FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: B.J. Wilken
602 S. Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701
Y Transitions to Support Medical Staff During Pandemic
YMCA offering additional child care and youth opportunities
BLOOMINGTON, IL (March 16, 2020) – We are in unprecedented times. We are confronting a new enemy that threatens our health and our peace of mind. We could despair, panic, or we can respond. The well-being of members, staff, volunteers, and our community is our priority, we are adjusting, as advised by public officials and responding to a growing need.
“Because of the evolving rules governing the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of school closures, and the growing demand on medical professionals, we are transitioning our YMCA to support doctors, nurses, technicians, and medical staff to caring for their children during this crisis,” said B.J. Wilken, YMCA Executive Director and CEO. “We want to make sure medical professionals in our community don’t have to worry that their children are in a safe place, as they care for a growing number of our loved ones during this difficult time.”
Therefore, effective, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at least through March 29, 2020 the Bloomington-Normal YMCA will temporarily suspend all fitness and aquatics programming. The Y will transition their focus to serving as an emergency school-aged child care program (K-5) for those families who desperately need care not to exceed 50 kids. Particularly those working parents on the front lines combating this virus including health care workers, nurses, doctors, EMS professionals, police and fire. Like all our programs, we’ll turn no child away due to the inability to pay. More information about registration can be found at https://www.bnymca.org/programs/school-break-days/. Like all programming, this too will continue to be re-evaluated based on community need.
All Bloomington-Normal YMCA, group exercise classes, sports, senior activities, Kid Care, team practices, youth programs, and swim lessons are temporarily suspended.
“The Y is so much more than fitness centers and gyms, pools and locker rooms; we are a cause! Dedicated to strengthening (and protecting) the spirits, minds, and bodies of our friends and communities,” said B.J. Wilken
About the YMCA
Established in 1855, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit www.bnymca.org.