YMCA Coronavirus Update | NJ

By: Greg Albers | Monday, June 1, 2020 | Healthy Living

Children show an art project in Emergency Child Care.

 

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking steps to protect the health and wellness of our staff, members, program participants and community members. We have begun to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs. Visit our Reopening Page to learn more about our phased approached to reopening the Y. Due to statewide mandates, our indoor fitness centers currently remain closed. We will provide details on our website, and via email, as the situation changes. 

 

Child care for essential workers

During the months of April, May, and June, the Y temporarily opened two of its licensed child care facilities in East Orange and Livingston for families of health care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel who needed care for their children during the coronavirus pandemic. This program provided care for more than 80 children. We have since reopened our child care centers to all families with new health and safety guidelines. 

 

Blood Drives

The YMCA has planned the following donation drives to meet an ongoing need of blood in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The Red Cross and Vitalant are also testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

  • South Mountain YMCA, 10 West Parker Ave., Maplewood
    • Sunday, Aug. 23
    • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Visit redcrossblood.org for appointments and eligibility. 
  • East Orange YMCA, 100 North Arlington Ave., East Orange
    • Sundays, Aug. 9 and 30
    • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Visit redcrossblood.org for appointments and eligibility. 
  • Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dr., Wayne
    • Thursday, Aug. 20
    • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment online. 

Food Distribution

With more individuals and families facing health and economic hardships and relying on local resources for meals, the Y is stepping up to help

The Greater Bergen County YMCA has stablished a program to assist in collecting and distributing food with the Carroll Family. The Carroll Family has been providing much needed food to Hackensack school children and their families who do not qualify for government food programs during this public health pandemic.

  • Anyone can donate; donations may include non-perishable food items. They especially need rice and canned or dried beans. Items donated Monday through Thursday will be delivered to the Carroll Family on Fridays by the Y.
  • For the safety of all, this food drive is contact-less. Those who wish to donate can drop off non-perishable items to the Y located at, 360 Main Street, Hackensack (a block before Sears). Contact-less drop off will occur Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Main Street entrance. Please leave items on our front porch and call 201-487-6600 x0 to let us know a donation has been dropped off.

The Wayne YMCA will continue its Farmers Market with drive-through pickup. Residents can pre-order food from a variety of vendors and pick it up Saturday mornings in May at the Y from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

The Wayne YMCA is also leading a community-wide effort to provide food to individuals and families in need of assistance.

The South Mountain, East Orange and West Essex YMCAs, and Fairview Lake YMCA Camps continue to distribute food in collaboration with businesses and organizations in NJ.

Through a new partnership with Seashore Fruit & Produce Co., food is distributed weekly at South Mountain and East Orange YMCAs, West Essex YMCA, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, Greater Bergen County YMCA, and Wayne YMCA.

Stay Connected

Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. Even though you can't visit the Y, we want you to stay healthy. We have a variety of at-home exercise options for you to try.

We also have resources for children and families, including activities to try at home.

Join us on social media to stay engaged with your YMCA, participate in virtual workouts and youth activities, and to learn about the ways in which we're supporting the community. 

Impacts to our staff

The loss of revenue associated with the closure of our Y branches has resulted in unimagined financial circumstances, requiring a temporary layoff of many of our staff members, effective March 31.

To help employees affected by the closure of our facilities, you can make a secure online donation to our Employee Assistance Fund. 

Membership - Member Incentive

We are grateful for the many members who have decided to keep their membership active during this time. We want to thank you for staying with us during this time and will provide your incentive once we're open. If you have already made payment arrangements with our staff, that request will be honored. For any membership inquiries, please contact member@metroymcas.org.

Our Child Care Centers and After-School Programs

We began to safely reopen our child care locations on June 22, after successfully operating Emergency Child Care for essential workers at two of our child care facilities. Many new protocols and procedures have been implemented in accordance with the latest directives from the CDC and state and local health departments, and staff members are undergoing extensive training to prepare. We are currently enrolling children in our early childhood programs at our East Orange, Greater Bergen County, South Mountain, Wayne, and West Essex YMCA branches.

Due to the uncertainty with school reopening in the fall, we are not able to open fall registration for our school-age child care programs at this time. We will communicate updates as we learn more about school reopening plans. Families can visit our Child Care page to fill out an interest form to be contacted about registration.

Summer Camp Programs

Summer camp will be more important than ever for children as we emerge from this pandemic. 

Governor Murphy has stated Child Care can resume June 15th and Summer Day Camp July 6thWe have developed health and safety guidelines with guidance from the CDC, American Camp Association, and state and local health authorities, meant to protect our campers and counselors.  These guidelines address social distancing, health screening and monitoring, enhanced sanitation, food service practices, smaller camp groups and more. All families registered for a Y day camp should check their email inbox for an important message and survey regarding day camp reopening.

The following summer camps have been canceled for the 2020 season:

  • East Orange YMCA
    • Counselor in Training 
    • Mayor's Circle of Excellence
  • Fairview Lake YMCA Camps - Sleepaway Camp
  • Greater Bergen County YMCA
    • Camp Michikamau - Sleepaway Camp
    • Counselor in Training - Sleepaway Camp
    • Kahagon Day Camp
    • Oratam Day Camp
    • TeenVenture Day Camp
    • Counselor in Training Day Camp
  • South Mountain YMCA 
    • Masters of Art
    • Wizards and Space Rebels
    • Summer Quest
    • Teen Adventure
    • Style Studio
    • Mini Yknots
    • YKnots 1
    • Culinary Adventures
    • Basketball Clinic
    • Skateboard Clinic
    • Sports Galore
  • Sussex County YMCA
    • Flag Football
    • Top Chef
    • Beginning Sewing
    • International Cuisine
    • Snack Attack
  • Wayne YMCA
    • Teen Adventure Travel Camp
  • West Essex YMCA Pioneer Trails Day Camp

We have modified our refund policy in regards to summer camp:

Credit for a 2020 or 2021 Program: We can hold your 2020 camp payment as a credit towards future programs. If you choose this option you will receive an additional bonus credit of 10% of what you’ve paid*. Your credit can also be used at any Metro Y branch or online program after September 1, 2020.

*10% bonus credit must be used by March 15, 2021. If your circumstances change and you’d like a refund prior to March 15th, you will be refunded the unused balance of your credit, and the bonus credit will be cancelled, or deducted from your refund if you have already used it.

Donations: Making a gift of some, or all, of the funds you have already paid ensures that the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges continues to provide emergency services, like child care for essential workers, blood donation drives, and food distribution. Thank you for considering a meaningful gift during a time of hardship.

Refunds: We know that many families and businesses are struggling financially during this time. From now until July 6, we can process a full refund in the amount paid, including your deposit, if you feel it is best not to send your child to day camp. Please be patient with us as it may take up to three weeks to process.

Camp payments will still draft as scheduled, however, if your situation has changed and you would like to modify your payment schedule, please contact us via email:

 

Financial Assistance

We know many families have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. The YMCA’s financial assistance program is available to families who need assistance in paying for camp or other YMCA programs.

 

How you can help

To support the Y financially, please consider continuing your recurring membership draft. When you joined the Y, you joined more than a gym. You also joined a cause. By continuing to pay your membership fee, you will allow us to maintain the financial resources needed to focus our time, people and energies to the most pressing needs in the community. Your support is needed as we work to provide needed services in the community, and so that we have the resources and tools to get back up and running when we do re-open.

Additional resources 

Thank you for working with us to ensure the health of your fellow members, our YMCA and the community. We look forward to seeing you soon. 


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