Coronavirus Information and Updates

Working Together Against the Coronavirus Challenges

The Greater Augusta Family YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information as we work together to stay as well and safe as possible during these critical times.

UPDATE June 2: Now Open For Phase 2!

Our pools, group exercise studios and showers are open! Watch our video to learn about what to expect when you visit a branch during the second phase of our reopening. Read Phase 2 guidelines here for more information.
 

RESERVATIONS

For Phase 2, group exercise classes and pool lap lanes require reservations in advance. Reservations open up 23 hours prior to the class or swim session start time. Watch our video for instructions on how to reserve your spot. Click here to view the schedule or make a reservation.

At this time we are not requiring reservations for open swim sessions. However, there will be a limited number of spots on the pool deck. Spots will be first come, first serve. Check your branch’s Facebook page or call ahead to check availability.

FORGOT YOUR ACCOUNT?

Are you having trouble getting into your account to make group exercise class or lap lane reservations? Follow the steps in our video to reset your password, or call your branch!

UPDATE May 29: What To Expect For Phase 2

PHASE 2 BEGINS JUNE 1

The second phase of our reopening begins Monday, June 1 at all of our branches! Safety procedures from Phase 1 will remain in place as we strive to maintain a clean facility and keep our members healthy. Watch our video to learn about some of the services and programs that will reopen on June 1. Read Phase 2 guidelines here for more information.
 

RESERVATIONS

For Phase 2, group exercise classes and pool lap lanes will require reservations in advance. Reservations open up 23 hours prior to the class or swim session start time. Watch our video for instructions on how to reserve your spot. Click here to view the schedule or make a reservation.

At this time we are not requiring reservations for family or individual open swim sessions. However, there will be a limited number of spots on the pool deck. Spots will be first come, first serve. Check your branch’s Facebook page or call ahead of time to check availability.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Temporary hours of operation have been expanded for Phase 2! View hours on our Reopening Guidelines page. Check with your branch for pool hours.

UPDATE May 26: View Our Phase 2 Guidelines

PHASE 2 BEGINS JUNE 1

We will begin reopening more services and programs on Monday, June 1 at all of our branches! Safety procedures from Phase 1 will remain in place as we strive to maintain a clean facility and keep our members healthy.
 
Some highlights from our Phase 2 Guidelines include:
  • Indoor or outdoor pools will reopen for lap swim by reservation.
  • Outdoor pools and waterparks will reopen.
  • Group exercise classes will begin on a limited schedule by reservation.
  • Showers will reopen.
  • Play and Learn/Childwatch will remain closed temporarily.
  • Read our full guidelines here for more information.
 
Hours of Operation: Temporary hours of operation have been expanded for Phase 2! View the hours for each branch above. Check with your branch for pool hours.
 

VIRTUAL RESOURCES

We understand that you may not be ready to visit the Y yet. We will continue offering virtual resources and Y at Home exercises so you get the most out of your membership.
 
Our group exercise instructors host workouts through Zoom and Facebook Live. Keep an eye on our social media channels for when these take place! Videos can also be found on our YouTube channel. Professional, nationally-produced exercises videos are available through YMCA 360.

UPDATE May 22: Reopening Phase 2 Begins June 1

READY FOR PHASE 2

All 11 Family YMCA of Greater Augusta branches are reopened! We are thrilled to serve our members again in our facilities, and ready to begin Phase 2 of our reopening.
 
Some services and programs are reopening for Phase 2, and we will continue to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are following strict guidelines from the CDC, as well as state and local officials. Some services/programs that will reopen with Phase 2 include:
  • Indoor or outdoor pools will reopen for lap swim by reservation.
  • Outdoor pools and waterparks will reopen.
  • Group exercise classes will begin on a limited schedule by reservation.
  • Showers will reopen.
  • Play and Learn/Childwatch will remain closed.
  • Read our full guidelines here for more information.
Hours of Operation: Branches will follow these temporary hours of operation for YMCA Phase 2:
  • Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Augusta South Family YMCA, Barnwell County Family YMCA, Marshall Family YMCA, North Augusta Family YMCA, North Jefferson Family YMCA, Riverfront YMCA and Steiner Branch Family YMCA will be open Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and closed Sunday.
  • Aiken County Family YMCA, Burke County Family YMCA, Thomson Family YMCA and Wilson Family YMCA will be open Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Check with your branch for pool hours.

VIRTUAL RESOURCES

We understand that you may not be ready to visit the Y yet. We will continue offering virtual resources and Y at Home exercises so you get the most out of your membership.
 
