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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Keeping Our Community Together

The Y is a community, a refuge from the stresses of daily life and a place of balance, wellness and recovery. In the worst of times, we are a safety net and support system that helps our neighbors overcome the most difficult moments of their lives.

We know many of you have concerns about COVID-19, and we want to let you know how we are responding and keeping our facilities safe for you and your families. We will keep this page updated with any changes.

Health & Wellness Locations are Temporarily Closed

Due to the statewide mandate to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all fitness locations are currently closed. We are quickly responding to this change and will provide details on our website, and via email, as the situation changes.

YMCA Opens Child Care for Essential Workers

During this time are utilizing our facilities to run emergency child care as well as other necessary community services. Although we encourage families to keep their children at home, some parents must work and their jobs are critical to the response of this public health crisis. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and the Y will remain a resource for them at this time.

Virtual YMCA

Stay healthy in the comfort and safety of your own home with these online fitness options. We have fun and educational activities for kids as well!

Essential Care

Some parents must work as their jobs are critical to the response of this crisis. If you need trusted care during this time, we're here for you.

 

Latest Updates

March 18: PCC SE CDC Closure
March 17: Sherwood Regional Family YMCA Closure
March 17: Beaverton Hoop YMCA Closure
March 16: Clark County Family YMCA Closure
March 13: Letter from Tyler Wright, President/CEO

March 18: PCC SE CDC Closure

The YMCA is historically called on in times of crisis and asked to provide critical services to those in the community that need us the most.  

COVID-19 continues to change the landscape of our reality. The President’s Cabinet at Portland Community College has decided to temporarily close the campuses as of Friday, March 20, at 4:00PM. Therefore, PCC Southeast YMCA Child Development Center will also suspend services March 20 and plans to re-open with Portland Community College on May 4.  

We care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y.  

If you are not faculty or a student at PCC, and are considered an essential worker and need care provided to you, please let us know and we will do our best to find a temporary space for you during the closure.  

For all other families, we will put a hold on your account until May 4, 2020, without a charge for the month of April. However, if you are willing to pay April tuition, we will send you a letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees as a donation to the YMCA for the extent of our facility closure. These donations are supporting our efforts to provide critical services for those in need. 

We hope you understand how difficult this process has been. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow families and neighbors, especially those who may be isolated during this time. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call the COHELP line at 1-877-462-2911.   

Please know we are in contact with the Oregon Health Department along with other government agencies and are committed to reopen as soon as possible.   

The coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; how we manage it is in our control. Thank you for your continued support of our Y.    

Sincerely, 

Kelly L. Skopil, Executive Director 
kskopil@ymcacw.org

 

March 17: Sherwood Regional YMCA Closure

Dear Valued Members and Families:  

Social responsibility has long been a core tenet of our Y. We have been called on in times of crisis, conflict and strife to shift from swim, fitness and wellness programs to critical services based upon the needs of the community. 

Following The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and the City of Sherwood’s direction, membership operations at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA will be temporarily suspended, March 18 through March 31, 2020. During this time we will utilize our facility to run emergency childcare as well as other necessary community services. Although we encourage families to keep their children at home, some parents must work and their jobs are critical to the response of this public health crisis. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and the Y will remain a resource for them at this time. 

As members, we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. While we will be unable serve you in our building, we are working on some exciting virtual wellness options to keep you moving and healthy at home. You can now visit our ymcacw.org/virtual-workouts page to stream a growing number of video fitness classes for free. We are also working on Facebook Live and YouTube options to keep you connected with the instructors you know and love. 

Since our inception, the YMCA has faced challenges head on. Every day, we respond to food inequality issues and the challenges of low-income families and individuals. We help fight chronic disease. We have worked to help end childhood drowning. 

Now, we face a new challenge, and we ask that you join us in our work. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to support our efforts to provide critical services for those in need. If you are willing to continue paying dues, we will send you a letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees as a donation to the YMCA for the extent of our facility closure. We are also able to put your membership on hold, but if you want to join us in service to others, we invite you to do so.  

We hope you understand how difficult this process has been. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow members and neighbors, especially those who may be isolated during this time. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call the COHELP line at 1-877-462-2911.   

Please know we are monitoring this situation and are following the direction of government agencies and are committed to reopen normal operations as soon as possible.   

The coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; how we manage it is in our control.  Thank you for your continued support of our Y.    

Sincerely, 

Ryan Buck, Executive Director 
Sherwood Regional Family YMCA 

 

March 17: Beaverton Hoop YMCA Closure

Dear Valued Members and Families:  

Social responsibility has long been a core tenet of our Y. We have been called on in times of crisis, conflict and strife to shift from swim, fitness and wellness programs to critical services based upon the needs of the community. 

