Membership Information
During YMCA Closure

May 4, 2020

Dear Westport Weston YMCA Members,

First, I hope that you, your families, friends and loved ones are all staying safe and well. I know many have experienced personal and family health scares during these past weeks, and my heart goes out to those of you who have experienced loss during this time.

I also personally want to thank each and every one of you who have been able to continue to pay your membership dues during this time; we are deeply appreciative of your commitment to the YMCA and we have treated your monthly membership as a tax-deductible donation. As we move into the month of May and the uncertainty of when the Y will be able to open, we again ask you to stick with us and maintain your regular dues payment (recognized as a tax-deductible donation). You do not need to take any action as this time, other than to accept our most heartfelt “thank you”.

****Again, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED i f you have previously put your membership on hold or cancelled during the month of April, this status will not change and no action is required.  

While our doors have been temporarily closed, our dedication and commitment to the community is active as ever. We continue to support our members of all ages in various ways:


  • The YMCA team has placed over 500 calls to seniors 65+ to check on them and help them navigate the online services we are offering.

  • Our Program Directors continue to interact with their communities on a regular basis:

  • As the gymnastics team eagerly awaits the opening of their new gym, they are doing zoom workouts multiple times a week to stay limber and strong. Additionally, they are staying connected via their Instagram community with regular videos from coaches with tips, tricks and workouts as well as fun activities like drawing a balance beam in chalk and them sharing a video of a “cartwheel on the beam” https://www.instagram.com/westportshowtime/.

  • Our special needs program is holding class weekly to work on their basketball skills. Not all athletes have basketballs, so the families are resourceful and use things like pillows. Upcoming is dry land exercise zoom meetings for the swim team and short videos of drills and exercises the athletes can do at their convenience.

  • Dance is holding its first virtual Talent Show.

  • While it is quiet inside the Y, outside we are thrilled to share that our construction project continues to move forward and we anticipate camp and the building to be completed on time.

  • AND IN A TIME WHERE SO MANY ARE STRUGGLING, I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL AND PROUD TO SHARE THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED TO PAY ALL OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS. This is in large part due to YOU and your continued commitment to our organization so a heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have been able to continue paying their dues! 
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As we await the Governor’s green light to re-open our doors, I wanted to assure you we are working hard to get ready welcome you all back. Please know safety is our #1 priority!

Here are a few things we have done and will do to ensure our community stays safe:

  • We have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected our facility.

  • We plan on opening in phases and will share additional information as we receive it from the state and local government. 

  • We anticipate potential restrictions as to the number of members allowed in the building at a given time and will provide guidance when its available.

  • We will work to implement recommended social distancing measures throughout the facility.

  • Our staff will be required to wear masks in our building and everyone will undergo a health screening (e.g. temperature checks).

Finally, for those who have experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic, we want you to know that the YMCA provides financial assistance to ensure our members can continue their efforts to stay healthy when we reopen the YMCA. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at any time (priemersma@westporty.org) so I can personally determine how we can help support you and your family.

We miss you. We will get through this together, and will be stronger. We can’t wait to see you again again very soon.

Warmest Regards,

Pat Riemersma
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