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A message from John K. Hoey, President & CEO.
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Dear Y members,
 
The Y in Central Maryland needs you to maintain your membership!
 
All of us are absorbing the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus on our lives and figuring out how to adjust to this sudden and dramatically changed situation. Here at the Y, we are working very hard during this crisis to simply ensure that we can keep a skeleton workforce in place, continue to serve our communities’ most fragile people and families, and pay some rather significant fixed costs until we can all get back to our normal lives.
 
Allow me to be blunt: The Y needs your membership now even more than ever. Without it, our future is deeply uncertain.
 
Here is the reality of our current situation:
  • The Y is funded primarily through membership and program fees. As those disappear, so will the Y.
  • We are a completely independent, locally run non-profit organization (we actually pay significant dues to the national Y organization for use of the brand name; they don’t fund us in any way).
  • The temporary closure of our 13 Ys and Swim Centers, our over 50 school based after school and community school programs, and several of our preschools has forced us to furlough over 2,000 people. The longer this goes on, the more people we will have to furlough. These great people include the Y fitness and group exercise instructors, front desk greeters, Stay & Play associates, after school directors and many more you know and love. We are scrambling to pay them something for as long as possible, but we will run out of cash soon if our members drop their membership.
  • Our leadership team is working around the clock to regroup and preserve the guts of our operation for the long term, much less the next few weeks. Our intent is to bring back as many of our furloughed associates as possible, as soon as possible, but that all depends on how long this goes on and whether we have any resources left.
  • We are working closely with local and state agencies to deploy our associates to support their efforts to protect our communities' most vulnerable children and families, as well as working directly with our Head Start and city school families to support them through this crisis.
  • This includes going into schools to serve food; supporting our most at-risk Head Start families and ramping up to temporarily repurpose our Y Family Centers to provide care for the children of first responders and healthcare workers.
I am deeply proud of our team and of the resilience they have shown through this unprecedented crisis. Now I am asking for your help too. The single biggest way for us to maintain stability is for you to maintain your Y membership through this crisis. Your membership fees would count as a charitable contribution for the period of time that we’re closed.
 
If you’ve enjoyed all that the Y offers and brings to your family life in the past and look forward to returning to the Y you love, I need you to please stick with us now. Please be here for the Y now as the Y is here for you and for our community always. I say this fully aware of the fact that this situation has also impacted your family and very likely your work life as well.
 
Starting today, we will be sharing on-line resources for staying healthy and active at home, including virtual group exercise classes, resources for kids and families, and live-streamed classes from your local Y fitness professionals. Please look for those on your local Y’s Facebook page and look for updates on our website.
 
Thank you for your participation in the Y now and always. Please stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,
John K. Hoey
President & CEO
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