The following information was curated from a newsletter sent to us by the Warrensville Heights Family YMCA Executive Director Michael A. Carter and originally published by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.
The YMCA community, including WHACC member Warrensville Heights Family YMCA, has made an impact over the last several weeks continuing to engage their members in new ways. While their branches are closed, steps are being taken to continue business and connect with their members.
In March, The YMCA introduced members-only, on-demand virtual workouts featuring their instructors, and thousands of members have been accessing them to help stay fit. They have now dramatically increased their online offerings with the launch of a virtual programming suite called, “Happy. Healthy. Connected.” This programing offers fun activities for families, sports skills that can be done at home, guided well-being sessions, scheduled workout classes to keep on your routine, themed outdoor events like virtual 5Ks and much more.
On a more personal side, the YMCA staff are on the front lines of this crisis. The organization has opened eight pandemic child care centers for essential workers, given ongoing treatment to the addicted, provided transitional housing for the homeless, and connected seniors who might otherwise be suffering the damaging effects of isolation. “At our pandemic child care centers and at our Y-Haven treatment facility, you’ll see signs expressing our gratitude. We thank each and every staff member delivering the Y’s mission on the front lines. We love them all!”