I hope you and your families are well and staying safe.
At the core of our mission is social responsibility. As a nonprofit charitable organization, every decision we make and action we take must be for the benefit of our community.
Because of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to remain closed through April 26th for the health and welfare of our community. Swim lessons and youth classes will be postponed until we reopen - and will run for a full session.
Our doors may be closed, but Y still has a role to fill as a community leader. We have walked alongside our community through the good and the bad and will continue to be here with you to face every challenge that comes our way.
For our work to continue, it’s important that you keep your membership active, if you can. We know that for some this may not be possible, and we support your decision.
But for those who can, please stay with us and support the Y as a cause-driven organization.
By continuing your membership, you’re helping us support our community in the following ways.
We are doing our part to combat social isolation by individually calling our 2,395 older members to check in on them and offer support. One person told us, “Thank you, this was the connection I didn’t know I needed.”
Our preschool teachers, group exercise instructors, and other staff are busy creating virtual services for you, including live and on-demand wellness classes, youth activities, and story time.
We hosted our first virtual class this week and it felt great to know we were bringing fun and connection to your lives during this difficult time.
We’re working to ensure the safety and well-being of the 88 men staying in our transitional dormitory housing program.
English classes for New Americans are continuing online, giving our newest residents the opportunity to keep learning. (TBD)
Finally, we’re surveying members to find out what our community’s most pressing needs are during this crisis. We’ll be in touch soon with additional information.
While how we serve our community may look a little different over the coming weeks, we will continue to find innovative ways to serve you in spirit, mind and body.
Together, we will come out of this stronger.
Your membership is so important because it enables us to keep doing this important work for our community. Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you for believing in us.
Stay safe, be well, and let us know how we can support you .
Helen L Breña President & CEO YMCA of Southern Maine
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P.S. Many of you have asked how you can help. In addition to keeping your membership active, you can also consider donating to local food pantries, or even working for an organization like Preble Street Resource Center. Preble Street is working to set up a temporary Wellness Shelter. They are hiring per diem staff to run the shelter. They also need volunteers. To learn more, email them at email@example.com.