Subject: CLARIFICATION: Important Update about McGaw YMCA Closure

Dear McGaw Community,

Thank you for your membership to the YMCA and for your support of our mission to ensure family wellness. To say that these times are unprecedented and confusing is an understatement. But, I want to assure you that we at the Y are working tirelessly to keep our members, program participants, employees and communities safe. To that end, I want to share some important news.

We have made the difficult decision to extend our closure through March 30, 2020. This includes the main YMCA, the Children’s Center and YMCA programming at the Family Focus building. Our Men’s Residence will remain open with essential staff.

It is our social responsibility to do our part to contain the virus for the safety of the community-at-large. As of now, we have a tentative reopen date of TUESDAY, March 31. We will continue to monitor guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities during this evolving national emergency to make sure that this plan is in the best interests of the health and safety of our members and staff.

Thank you for supporting the Y and our mission to develop strong children and families of all economic backgrounds in Evanston. We are a nonprofit organization – your membership and program fees allow the Y to faithfully serve more than 12,000 families and individuals annually.

This is a very challenging and unsettling time for all of us. We at the Y are facing the added challenge of doing what we can by providing salary and benefits continuation to assure that our staff can afford to keep themselves and their families safe and be available to serve you when this health emergency ends.

Therefore, if it is at all possible for you, we ask that you please continue your Y membership and program enrollment. We, as a community, will get through this. And when we do, we want to be in the best shape to support you and your family. If it is not financially feasible for you to do so, please contact McGaw YMCA.

In the meantime, we are working diligently and swiftly to prepare a collection of online resources to assist you in keeping you and your family active during the temporary closure. Click here for access to our virtual workouts. We are also sharing at home learning resources with Early Childhood and School Age participants.

Please continue to check your emails, our website and our social media regularly as we will communicate any late-breaking updates through these channels in a timely manner to ensure you have the best information to plan accordingly.

Thank you for being a loyal member and for sticking with us during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for supporting our Y and our staff who proudly serve you every day. Your continued membership means we can continue to be here for you, your family, your neighbors and the Evanston Community.

On behalf of all of us at McGaw YMCA, we wish you and your loved ones good health.

Monique Parsons
McGaw YMCA President/CEO
1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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