June 10, 2020
Dear Y Family,
We are excited to open our doors to welcome you home to our Y, and we are asking for your patience during this home stretch. Our locations operate in multiple counties, unincorporated areas, cities, and nine school districts. We plan to reopen in phases that will allow for adherence to County Health Department Orders while being cognizant of our team and members needs and balancing it with our sustainability as an organization. We are preparing a safe environment to welcome Members back June 15th at our East Whittier YMCA. (Please download the details on hours and usage parameters below.)
A PHASED APPROACH
Currently, YMCA of Greater Whittier Child Care Services are operating at East Whittier and our Uptown Y locations. We have expanded to our summer programming at both locations and added Pioneer Gardens Apartments in Santa Fe Springs. Our sessions at our residential YMCA Camp Arbolado located in San Bernardino County in the San Gorgonio Mountains are also planned to open this summer when restrictions are lifted.
As we await future announcements, we will be very purposeful in our approach to reopening in subsequent phases. At every step of the way, we will work to ensure the health and safety of our members and team.
HOW WE’RE GETTING READY
We are preparing a safe environment to welcome you back beginning on June 15, 2020. As we gradually reopen, some of the initial changes you will experience are:
- Indicators for healthy physical and social distancing
- Healthy spacing of fitness equipment and class participants
- Ample access to handwashing/sanitizing stations
- Significant disinfecting of equipment and activity areas throughout the day
- Deliberate phased openings of low-risk areas, amenities and programs dependent upon capacity
- PPE for all Y Team members and availability of face coverings to members if requested
- Registration for classes and programs to ensure physical distancing
TOGETHER, WE ARE BETTER
Through these trying times, the Y is in the position to make a difference where it matters most. Thank you for staying with us as we transitioned our resources to meet critical needs in our community by providing child care for essential workers and feeding our children to help prevent heightened food insecurities created by this pandemic and shutdown of our economy.
This is an example of our community at its best and displays how the YMCA is more than just a gym…we are a community
President & CEO
The YMCA of Greater Whittier is committed to being a resource to ALL during times of uncertainty. As your community partner, we are expanding our childcare services and all-day summer camp is now available for registration!
- Monday-Friday, 6:30am-7:30pm
- Preschool program (Ages 18 months-5yrs)
- School-age (K-7th grade)
For more information click here or call the Uptown Whittier YMCA Family Center at 562-907-6530 or the East Whittier YMCA Family Center at 562-943-7241 for more information.
We are serving free, healthy meals to ALL children in the area at both branches.
Uptown Grab and Go Service time is 12:00-1:30 PM*
East Whittier Grab and Go Service time is 9:00-11:00 AM*
Weekend meal kits are now available and can be picked up during the Friday Service times at either branch.
Since beginning this service in March we have distributed 35,000 meals to children in our community.
No confirmed cases of exposure of COVID-19 have been reported at our facilities and/or programs.
The YMCA Greater Whittier is committed to the safety and health of our members, staff, and community. With the growing concern about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking precautions in our facilities and will continue to do so as we move forward with opening portions of our operations.
As always we are taking our cleaning procedures seriously at the YMCA of Greater Whittier. We have increased cleaning activities throughout our facilities to ensure that our staff and childcare spaces are maintained in accordance with the procedures set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Health. This includes the use of masks, latex gloves and sanitizers certified to kill the COVID-19 virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Put distance between yourself and other people
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow