COVID-19 Facility Closure

Cambridge Y Remains Closed Due to COVID-19

May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19th 2020

Dear Cambridge Y Community,

As many of you are aware, Governor Baker has outlined his Four Phase Approach to reopening the Commonwealth. While we were hoping to get operations back underway sooner, facilities like ours were placed in Phase 3 of the plan. This tentatively puts our reopening date at Monday, June 29th. We are still seeking guidance and clarification on our childcare programs, such as Preschool and our Summer Program and we will provide updates when this information becomes available.

We miss our Y family and cannot wait to get back to serving you! While we count down the days to reopening, we continue to be focused on our goal to serve our members in the safest ways possible. To do this, we are exploring several options for our reopening plans.

Please know that at the core of our reopening plans will be the guidance provided by the CDC, and the state and local Boards of Health. The guidance provided may have a number of impacts including what aspects of the facility and programming will be available to our membership in each phase of our reopening.

During this prolonged interruption, we have found some creative ways to fulfill our mission of delivering on our three focus areas of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility to all.      

  • We are continuing to offer virtual workouts from a variety of partners for no charge including on-demand workouts and over 20 live classes per week hosted by some of our own group exercise instructors.
  • Our Preschool and After School teachers are regularly reaching out to parents and children with phone calls or virtual meetings to keep kids engaged.
  • We have compiled a long list of virtual resources and learning activities for children to stay engaged while school is out.


Because our facility will remain closed on June 1st, we will not be charging membership fees. Members will not be charged for their dues until the Y reopens. Whether your membership is currently on hold, or still active, no action is needed at this time.

However, if you’re able, and would still like to support our Y, you can make a donation by clicking here. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness during these tough times!

Please check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and resources during our closure.

In the meantime, stay well, be safe, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need us.

 

All the best,

Nancy J. O’Brien

President & CEO


Tuesday, April 28th 2020

Due to Governor Baker extending the stay at home advisory until Monday, May 18th, our facility will remain closed until further notice. We will provide updates on a potential reopening date for our facility when they become available.


Friday, April 24th 2020

Dear Cambridge Y Community,

As we begin week seven of our closure, we are all becoming familiar with working from home, taking virtual classes, and keeping children educated and entertained. Our doors remain closed but we are working diligently to get our facility prepared for the day that we will be able to welcome members again.

Since we closed our doors on March 16th, we have committed to pay all of our staff, which includes full-time, part-time, and instructors, and we will continue to do so throughout the closure. The staff is the reason the Cambridge Y is such a special place. These folks put smiles on members’ faces and help to keep them healthy and fit.

Because our facility will remain closed on May 1st, we will not be charging membership fees. We will not be charging members for their dues until the Y reopens. Whether your membership is currently on hold, or still active, no action is needed at this time.

However, if you’re able, and would still like to support our Y, you can make a donation by clicking the button below. We truly appreciate all your support.

Lastly, we wanted to say thank you again to those of you who have chosen to stay with us by continuing to pay your membership dues this month. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness during this difficult time.

Please check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and resources during our closure.

Stay well, be safe and reach out if you need us.

 

Donate to the Y

 

All the best,

Nancy J. O’Brien

President & CEO


Thursday, April 2nd

Dear Cambridge Y Community,

As mandated by Governor Baker, our facility will remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020. At that time and date we plan to re-open our facility. However, we ask that you routinely check back to our website for updates.

In these unprecedented times we empathize with the emotional stress each of you may be feeling. So many questions of uncertainty leave us all feeling fearful and anxious. We anticipate one of the top worries on many people’s minds revolves around financial stability for yourselves, your families, your retirement fund and your workplace. Here at the Y, like many other organizations that serve the community, we are also grappling with having enough resources to ensure we are able to serve the community and maintain our workforce.

We are extremely grateful to all of our Cambridge Y members who continue to sustain their memberships. We have asked all members to maintain their memberships if they have the means to do so. By keeping your membership active during the Y’s closure, you are helping us deliver the critical services outlined below and be to be prepared to respond to the increased community need when we reopen. Any membership fees paid during the closure will be recognized as a tax-deductible donation. However, if you are unable to sustain your membership during this time, you can go to membership@cambymca.org to freeze or cancel it. We anticipate opening on May 4, 2020, however, we will continue to follow the guidance and mandates put forth by Governor Baker. We will not draft anyone for May’s membership dues until our opening date has been confirmed.

During this interruption, we are finding creative ways to fulfill our mission of delivering on our three focus areas of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility to all. 

