Many local Savannah River Region organizations are finding creative ways to stay involved in our community even if they are forced to temporarily close their doors. The Family Y has implemented two outreach programs to help those in our community who are affected by the COVID-19 virus. See information listed below sent to us directly from the Family Y:
When you became a member of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta, you became part of a movement and mission to strengthen the foundations of our community. For more than 160 years our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to fulfill the needs of those we serve. That remains especially true today.
We trust you understand we made a difficult yet responsible decision to close all of our YMCA facilities, beginning Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
This was in support of the recommendations to encourage community members to practice social distancing in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. We sincerely apologize if this adjustment was disappointing or disruptive to you or your family. Yet, we have faith you share in our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of those in our community.
As a member, you are one of our greatest supporters that allow us to continue our mission. We sincerely thank you for staying with us and standing strong beside us during this time of crisis. Your membership dues and donations are vital in helping us provide resources to those in need. We trust you are proud to be a part of a dedicated, cause-driven organization and we are honored you are part of our Family Y.
Two outreach programs have been implemented to help those in critical need:
Essential Personnel Childcare
The YMCA is making this available for dependents of first responders and essential personnel affected by the current pandemic. This is our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who we turn to as a community in our times of need and survival. In a time of great need, the Y is here, ready to lend a hand to our community.
Feeding our Community Together
The Steiner Branch Family YMCA, Thomson Family YMCA and Golden Harvest Food Bank are hosting a no-contact, drive-through Mobile Market food distribution for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
We also want to provide alternative virtual workouts you can do at home. Our very own YMCA staff, who you see every day, have developed a library of virtual workouts. These are posted daily on each branch’s Facebook page. If you are missing your Les Mills group exercise classes, you can find some Les Mills Home Workouts here.