Dear Y Community,
We are a relationship organization. We bring people together – large numbers of them, from all backgrounds and circumstances – and create personal connections. Our proximity to people and communities is an organizational asset, but the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges in today’s environment.
To protect your well-being and the health of our employees, Kevin Washington, President of Y-USA, in partnership with health and community leaders, has urged all Y’s to close their facilities and explore alternative ways to meet the needs of our communities during this time of crisis.
Today, Governor Raimondo is requesting all childcare and preschool programs to close. As a result, all YMCA of Greater Providence locations will be suspending ALL business operations including exercise classes, swim lessons, youth sports, and all other programs as of 5:00 pm today through Sunday, March 29th.
Y employees are the heart of our organization and we're committed to taking care of our team, which is why we’re asking all staff members to remain home with loved ones. Staff will be available to answer phone lines from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, should questions arise.
Additionally, stay up-to-date on developments by opting in to your local Y’s Emergency Text Alert Program. Opt-in information is provided below. Timely information will also be shared via your favorite social media page.
|LOCATION||MOBILE OPT-IN||PHONE NUMBER|
|Bayside Family YMCA||Text BAYSIDE to 51555||401-245-2444|
|Cranston YMCA||Text CRANSTONY to 51555||401-943-0444|
|Eastside / Mt. Hope YMCA||Text EASTSIDEY to 51555||401-521-0155|
|Kent County YMCA||Text KENTY to 51555||401-828-0130|
|Newman YMCA||Text NEWMANY to 51555||508-336-7103|
|Providence Youth Services||Text PYS to 51555||401-456-0604|
|South County YMCA||Text SOUTHY to 51555||401-783-3900|
While our facilities are closed, cleaning crews will continue to use revolutionary Protexus electrostatic touches sprayers to disinfect and sanitize all areas more efficiently and effectively than ever before, so that you can come back and exercise with confidence. Additionally, the installation of new, state-of-the-art, cardio equipment will go on as planned.
Now, more than ever, we need to boost our immune systems by continuing to exercise from home. Visit YMCAhome.org to access a FREE sampling of workouts from yoga to high intensity classes. Simply click on any video to get started. Stay tuned for even more virtual workouts and activities for all ages later this week.
We have an organizational responsibility to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of this virus. Thank you for your understanding. Be well.
Steven G. O’Donnell
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Greater Providence