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(03.22.2020) Stay With Us

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I’m reaching out to you today, our members, our community, to ask for your help.

Our members are always important to the Y, but right now you are critical. Now, obviously we prefer that you be here with us working out like you have been throughout your membership. But during this time, we are asking that you stay with us not as a fitness facility member but as a cause driven member. We ask that you retain your membership. Now, I know that not all of you will be able to do that but if you can, we’re asking that you Stay With Us. YOU are the Y and we need your support now more than ever.

We hope to see you back at the Y very soon but I want you to know that your YMCA has pivoted. We are meeting the needs of our community in very necessary ways. We are working to respond to the needs of individuals, we are providing childcare for essential personnel, and we’re also looking for ways to support our friends and family members. We’re tackling issues with you and expanding ways that we can continue to support the community we love.

This is why we need you to remain with us, this is why we need you to stay. Again, not as a fitness facility consumer but as a cause driven leader as part of a movement we call the YMCA. Thank you for being a member, now and in the future – and I look forward to when we can all come back together to our Ys to gather and do all the things that we love. Thank you for being a vital part of the Y.

In service to our community,
Frank Frey
Interim CEO
Manatee Family YMCA

(03.16.2020) Facility Closing Statement

Out of abundance of caution, the Manatee Family YMCA has made the difficult decision to close all Manatee YMCA Branches. With new information from the CDC and government leaders, as well as guidance from key leadership on our Executive Board, our branches will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Spring Break Camp will continue to be offered in a very limited capacity (March 16th – March 20th).

The safety and well-being of our staff, members, volunteers and guests is always the Y’s top priority. It is our social responsibility to do our part in the face of this unprecedented health emergency.

This is a quickly changing situation. In two weeks, our leadership team will evaluate whether we should resume operations based on current information and guidance from health officials and government leaders.

We need your help and support now more than ever. We recognize this is an uncertain time; and at the Y, we always want you to feel safe. As a community benefit non-profit, membership dues are the foundation of our work. Regardless of COVID-19, there are kids and families we are still trying to serve. The community is counting on the Y and we are working hard through this crisis to be there as the community needs us. We are doing everything possible to keep you safe and we need members like you to help us continue our good work out in the community. That’s the Y difference! We understand your concerns, but ask that you continue to be a part of our movement at a critical time like this. It’s easy to forget that membership means more to a Y during this time of uncertainty. Please help us be a part of the solution and keep your membership active. Keeping your membership active can help ensure the future of our continued community impact. Thank YOU for helping us make our community a better place.

Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. We will be posting regularly to our Facebook with engaging workouts. Please continue to engage virtually as we would like the Manatee Family YMCA to support you during these times. Also our partner, LesMills, announced a series of free digital solutions to help keep members healthy and engaged as we face the challenges of coronavirus. For more information, please follow this link

While we practice social distancing and refrain from gathering in large groups, we are providing virtual exercise offerings for those who prefer to stay active at home during this time. Visit Y 360 through this link below for a variety of classes and formats.

Our YMCA is committed to meet community needs as long as we can. Moving forward, we ask that members continue to check the Y’s social media and our website for updates: Facebook: @manateecountyymca – www.manateeYMCA.org

The Y will use this time to deep clean our facility and do all we can to mitigate the spread of this virus in the best interest of our staff, our members and our community as a whole.

Thank you for understanding and offering your support during this time.

Sincerely,
Frank Frey
Interim CEO
Manatee Family YMCA

(03.16.2020) Healthy Kids Day Postponed

Given the current pandemic and the uncertainty that it is bringing across our nation, we will postpone Healthy Kids Day that was originally schedule for April 18th, 2020. Please stay tuned for updated information in the future.

(03.13.2020) Youth Soccer Program

Dear YMCA Youth Soccer Families,

The Manatee Family YMCAclosely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a local, state, national, and global level, while doing everything possible to provide information and to make decisions in the best interest of our membership and community. The health and safety of our members, program participants and staff is our first priority. We are following the directives of our federal, state, and local governments as we continue to navigate this crisis.

In response to a rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, The Manatee Family YMCA Youth Soccer season is being suspended for all soccer activity through March 31, 2020.  We will re-assess the situation prior to April 1, 2020 and issue guidance regarding the program.

Our concern is the health and welfare of our players, coaches, families, staff, and community.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated on any future decisions.

For more information on the CODID-19 virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For updates on the Soccer program and all YMCA programs and Branches, please visit manateeymca.org/programs/covid-19-updates/

As a YMCA family we will continue to work together to help prevent the spread of this virus and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.

Sincerely,
Frank Frey
Interim CEO
Manatee Family YMCA

(03.03.2020) Facilities Update

Dear Members and Friends,

I would like to introduce myself to you as your YMCA Interim CEO. My name is Frank Frey, I am a retired YMCA CEO, with 47 years of experience helping YMCA’s Thrive. I live in Sarasota and have agreed to help the Manatee County Family YMCA during this time of transition. I am excited to be part of this YMCA and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

I would like to update you on the COVID-19 virus. Doctors Hospital in Sarasota confirmed an inpatient from Manatee County has presumptively tested positive for COVID-19. There was another report of a case in Hillsborough County. We may soon discover that the coronavirus has outrun efforts to contain it across the United States - or instead, the cases in Sarasota and Hillsborough County may prove to be isolated occurrences. Hopefully we will know more during the next week.

If COVID-19 becomes a major health concern, I anticipate we will learn a great deal from the CDC, County Health Department, local schools and hospitals (for example, in determining whether or not to continue hosting large public gatherings). I anticipate the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be offering helpful guidance in the days ahead to schools, churches and other institutions like the Y.

There is much we still have yet to learn.

Let me encourage you to care for yourselves and your families, to stay informed about the progression of the coronavirus. If we discover in the days ahead that we will not able to gather in public settings such as the Y, we will all have to come to terms with that as the need arises. Until then we will follow the precautionary measures set forth by the CDC, Local and County Health Departments and the School District.

We may soon realize that COVID-19 turned out not to be the health concern we first imagined. But it is good to prepare.

The YMCA closely monitors information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and other common respiratory illnesses. The Y follows recommended prevention guidelines to keep our facilities clean and safe.

These simple, everyday actions are our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other, common illnesses. As we are in continuous contact with Y-USA, CDC, County and Local Health Departments. We will follow all directives to prevent the spread of this virus. However, it is up to individual members to determine what is appropriate for them. We caution all members and participants to be vigilant in their self care and to stay alert to updates from the County Health Department and the CDC.

Thank you for being part of the Y family and for your understanding as we all go through this event together.

Sincerely,

Frank Frey
Interim CEO
Manatee Family YMCA

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