Our group exercise instructors host workouts through Zoom and Facebook Live. Keep an eye on our social media channels for when these take place! Videos can also be found on our YouTube channel. Professional, nationally-produced exercises videos are available through YMCA 360.

UPDATE May 19: All Branches Now Open!

WELCOME BACK

All 11 Family YMCA of Greater Augusta branches are reopened! We are thrilled to serve our members again in our facilities.
 
As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. We are following guidance from the CDC, local health agencies and public officials to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and accommodations for social distancing. We want every person who walks through our doors to feel safe and protected while getting back to what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community.
 
Watch our video above to learn about the changes we have made to prevent the spread of COVID-19! Read our Reopening Guidelines here.
 

Hours of Operation: All branches will follow our temporary hours of operation for YMCA Phase I:

  • Monday – Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday
We want your feedback: If you have visited one of our branches since our reopening, take our short survey to tell us about your experience. You can take the survey even if you haven’t visited a branch yet to let us know what you want us to prioritize in Phase 2. Click here to take the survey.
 

VIRTUAL RESOURCES

We understand that you may not be ready to visit the Y yet. We will continue offering virtual resources and Y at Home exercises so you get the most out of your membership.
 
Our group exercise instructors host workouts through Zoom and Facebook Live. Keep an eye on our social media channels for when these take place! Videos can also be found on our YouTube channel. Professional, nationally-produced exercises videos are available through YMCA 360.

UPDATE May 15: How is Your Reopening Experience?

GA MEMBER UPDATE

Our Georgia facilities have been opened for two weeks! How are we doing? Let us know!
 
If you have visited one of our branches since our reopening on May 1, take our short survey to tell us about your experience. You can take the survey even if you haven’t visited a branch yet to let us know what you want to see from us in Phase 2. Click here to take the survey.
 
Guidelines for Phase 2 will be available by the end of the month. We will have safety guidelines for our facilities, as well as for any programs or services that we reopen.
 

SC BRANCHES REOPENING MAY 18

We are excited to see you back in our South Carolina branches on Monday, May 18 for Phase 1 of our SC facility Reopening!
 
It will look a little different in our facilities due to the new social distancing guidelines in place. In preparation, our branches have received a supply of cleaning materials, personal protective equipment, sneeze guards and safety posters. We are ready to welcome you back!
 
Watch our video above to learn about the changes we have made to ensure the safety of our members and staff! Read our Reopening Guidelines here.
 
Hours of Operation: We will temporarily have adjusted hours of operation for YMCA Phase I:
  • Mon-Fri 7am to 7pm
  • Saturday 8am to 12pm
  • Closed Sunday

Camp Registration is Open!

When this is over, they will be ready for fun and adventure. We will be ready too, for the BEST SUMMER EVER! Register now for summer camp at the Y. Day Camp starts May 26!
 
Read our camp update here for guidelines on what we are doing to keep our campers safe and current promotions.

UPDATE May 12: SC Branches Reopening May 18

SC BRANCHES REOPENING MAY 18

Our South Carolina branches are ready to reopen under a new normal! YMCA Phase 1 Reopening for our SC branches will begin Monday, May 18!
 
Watch our video above to learn about the changes we have made to ensure the safety of our members and staff! Read our Reopening Guidelines here.
 
Hours of Operation: We will temporarily have adjusted hours of operation for YMCA Phase I:
  • Mon-Fri 7am to 7pm
  • Saturday 8am to 12pm
  • Closed Sunday

GA MEMBER UPDATE

Phase 2 Coming Soon! We are preparing to reopen more of our Y services very soon. Guidelines for Phase 2 will be available before the end of the month. We will have safety guidelines for our facilities, as well as for any programs or services that we reopen.
 
This Friday, we will send a survey to all members who have visited a Y branch since our reopening on May 1 to get your feedback on Phase 1 and help us prioritize Phase 2 needs.
 
If you haven’t visited yet, watch our videos above to get a glimpse of how our reopening is going and what to expect when you are ready to come back.
 

Camp Registration is Open!

When this is over, they will be ready for fun and adventure. We will be ready too, for the BEST SUMMER EVER! Register now for summer camp at the Y. Day Camp starts May 26!
 
We will provide full camp guidelines later this week about what we are doing to keep our campers safe. Read our camp update here.

UPDATE May 8: Here For Good

GA MEMBER UPDATE

It’s been a great first week! Thank you to all of the members who have visited one of our facilities since May 1. We’ve missed you. Your commitment to our Y confirms that we are here for good. We will endure, and will continue providing services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
 
As a nonprofit dedicated to keeping our community healthy, safe and thriving for all, Y members like you make our impact possible. Your ongoing support of the Y helps us remain in the community from now and into the future.
 
If you haven’t visited yet, watch our videos above to get a glimpse of what our first week was like and what to expect when you are ready to come back. Read our Reopening Guidelines here.
 

SC MEMBER UPDATE

SC YMCAs are here for good: While our YMCAs are closed to members and our programs are suspended due to COVID-19, we continue to serve and strengthen community, because that’s who we are. Thanks to the generosity of many members and supporters, YMCAs across South Carolina have repurposed facilities and Y staff to support community needs during the Coronavirus crisis. Watch our video above to see what South Carolina Ys are up to.
 
Our Y will continue offering Essential Personnel Childcare to healthcare and government employees, as well as distributing meals to families in need until this pandemic is over.
 
Our SC members are welcome to use our Georgia branches, and we will continue providing virtual content through YMCA 360, and our social media channels. You can call your branch Monday-Friday from 9am to 12pm to discuss your membership options. Click here for a list of branch phone numbers.
 

Camp Registration is Open!

When this is over, they will be ready for fun and adventure. We will be ready too, for the BEST SUMMER EVER! Register now for summer camp at the Y. Day Camp starts May 26 at our Y branches! Read our full camp update here.
 

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

We are planning our camp offerings for this summer, and want your feedback! Take the survey to let us know your summer camp intentions.

UPDATE May 5: Mobilizing The World Through Giving

We believe that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it presents an opportunity to come together as a global community.
 
Now, more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our Y has provided free Essential Personnel childcare to healthcare and government employees, and grab-and-go meals to families in our community. Your support through continuing dues has helped make these initiatives possible.
 
But there’s more to do. Consider supporting the Y on May 5 for #GivingTuesdayNow to help us continue providing resources for our community until this pandemic is over. Donate here.
 
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 
 

GA MEMBER UPDATE

Safety is Our Top Priority: As we welcome you back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our number one priority. We are doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe social distancing practices. This means things look and feel a little different in our Ys.
 
If you haven’t already, watch our video to learn about some of the changes we have made to ensure your safety.Read our Reopening Guidelines here.
 

SC MEMBER UPDATE

Serving Our Community: Our doors may still be closed, but the Y hasn’t stopped serving the community. We’ve been hard at work providing Essential Personnel Childcare and grab and go meals to families and our neighbors in need.
 
We are carefully planning to reopen our SC branches and reactivate programs in the safest manner possible. We look forward to the day we will be able to serve you in-person again.
 
Staff are available to answer phones Monday-Friday from 9am to 12pm to discuss your membership options. Click here for a list of branch phone numbers. You are welcome to use any of our Georgia branches, and we will continue providing virtual content on social media, YouTube and YMCA 360 so you can get your work-out in at home.
 

Feeding Our Community

In partnership with The office of Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., global hunger relief organization World Central Kitchen and Golden Harvest Food Bank, we will provide pre-packaged gourmet meals again this week! Meals will be available on May 7 (4:30 – 6:30) and May 8 (11:30 – 1:30 & 4:30 – 6:30) at:
Aiken County Family YMCA, Augusta South Family YMCA, Barnwell County Family YMCA, Burke County Family YMCA, Marshall Family YMCA, North Augusta Family YMCA, Riverfront Family YMCA, Steiner Branch Family YMCA, Thomson Family YMCA and Wilson Family YMCA (view addresses here).
 
Meals will also be available Friday May 8 at the Wrens Church of God in partnership with the North Jefferson Family YMCA.

UPDATE May 1: We Are Thrilled To Serve You

Our Georgia branches are opened! We will continue providing updates to our members every Tuesday and Friday. However, our communications going forward will look a little different as we have divided information for each state. Updates will include any reminders or changes to the reopening guidelines for Georgia members, as well as any new information for our South Carolina members.

GA MEMBER UPDATE:

Welcome Back! We are open and ready. The staff of our YMCAs were so excited to open the doors this morning for the first time in 44 days.
 
As a nonprofit dedicated to keeping our community healthy, safe and thriving for all, Y members like you make our impact possible. Thank you for staying with us! Thanks to your support, the Y was able to run essential childcare and offer food to families in need across the CSRA. You were here for your community when it needed you most, and we remain here for you.
 

If you haven’t already, watch our video to learn what you can expect when you walk into one of our facilities. Read our Reopening Guidelines here.

