COVID-19: All Branches Remain Closed

May 19, 2020

All Greater Somerset County YMCA facilities remain closed due to COVID-19 as mandated by Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 104. This includes all programs and services provided at or through Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Plainfield YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. 

Our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local officials. In preparation for a future reopening date, we are actively in the process of modifying our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices. We’re following guidance from health experts and local officials to determine the safest way to serve everyone in our community. The safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority.

We promise to continue to keep you updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. 

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces here at the Y again!

THE Y: WHERE MEMBERSHIP MEANS MORE

The Y isn’t a building. It’s people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community, together. Our doors may be closed, but the Y hasn’t stopped serving our communities. We’ve been hard at work providing emergency services to frontline workers, families and our neighbors in need. 

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve continued to serve the most critical needs in our community, including:

  • Providing essential employees with emergency child care
  • Fighting food insecurity by distributing food to neighbors in need
  • Hosting lifesaving blood drives across our branches
  • Providing live and on-demand virtual fitness programming that encourages physical activity for all
  • Helping seniors, school age children, cancer survivors, those living with chronic disease, job seekers and more feel connected while apart through specialized daily and weekly virtual events.

HERE TO HELP YOU FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST

Staying connected with community matters and taking care of our health is more important now than ever before. At the Y, we’re here to help you stay active and healthy and improve your well-being in spirit, mind and body. Greater Somerset County YMCA offers the following resources to support our members and the community:

Your health and safety are very important to us. Please continue to check with the New Jersey Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued patience, membership, and support of our Y during these truly unprecedented times.

Together, we’re a better us.

 


 

FAQs

We understand that you may have additional questions and are happy to answer a few of them right here: 
 

Q: When is the Y going to reopen its doors to members and resume regular operations?

A: Our Y’s facilities remain closed as mandated by New Jersey Executive Order No. 104 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. No one knows exactly what tomorrow will bring and precisely when and how COVID-19 restrictions in our area will begin to be lifted. This could potentially mean that certain program areas are permitted to resume some form of operations whereas others may remain in a state of mandated closure that is outside of our control.

Our leadership team remains in constant contact with state and local agencies. We remain committed to doing everything we can to reopen as soon—and as safely—as possible, following all CDC-recommended practices and the guidance from state and local officials. We are actively in the process of modifying our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices. The safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority.

We will continue to keep our members updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. 


Q: When the Y does reopen, will things be back to ‘normal’ again right away? If not, when?

A: That is very unlikely. Some form of a ‘phased’ reopening has been proposed and the specifics regarding that are as of yet largely undefined. We’ve been carefully planning to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs in the safest manner possible so you can access the services and support you miss and need the most. 

The safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority. While we can’t predict how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, or whether it will be necessary to close facilities and programs again in the future, we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure your safety.

The way we’ll interact with each other will be different, but at the Y, you’ll always be able to connect with people, improve your health and wellness, nurture your children’s potential and help strengthen our community. 


Q: What has the Y done to prepare to reopen?

A: Our skilled facilities teams at each of our branches, in conjunction with our outside cleaning companies, engaged in a thorough sanitizing deep clean of our facilities from top to bottom using hospital-grade disinfectants. Select other minor maintenance projects at our Ys have been coordinated or executed by our facilities directors at each branch. Our pools are still being maintained on a daily basis. The pool decks and locker rooms have been power washed.

Q: What is the Y doing now to support our members and our communities?

A: In crisis, the Y is here for all. Lifting up and supporting one another is critical right now, especially for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Our mission-focused work continues as we pivot to meet pressing community needs during this health crisis:

  • We mobilized quickly to provide child care to healthcare professionals and essential employees in our communities
  • We are holding blood drives to help address the critical shortage of blood in area hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • We are actively partnering with local organizations to address food insecurity that many of local families and seniors are facing—including operating the only 24/7 food pantry in Somerset County
  • We are helping seniors, school age children, job seekers and more feel connected while apart through specialized daily and weekly virtual events

Q: Will the Y continue drafting membership fees while the facility remains closed as mandated by NJ Executive Order No. 104?

A: Yes. Membership to the Y is so much more than just facility access. We are a relationship organization. Especially during times of uncertainty is when the Y is needed more than ever in our community. Because of you, Y staff continue to support our most vulnerable populations, including addressing food insecurity, social isolation, youth enrichment, and even offering virtual fitness options for all abilities. However, we know that not everyone can afford their membership during this time of crisis. If you find the need to place your membership on hold beginning in June simply complete this simple online form by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


Q: There are YMCAs everywhere. Isn’t there a national organization that can step in and support Greater Somerset County YMCA?

A: YMCAs across the nation are united in a shared purpose and mission under a common brand. While we share knowledge, standards across program areas, and organizational best practices, each YMCA—or association of YMCAs as we are here at Greater Somerset County YMCA—is a financially-independent nonprofit entity. As such, our Y has a fiduciary responsibility to our staff, members, and program participants for which we alone are accountable. We take our purpose to strengthen community and our ability to be organizationally equal to the task very seriously. 


Q: How can I help?

A: As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community, Greater Somerset County YMCA empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y is needed now more than ever. Here’s how you can support the Y’s efforts in caring for community:

  • Care by Sharing – If you know an essential healthcare or front-line worker, share the Y’s emergency child care, offered at Hillsborough YMCA.
  • Save a Life – Sign up to give blood to help address the critical shortage of blood in area hospitals and healthcare facilities. Drives are being held at Hillsborough, Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs. Social distancing and additional precautions are being taken.
  • Curb Hunger – During these challenging times, local families and seniors are facing food insecurity. Donate food to local food banks. Collection bins are located at Hillsborough, Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs. Additionally, you can help stock the Little Food Pantries located at Hillsborough and Somerville YMCAs.
  • Stay Healthy at Home – The best way to care for others is to ensure that you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body. From cardio to crafts with kids, from stretching to story time, the Y has put together a collection of videos to keep you healthy at home.
To learn more about Greater Somerset County YMCA’s impact in the community, please visit gscymca.org. And if you are in a position to give, or give again, we humbly ask for your support.