The Y is here to help

March 19, 2020
Dear Y Family,

These are unprecedented times. Like the rest of the world, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is pivoting to do what’s best for the community at large during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay with us during this critical time. Your membership is so important to the work that we have been doing in our community since 1920. 

As always, the Y is here for you and your family. We are better together and we will get through this together. We ask that you continue to keep your membership with us so that we continue to provide necessary services for children, families and adults across St. Petersburg.

On March 17, 2020, we announced the closure of all Tampa Bay area locations through at least March 29. During this temporary closure, we are committed to helping keep Tampa Bay healthy and strong in spirit, mind and body. 

To that end, we’re offering all-day, school-age relief care for essential workers at 4 St. Petersburg locations alongside 16 additional locations offered across the Bay Area. Our goal is to help support the children of healthcare and emergency response professionals who are playing important roles combating the coronavirus. We understand the personal financial strain that will fall to these community caregivers while schools are closed. We are committed to providing assistance to those needing access to childcare.

We also want to help our members stay active, healthy and connected even in these times of isolation. At no additional charge to you as a Y member, we invite you to utilize new virtual tools to stay healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time. 

We’ve collected a library of online workouts from LES MILLS™, SilverSneakers® and YMCAs across the country, with more being added daily. Missing your favorite Y instructors? Great news! Staff from our Y branches are hard at work, planning fitness workouts that we’ll be sharing with you in the coming days so you can keep up your routines. 

Finally, we’re also developing a toolkit with resources for our families. This Youth Development At-Home Toolkit will be filled with fun games, activities and ideas to keep your child engaged and learning right from your own home. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Y relies on program sales, membership fees, and donations to operate. The shift in operations will have a significant impact on the Y’s overall budget as well as the ability to deliver mission-critical services to our community during this time. Our staff is grateful for your continued support. 

David W. Jezek
YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg