IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, THE Y IS STILL HERE

Right up front, I will tell you that I am writing to encourage you to continue your YMCA membership without interruption. I do so with full recognition that you have every right to put your membership on hold.

For more 132 years, the YMCA of Greater Westfield has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. And today, our community is going through unprecedented challenges. Though our doors may be closed, we are still working to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors in these uncertain times. That’s why we’re asking our members and the community at large to stay with us.

Help us by keeping your membership active. We need all hands-on deck. We really need our members to stay with us so we can all stand together behind the Y’s Mission. Members who continue to pay their monthly membership dues are helping us be resilient during this chaotic time.

Each year, the Y reaches more than 6,000 people across the community through programs that help everyone reach their full potential. These programs include Early Education, After School Child Care, Safety Around Water / Swim Lessons, Livestrong at the Y, MIGHTY (Childhood Obesity Program), Camp Shepard, Teen Leaders, Swim Team, Gym Team, Active Older Adults, Health and Wellness programs, and more. We provide over $250,000 each year in financial assistance so all, regardless of income, can participate in programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body.

Since the COVID-19 situation arose, the Y shifted its focus and responded quickly as the needs of our community changed. We are providing childcare for first responders, healthcare workers and essential personnel. These heroes are on the front lines and have enough to worry about—a safe place for their children to continue to learn, play and grow shouldn’t be one of them. We are also creating pathways to continue to engage our senior population. Our seniors, many of whom live alone, are feeling isolated and vulnerable right now, and we are committed to helping them feel connected during this scary time. We are calling our senior members to check in. We are creating new and unique ways to stay connected to all our members and families.

This work is essential to our community, and the Y is in a unique position to provide these services. But we cannot continue this critical mission without support. If you are a Y member and are able, please consider continuing your membership with us. With our doors closed, your membership dollars will now help us continue this important work. Additionally the revenue will help us maintain operations and staff. For anyone who is not a Y member, please considering donating today to help support our efforts. You can do so by visiting www.westfieldymca.org.

We recognize individual circumstances will vary family to family and we will be there for you. If you are a member who can no longer afford to retain your membership, we ask you to reach out and place your membership on hold. We respectfully request that you not cancel your membership, but instead place it on hold. There is no financial difference between the two options, both will defer your payments to the Y; however, placing a “hold” on your membership signals to us 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.

We are just as eager as everyone to reopen our doors, and when that time comes, we know it will be an exciting day, filled with celebration. Until then, we will continue to do the work that is needed to keep our children safe, our seniors connected and our community healthy. But we can’t do it alone. Please. Stay with us.

We wish you and those you love health and safety during this worrisome time. Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to communicate with you, as there will be more updates in the upcoming days. You may email me if you have further questions at aallard@westfieldymca.org.

Please e-mail our Membership Director, Alex Khatchadourian: akhatchadourian@westfieldymca.org to communicate your billing or fees questions/concerns. Please know that we deeply appreciate your patience as we respond as soon as possible.

Stay strong and healthy –

Andrea Allard, CEO

 

 

April 13th, 2020