physically be with our friends and family at this time. Reaching out to seniors in our community through phone calls and check-ins allows us to help battle isolation and loneliness and to ensure that
How You Can Help
Throughout its 150-year history, our YMCA has weathered many adversities, from World Wars to the Great Depression, from the tragedy of 9/11 to the 2008 recession. In times like these, the Y’s inherent flexibility enables innovative strategies to serve those who need us the most.
We are asking you, once again, to join us in supporting our community. We know that many of you wish to support our mission and understand that the Y’s services are more important than ever during this time. For this reason, your membership dues will continue to be drafted unless you notify us otherwise. Now is the time when we need you most. Please stay with us. All membership dues drafted during this closure will be recognized as tax-deductible gifts to the YMCA.
Our community is facing an unprecedented crisis. If you can help, we encourage you to consider making a gift in support of the Y’s response to the community’s most urgent needs.
Community Health Hold
If you cannot continue your support through membership at this time, we hope that you will consider placing your membership on a no-cost community health hold. You can place your membership on hold by completing this form. If you would like to connect with someone directly regarding your membership, please call 218-722-4745 x 350. Additional information about programs that are currently in session will be shared with you later this week. Our team is also working on some innovative ways for you to stay connected to the Y this month, including through equipment rentals, and we look forward to sharing that information with you as well.