A Message from our CEO
Dear YMCA Member,
As you know, last week we closed our facilities in keeping with the Governor’s mandate and in support of our community’s health and well-being. Our staff and volunteers live in your communities; we know this pandemic is hitting everyone very hard, whether it be physically, mentally, or financially.
For 120 years, the YMCA of Snohomish County has faced our region’s greatest challenges. Through good times and tough times the Y has continued to provide essential services that build the foundation of community. We plan to continue to do so. Our strong membership base and connection to community ensures our Y can overcome obstacles and be a force for good in neighborhoods across Snohomish County.
What We’re Doing Right Now
- Emergency Child Care: Your Y is providing care for children of first responders, health care providers, and essential workers, allowing our local heroes to focus on their responsibilities knowing their children are receiving safe and enriching YMCA care. Through 11 child care sites across the county the YMCA is supporting over 400 families needing child care so they can support us.
- Ensuring food security: Through partnerships with our county’s school districts we are providing food security with nutritious “Grab and Go” breakfasts and lunches for students and families across the county while schools remain closed.
- Senior Outreach: YMCA staff are reaching out to our senior members with 1:1 check-ins and arranging for small group conversations using social media reducing isolation and depression.
- Virtual Wellness: With the launch of our new Y at Home, virtual YMCA, complete with free, virtual group exercise classes, wellness tips, family activities, 1:1 wellness check-ins, and other resources the Y is keeping everyone engaged. To date, we have over 1,600 Y members/community members participating in our virtual YMCA. We encourage you to join fellow youth, families, and seniors to stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body during this stressful time.
Stay with Us
Your Y membership is so much more than access to a pool and a gym – it’s a chance to make a difference in our community. While the facilities are not open, the work of the Y continues and we are asking you to continue with the Y. The staff and volunteers of the YMCA are committed to this community.
If you can, stay with us.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2020 we will issue our regular monthly bank draft. If you plan to continue your draft, you do not need to take any action. Those dues will transition to a charitable gift to support the YMCA of Snohomish County. We will acknowledge you for your generous support with a letter and documentation for tax purposes. If your membership is currently paid through a third-party partner (Renew Active or Silver Sneakers, Silver & Fit), we ask that you also consider making a donation.
We understand many of our Y members may be facing financial uncertainty. If you feel you cannot stay with us and prefer to put your membership on hold or if you feel you need to cancel your Y membership, you may easily do so.
- If you would like to place your membership on hold, please complete our online
on-hold form. The hold will continue until our facilities re-open for recreation and we will communicate prior to reactivating your membership.
- If you would like to cancel your membership, please reach out to our billing office, email@example.com or 425 374 5707.
Our Commitment to You
We are committed to you and to the well-being of everyone we serve. Together, we can strengthen our community during these turbulent times. We can only do this if we do it together, and we will celebrate the doors of the Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Monroe, and Stanwood-Camano YMCA’s opening once again.
Thank you for being a part of our Y, we can’t wait to see you again.
President & CEO
YMCA of Snohomish County
Today, an executive order was issued by Governor Inslee mandating closure of all health and fitness centers and other similar recreational venues until March 31, 2020. Abiding by this order, the YMCA of Snohomish County will temporarily suspend all membership operations at all six branches—Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mukilteo, and Stanwood-Camano—on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
We cannot express the immense impact this will have on our staff and our community. For over 120 years, the YMCA of Snohomish County has met some of the region and country’s greatest challenges and still provided essential services across the county. Over the last week,our teams have been evaluating how the Y can step in to support our community, including first responders, healthcare workers, our most vulnerable and at risk populations, and our youth. The Y is working with local school districts to host emergency child care in a limited capacity with priority given to those previously mentioned.
However, we strongly urge all families to keep children at home if possible. Information and locations of our emergency child care sites can be found on our website. For our dedicated members and greatest supporters, thank you for staying with us during these challenging times. You are a part of our effort to support the entire community. As a charitable organization, we humbly ask that you continue to pay your membership dues and consider it a contribution to protect our community during this time of uncertainty.
While we cannot serve you in person, we are also working diligently to provide alternative virtual resources and wellness checks to ensure that your health and wellness continue to be supported. We will be sure to update you when these programs and initiatives are available. The discussion of closure has been incredibly difficult for the staff and our Board of Trustees. We do this following the guidelines from public health authorities and for the health and well-being of our members and community as a whole. Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. We are all in this together.