Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Valued Members of our YMCA & Franklin County Community,

From Sunday night, March 15 through Sunday night, March 29, 2020, your YMCA in Greenfield is closed to the public.
  • No membership access is permitted
  • No programming, either land-based or aquatics, is offered
  • No childcare, including Pre-school and Before/After School care is offered

At your YMCA in Greenfield, we are guided by principles of leadership and advocacy, always working to strengthen the foundations of our community. During these unusual, uncertain, and stressful times punctuated by the Coronavirus pandemic, please know that we are trying more than ever to lead while also prioritizing your health and safety along with those of our dedicated staff.

Since the beginning, we have endeavored to be in lockstep with our national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our MA Department of Public Health (DPH). We also continue to align with recommendations put forth by our local school districts and Boards of Health in our service communities. Based on their trusted guidance and feedback offered by our Massachusetts Alliance of YMCA’s and the YMCA of the USA, we made our decision noted above.

During the next two weeks, we will be monitoring our national, regional, and local situations to determine our most prudent and safe course of action going forward. We will certainly keep you regularly updated as to our plans and decisions.

We recognize that this is a deeply held issue for many in our community. We also understand that some may be saddened that our / your YMCA is being closed for a period of time. In making our decision, we hope to have prioritized the greater good for all of our friends, neighbors, seniors, and children throughout Franklin County.

Despite being closed, we still do care deeply about your health and wellness. In the coming days, your YMCA staff will make available on-line group-exercise offerings. These “virtual” classes are designed to enable you and your family to exercise together from home. 

During the next two weeks, even though our facilities are closed, we are committed to supporting our YMCA staff. We will pay all full-time and part-time staff members during this period of time.

We are engaging with local civic and non-profit leaders to ascertain if we might be able to “share” our staff to help out with community initiatives such as Meals on Wheels, breakfast and lunch programs for school age children, support for medical personnel and other first responders, and other important social needs.

During these unprecedented times, we deeply appreciate your loyalty to your YMCA moving forward. We also greatly appreciate the generous contributions so many of you have made or plan to make to our Annual Campaign. Thank you so very much!

In uncertain days like these, we must always stand tall for one another, focusing on our Y’s mantra of “Love, Serve, Care.” The effects will be far reaching and, in response, we all need to think sensibly and empathetically. By trusting in our doctors and scientists and leading with our hearts, we will not only get through this together, but we will establish the foundations for a better tomorrow for all.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support. As I have told you often, your loyalty to your YMCA means the world to all of us, …starting with me!

Please stay safe always,
Grady Vigneau, CEO