SC MEMBER UPDATE:

We are ready for you! We hope we will be able to open our SC branches again soon and look forward to the day we can serve you in-person again. We are preparing to reopen our facility and reactivate key programs in the very near future. Until then, our SC branches will continue to serve our community by offering essential personnel childcare and providing grab and go meals to families in need.
 
You are welcome to use any of our Georgia branches, and we will continue providing virtual content so you can get your work-out in at home. Videos are available through YMCA 360, our Youtube channel and shared on our social media channels.
 
Staff are available to answer phones Monday-Friday from 9am to 12pm to discuss your membership options. Click here for a list of branch phone numbers.
 

OTHER:

Don’t forget to stop by a branch today (May 1) and pick-up a pre-packaged gourmet meal! We will have meals available from 4:30 to 6:30 at Wilson, Augusta South, Steiner Branch, Barnwell, North Augusta, Aiken & Marshall. More meals will be available next week, and we will post those times and locations on our social media soon!

UPDATE April 28: Getting Ready For You

We Are Ready For You!

Supplies in boxesOur staff and entire Y family have been preparing and getting ready to reopen under a new normal. YMCA Phase 1 Reopening will begin Friday, May 1, 2020 (see below for South Carolina members)!
 
Hours of Operation: We will temporarily have adjusted hours of operation for YMCA Phase I:
  • Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday
It will look and feel different in our branches due to the new social distancing guidelines in place. In preparation, all of our branches are receiving a supply of cleaning materials, personal protective equipment, sneeze guards and safety posters. We are ready to welcome you back!
 
 

South Carolina Y Members:

We were prepared to open all of our Y’s on May 1, but, unfortunately, we did not get the green light from SC authorities. We will continue working hard to equip our SC branches (Aiken County Family YMCA, Barnwell County Family YMCA and North Augusta Family YMCA) with new safety protocols. We will reopen as soon as we are able to do so. Until then, you are able to use any GA branch and we will continue providing virtual resources so you get the most of your membership. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
 

We Want Your Feedback

If you haven’t had a chance to take our survey yet, there’s still time to provide your input. Take the survey to let us know how you feel about our reopening and what we can do so you continue getting the most out of your YMCA membership. Take the Survey here!

UPDATE April 24: We Are Ready For You

We Want Your Feedback!

We are making decisions about the phases of our reopening and want your feedback! Take the survey to let us know how you feel about our reopening and what we can do so you continue getting the most out of your YMCA membership. Take the Survey here!
 

We Are Reopening May 1!

Our staff and entire Y family have been preparing and getting ready to reopen under a new normal. YMCA Phase 1 Reopening will begin Friday, May 1, 2020!
 
We will be reopening in phases to keep our members safe and adhere to guidelines from the CDC and state governments. Unfortunately, that means we have had to cancel our spring soccer session and make some other changes in our facilities. Find a full list of what we are doing to keep you safe for Phase I of our reopening HERE.
 
Hours of Operation: We will temporarily have adjusted hours of operation for YMCA Phase I:
  • Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday
We will continue reviewing these guidelines regularly and communicate changes through email, our website and social media. We cannot wait to see our members in our facilities again, and we know you can’t wait either!
 
We will continue reviewing these guidelines regularly and communicate changes through email, our website and social media. We cannot wait to see our members in our facilities again, and we know you can’t wait either!
 

Support The Y

YMCA Stick With The Y tshirt designOrder a #StickWithTheY T-shirt from Stamped Apparel’s CSRA Strong store to show your support for our COVID-19 community outreach programs!
 
Shirts are priced at $20 and shipping is included. $10 from every shirt sale will go directly to the Y to help off-set the loss incurred from not being able to operate in light of the lockdowns mandated by Covid-19.
 

UPDATE April 20: When This Is Over…

We will be ready to welcome you back to our facilities. Our staff and entire Y family have been preparing and getting ready to reopen under a new normal. We will be reopening our facilities on Friday, May 1, 2020!
 
We will be reopening in phases to keep our members safe and adhere to guidelines from the CDC and state governments. You will notice some changes and increased signage in our facilities. Find a full list of what we are doing to keep you safe for Phase I of our reopening HERE.
 
Phase I reopening changes include:
  • Members must maintain minimum of 6 feet distance.
  • All staff and members will have their temperature checked upon entering the facility.
  • Staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (masks and gloves).
  • We will have controlled access to the facilities through one entrance.
  • Time will be limited on all cardio equipment.
  • Group exercise classes will continue virtually through Phase I.
  • Locker rooms will be open, but showers will not be available.
  • Pools and ChildWatch will reopen in Phase II.
  • Click here for a full list of changes during Phase I of our reopening.
We will continue reviewing these guidelines regularly and communicate changes through email, our website and social media. We cannot wait to see our members in our facilities again, and we know you can’t wait either!
 