  • We are committed to employ and pay ALL of our nearly 100 employees, This includes Full-Time, Part-Time, and Instructors who continue to be the backbone of this organization.
  • We are offering virtual workout classes from a variety of partners for no charge including on-demand workouts and live classes hosted by some of our own group exercise instructors.
  • Our Preschool and After School teachers are regularly reaching out to parents and children with a simple phone call or engaging activities
  • We have compiled a long list of virtual resources and learning activities for children to stay engaged while school is out.

We would like to thank you again for all your support during these difficult times. We look forward to seeing all of you back at our facility soon.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy, and continue to be thoughtful family members, friends, and neighbors.

 

All the best,

Nancy J. O’Brien

President & CEO


Tuesday, March 24th

Dear Cambridge Y Community,

We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to COVID-19. We are all operating in unknown territory right now, and we are working as quickly as we can to keep you updated and address your questions. As mandated by Governor Baker, our facility will remain closed through Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m. At that date and time, we plan to re-open our facility.

I hope this update stands out by sharing not only how we are responding, but also by giving you an opportunity to be part of our solution and do some good for your neighbors.

Our organization is unique. Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic, all under one roof: childcare, aquatics, fitness/wellness, among others. Each of these programs require different protocols to ensure the safety of staff, members, and participants.

The Cambridge Y has been a pillar of the Cambridge community for over 135 years, through many difficult times, including World Wars, The Great Depression, and other pandemics. It seems very strange for our doors to be closed and unable to operate during these times.

During this interruption, your Y is finding creative ways to fulfill our mission of delivering on our three focus areas of healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility for all.

  • We are continuing to employ and pay ALL of our nearly 100 employees, who are the backbone of our Y. This includes full-time, part-time, and group exercise instructors.
  • We are offering a number of different home workout options, via YouTube, partnerships with virtual fitness companies, and live classes taught by some of our own group exercise instructors, all of which can be found HERE
  • We are deepening relationships with our Preschool and After School students remotely through virtual learning activities, keeping our kids connected and engaged even from afar.
  • If you have not yet placed your membership on hold, we ask you to consider retaining and paying for your membership. If you have already cancelled or placed your membership on hold, no further action is needed.

A heartfelt thank you to all Cambridge YMCA members who will continue to sustain their memberships, thereby enabling us to continue to serve you and our entire community.

As a “sustaining” member, you have made a conscious choice to retain your membership; paying the fees, even though your Y is closed – for that, we are forever grateful. Because you chose to do so, we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership dues during the closure.

However, we do understand that there are those of you can no longer afford to retain your membership during these times, and we ask you to put your membership on hold by emailing membership@cambymca.org with your request and length of the hold. We respectfully request that you not cancel your membership, but instead freeze it. There is no financial difference between the two options, both will defer your payments to the Y; however, placing a “freeze” on your membership signals that you are still “with us” and that matters to us. We are working very hard to be an organization that steps up, and we need to know we are not alone. We need to know that our members are with us. Please stay with us during these unprecedented times.

Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all back at the Cambridge Y very soon!

 

All the best,

Nancy J. O’Brien

President & CEO


March 16th

To the Cambridge Y Community,

At the Cambridge YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, program participants, children, and the broader Cambridge community have always been and will always be a top priority.

We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to close our facility to the public effective Monday, March 16th at 5:00 p.m. through at least Sunday, March 29th. This decision was made after Governor Baker’s restrictions on public gatherings last evening.

We understand this is a very concerning situation. The Cambridge Y has been a pillar of the community for over 120 years, throughout both good and challenging times. The decision to close our facility was made to best ensure the safety of everyone in our community. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will work with local officials to determine what future actions will be necessary.

During this closure, we will provide updates and information directly to staff, members and participants via email. We will also be posting information to our website and social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.

We recognize that there is no easy solution; please know that we are diligently working to make the best decisions with the information we have available to us for our members, our staff and for our Y. Through multiple leadership discussions, we wrestled between our commitment to individual and community health and our need to do everything possible to “flatten the curve.” We have an organizational responsibility to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of this virus.

In the meantime, we’re expediting developing strategies to offer virtual workouts that our members can do from home to promote well-being, physically and mentally, throughout this difficult time. You can also subscribe to the Y360 Youtube Channel for an expanding selection of virtual workouts. Stay tuned for updates!

We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes.

In the coming weeks, the Y’s leadership will continue to work with an urgency that the current circumstances demand. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through these unprecedented times. Most importantly, take care of yourself and your family, and we look forward to seeing you soon at our YMCA.

 

Sincerely,

Nancy J. O’Brien

President & CEO