Following The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines For America, membership operations at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA will be temporarily suspended, effective March 18th through March 31st, 2020. During this time we will utilize our facility to run critical childcare for medical and emergency personnel along with others fighting this crisis on the front lines. Although we encourage families to keep their children at home, some parents must work and their jobs are critical to the response of this public health crisis. These families need safe and reliable places for their children, and our facility will remain a resource for them at this time. 

As members, we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. While we will be unable serve you in our building, we are working on some exciting virtual wellness options to keep you moving and healthy at home. You can now visit our ymcacw.org/virtual-workouts page to stream a growing number of video fitness classes for free. We are also working on Facebook Live and YouTube options to keep you connected with the instructors you know and love. 

Since our inception, our YMCA has looked challenge in the face. Every day, we respond to food inequality issues and the challenges of low-income families and individuals. We help fight chronic disease and battle the deficits caused by neurodegenerative diseases. We have worked to end childhood drowning. 

Now, we face a new challenge, and we ask that you join us in our work. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to support our efforts to provide critical services for those in need. If you are willing to continue paying dues, we will send you a letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees as a donation to the YMCA for the extent of our facility closure. We are also able to put your membership on hold, but if you want to join us in service to others, we invite you to do so.  

We hope you understand how difficult this process has been. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow members and neighbors, especially those who may be isolated during this time. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call the COHELP line at 1-877-462-2911.   

Please know we are in contact with the Oregon Health Department along with other government agencies and are committed to reopen normal operations as soon as possible.   

The coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; how we manage it is in our control.  Thank you for your continued support of our Y.    

Sincerely, 

Scott B. Pierce, Executive Director
Beaverton Hoop YMCA 

 

March 16: Clark County Family YMCA Closure

Dear Valued Members and Families:

Social responsibility has long been a core tenet of our Y. We have been called on in times of crisis, conflict and strife to shift from swim, fitness and wellness programs to critical services based upon the needs of the community.

Following the Governor’s executive proclamation closing all recreational facilities, membership operations at the Clark County Family YMCA will be temporarily closed through April 1, 2020. During this time we will utilize our facility to run critical childcare for medical personnel. Although we encourage families to keep their children at home, some parents must work and some parents are critical to the response of this public health crisis. These families need safe and reliable places for their children.

As members, we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. While we will be unable serve you in our building, we are working on some exciting virtual wellness options to keep you moving and healthy at home. You can now visit our ymcacw.org/virtual-workouts page to stream a growing number of video fitness classes for free. We are also working on Facebook Live and YouTube options to keep you connected with the instructors you know and love.
  
Since our inception, our YMCA has looked challenge in the face. Every day, we respond to food inequality issues and the challenges of low-income families and individuals. We help fight chronic disease and battle the deficits caused by neurodegenerative diseases. We have worked to end childhood drowning.

Now, we face a new challenge, and we ask that you join us in our work. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to do good during the time of uncertainty. Naturally, we will put your membership on hold, but if you want to join us in service to others, we invite you to join us. For however long we are on hold, we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees during the closure.

We hope you understand how difficult this decision has been. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow members and neighbors, especially those who may be isolated during this time. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call the COHELP line at 1-877-462-2911.  

Please know we are in contact with the Clark County Health Department and are committed to reopen normal operations as soon as possible.  

The coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; how we manage it is in our control. Thank you for your continued support of our Y.   

Sincerely,

Eddie White, Executive Director
Clark County Family YMCA

 

March 13: Letter from Tyler Wright, President & CEO

Dear YMCA Family, 

The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is and always has been committed to providing a safe and life-impacting experience to all our participants, members, volunteers and staff. As news of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we recognize that there are growing concerns about the virus in and around our facilities and programs. In an effort to keep our families healthy we are sharing some important information. 

In all of our programs, we continue to encourage and emphasize the importance of hand washing for all staff, youth and adults. We will be limiting the size of certain youth and adult classes to minimize risk. In addition to our already consistent cleanings of equipment and supplies, we are increasing our cleaning protocols. Health and safety remain our number one priority!   

Additional everyday actions to help prevent the spread of the virus and other respiratory diseases include: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze—into the crook of your elbow 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items 

If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider. 

As additional data continues to be discovered, we will evaluate and modify our actions as needed. We encourage everyone to check the CDC website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has important and helpful information specific to children and families.  

For over 150 years, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette has been here to serve our communities. We will keep our doors open during this time as long as we can. 

Thank you all for your continued support of our YMCA.  Be safe and be well. 

Blessings, 

Tyler S. Wright 
President & CEO