The latest from our President & CEO Matt Mitchell:
March 27, 2020
Dear Y Family and Friends,
It is in the YMCA’s DNA to step up and meet critical needs in the community, especially during dire times like these. As I’ve shared, during this temporary closure, we are pivoting our facilities to serve those who need us the most: essential workers playing vital roles during this health crisis.
Across Tampa Bay, we are positioned to provide relief care to 2,500 children of these essential workers playing an important role to combat the coronavirus. We are so thankful to you, our members and friends, who are helping us continue to provide this critical care to families.
Thanks to your generosity in choosing to donate your monthly membership fees, and in addition to a generous gift from Florida Blue, we are pleased to let you know we are able to offer this program to families at a very low and affordable rate that equates to $10/day per child.
As we use our Y facilities to serve essential workers, we sincerely thank all of our YMCA members, who are staying with us, and Florida Blue, for helping support our charitable mission during these challenging times. We continue to look for community partners to help support these critical needs.
If you, or someone you know is an essential worker and in need of youth relief care, please register here today.
Reminder: Your Y Membership
All our Y centers will remain temporarily closed through Friday, May 8* based on the latest statewide executive order in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We understand many of you have questions regarding your membership and Y programs. We’ve included information below about adjusted scheduling plans, as well as links to access future updates.
If you have not yet let us know your preference in how you would like to proceed with your membership, or if you would like to reconsider allocating your monthly dues or a portion of them as a donation to help us continue serving essential worker families, please use the link below to choose the option that is right for you.
Our temporary closure, as well as the cancellation and rescheduling of various programs and services in and around our community, is proving to have real financial consequences for nonprofit organizations like the Y that rely on the support of our members, program participants and donors. We sincerely appreciate all of you who are choosing to stay with us and help support our cause.
*This is a very fluid situation and this date is subject to change. We will always keep you updated with the most current information available.
Please know, that regardless of your decision to put your membership on hold or to maintain your membership as a charitable gift, we appreciate you and wish you and your family health and comfort during these challenging times. The YMCA will be here for you. If you have further questions, we invite you to contact our Membership Support Team MembershipExperience@tampaymca.org or 813-867-5440.
All-New Virtual Programs for the Entire Family
Launching TODAY, take advantage of our brand new Virtual YMCA! To help you stay active, healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time, access free virtual fitness classes, youth and family activities, at-home resources for you and your family and helpful tips on how to safeguard our health. We will continuously update our virtual resources so be sure to check in regularly. We will also let you know of other responses to community need.
YMCA Program Participant Update
Individuals and families registered for programs that are now cancelled or postponed due to our temporary closure should have received email communication this week with specific information regarding your program. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our Member Experience team at MembershipExperience@tampaymca.org or 813-867-5440.
Thank you for being part of our Y family and for your continued support as we all navigate this public health crisis.
President & CEO