 
When this is over, you will be ready to get back to your fitness routine. You will be ready to take your favorite class. You will be ready to see your fellow members and friendly staff. You will be ready for that next goal. You will be ready for it all.
 
We are ready, and patiently waiting to see our members again on May 1!

UPDATE April 17: Getting Ready For Your Return

Thank You, Y Family

We sincerely appreciate you for sticking with us during this unprecedented time. We know you are disappointed our YMCA branches are not currently open due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we cannot wait for you to see all the improvements we have made.
 
Your continued support allows us to not only serve the community through our Essential Personnel Childcare and Grab & Go meal programs, but also gives us time to get our branches ready to see you again. Staff have been hard at work deep cleaning, painting and improving our facilities so they will be better than ever when we reopen.
 
We want to thank you for being a member of our local Family YMCA. We trust you are proud to be a part of a 162-year legacy here in the CSRA and we look forward to our next chapter together.
 
Our mission can only be fulfilled because of our members. Thank you for your continued support and patience in these challenging times.
 
Head Start Meal Boxes
 
Our Head Start staff passed out 427 boxes of food to our Head Start families in Aiken and Barnwell! These meal boxes ensure that children in our Head Start program will have healthy meals available at home while our facility is closed.

UPDATE April 14: Supporting Our Community

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are honored to support our community and deliver on our promise to fulfill the needs of those we serve. That’s a promise we will continue to keep, long after this national crisis has passed.
 
We ask that you consider an emergency donation to help us get through these hard times and serve our community when they need us the most. We want to ensure the overall health of our organization and make sure that our efforts pre-COVID-19 continue to thrive in the years to come.
 
These donations help support the future of the Y, as well as our Essential Personnel Childcare and Feeding Our Community initiatives. Donate Here.
 

Thanking Our Essential Personnel

Before Easter, Starbucks and Ladybug’s Flowers showed their appreciation for essential personnel by giving coffee and flowers to parents of our Essential Childcare program!
   
 
We want to ensure that you get on the other side of this pandemic with full hearts, good spirits and the knowledge that you have support and care during any difficult time. We will continue to keep you informed through our website, social media and email, and will provide our next update on Friday, April 17.
 

Our mission can only be fulfilled because of our members. Thank you for your continued support and patience in these challenging times. 

UPDATE April 10: Faith Over Fear

“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

As we approach Easter Sunday, there’s no better time to remember that He is in control. In these unprecedented times, it’s easy to be caught up in collective fear. There are many uncertainties and changes right now. However, we strive to be a pillar of faith through this pandemic, and to remind you that no one is navigating this alone.

It is more important than ever for us to band together and pray. Prayer does make a difference, and all of us need to ask for God’s will to be done. Pray for the healing of our community and the safety of essential workers. We can create a prayer tsunami by praying together everyday at noon to show our God how much we love him.
 
We wish you well, and sincerely hope that Easter weekend gives you a reprieve from your coronavirus fears. Although our facilities are closed until April 30, we will continue to connect with you through email, our website and social media. It won’t be long before we can join together in faith and fellowship at our facilities.
 

Crosses in the Community

Essential Personnel Childcare participants decorated crosses for our branches to celebrate Easter and show our commitment to Faith Over Fear.
   
 

UPDATE April 7: Thank You For Staying With Us

Thank you for staying with us during this difficult time. Your continued membership dues are vital in helping us provide critical programs to the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of you, we are able to offer childcare to essential personnel, provide meals to children and families in need, as well as curate virtual content to keep you healthy in quarantine.

We cannot wait to see our members in our facilities again, and we know you can’t wait either.

Essential Childcare Cookies

With help from The Palomar Group and Two Moms Cookies, our childcare participants gave bunny cookies to their essential personnel parents last Friday!
Young boy giving cookies to his dad   Boy holding up two cookies that look like bunnies   Girl giving cookies to her mom
 

Feeding our Community

Through April 10th, we have grab-and-go meal bags available for children and youth up to 18-years-old to feed students who are out of school for Spring Break. No registration or sign-up is required! Locations:
  • Wilson YMCA 11:30 – 1:00
  • Thomson YMCA 11:30-1:00
  • Aiken YMCA 11:30-1:00
  • North Augusta YMCA 11:30- 1:00

#YMCAKindness

It’s easy to be consumed by fear and anxiety during these uncertain times. But in the midst of this pandemic, there is SO MUCH GOOD happening everywhere around us. Leading up to Easter Sunday, we want you to share the good with us! Share your story that spreads love, kindness, happiness and LIGHT! We will then share all the good with our followers. To submit, reply to this email or use the hashtag #YMCAkindness on social media.

