The Bedford Area Family YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our building or participates in our sports or children’s programs. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of Coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you, your family, and our community healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.
Our YMCA is regularly cleaned by our housekeeping and support staff. Special care is taken year-round to meet a quality of standard for cleanliness. Additionally, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including Coronavirus. Frequent hand washing, the use of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, and the wiping down of commonly touched surfaces are encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children.
Additional every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like Coronavirus include:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth
• Stay home when you are sick until you have been free of fever for 24 hours
• Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner spray or wipe
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu like symptoms, including – fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath, please stay home, rest, and contact your medical provider.
We would like to remind our members – who for a range of reasons have their visits counted monthly, that we do not penalize for informed medical reasons. During this time, to encourage members who are not feeling well to not push themselves. We will not be counting your visits and you will not lose your membership privileges for non-usage.
*** If you have a corporate membership through your employer that counts your visits, please discuss with them any change in their policy or requirements. ***
While no one can predict with certainty whether the United States will be severely impacted by Coronavirus, the Bedford Area Family YMCA is monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily programs, work routines, and activities could be temporarily impacted if this situation significantly worsens. We will keep all members and participants updated with information as it develops.
We encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.
Dear Members and Families,
Since our decision to close on March 16th for the wellness and health of our members and staff, we have received so much support and we thank you for the same! As a nonprofit organization, the Y is here to support the community, and we appreciate your willingness to stand with us. Thank you to those who have contacted us and proactively chosen to become a sustaining member by keeping your membership active.
In March, your support has already helped us pay our staff through this transition, start on multiple projects to make a greater facility for our members, create a new and exciting BAFY Virtual Fitness channel on YouTube, and to do work exploring whether we can safely provide mission-critical services to the community – like scholastic support for students and blood donation support. We will share more information as it becomes available.
April Fees & Sustaining Membership
We want to make sure you are aware that if you have not already put your membership on hold and have not responded by Monday, March 30, we will consider you a sustaining member and draft April membership fees as usual (most are drafted on April 1). As a sustaining member, your membership fees will be used to pay our staff for as long as possible, pay essential bills to maintain the building, pivot to mission-critical services while closed, and will help us ensure that we are in a strong position as a community-centered nonprofit to help people recover from this traumatic period once we are able to reopen.
Some of you have asked if you can do more to help, such as cover someone’s monthly membership fee or make a one-time donation. Simply call us at 540.586.3483 or email us at Contact@bedfordymca.org for more information on how to donate.
If you wish, you may designate your membership fee as a tax-deductible charitable donation while we are closed. Simply let us know and we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees during the closure.
Thank you again for your continued support and generosity!
How to Put Your Membership on Hold:
We recognize that these are challenging times for many. If you need to put your membership on hold for April, please email the following by March 30, 2020: Contact@bedfordymca.org
Virtual Resources Available for Members:
As our members, we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. For those who wish to use them, we have created BAFY Virtual Fitness Classes available on YouTube as well as offering YMCA360, both available through links on www.bedfordymca.org
Please enjoy these virtual workout videos and look for more content as we expand into virtual sports, children’s classes, staff videos, and D.E.A.R. time, to name a few!
Continue to check our website: www.bedfordymca.org , “like” and “follow” us on Facebook @bedfordymca and Instagram @bedford.ymca for all updates and information.
#WeAreAllInThisTogether #BedfordYMCA #StayWithUs
Announcement effective immediately –
March 16, 2020
Dear Valued Members and Families:
The Y desires to do our best to support our local healthcare to help flatten the curve of exposure of COVID-19. We have been diligent in our communication with other YMCAs across the country as well as state, school, health and public officials to ensure we’re planning the appropriate course of action. We understand that these are very uncertain times. Y staff are standing by and working behind the scenes to see how we can be helpful and supportive to the health care systems and their staff. Your YMCA remains a community benefit non-profit and we need you to stand strong with us to be part of the solution for us all. When this unexpected wave of challenging circumstances passes by, we hope you will still be with us to respond to our community in ways only the Y family can accomplish.
Today our Board of Directors in consultation with senior staff, after due diligence and consideration of all relevant information addressing containment and prevention of the coronavirus provided by local, state and federal agencies, has determined that it is in the best interest of the Bedford community at large, our members, and the Bedford YMCA that we close our facility at the close of business today – March 16, 2020. It is our belief that this decision is consistent with and supportive of the recommendations of our state officials and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This was not an easy decision, but one that we believe is necessary. After all, the health and well-being of our community, is our highest priority and concern. This is troubling for our community, our members, and our staff. In line with our commitment to care for one another we will be paying all staff, both full time and part time for two weeks, so that we can help ease the financial burden that is likely to come with this type of event. Your friends, your neighbors, your family – they work at and they are a part of the Y family. We are thankful for their commitment to our community. Please know that we are committed to them too. We ask that you join us in this effort by continuing to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to “do good” during the time of uncertainty. If you would rather have your membership put on hold, please contact the Member Services staff at 540-586-3483.
The Y wants you to know that we will continue to work toward helping you meet your health and wellness needs by implementing virtual and live-stream classes that we hope to make available to all in our community. These workouts will enable you and your family to exercise together from home. Information addressing how to access these virtual classes will be on our website, posted on Facebook, and from our staff at the member services desk at above number.
For your information, many of our youth sport programs and swim lessons are being postponed or rescheduled; however, they are not eliminated. Those participants in our afterschool childcare program will not be charged for the current two week period that has been cancelled or until the service is available again.
It is important that we all take great care of ourselves during this time – in spirit, mind and body. Needless to say, we will reopen at first chance, and hope that you will find it in your heart to continue to support us. We will have a staff member at the Y everyday to answer the phone and your questions and/or concerns during typical business hours Monday-Friday between 9-5.
Thank you for your continued support of a vital community organization meeting a multitude of needs – The Bedford Area Family YMCA.