Updated: April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Emergency child care programs

Some parents must work and cannot stay home. We are here for them.

Because the majority of our afterschool programs take place in schools that are closed, we are not able to run those programs. The Y will not charge families for afterschool care while schools are closed. Any payments that were made in advance have been credited to future weeks when our afterschool program resumes.

The YMCA is offering emergency child care for children of employees of organizations that provide essential services.

We are supporting our afterschool families by sending daily emails with fun activities, including active play ideas (scavenger hunts, kids yoga, kids Zumba and more), character development work, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) projects for all ages.

Ensuring food security

Our mobile food markets are handing out prepackaged bags for our neighbors to pick up at scheduled market sites. As always, there’s no charge for this service, and no questions are asked.

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 takeout meals at nine sites across Buncombe, Haywood, and McDowell counties. These sites include the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion and the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler, which serve takeout lunch Monday through Saturday.

If anyone is quarantined and needs food resources, they can reach out to 828 775 7081 for assistance.

Maintaining connections

We realize this is an uncertain and anxious time, and that our members and participants depend on us for programs that support their health and well-being.

Many of our evidenced-based health intervention classes, such as our Diabetes Prevention Program, are being held virtually.

We are also pleased to offer our members access to a variety of free online workouts and group exercise classes to help them stay fit during this time of social distancing. These options offer high-quality workouts via TV, computer, tablet, and smartphone:

GroupEx on Facebook Live

We know you’d prefer to be here with us, attending these group exercise classes in person (so would we), but we are excited to offer live streaming workouts with our Y staff to help you stay healthy and connected during this time of isolation. Here is our current schedule of classes we will offer via Facebook Live. The classes will be live on the individual center Facebook pages and shared to the main page. This schedule is subject to change.


YMCA 360

Now, free to all members for a limited time, you can take group exercise classes right in your own home! You can now find some of your favorite classes on YouTube. With several classes available ranging from eight to 30 minutes, we know you’ll find a class you love. YMCA 360: Your Virtual YMCA


During this time we’ve worked with our partners at MOSSA to provide you MOSSA MOVE for free for 60 days. MOSSA MOVE gives you access to the high quality workouts that you experience in some of your favorite Y classes anytime, anywhere. Work out from your own home – on your TV, on your computer, or download the app. Your 60 day free trial begins when you sign up. After the free trial, the monthly subscription cost for MOSSA MOVE is only $7.99/month or you can choose to cancel.

For temporary free access to the MOSSA Move platform, please fill out this quick form. 


Those who need assistance with membership may call the Y Business Center at 828 251 5910.

Providing emergency relief

The community need for child care and food security is great. Please help us continue to provide these essential services by donating to our emergency fund.

Other community resources

Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del COVID-19.

United Way’s 211

MANNA Food Bank: Food Hotline: 1-800-820-1109

Buncombe County Schools: Breakfast and lunch meals for children ages 2-18

Mental Health: Vaya Health’s 24/7 Access to Care Line. Call 1-800-849-6127, toll-free, day or night.

See this Resources Guide Story by Carolina Public Press

Rental & utility assistance: Eblen Charities

Other Buncombe County Resources

United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County Rental Guide

Asheville Water Resources will suspend all water account disconnections due to non-payment of City of Asheville combined utility bills. For more information call 251-1122.

Duke Energy has suspended disconnects for nonpayment – home and business accounts.

Charter Spectrum is offering free services to new customers and free wifi hotspots:

USBG National Charity Foundation is for service industry professionals needing extra assistance during and after the COVID-19 response period.

Resources for you to monitor the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic:

CDC – Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

World Health Organization – Coronavirus

Buncombe County Health and Human Services: 828-250-5500

Buncombe County COVID Information and Preparedness

North Carolina Health and Human Services

Johns Hopkins University: Interactive map of global cases of COVID-19

McDowell County:

McDowell County NCDSS

LIEAP(Low Income Energy Assistance Program)

Henderson County:

Henderson County Emergency Resources

Salvation Army

InterFaith Assistance Ministry