West Cook YMCA

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At the West Cook YMCA, everything we do is guided by our commitment to strengthening the foundation of our community, no matter the challenges we face. In mid-March, the COVID-19 crisis forced us to make one of the toughest decisions in our Y’s history, temporarily closing our Y and suspending our operations except for our residential program. It was the right thing to do for our community.  

Despite uncertainty, your Y asked how we could help address the emerging needs of our neighbors. Together, with your support, we moved forward with continuing our resident program, and offering an emergency childcare program for essential workers for the last two months and calling our older adults to check in and provide PPE for those in need. 

When we sent our survey to our members, you responded and told us that your number one concern was your health and safety followed by financial concerns. 

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health officials, government leaders, and healthcare partners, we developed For A Safer Us: A Reopening Roadmap, a plan that outlines our COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reopen our Y that is designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members, and community. Although you will notice and experience modifications, our staff are working diligently to welcome you back. 

In response to our survey, our team will be releasing a rapid response scholarship program so that members can apply online and quickly qualify for a scholarship should the need arise, and can access the Y facility, programs, and services. 

The reopen plan is designed to adjust to the evolving nature of the pandemic. What will not change is our commitment that all of our decisions will be focused on ensuring the safety of our staff, members, and community. 

Thank you for staying with us and allowing us the opportunity to respond to our community. Please know that if you do not use your membership during these next phases, we will continue to acknowledge your fee as a donation. We look forward to seeing you again.



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