Y Program Update Wardle Family YMCA

April 2, 2020 To our YMCA family and community, 

From all of us at the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry, allow us to express how much we all miss seeing you and serving you. We hope you and your families are staying healthy during this crisis. We believe strongly that if we stand together and act together, we will beat COVID-19 and see our community get back on its feet.

In the interim, we’ve had to make some decisions about what happens right now, and as a non-profit, those decisions do not come easy. When we closed our facility on March 23rd, we planned to be closed through April 5, and reopen on April 6, 2020. But now that federal social-distancing guidance has been extended, we needed to decide what happens going forward. As an organization built on Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring, we feel this decision best embodies our values. We are adhering to the state emergency plan and will remain closed through April 31, with a ‘hopeful’ opening of May 1, 2020.

How has the Y continued serving our members and community while our doors are closed? We still have exponential expenses to cover – as do many businesses hurt during these times.

We have created digital video recordings of many group exercise classes through the Facebook Live platform and made those videos available on our website. Along with other YMCAs we offer free ymca360virtual classes available to everyone and have also partnered with MOSSA Move to allow our members access to a free 60-day trial of their virtual classes so members have options for sticking with their routines and keeping their mind and body healthy.

We’ve opened our facility to provide BMH workers and first responders with day camp for their children, so they can provide the care our communities so desperately need without worry about their children’s childcare. We also continue to be a grab-n-go meal pick-up location for children age 18 years and younger in accordance with our partnership Beaufort County School District. These operations require regular disinfection, and enforcing safety protocols.

As a non-profit, our ability to remain viable depends on our members and donors. Without membership dues and program fees, we can’t generate income to help us sustain our efforts. We fully intend to re-open when it is safe, with a hopeful date of May 1. But, no one can pinpoint a timeline, and that puts our Ys in an uncertain spot. Our ask is that you continue with your Y membership by not putting your membership on hold or terminating your membership. This amount can be considered a donation. Please use our online and virtual programs and know that your support is vital so that we can serve our communities like only the Y can. 

We remain grateful for your continued support,

Michael Bostwick, CEO

Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry

501(c)3 | EIN No:57-0910326

March 23, 2020

To our YMCA family and community, 

These are truly unprecedented times. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is now a global pandemic and we are uncertain about the days ahead. It’s hard to imagine more difficult circumstances for our community and our YMCA. With our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through our programs that can change lives for the better, our hope is always to build relationships and community through serving one another. But the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges for us all. This virus stands in direct contrast to what we do here at the YMCA – bringing people together.

In light of that, in order to protect the health of our community, and with an abundance of caution, we will temporarily close our Y facility effective today, March 23, 2020 @ 7 pm through at least Sunday, April 5, 2020.  Our plan as of today is to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7 am. We will constantly evaluate and will determine whether conditions allow us to reopen. This information will be distributed via email, on our website, and through social media.

We are operating a youth day camp (age 5-12) at our Port Royal facility for families who work in healthcare and emergency response. Offering this service is in an effort to support our amazing healthcare professionals and emergency personnel who are working on the frontlines of what is to come. We will increase our disinfecting procedures and use activity isolation during program time. We will maintain smaller group sizes and limit the number of children at the day camp.  We will also continue our partnership with Beaufort County School District to be a drive-through meal pick-up location for children age 18 years and younger.

We have also partnered with MOSSA MOVE to offer a FREE 60-Day trial of their on-demand streaming workout programs. You should have received an email regarding this free trial and links are also posted on the Y Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our website. We are also offering  ymca360.org on-demand classes now available. So your Y is always open. You do NOT need to be a Y member – it is a service for everyone at his point to use – we want everyone to be healthy & strong! It is also FREE. Check it out here: ymca360.org

During our temporary closure, we ask that everyone adheres to the CDC recommendation of no gatherings of more than 10 people at a time. Even though our YMCA is closed, our leadership plans to work closely with local officials, emergency agencies, school systems, and health care organizations to support our community however we can in a safe and responsible manner. We are already working with medical professionals to position ourselves as a resource for childcare.  

In all this, we need your help. We ask that you join us in the effort to help our community. We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee so that we can use this revenue to “do good” during this time of uncertainty. Naturally, we will put your membership on hold if asked, but if you want to join us in service to others, we invite you to join and help us. We know your membership is meaningful to us and that “meaning” lies in the relationships you have built at the Y. Those relationships are based upon our Christian-based mission and the general humanity we all share with each other. 

As we navigate through this rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to make decisions in wisdom, prayer, counsel from other leaders, and a strong determination to serve you and our community. 

We remain grateful for your continued support,

Michael Bostwick, CEO Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry

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March 20, 2020 12:30 pm

Dear Valued Members and Families,

Thank each of you for your support of our YMCA. We will keep you updated with information during these challenging times. To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Y is suspending several programs. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, our Y will operate as follows:

Hours of Operations

  • Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm
  • Saturday, 8am – 1pm
  • Sunday, 1pm – 5pm

Child Watch (Updated 3/20/20)

  • Monday – Friday: 8am – 10:30am
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 8am – 11am

Day Camp :

  • The YMCA Day Camp held at the Wardle Family Y will no longer accept any NEW camper registrations as of March 18 OTHER THAN children of Beaufort Memorial Hospital Health Care Staff. The Y wants to make sure that the medical professionals in our community don’t need to worry that their children are in a safe place as they care for our Beaufort-area neighbors.

