Dear YMCA Members,
For three months, the Merrimack Valley YMCA has provided services to aid our communities’ growing needs. However, in the last week we have directed our attention to reopening our doors. Per Governor Baker’s Phased Reopening Plan, we are preparing to hopefully open our facilities on June 29, 2020. You and your family’s health and safety continue to be our number one priority as we develop our new procedures around cleaning, a new layout of equipment, and new policies around physical distancing. As the reopening date gets finalized, we will further communicate on the changes in our buildings.
Throughout this pandemic, our Y has helped thousands of people across the Merrimack Valley receive essential services and resources. On behalf of our entire staff team and volunteers, we would like to take a moment and thank you for your support and for staying with us. We have been committed to keeping the membership experience alive through this crisis. We hope that you have been able to connect with us through social media or our virtual wellness and family programs in the MVYMCA On Demand section of our website.
We do, however, understand that situations are constantly changing during this global pandemic and that you may need to put your membership on hold or cancel it. If this is the case, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with that right away.
Although we are shifting focus to the opening of our facilities, I can assure you that our commitment to providing essential services to those affected by this pandemic will continue. We have served more than 23,000 free and healthy Grab & Go meals since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and that number continues to grow. In addition to serving meals, our food pantry at the Lawrence YMCA has been providing more than 200 families with groceries every Thursday night. We also safely house 73 homeless men in our Single Room Occupancy (SRO) at the Lawrence YMCA.
The Y is in a unique position to provide these services. However, we cannot continue this critical mission without community support. If you can, please consider making a donation or hosting a Pop the Trunk Food Drive in your neighborhood. For more information about this program, please visit our Food Pantry page.
Our members, volunteers, and community partners are the driving force behind our mission. Together, we will continue to move forward and provide essential programs and services to the community we all call home. Thank you for being a part of our family and for Staying With Us. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Francis J. Kenneally III
President & CEO
Merrimack Valley YMCA