Tuesday, March 24th 2020
Dear Cambridge Y Community,
We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to COVID-19. 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. As mandated by Governor Baker, our facility will remain closed through Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m. At that date and time, we plan to re-open our facility.
I hope this update stands out by sharing not only how we are responding, but also by giving you an opportunity to be part of our solution and do some good for your neighbors.
Our organization is unique. Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic, all under one roof: childcare, aquatics, fitness/wellness, among others. Each of these programs require different protocols to ensure the safety of staff, members, and participants.
The Cambridge Y has been a pillar of the Cambridge community for over 135 years, through many difficult times, including World Wars, The Great Depression, and other pandemics. It seems very strange for our doors to be closed and unable to operate during these times.
During this interruption, your Y is finding creative ways to fulfill our mission of delivering on our three focus areas of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility for all.
- We are continuing to employ and pay ALL of our nearly 100 employees, who are the backbone of our Y. This includes full-time, part-time, and group exercise instructors.
- We are offering a number of different home workout options, via YouTube, partnerships with virtual fitness companies, and live classes taught by some of our own group exercise instructors, all of which can be found HERE
- We are deepening relationships with our Preschool and After School students remotely through virtual learning activities, keeping our kids connected and engaged even from afar.
If you have not yet placed your membership on hold, we ask you to consider retaining and paying for your membership. If you have already cancelled or placed your membership on hold, no further action is needed.
A heartfelt thank you to all Cambridge YMCA members who will continue to sustain their memberships, thereby enabling us to continue to serve you and our entire community.
As a “sustaining” member, you have made a conscious choice to retain your membership; paying the fees, even though your Y is closed – for that, we are forever grateful. Because you chose to do so, we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership dues during the closure.
However, we do understand that there are those of you can no longer afford to retain your membership during these times, and we ask you to put your membership on hold by emailing email@example.com with your request and length of the hold. We respectfully request that you not cancel your membership, but instead freeze it. There is no financial difference between the two options, both will defer your payments to the Y; however, placing a “freeze” on your membership signals that you are still “with us” and that matters to us. We are working very hard to be an organization that steps up, and we need to know we are not alone. We need to know that our members are with us. Please stay with us during these unprecedented times.
Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all back at the Cambridge Y very soon!
All the best,
President & CEO
Cambridge Y Closing Facility in Response to COVID-19 Safety Recommendations
March 16th 2020
To the Cambridge Y Community,
At the Cambridge YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, program participants, children, and the broader Cambridge community 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, we have decided to close our facility to the public effective Monday, March 16th at 5:00 p.m. through at least Sunday, March 29th. This decision was made after Governor Baker’s restrictions on public gatherings last evening.
We understand this is a very concerning situation. The Cambridge Y has been a pillar of the community for over 120 years, throughout both good and challenging times. The decision to close our facility was made to best ensure the safety of everyone in our community. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will work with local officials to determine what future actions will be necessary.
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: Facebook and Twitter.
We recognize that there is no easy solution; please know that we are diligently working to make the best decisions with the information we have available to us for our members, our staff and for our Y. Through multiple leadership discussions, we wrestled between our commitment to individual and community health and our need to do everything possible to “flatten the curve.” We have an organizational responsibility to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of this virus.
In the meantime, we’re expediting developing strategies to offer virtual workouts that our members can do from home to promote well-being, physically and mentally, throughout this difficult time. You can also subscribe to the Y360 Youtube Channel for an expanding selection of virtual workouts. Stay tuned for updates!
We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes.
In the coming weeks, the Y’s leadership will continue to work with an urgency that the current circumstances demand. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through these unprecedented times. Most importantly, take care of yourself and your family, and we look forward to seeing you soon at our YMCA.
President & CEO