May Newsletter: From Our Hearts to Yours

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FROM OUR HEARTS TO YOURS

We miss seeing you in person in our centers and in our programs, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it's safe to do so.

Thank you for staying with us during these unprecedented times. Your support is sustaining our operations and emergency relief efforts as our Y faces an uncertain future, and we appreciate you.

As always, we are here for you, but in different ways. Keep reading to learn more about Y resources for food, child care, and online wellness. And if you need to adjust your account, please let us know how we can help.

SUPPORT COMMUNITY THROUGH #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are.

The Y gives back every day by filling gaps and building community.

When we delivered hot meals to Aston Park Health Care Center, a resident told us, “I am thankful that people are working so hard to help us. It helps us to reduce risk, but also keeps us feeling connected to our community. I didn’t even think people knew we existed, but they really do.”

Where there’s a Y, there’s an us. Members, volunteers, and donors like Karla King who have supported our 2020 giving campaign are helping us for the collective good. 

“I love supporting the YMCA, both with my time and money, especially the Y's nutrition outreach program," King says. "More than ever, there is such a need in our community for access to free, fresh, healthy food. By contributing to the Y, I know that I'm having a positive impact on the well-being of my neighbors.”

We appreciate how our donors share our vision of a better us. See our donor recognition page for highlights of our 2020 fundraising campaign.

Whether you give your voice, goods, your time, or your money, let’s come together on #GivingTuesdayNow to help people in need. Stay tuned to our social media channels between now and Tuesday for some fun stuff including a live virtual burpee challenge on our Facebook page at noon on May 5!

FEEDING NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Our mobile food markets and take-home meals provide free, healthy food to children, families, seniors, and others in need during these difficult times.

We've joined forces with several local businesses to ramp up our services to meet growing demand. We'd like to thank The Venue, Wicked Weed Brewing, the Food Connection, local food vendors, volunteers, and donors for partnering with us to serve more than 18,000 meals since mid-March.

Our mobile food market sites are running as scheduled each month, with prepackaged bags of fresh produce available in five counties. We're also serving takeout meals at multiple sites throughout the region. If you or someone you know is in quarantine, please call us at 828 775 7081 to ask about meal delivery.

See our mobile market and takeout meal schedules and follow YMCA of WNC Community Health on Facebook for more information.

EMERGENCY CHILD CARE HELPS ESSENTIAL WORKERS 

Essential workers are the heroes who are keeping our community safe and making it possible for people to get groceries and supplies. Without  dependable, affordable child care, many of them wouldn't be able to work. The Y is here to help.

When schools closed on March 16, the Y stepped in to ensure that essential workers had access to child care. Each week more than 100 kids are having fun, doing schoolwork, being physically active, eating healthy meals, and making new friends under the supervision of our trained staff. 

The Y follows all health and safety guidelines for medical screening, cleaning, and sanitation. 

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

KEEP KIDS' BRAINS AND BODIES ACTIVE AT HOME

It can be a challenge to keep children engaged with their virtual schoolwork and to get them to exercise. The Y has several resources to help!

If your kids are tired of the same old, same old, check our Bulletin Un-Bored for daily schedule suggestions, character development tools, art project ideas, STEM projects, and more. 

Staying physically active can be tough for all ages while we're at home. You can keep the whole family moving with 12Bursts. Each day has a new set of 12 five-minute bursts of activity that are kid friendly and don’t require any special skills or equipment. Try it today and invite your friends!

STAY WITH US TO STAY FIT

Miss working out at the Y? Working out with us at home is the next best thing!

Access a wide variety of classes and workouts from your smartphone, TV, computer, or tablet. Our virtual options include exciting challenges you can complete with your online workout partners, while staying safe at home. 

We want you to stay healthy while you're away from the Y, so there's no charge for these virtual services:

We also offer virtual personal training. These one-on-one sessions are tailored to your wants and needs. Our certified personal trainers are here to guide you from the comfort of your home with whatever fitness equipment you have available. Sign up today!

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY 

Because seniors and people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of developing coronavirus, we're staying in close touch with them during this time.

Our community health classes are continuing online (see photo) to help participants maintain healthy habits. We're also making wellness checks on older members to help prevent social isolation. 

If you're a Medicare Advantage member, please check in online so we can help you track your progress.

Want to connect? Check our website to learn how you can work with a wellness coach from home.

FIT TIP OF THE MONTH: HOME YOGA

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility and muscle tone, while reducing stress. It's also an easy workout to do from home using our virtual Y classes. 

Try a class with a friend - set a time and date and plan to video call each other and practice yoga together!