It’s difficult to comprehend that we’re now six weeks into the COVID-19 crisis here in Maine. Schools, businesses, and all the organizations that make our lives dynamic and engaging are closed as we collectively work to limit the deadly impact of this virus.
In this time of isolation, we are sharply reminded of our essential need for connection and community.
We’ve launched live online classes to bring you together and keep you active.
We’re holding bi-weekly virtual “play dates” for our school age childcare families.
We’re continuing our preschool and toddler education programming online.
We’ve made thousands of calls to our older members to check in and connect.
We’ve connected members with additional resources in the community.
We’re working on innovative new programs, including a partnership with area restaurants to bring food to those in need.
We’re doing all this because we made a commitment to you to do all that we can to foster our community’s wellbeing and sense of purpose. The need for this commitment is greater than ever and we are proud to say that even though our doors are closed, we are here for you.
The question on all our minds is, when are we going to reopen? We know Governor Mills’ stay at home order extends through April 30th, and we anticipate she may announce an extension of this order. We also need time for our staff to work on-site to prepare our branches for reopening.
Based on this and what we know at this time, we are extending our closure at least through May 17th. This includes all in-person programs and services. This timeline may change once we hear the next announcement from the Governor’s office. As soon as it is safe to do so, we are eager to reopen our doors and to welcome you back.
We would not exist as an organization and a movement without you.
To each of you who has continued to support the Y - through your donations, by keeping your membership active, or by partnering with us to bring vital services to our community – we thank you.
When you invest in the Y as a member, you support not just your wellbeing, but that of our community. We ask that you stick with us, as we are sticking with you, so that we can reach the other side of this incredible challenge ready to rebuild and reinvest in our amazing community.
We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Be safe and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
With gratitude and hope,
Helen L. Breña President & CEO YMCA of Southern Maine
P.S. If you have questions about your membership, our programs, or how you can help, please contact your local branch below:
We’re excited to announce that the YMCA of Southern Maine willbegin reopening our facilities and reactivating key programs starting July 6 including full day child care, outdoor & virtual classes, lap swimming, and the wellness floor.
Please be assured your safety is our number one priority. We have put careful thought and planning into our reopening. To read more about the steps we’re taking and the amenities that will be available, click here.