UPDATE April 3: We Miss You!

Your Y misses your smiling faces, friendly interactions and warm greetings. We are much more than our facilities; we are a movement of faith, friends and fitness. The Y spirit is alive and well, and here’s what we are doing to provide support for the community during this time:

Childcare

We serve 100 children per day at four branches for our Essential Personnel Childcare initiative.
 

Feeding our Community

We provide more than 600 meals per day: 300 breakfast, lunch and snack grab-and-go bags to children under 18 and 300 through our branches. We expect these numbers to increase next week since schools will not be delivering meals due to with Spring Break.
 
Next week, we will be preparing more than 400 food boxes for our Head Start families in Aiken and Barnwell.
 

Virtual Content

Across all of our social media accounts, we have had more than 1,000 posts with over 15,000 engagements in the past month! These include information updates, exercise videos, daily “word workouts” and kids’ crafts. Like all of our pages so you don’t miss a thing!
 
We have also launched YMCA 360, a growing database of online videos for you and your family. At-home workouts are also available through Les Mills On Demand.
 

How are you representing the Y during our closure?

We miss seeing our members! Tag us on social media or send pictures and videos of your at-home workouts, Y gear and acts of kindness!
 
 
We want to ensure that you get on the other side of this pandemic with full hearts, good spirits and the knowledge that you have support and care during any difficult time. We will continue to keep you informed through our website, social media and email, and will provide our next update on Tuesday, April 7.
 
Our mission can only be fulfilled because of our members. Thank you for your continued support and patience in these challenging times.

UPDATE March 31

When you became a member of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta, you became part of a movement and mission to strengthen the foundations of our community. For more than 160 years our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to fulfill the needs of those we serve. That remains especially true today.
 
Although our facilities are currently closed until further notice from medical authorities, we certainly have not “closed shop.” Our staff have been busy deep cleaning our facilities, providing childcare to essential personnel, hosting food drive-throughs and providing grab-and-go meals for anyone under 18, talking with members about membership options and developing virtual resources on social media.
 

Please understand we will re-open our branches as soon as we are given permission. Telephone lines are open at your local branch Monday-Friday from 9 am – 12 pm to discuss your membership options. View branch phone numbers here.

A nurse receiving flowers from her two children

Flowers for Fighters on the Front Lines
Parents using our Essential Personnel Childcare program received flowers provided by Ladybug’s Flowers from their children to thank them for protecting our community. Read the story here.

This program offers free childcare to partnering agencies, including all major hospitals in the CSRA and local governments. Essential Personnel Childcare is available at 4 of our branches: Aiken County Family YMCA, Burke County Family YMCA, North Augusta Family YMCA and Wilson Family YMCA.

YMCA 360 video screenshot

Virtual Workouts
Our staff have developed a library of virtual workouts on social media, as well as countless other virtual member experience videos, including crafts, cooking classes, story times and other family-friendly videos.
 
We have also launched YMCA 360, a growing database of online videos for you and your family. At-home workouts are also available through Les Mills On Demand.
 

Feeding Our Community
Several of our branches have helped feed our community. Thomson and Steiner Branch partnered with Golden Harves Food Bank to host no-contact, drive-through Mobile Markets. Many branches have also given out grab-and-go bags with breakfast and lunch for anyone under 18-years-old. Read the story about Thomson’s food distribution here.

UPDATE March 27 #StickWithTheY

Dear YMCA Family,
We know that you may be disappointed our YMCA branches are not currently open and that is for everyone’s safety. We hope to see you back very soon.  It is important you know your YMCA is staying focused on our mission of meeting the needs of the community and are doing just that in two very essential and necessary ways.
 
  1. In cooperation with every major hospital in the CSRA, we are providing free childcare for healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel. It is our duty and privilege to help take care of these families as they work around the clock to take care of us.
  2. We are also meeting the needs of those families and people with food shortages. We’ve partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank to provide boxes of emergency meals. In addition, we have locations throughout the CSRA where we are providing “grab and go” breakfast and lunch for children up to the age of 18.
Although our facilities are currently closed until further notice from medical authorities, we certainly have not “closed shop.” Our YMCA staff miss seeing you in our facilities and in the classes you have grown accustomed to attending. To help you stay active, your favorite instructors have developed a library of virtual workouts. These are posted frequently on social media. Our staff have also created countless other virtual member experience videos for you and your family members. These include craft ideas, cooking classes, story times and other family-friendly videos.  
 
