COVID-19 Stories: Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi
How has COVID-19 affected your business or organization? And what are you currently doing differently because of it?
Continuing to serve during this time presents many challenges, including securing necessary funding. Our organization is experiencing a significant revenue loss from temporarily closing our Y branches. The Y is investing its human and financial resources to provide support that is critical to helping others during this time.
While the Y is closed, first responders, healthcare personnel and other essential workers are receiving needed YMCA childcare services as they selflessly serve our family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors. Y staff and volunteers are calling on seniors, hunger children are being fed, and the Y is offering resources for your well-being, including online classes and workouts, tools for youth navigating an online school semester and a variety of ways to have fun from the comfort of your own home.
We are using this time to also enhance our facilities as we anticipate the day we can reopen our facilities. From floor restrictions on wellness floors assisting with social distancing protocols, to an increased amount of hand sanitizing stations, to enhancements to our already strict cleaning procedures, we are checking all the boxes to ensure our members safety. We are also discussing how to ensure the wellbeing of all members and employees that are welcomed back to our facilities when we are able to reopen.
This time has also allowed us to find new ways to connect with our members in a virtual way. We are going to continue our virtual classes and resources to all of our members even after our facilities open back up. We would also encourage you to download our brand new “Metro YMCA MS” app from the App Store or Google Play Store now. Visit us on our website to find out more on how to get started at www.metroymcams.org/mobileapp
We are also staying connected with our community through Facebook at: www.facebook.com/metroymcams
What would you like us to share with our audience about your organization?
First, we are asking our members to stay with us and continue to support the Y mission. We ask them to please consider continuing their membership as a sustaining partner in our mission and cause. Their dues will be designated as a donation and converted into a much-needed contribution while we are closed. We will follow up with the process to document this for your taxes once we resume more full-scale operations.
If they are not able to retain your membership as a donation during this uncertain time, we understand and ask our members to consider putting your membership on hold instead of canceling. A hold on your membership signals to us that they are still with us, which matters to us as well. Our mission calls us to be there for our members when we reopen, and we humbly and respectfully ask them to be there, too.
Secondly, we invite anyone in the community to make a direct donation if it is within your means. Simply visit www.metroymcams.org/donate and make a donation online. One hundred percent of your donation will go to the community’s emergency needs provided by YMCA staff and children in need of meals during this time.