November News: Here in Your Time of Need
The Y values the safety of our members, staff, and community above all. As the weather turns cooler, we’re continuing to take precautions to help prevent the spread of infectious disease.
These safety measures include frequent cleaning, health screenings, upgraded air filtration, class reservations, and mask requirements.
Our centers are operating at 30 percent capacity to promote social distancing. Plan your visit with our new capacity dashboards – go to the locations page and choose your center for real-time data on the number of people checked in.
Member benefit: Virtual YMCA
We're excited to announce that we're making changes to our virtual offerings to better serve our members.
Later this month, we’ll introduce a new look for our Virtual YMCA page. We look forward to offering more classes from local instructors as well as other YMCAs in the coming weeks and months. Some basic content will remain available to the public, while most classes will be for members only.
Please check your account login credentials here to prepare for this change.
Community partners help Y serve more kids
With the help of strong community partnerships, the Y is ensuring that safe, reliable and affordable childcare remains available to more working families.
Creativity is the norm for the Y’s childcare team, which switched from afterschool programs to emergency childcare for essential workers in mid-March. This fall, the Y adapted to changing school schedules and limited access to schools by working with other community organizations to offer virtual learning hubs as well as opportunities for outdoor learning.
At the Y’s new program sites at Lutheridge, YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, and Gateway Church, kids are able to be together in nature in a safe, socially distanced way to study a STEM curriculum, do enrichment activities that supplement their schoolwork, and get a sense of peace and tranquility that’s missing from much of their lives right now. Learn more about how we're serving children and families here.
Success story: This is "Y" we do it
The Y’s diabetes prevention programs are changing lives for the better. Here’s how Yolanda Reyes (left) describes the difference the program has made to her:
As my children grew up and left the house, my health took a turn for the worse and I fell into a well of sadness, loneliness, depression and desperation. I didn't know a way out. [Then] my friend Lupita told me about the DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program) at the YMCA.
I began going and learned much I didn't know. Every week I anxiously wait for class to start and when I [am] there, it's like a family; where we see each other, care for each other, encourage one another and it's a great pleasure to be together.
The instructor Rosario [is] more than a teacher, as she cares for each and every person, as if we were her family. Thanks to her for her guidance, recipes and the thousand ways to get more exercise. Thanks to the YMCA for the fresh fruits and vegetables so we can eat healthy.
Thanks to the Y for this program as it saved my life. Where before it didn’t make sense and I’ve changed completely. I now have many dreams and projects in my life. Thank you.
Learn more about the Y's diabetes prevention programs here.
Here in your time of need
The Y’s Community Health team is here for you and your family in this time of uncertainty.
We distribute free, healthy produce with no questions asked at more than 30 mobile markets in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties each month.
In addition, we provide free meals every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to anyone 18 and under at the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler and free Saturday meals for all ages at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion.
Click here to find our current mobile food market and free meal schedules.
Your gift makes a difference
When COVID-19 swept across the country and landed on our mountain doorsteps, the Y quickly mobilized to provide our community with essential services such as healthy meals and produce, emergency childcare, senior check-ins, and virtual classes.
Thanks to the unwavering support of members and donors who have stayed with us, the Y has been able to continue offering people a critical lifeline as we work to help our community recover and thrive.
Together we can continue to offer these services and secure the Y's future. Strong communities are built by people who care about, and for, one another. We appreciate your support!
Fit Tip: Challenge yourself to stay STRONG
Getting fit and staying that way is easier when you have an accountability buddy. As we enter week three of the STRONG Challenge, hundreds of Y members are meeting their fitness goals with support from each other.
The STRONG Challenge is a six-week wellness journey that helps people get moving for 20 minutes a day, five days a week. Even if you're not signed up, you can still join our Facebook community for motivation and inspiration. We're stronger together!
Work with us for good
Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.
We are now hiring for positions in childcare, aquatics, wellness, facility management, membership and more! View our job openings to find an opportunity that matches your career goals, interests, skills and experience.
Vote to strengthen community
Voting isn’t just a civic duty. It’s also a key part of strengthening community!
The Y is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization committed to helping people across the nation prepare for Election Day on Nov. 3.
Voting is associated with many positive benefits for the community. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs.
Voting also helps strengthen social ties and improves health. Do your part for a better us – find your local polling place and exercise your vote on Election Day.