Please understand we will re-open our branches as soon as we are given permission. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with you through our social media platforms. Major updates will be posted on our website and vial social media every Tuesday and Friday.  At this time, all program and events are cancelled and postponed until April 10th. Telephone lines are open at your local branch Monday-Friday from 9 am – Noon. View branch phone numbers here.
 
We don’t know how many times we can hear “unprecedented” and “never seen before” as we are all adjusting to the times we are in right now. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we ask you to stay with us, your Y family, so we can continue to provide these critical services to our community.
 
We need you to “stick with the Y.” #stickwiththey
 
We truly understand during this difficult time that some of you may not be able to keep your membership active. In that instance, we are more than willing to put your membership on hold. Please contact your home branch to learn about options if you need to make an adjustment to your monthly dues. We want to leave you with two final thoughts.
 
First, during difficult times we tend to forget that we serve an amazing God and he is still in control. He already knows what tomorrow holds and we will come out of this soon and be stronger for what we have learned. We think we will appreciate the small things we sometimes take for granted even more.
 
Second, pray! Prayer makes a difference and all of us need to ask for God’s will to be done and for the physical and financial health of our country and our world to return, so we are asking for our YMCA families to pray together at noon each day and create a prayer tsunami and show our God how much we love him!
 
We want to thank you for being a member of our local Family YMCA. We trust you are proud to be a part of a 162-year legacy here in the CSRA and we look forward to our next chapter together. As the CEO and President and our Chairman of the Executive Board and from all our staff, we look forward to the day soon when we can serve you in person and continue to help you grow healthier in spirit, mind and body. We are incredibly grateful for your support and trust you know that you are truly making a difference.
Danny McConnell President/CEO
Gregory Francisco, Ph.D Chair, The Family Y Board
President/CVO Child Development Academy

UPDATE March 20: Our Community Outreach

When you became a member of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta, you became part of a movement and mission to strengthen the foundations of our community. For more than 160 years our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to fulfill the needs of those we serve. That remains especially true today.
 
We trust you understand we made a difficult yet responsible decision to close all of our YMCA facilities, beginning Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
 
This was in support of the recommendations to encourage community members to practice social distancing in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. We sincerely apologize if this adjustment was disappointing or disruptive to you or your family. Yet, we have faith you share in our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of those in our community.
 
As a member, you are one of our greatest supporters that allow us to continue our mission. We sincerely thank you for staying with us and standing strong beside us during this time of crisis. Your membership dues and donations are vital in helping us provide resources to those in need. We trust you are proud to be a part of a dedicated, cause-driven organization and we are honored you are part of our Family Y.
 
Two outreach programs have been implemented to help those in critical need:
 

Essential Personnel Childcare

The YMCA is making this available for dependents of first responders and essential personnel affected by the current pandemic. This is our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who we turn to as a community in our times of need and survival. In a time of great need, the Y is here, ready to lend a hand to our community.

 

Feeding our Community Together

The Steiner Branch Family YMCA, Thomson Family YMCA and Golden Harvest Food Bank are hosting a no-contact, drive-through Mobile Market food distribution for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
 
We also want to provide alternative virtual workouts you can do at home. Our very own YMCA staff, who you see every day, have developed a library of virtual workouts. These are posted daily on each branch’s Facebook page. If you are missing your Les Mills group exercise classes, you can find some Les Mills Home Workouts here.
 
Going forward, we will continue to keep you informed through our website, social media and email. We will provide an update on March 27, 2020.
 
Our mission can only be fulfilled because of our members. Thank you for your continued support and patience in these challenging times. 

UPDATE March 17: YMCA Temporarily Closing All Facilities

Dear Y members,

At the Y, everything we do is in support of building strong communities and providing opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential. For more than 160 years, the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta has worked to meet the critical needs of our communities, and that remains especially true today.

As you know we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and its impact within the communities we serve. Late last week, we reduced program offerings, eliminating all group activities and paid programs, but kept facilities open for individuals in an effort to continue serving the wellness needs of our members.

However, we have made the very careful and thoughtful decision to close all of our YMCA facilities, beginning Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The guidance we are receiving from all sources informs us that the most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19 is for community members to practice social distancing and remain at home as much as possible. We hope you understand this decision. The Y is so much more than a gym, we are a connected community and service organization. Serving the best interest of all is vital during this difficult time.

