Second Letter to Members and Community
IMPORTANT SWITZERLAND COUNTY YMCA MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Dear Valued Y Member,
We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to this pandemic.
At the Switzerland County YMCA, everything we do is guided by our commitment to support our community, and this is even more critical now. When you belong to the Y, you are not only a member of a health and wellness facility, you are a member of a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening our community. In difficult times, the Y pivots in response to community needs and finds ways to use our resources to offer solutions – and you can help.
More than ever your membership helps support our efforts to meet the critical needs in our community during this pandemic. We are pivoting to support our partners by delivering meals to the seniors in our community that are unable to get out due to health concerns. We are creating virtual healthy living content to keep the community active and engaged while at home. We are continuing to employee staff during this difficult time to lessen the impact on these individuals, their families and the economy. And, we are taking advantage of this time to complete deep cleaning and annual maintenance tasks now.
Stay with Us – Your YMCA Membership Options
The Y has always served those most in need, but we can’t do it alone. We ask you to stay with us and keep your membership. Not as a facility user or as a consumer, but, like your other charitable or religious organizations, as a cause-driven member. Being a Y member means that you are a part of a cause-driven organization that is committed to making a difference in our community.
Beginning with the April 15 membership draft, you have the following options:
1) We respectfully ask that you consider keeping your membership active during this time, so that we can remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and body. Should you choose to keep your membership active, please know how deeply grateful we are for your generosity. No further action is required. As a thank you, if permitted under charitable donation laws, your membership may qualify as a charitable gift during the time that we are closed. We will provide you with a letter acknowledging this accommodation during this pandemic.
2) We also understand that you may have financial obligations; and naturally, we will place your membership on hold at no cost during this time should you wish to do so. As soon as our Y reopens, your membership will automatically resume. Of course, no Joining Fee would be required. If you would like to place your membership on hold, please contact us or 812.427.9622. Please be patient as we address a large influx of inquiries.
In order to ensure that we are able to process your request in time for our April membership draft, we appreciate that you contact us by April 7th. If you run into difficulty after that date, please contact us directly and we will be happy to work with you to find a solution.
It goes without saying that the Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we respond is within our control. You play a vital role in helping us deploy these services and serve our community by continuing your membership.
Together, we will come through this pandemic stronger than ever. We wish you and your family good health. Thank you for being a part of the Y family.
In this together,
Eric Cole, CEO
Switzerland County YMCA
First Letter to Members and Community
Switzerland County Ymca covid-19 message
Switzerland County YMCA
SWITZERLAND COUNTY YMCA CLOSING FACILITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
(Vevay) March 16, 2020 – At the Switzerland County YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky 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 the Switzerland County facility to the public effective March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM through at least April 7, 2020 after conferring with Dr. Frede the local health officer.
We understand this is a very concerning situation. The Switzerland County Y has been a pillar of the community for more than 20 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 through our website and Facebook. We are also working together with YUSA and the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs to provide virtual classes that you will be able to access online and through Face book. Stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page for more details.
My colleague Jorge Perez, from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati shared the following:
“We ask that you join us in this effort that you remain a member so that we can “do good” together in this time of uncertainty. We know your membership is rooted in the relationships you have built at the Y; these relationships are based on the humanity we share with each other.
Remain with us as we write a story of how we came together, continued our wellness journey at home, and served those who needed us the most. Let us tell the story of the “meaningful” ways we responded. Let that be the story that is told.
I know many of you will be hurt by the hardships this virus will cause. If you cannot remain with us, we will place your membership on hold and look forward to the day when we can again continue our efforts to reach goals, make friends and connect to the communities we love. If we can help you, let us know. We will do our best to find the resources you need.”
I could not agree with him more. Please reach out to us at 812.427.9622 from 9AM – 12 Noon Monday through Friday. Staff will be monitoring the phone to assist you during this uncertain time. If you do not get a live person when you call leave a message for Eric Cole, CEO and a message will be sent to him and he will follow-up with you.
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.
We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to returning to business as usual as soon as possible.
Switzerland County YMCA