For 55 years, the YMCA of Darke County, as a charitable organization, has been serving our communities. As we face an unprecedented crisis, we continue to do all that we can to meet the needs of those we serve. Our hope and goal is to restore our services and programs as soon as we are able. We ask for your patience and continued support.
As you are aware, the governor of Ohio ordered the closing of all community, fitness and recreation centers on Monday. In anticipation of another government mandate, and in order to continue to fulfill our focus area of Social Responsibility, we have made the difficult decision to also close our daycare operations after the end of this week. Unless ordered to cease operations sooner, our Child Development Center will remain open through March 20 and then close until further notice.
A cohort of YMCAs collaborated to create an on-demand healthy living network called YMCA 360, which includes programs that can be accessed from anywhere. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team behind YMCA 360 has made this programming temporarily available for FREE for all of you. The YMCA 360 team will continue to add content, including programs for youth and families. YMCA 360 content is accessible on the YMCA 360 YouTube Channel at www.YMCA360.org.
Also, our wellness coordinator, Jen Sturgill, will be available by phone at 937-548-3777 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any advice, guidance or support.
Now, more than ever, we need you to help our Y by keeping your membership current. As a charitable organization, we rely on your support so that we can continue to live out our mission to serve all. So even though your access to our fitness center has been temporarily suspended, we ask that you prayerfully consider as a cause-driven member, to stay with us. We understand that not everyone will be able to continue supporting the YMCA with their membership dues, but we ask that you consider keeping your membership active so, when this is all over, we can be able to restore our operations and continue to serve the community.
This too shall pass and we will be stronger as a result, but in the meantime, please continue to offer prayers of strength for the healthcare staff at our hospitals and for all of our first responders.
Sam Casalano, CEO
YMCA of Darke County