Closing our facilities, however, doesn’t mean we’ve “closed shop.” Just the opposite. In many ways this is our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who turn to us for community and to those who turn to us for survival. We’re pivoting and repurposing and working to provide programs and services that will be critical in the coming weeks.

  • We are distributing meals and snacks to families with children up to age 18. More information on this service is forthcoming.
  • The Y is working with the Golden Harvest Food Bank to expand food pantries at several branches and offer food distribution to the community in the coming days.
  • We are developing a childcare program for emergency responders. Working with healthcare partners, the Y will provide childcare for those who don’t have the option to work remotely, including medical professionals, emergency response workers. The first two locations will open by the end of this week at our Wilson and North Augusta branches, with others following in the coming weeks based on need.
  • We are providing alternative virtual workouts you can do at home through a vendor relationship.  These are professionally produced, robust workouts and fun. Les Mills Home Workouts are available here. We are also producing workout videos with our own local staffs as well as fun activities for kids. Check out our Facebook page here for more information.

As we continue to work hard to keep our facilities safe and clean, we ask our Y members to help us in these efforts. We never make a decision to adjust programs and services in haste. We know these adjustments may be disruptive to you and your family, but we also know you share our commitment to safety, health and well-being.  We will keep you informed using our website, social media and email.

For our dedicated members and greatest supporters, thank you for staying with us during these challenging times. You are a part of our effort to support the entire community. As a charitable organization, we humbly ask that you remain a part of the Y family by continuing your membership. Your membership dues are vital in helping us to continue to serve the community during this time of extreme need. While we cannot serve you in person, we are working diligently to provide virtual resources and engaging activities to ensure that your health and wellness continue to be supported.

Please take care of yourself and one another. Our community is strong, and together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Danny McConnell President/CEO
Gregory Francisco, Ph.D Chair, The Family Y Board
President/CVO Child Development Academy

March 15: YMCA Temporarily Suspends After School Programs For All Closed Districts

Out of an abundance of caution and safety causing recent CSRA school closures, the Family YMCA after school programs will be cancelled until further notice. We will continue to operate in school districts that have not closed their sites. We apologize for any inconveniences in advance and appreciate your understanding to help eliminate the spread of the Corona (COVID-19) Virus. We are monitoring the virus containment plans and processes up-to-the-minute as they develop from the direction of area authorities.

Based on this information, we are developing a plan going forward and will provide you with an update at noon tomorrow on our decisions around offering childcare services. At the Y, we are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our members, participants and staff. Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our Y community healthy and for your patience as we work together through these challenging times.

March 13: Prevention in Our Facilities

Your Y is regularly cleaned by a local cleaning company and special care is taken by Y staff to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. We have added additional professional “deep cleaning” days as an additional precaution, along with ongoing daily cleanings by staff throughout operational hours. Additionally, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses: Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children. Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider. A simple way to remember the basics are the 3Cs: 3 Cs-Cover, Clean and Contain

Operations, Classes, Programs and Services

We have made the very careful and thoughtful decision to close all of our YMCA facilities, beginning Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  Closing our facilities, however, doesn’t mean we’ve “closed shop.” Just the opposite. In many ways this is our moment to truly deliver on our promise of service to those who turn to us for community and to those who turn to us for survival. We’re pivoting and repurposing and working to provide programs and services that will be critical in the coming weeks.
  • We are distributing meals and snacks to families with children up to age 18. More information on this service is forthcoming.
  • The Y is working with the Golden Harvest Food Bank to expand food pantries at several branches and offer food distribution to the community in the coming days.
  • We are developing a childcare program for emergency responders. Working with healthcare partners, the Y will provide childcare for those who don’t have the option to work remotely, including medical professionals, emergency response workers. The first two locations will open by the end of this week at our Wilson and North Augusta branches, with others following in the coming weeks based on need.
  • We are providing alternative virtual workouts you can do at home through a vendor relationship.  These are professionally produced, robust workouts and fun. Les Mills Home Workouts are available here.
This is a very fluid environment we are all experiencing and our team is diligently staying abreast of developments here in the CSRA and responding appropriately.

Community Developments

Should any community organizational closings or operational closings occur that may impact our operations, we will comply to provide the best possible and safe solutions for our members and staff, while attempting to maintain access to services. This includes programs in our communities such as youth sports, camps, etc. We will send out regular updates with any new developments as they occur. Additionally, we encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families. This article shares some more tips on staying healthy at the gym and at home. Thank you for your patience, prayers and support as we work through these challenges together!