MARCH 19, 2020

Dear Y members,

At the Y, everything we do is in support of building strong communities and providing opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential. For more than 100 years, the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County has worked to meet the critical needs of our community, and that remains especially true today.

As you know we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact within the communities we serve. Late last week, we reduced program offerings, eliminating all group activities and paid programs, but kept facilities open for individuals in an effort to continue serving the wellness needs of our members.

However, we have made the very careful and thoughtful decision to close our YMCA facility, beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 – 12:00 PM, with a commitment to reopen as soon as the health and safety of our community can be assured. We will make this determination on Monday, April 6, 2020.

 

The guidance we are receiving from all sources informs us that the most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19 is for community members to practice social distancing and remain at home as much as possible. We hope you understand this decision. The Y is so much more than a gym, we are a connected community and service organization. Serving the best interest of all is vital during this difficult time.

Closing our facility, however, doesn’t mean we’ve “closed shop,” Just the opposite”. Our Y staff will be reaching out to members keeping you informed, planning for our reopening of the facility, developing our summer programs for kids and families, ensuring our fitness and aquatic are ready to restart programs.

For our dedicated members and greatest supporters, thank you for staying with us during these challenging times. You are a part of our effort to support the entire community. As a charitable organization, we humbly ask that you remain a part of the Y family by continuing your membership. Your membership dues are vital in helping us to continue to serve the community during this time of extreme need. While we cannot serve you in person, we are working diligently to provide virtual resources and engaging activities to ensure that your health and wellness continue to be supported.

Member service representatives are available by phone from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday to answer your questions. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please take care of yourself and one another. Our community is strong, and together, we will get through this.

 

Sincerely,

Juanda Maxwell, Board Chair

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