Our Y isn’t the same without you – but we will always be here for our community, just as we have for the past 145 years.  Your health and well-being will always come first so we are hard at work on ways to best serve you in these uncertain times.

Critical Community Response

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While this public health crisis has created enormous uncertainly, how we respond is within our control. Our Y has shifted our attention to serving the most urgent needs in the following ways:

> Teleheath Counseling & Social Services – Our outreach and outpatient offices remain open and active, and have shifted to include phone-based mental health and substance abuse counseling for clients. Family support services, affordable housing and employment needs continue to be met remotely from our Bayshore Family Success Center.
> Urgent Blood Drives – Our Y branches will host American Red Cross blood drives this week to address the critical blood shortage.
Community response has been overwhelming with appointments nearly full.
> Food Distribution – We are working with local agencies to combat food insecurity and supply issues by distributing food at Y locations, connecting with community to provide access, and hosting food drives.
> Emergency Child Care – We are in discussion with local and state agencies to provide emergency child care for hospital staff and first responders who are fighting non-stop to combat this virus.

Healthy at Home

Your fitness goals are important to us, so we’re sharing a new line of YMCA virtual classes called Y360 available free to members for a limited time. In addition, we received permission to share at home workouts from Les Mills, and other virtual fitness providers as part of your membership. Visit www.ymcanj.org/fitness-online to view all video links. Join us on social media every weekday morning to take a class together.

Our Y Needs You Urgently!

The public health emergency is challenging our Y in ways we never imagined. This closure represents a serious threat to nonprofits like the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County. For many of you, the Y has been a vital part of your family’s life through good times and bad, and we are committed to continuing to serve you.

Members, please STAY WITH US by keeping your membership active. Your financial support will help us re-open stronger, more vital, and more able to serve our entire community. You’ll also be helping to serve the most critical community needs.

Support Our Y as we Support Our Community! If you wish to make an individual donation please visit www.ymcanj.org/donate.  We will ensure you receive the appropriate tax letter for your charitable donation. We are also looking for Togetherhood® volunteers who can help support blood drives, food distribution and other urgent community needs. Please email giving@ymcanj.org to lend a hand.

Thank you for your understanding and support for the Y’s cause. As we move forward under these extraordinary circumstances, I urge you to think about what the Y means to you. Today, we need each other more than ever.