We are suspending the following programs until March 31, 2020

  • Discovery Kids Preschool
  • Youth Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Masters Swim Team

Puppy Plunge is cancelled until the Fall 2020.

The following Group Exercise Classes are STILL taking place as of 1pm Friday, March 20, 2020. All other regular classes are cancelled.

Monday

  • 8am Yoga 
  • 9 am Spin
  • 9:15 Cardio 
  • 4:45 Butts & Guts 

Tuesday

  • 8am Yoga 
  • 9am Spin
  • 9:15 Cardio
  • 4:45 HIIT
  • 5:30 Kickboxing 


Wednesday

  • 8am Yoga
  • 9am Spin
  • 9:15 HIIT
  • 5:30pm Spin Set 1
  • 6pm Spin Set 2


Thursday 

  • 8am Yoga 
  • 9am Spin
  • 9:15 Tabata 
  • 4:45 HIIT 
  • 5:30 Kickboxing 

 
Friday

  • 8am Yoga
  • 9am Spin
  • 9:15 HIIT 


Saturday 

  • 8am Power 30
  • 8:30 Bootcamp
  • 9:30 Spin
  • 10:00 Kickboxing
  • 11 Yoga 


Sunday 

  • 1:30 Yoga  

Any/all remaining Group Exercise classes will be subject to change (examples include but are not limited to):

  • Class capacity may be enforced due to size & space of facility
  • Class location may change, for example gymnasium or outdoors
  • Class may be cancelled due to low participation
  • Instructor availability
  • Private swim lessons and personal training will be available based on trainer/client availability
  • The fitness center, gymnasium, and pool will remain open

ADDITIONALLY, we have teamed up with MOSSA MOVE to offer Y members access to a FREE 60-day trial of digital on-demand programming. It offers 9 different types of workouts ranging from cardio to strength to mind body programming. You should have already received a SEPARATE email from us shortly with a link and additional information on this service.

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING ymca360 ! ON-DEMAND CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE. YOUR YMCA IS ALWAYS OPEN. You do NOT need to be a Y member – it is a service for everyone at his point to use – we want everyone to be healthy & strong! It is also FREE. Check it out here: ymca360.org

Drive-through meal pick-ups will be available Monday – Friday from 9 am to 12 pm (noon). BOTH breakfast and lunch can be picked up during this time. THIS IS AN UPDATE STARTING MONDAY, MARCH 23. Meals will be available for ages 18 and younger, children must be present at the time of pick up. All food will be “grab-and-go.”

As we navigate the challenges ahead, know we will always work to keep you informed as quickly as possible using our website and social media for any changes in our programming. We will be monitoring the situation to determine the best course of action going forward. In uncertain times like these, we must be there for one another.

Take care,

Michael Bostwick, CEO

March 16, 2020, 9 am: In light of recent developments regarding the COVID- 19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry has made the following adjustments to programming.

Discovery Kids Preschool Closed until March 31, 2020.

The following group exercise classes have been suspended until further notice:

  • Enhance Fitness
  • Senior Shape Up
  • Line Dance
  • All Water Aerobics Classes

Pickleball Suspended until further notice

Day Camp will be available Starting Monday 7:30am-5:30pm, Pre k – 8th grade. Lunch will be provided. Pre K – 8th grade. NOTE THAT THERE IS A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPACES AVAILABLE FOR DAY CAMP.

Swim Lessons – will continue
Youth Soccer – decision will me made by noon 3/16/20.

As we navigate the challenges ahead, know we will always work to keep you informed as quickly as possible using our website and social media for any changes in our programming. Thank you and take good care.

March 11, 2020: KEEPING OUR YMCA HEALTHY

At the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry, we take your health and safety very seriously. The respiratory illness Coronavirus has spread across the world, and now officials in the U.S. have warned that we might see an outbreak across the United States. When a serious health issue arises, our staff team comes together to reassess our strategies to keep our members and staff healthy.

We understand people may worry about the new Coronavirus. In today’s connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere. Risk is dependent on exposure. 

While CDC considers the Coronavirus a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered low. Basic hygiene is the best thing you can do. Everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol. 
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues.
  • If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as counter tops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant.

The coronavirus is spread through respiratory vapor, such as when someone sneezes or coughs into the air around you. Influenza viruses and common cold viruses are also spread this way.

At the Wardle Family YMCA, these are some precautions and actions that we are initiating:

  • YMCA staff that are ill will be sent home and asked to stay out of work until they are symptom free.
  • We are asking members who may be ill with a contagious condition to stay home and return to the Y when they are feeling better.
  • We are asking that any members or staff the contract the Coronavirus contact us to let us know so we can follow protocol.
  • Additional hand-sanitizer is available to all. We’re have added a hospital-grade sanitizer to all our spray bottles in fitness centers.
  • We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with the antibacterial spray that we provide.
  • Our staff will be cleaning doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, equipment, handles, weights, etc.
  • We will communicate via social media, email blast, and our website of any closing or cancellation of programs.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry