April 17 | 2020
Thank you for staying with us!
Although our buildings are closed, the mission-critical work of the Y goes on. 

In previous communications, we shared many of the ways your Y continues to meet the needs of members and the community – from Emergency Services Child Care to virtual fitness classes to "at home" family activities. The Y is here to make our community stronger and your support makes this all possible.

Once the worst of this crisis has passed and life begins to return to normal, we know the Y will be needed more than ever. Our community will turn to us for help and we want to be ready to answer the call.

When the Y Re-opens, Expect Changes

Planning is already underway for when the Safer at Home order is lifted and we are able to re-open. When that happens, we know there will still be limitations in place that will influence how you feel about coming back out into the world, such as group size maximums and six foot distancing. We expect our opening to be graduated, over time and guided by how you, our members, are responding. As such, not all program areas or services will be immediately available. Our plans will be fluid and adjusted as restrictions are lifted and demand increases. Along the way, we will continue to communicate any changes to you.

Thank you again for your continued support.

COVID-19 MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

We hope you will continue to stay with us during this challenging time, but if you need to make a change to your membership, CLICK HERE.
Emergency Services Child Care Now Open for All
If you are required to work during this crisis and are in need of child care for your children ages 4-12, the Y is here to help.

Nearly three weeks ago, the Y began providing Emergency Services Child Care for Essential Health Care Workers, Police Officers, Firefighters & EMTs. There are two sites available: Summit Elementary in Oconomowoc and the Watertown Area YMCA.

We are happy to announce we are now able to expand our capacity to serve a wider focus. We want to make sure that everyone who is required to work, including those outside of the health care field, has a safe and reliable place for their children to go.

Children enrolled in our program enjoy fun activities both indoors and out, plus they receive support from staff to complete their school work. A typical day includes a nature hike, academic focused activities, homework support, group challenges, and time for relaxation. Our staff keep the spaces fun but also clean. Extra precautions are in place to make sure materials and spaces are sanitized regularly after use.

To learn more about the program or to register, go to www.glcymca.org/covid-19-emergency-services-care

To read an article about the program from the Journal Sentinel, click here.
Blood Drive
Friday, May 8th
The Y will be hosting a blood drive on Friday, May 8th from 9:00 am-2:00 pm with the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

GET YOUR PREFERRED APPOINTMENT TODAY: Call 877-232-4376 or go register online at https://bit.ly/ymcamay2020

To help with social distancing, we strongly encourage scheduling an appointment. Walk-ins will be accommodated as drive size allows. For more information related to COVID-19 please visit, https://www.versiti.org/home/coronavirus-information
Thank you to everyone who participated in our last blood drive on April 10th with the American Red Cross. Their goal was to collect 34 pints and they exceeded that by collecting 39 pints! Twenty four of the individuals were first time donors, which they said is amazing!
Virtually Whole

In this stay-at-home COVID-19 pandemic, we all have faced feelings and emotions that may have come as a surprise to us. It’s been easy to take care of our physical selves with walks, bike rides, or just getting outside for some fresh air. But what about our spirit and mind? How are you doing with those areas of your life? At the Y, we’re all about Spirit, Mind, and Body, and we want to engage these areas that may be neglected in this difficult season.

Join us for Virtually Whole - a virtual group chat with our Director of Spiritual Development, Bruce Osborn.

In these online chats, we will provide time for participants to share feelings and emotions which keep you from living well in this difficult season. Each chat will feature a topic of conversation, guided questions for reflection, Scripture and prayer for encouragement. Sessions will last up to one hour.

Two day/time options to choose from beginning the week of April 27th:
  • Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM or
  • Tuesdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

If you are interested in joining one of the times offered, or have questions, please email Bruce Osborn at bosborn@glcymca.org.
We continue to add to our line up of virtual/at home options with a webpage dedicated to keeping athletes moving and improving their skills. You'll find links to resources for a variety sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, and more.
Virtual Workout Check-in
We encourage you to "check-in" every time before beginning a virtual workout by using a simple form on the virtual workout page.

This is especially important for our Insurance Members (Silver Sneakers, Silver & Fit, Renew Active) because by checking-in, your virtual visits can be reported to the insurance company and the Y will receive credit for your visit. This directly supports the Y in our efforts to give you the best experience possible during this time.

Corporate Members should also consider checking in before each virtual workout. This will allow us to help you track your visits to report to your employer for wellness benefits.

Visit our Virtual Workout Page to learn more or get started.

COVID-19 Updates and Information

We will continue to keep you informed with updates and resources as they become available.

COVID-19 Quick Links: