Editor's note: The Sherwood Family YMCA has announced it plans to reopen Monday, June 15. The original column from executive director Ryan Buck follows below.
Greetings from the Sherwood YMCA. We hope that you and those in your household are well.
Although the Sherwood YMCA is closed for our in-person membership operations, there is still quite a bit going on behind the scenes.
Currently, we are working to close the gaps for community needs. The city and county recognized the work we have been doing, and we recently became an essential hub for Washington County.
Local hubs have been established to provide Washington County residents, particularly vulnerable populations and those who are homebound, with a streamlined way to obtain essential needs. As a hub, we coordinate volunteers, accept donations and share resources with local giving organizations. We are handing out food, masks and toiletries. Because not everyone can make it to our facility, making food deliveries each week continues to be an important service we are providing.
The needs we are providing for the community are very diverse. Currently, we are providing emergency childcare for essential workers in our community. This was initially at our branch for many weeks, as well as at the Child Development Center across from Stella Olsen. We have transitioned all of the children from our branch to our Child Development Center.
We are making wellness calls to check in with our active older adult population. If they have any unmet needs, we partner with local organizations to make sure those needs get met.
Some research has suggested loneliness is a similar magnitude to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We are working to combat loneliness by having our seniors stay connected. We have weekly virtual coffee chats and mocktail hours so our members can stay in touch with each other. Our wellness outreach system has been used as an example by the Public Health Institute on how to adapt and meet the needs of seniors.
We are also offering ways for our teens to stay in touch with weekly Teen Talk. We also offer virtual Bible study to meet the spiritual needs of the community. Daily times for homeless showers continues to be a priority to provide service to that population.
Keeping the community active at home remains a top priority so we have multiple ways to access workouts and classes. We are offering Y at Home workouts which have many different options. We have Group Exercise Zoom classes daily offering classes such as Dance Fitness, BODYPUMPTM, Pilates, Yoga Flow, Tai Chi, HIIT, Chair Yoga and other favorites. We are also offering homeschool PE and Active Kids Choice virtual classes.
In addition to our live classes, we also have on demand classes on our website, and our app has an entirely different set of workouts to choose from.
Thank you to those who have been able to keep their membership active and have donated at this time. These much-needed funds are making it possible for us to continue our work.
Ryan Buck is executive director of the Sherwood Family YMCA.
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