April 2020 Newsletter

bag packing

STAY WITH US

Like many YMCAs across the nation, the YMCA of Western North Carolina has shifted operations to support critical community needs during the coronavirus pandemic. You can help by staying with us. Together we can meet this challenge and continue to deliver hope for all.

ENSURING FOOD SECURITY DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Now more than ever, vulnerable people in our community do not have a reliable source of food. The Y's nutrition outreach team is here to fill the gap.

More than 30 scheduled mobile food market sites in five counties are running as scheduled each month, with prepackaged bags of fresh produce. The Y is also serving prepackaged takeout meals at nine sites across Buncombe, Haywood, and McDowell counties, including the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion and the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler, which serve lunch Monday through Saturday.

Meals are also available for people in quarantine. If you need assistance, please call 828- 775-7081.

See our mobile market schedules.

TAKING CARE OF KIDS SO THEIR PARENTS CAN TAKE CARE OF US

While local schools are closed, the Y's trained, certified staff is offering emergency childcare for first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential service providers in Buncombe and McDowell counties.

The Y is providing these services in partnership with county emergency

management agencies, local school systems, and other nonprofits. Y staff are following all recommendations from health experts, including checking temperatures and cleaning throughout the day.

Read more or sign up for the Y's emergency childcare.

HOMESCHOOLING? WE'RE HERE TO HELP

With schools closed until May 15, many parents and caregivers have found themselves responsible for overseeing their children's education. The Y wants to ensure that we stay connected with you by offering some of the support, opportunities, and encouragement your children have grown to expect from us.

Our Youth Services team is creating fun resources for kids to look forward to during this pause in our regular lives.

BE HEALTHY AT HOME

We know you would rather be working out with your friends at the Y, but the next best thing is to get together online! During this time of social isolation, we're offering members a variety of free online workouts and group exercise classes to keep up your heart rate and spirits.

Check out these high-quality workouts on your TV, computer, tablet, and smartphone:

Live group exercise classes with local Y staff on Facebook Live

Workouts and exercise classes on our website and mobile app

New classes are added daily, so let's keep moving!

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS CONTINUE VIRTUALLY

The Y's critical health programming is continuing online and by phone for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s.

Check our website for ways you can connect with a wellness coach from home. We hope to get online appointments set up for members to have virtual coaching connection appointments next week.

YMCA staff are also calling senior members to check on them and help prevent social isolation. If you're a Medicare Advantage member, please check in online so we can help you track your progress.

JOIN THE STAY CONNECTED CHALLENGE

Join a challenge to stay connected and fit while we can't be together in person!

This challenge gives you daily opportunities to lift someone’s spirits, exercise in a new way, take an online workshop, and much more!

To sign up, ask to join the Stay Connected Group on Facebook. If you don't have a Facebook account, email us.

Together, we can make a difference, one task at a time!

TRAIN REMOTELY WITH OUR VIRTUAL COUCH TO 5K

Social isolation is tough, so you need to take care of your physical and mental well- being. Working out is proven to improve mood, increase self-esteem, and boost your immune system. And believe it or not, now is a great time to train for a 5K.

Our free virtual Couch to 5K is an eight-week program built to help you train and stay connected. The goal is to completing a 5k at the end of the program. We'll release three workouts each week for you to complete on your own. Each session is 20-30 minutes long.

People of all abilities are welcome to participate, from walkers to new and seasoned runners. Please visit our Facebook page.

FIT TIP OF THE MONTH

Working out can help lower stress levels and give you time and space for self-care. To keep on track while you're away from the Y, try these tips:

Stay on a schedule Plan your workout

Check in with an accountability buddy throughout the week

You can also "work out together" with our virtual fitness options.

HOW CAN WE ASSIST YOU?

We've been overwhelmed with community support since we temporarily suspended operations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate that so many members are keeping their accounts active or converting their dues to a charitable contribution. Not only does this help us meet undeferred fixed costs, it supports our emergency childcare, food distribution, and other vital services for the good of the community.

We understand that some members may be facing financial uncertainty, and we want to ensure that we take care of those needs as well. Please complete this form to request a change to your account. Thanks and stay well.

GIVE TO ENSURE SUPPORT

As a nonprofit community benefit organization, the Y relies solely on operational revenue and donors for support. Donations to our Community Emergency Response Fund will help us meet the urgent needs of the present and ensure we can come back strong when the coronavirus threat has passed.