SOCIAL MEDIA TOGETHERNESS CAMPAIGN
In a time where social distancing has become a "norm," it is an unnatural practice for those of us who are invested and involved at the YMCA. Let's come together!
At the Y, where we have thousands of members and people within our community who are considered frontline workers: nurses, doctors, hospital staff, first responders, pharmacy staff, police officers, fire fighters, EMT's, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, truck drivers, grocery employees, we want to bring our Y community together on social media and say THANK YOU!
If you would like to be involved, here's how:
Take a picture or video of you and/or your family holding up a colorful and creative sign or saying a few words saying thank you to our healthcare and front line workers.
Submit your photo/video to firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos/videos will be shared on our Facebook & Instagram page.
Each morning, a photo or video will be posted on our social media pages!
See our first video submitted by our CEO Bill and his family
CEO & FAMILY
A message from YMCA Board President
First and foremost, let me wish good health to all of you and your families. One of the duties of the President of the Board of Directors of the Y is to send a letter each year to the members to talk about where we’ve been and where we are going. As I end my second and final year in that position, my letter has changed rather dramatically over the last couple of weeks.
In the past year, much has been accomplished at the Y thanks to the tremendous support of the members, volunteers and staff. The most obvious of these accomplishments has been the completion of the Sally Schenkman Family Locker Room. The fundraising around that enterprise shows the good that all the members of our Y family can do. Thanks to everyone for your support. We’ve also been working on some behind the scenes upgrades that will roll out in the near future to make your Y experience better than ever.
At this point I would like to diverge from the usual annual letter and talk a little about where we are today. I am sure all of you know that the doors of the Y have been shut and may remain so for some time. The impacts on the members is significant. A gathering place for all kinds of groups – from early morning basketball and swimming to evening group fitness classes – is no longer available. The pools have been drained and utility systems turned down to minimum levels. Perhaps the most difficult fact of the shutdown is that virtually all the Y staff members have been laid off. While we are doing what we can to extend the support for them, it is extraordinarily difficult without the normal programs that are the lifeblood of the Y.
All of us are feeling the financial squeeze of this health emergency. It is a “tough ask”, but if at all possible, please keep the Y in mind if or when you are able to keep your membership going or give a donation. To date, we have received some very generous, unsolicited gifts that are greatly appreciated. Anything that you can do to support the Y would be a great help.
Even during this tough time, the staff steps up as always. Instructors are finding ways to reach out through social media and provide online workout videos and training. This is awesome and a testament to the fact that these people are not just employees – they are the heart and soul of the organization. We are reminded daily to keep our “social distance” and that is exactly what they are doing while still inspiring us.
It reminds me that “social distance” does not mean “antisocial distance”. Keep your distance, but find ways to reach out to relatives, friends and neighbors. We are all stressed. If you are calm one day and can help another who is being tested, one day that gesture will be returned. The Y has been a beacon of community togetherness and it will remain so – even if it has to be a virtual beacon for now.
Stay healthy and see you in the building soon,
Paul W. Ferriero
Volunteer Board President 2018-2020
Our Community Needs YOUR Help!
Local Hospitals Asking for Homemade Masks
Local hospitals have put out a request to make and donate homemade medical masks. These will be used over the top of the N95 masks so that the precious N95 masks last longer. They will also be provided to hospital workers who are dealing with non-covid patients, preserving the N95s for Covid-19 healthcare workers.
Simple instructions for sewing a mask can be found here: SEWING INSTRUCTIONS They use a sewing machine, but you can do this by hand too!
Joann Fabrics of Succasunna ships OR has curbside pick-up to gather fabric and materials. Shop online and they will notify you when you can pick up the order.
Drop off locations are listed here: DROP OFF LOCATIONS You can also drop your masks off at the YMCA between 9:00 am-2:00 pm Monday-Friday beginning Wednesday, March 25.
If you want to participate but cannot get to a drop-off location or you should not leave your house, contact Kaitlyn at email@example.com for assistance.
Let's see how many masks the Randolph YMCA family can supply. Post a picture on Facebook and tag the Y!
A YMCA Board Member, who is also a United States Marine, said it best.
Adapt. Improvise. Overcome.
We have certainly moved into unprecedented times with the fiscal and emotional challenges that we are all facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone will be impacted significantly during these uncertain times, but we want the Randolph YMCA to be a source of comfort and support for all our members. As you are aware, the Randolph YMCA is closed. We will continue to follow all the recommended guidelines for safe and healthy operations until it is appropriate to re-open. We ask that you be flexible and supportive as we do our best to support all of you.
Rest assured that we have decided to extend your memberships based on your expiration date for the amount of time the government has deemed closure necessary.
Part of the mission of the Y is to be a community center of calm that can demonstrate what it means to keep one’s wits about you. In coordination with all community leaders and organizations, we can provide a refuge and source of relief as may be appropriate. Currently, Y’s across the state are mobilizing to assist essential service employees with their emergency childcare needs.
One of the basic tenets of the Y is to be a resource for improving the health and well-being of the community. Sometimes this means very difficult choices – like closing the facility to help achieve a goal that is larger than the Y. It also means that the Y will also be there for our members when this all passes and “normalcy” returns. That new normal likely means greater attention to healthy living – and that is what we do best.
And finally, the staff team and the Board of Directors want to thank you for all your support via phone calls, emails and social media contacts. It means a lot to all of us that the YMCA family is so incredibly supportive of each other in times of need.
Bill Lamia, Chief Executive Officer
Paul Ferriero, Chief Volunteer Officer
In order to combat the novel Coronavirus throughout the tri-state area, Governor Murphy has issued all gyms to temporarily close.
Effective 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16 the Randolph YMCA will follow this state mandated request and be closed until further notice.
We have a social responsibility to our members, our community and our staff to take this uniform approach of social distancing which is meant to slow the spread of the virus.
During this closure, our facility will remain clean & disinfected. As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of the individuals at our Y. We will continue to practice high standards for the safety of our YMCA members and staff.
We appreciate your patience and we will keep you updated as new information is available.