COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19


 

During Governor Mike DeWine’s press conference today (May 14, 2020), he announced some exciting news regarding possible target dates for opening days following compliance guidelines from the state of Ohio.  The target opening dates for Fitness Centers/Gyms are May 26, 2020, Child Care Centers are May 31, 2020 and Pools are May 26, 2020.  With these dates released, the Governor also announced there will be restrictions and parameters for the YMCA to follow for the safety, health and well-being of our members.  The Lakota Family YMCA will be reviewing and implementing these guidelines so that we may open on the targeted dates given.  The re-opening guidelines and restrictions will be announced via email to all active members.  In addition, we will be posting updates to our website and social media.  We miss everyone and cannot wait to enjoy the summer with you in a safe, responsible and healthy manner.


Update 5/4/2020

COVID WEEKLY UPDATE

Hello Lakota Family YMCA Members,

We are awaiting an update from Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine about guidance for businesses like Lakota Family YMCA, Summer Camps and Child Care for when and how we can reopen for our members and community.  Until these recommendations come we have some EXCITING updates to share:
Lakota Family YMCA College Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following : 

      Members Scholarship:  Kamille Harris
      Trade School Scholarship:  Hollie Moore
      Community Impact Scholarship:  Ashanka Khadka.
      Employee Scholarship:  Autumn Kistner and Gavin Myers

Lobby Laughs with Lakota Family YMCA

Thursday, May 7, 10:00 am.  Please join your Lakota Family YMCA for another hour of joke-telling, Q&A about the Y, and seeing each other lovely faces!  Let's catch up!  Join our Lobby Laughs HERE.

Mother's Day Video-

Lakota Family YMCA would like to celebrate ALL of our Mom's out there.  These are our Fur-baby Mom's, our bonus mom's, our biological moms, and our mom's that step up like all mom's out there, there are NO LIMITS.  How to submit your mom:

  1. Take a photo with or of your mom and tell us about them.

  2. Make a video with your mom and express your gratitude for her.

  3. If you're a mom practicing social distancing with your family, take a photo of you holding a photo of your family.

We will combine all our files and create a slide show thanking our mom's.  Use your imagination and share your mom.

Send all entries by Friday, May 8, 2020, to Sara Matchison.  If you do not have access to sending this, contact Sara and we will schedule someone to come and take photos or a video 6 ft from your front porch!

We do hope everyone is staying safe and healthy while at home!  We miss you at Lakota Family YMCA and can't wait to see you walk through our front doors again!

Yours in Mission,

Sara Matchison

Membership Director


Update 4/29/2020

MAY DUES STOPPED

Dear Valued Lakota Family YMCA Members,

Thank you for your support for Lakota Family YMCA over the past month as our YMCA has worked to determine the best steps forward for our membership, participants, volunteers, staff and community. Our main concern is for the health and well-being for all.

Monthly memberships will continue to remain on hold for May 2020, you do not have to do anything with your account at this time.

Annual membership will receive all the time missed back to the end of their terms.  This will be determined when we reopen.

Lakota Family YMCA understands that these times are unknown and hard.  We are very humbled and grateful for you staying with us!  Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic: childcare, aquatics, wellness, sports, creative arts, and day camps. Our dedication to serving our communities remains consistent. We are at the front of this fight and will continue to work with all to help stop the spread of this pandemic. Lakota Family YMCA is a Pandemic Critical Care child care center. We are here for our community to support those that are helping our community.

Thank you to the members that have continued their support for the YMCA's Cause-Driven Leadership through donations to the Lakota Family YMCA. By doing this we have been able to remain supportive to our community.

Please #StayWithUs! We are asking you to help us lead our cause-driven goals. Please consider donating your monthly dues for May to help Lakota Family YMCA live our cause together.
If you have questions please contact our Membership Director, Sara Matchison.

Yours in Mission,

John Schaller

CEO, Lakota Family YMCA

Please consider a donation to help Lakota Family YMCA continue to lead the community.

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Thank you for your commitment.  We know that without our members, our proud history of helping our community would not be possible.


Update 4/20/2020

STAY HEALTHY FROM HOME

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Here are the winners of the Easter Egg Coloring Contest!

April 14 - April 20

Color and Tag Lakota Family YMCA on Facebook using #LakotaYMCA

or email submissions to Sara.Matchison@LakotaYMCA.com

10 Winners will be chosen on Monday April 20, 2020

to win a Lakota YMCA t-shirt!

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Ms. Brittani reads Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late 

Click Here to Read with Ms. Brittani!

Hello Lakota Family YMCA Families,

I wanted to update everyone and let you know what the plans are on the other side of this COVID-19 event.  We heard lots of plans for the reopening of businesses in the next few weeks.  However, we have not been instructed on specifics to what will be allowed to open.  The federal and state government will be letting us know of their plan for the timing and opening of the Lakota Family YMCA.  That being said, we are anxious to have our YMCA family back.  The staff has been working hard cleaning, disinfecting, painting, and preparing for programs on your return.  We have uploaded lots of YMCA programs and content, many provided by our talented staff on our Youtube page and other social media outlets.

I would like for you to mark your calendar to sit in on our first LIVE Lobby Laughs with Lakota Family YMCA on Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 am.  This will give us a chance to catch up, answer questions, and have fun, but we need you there!  We will send out our Zoom Link on Monday, April 20, 2020. 

Thanks again to all the members that are "STAYING WITH US" and we appreciate all of you that have contributed your April Dues to the Lakota Family YMCA.  Please take care of you and your family, stay safe and I look forward to talking to you on Tuesday!

Yours in Mission,

John Schaller

Lakota Family YMCA

C.E.O


Update 4/10/2020

ARE YOU IN THE KNOW?

Hey there!

The Lakota Family YMCA loves to stay social and see our members in action. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube to stay connected with us online for daily updates, inspiration and community conversations. 

Check out our website at LakotaYMCA.com for updates to the COVID-19, Kids Activities, Virtual Y Workouts and more...

Take it one step further...

DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APP

Have Lakota Family YMCA right at your fingertips through our FREE mobile app. Now you can get YMCA information when you want it, where you want it, even on the go. Our mobile app features:

  • Group exercise schedules
  • Program schedules and registration
  • Calendar reminders
  • Facility status notifications (manually set up under preferences)
  • Social media sharing
  • Check-in using your mobile phone

Download our FREE app through the Apple and Android app stores today!


Update 4/3/20

HAVE VIRTUAL FUN WITH THE YMCA!

At the Lakota Family YMCA we are committed to nurturing the potential of everyone in our community, improving your health and well-being and giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Although we are unable to provide these services in our facilities, we are able to offer some alternatives to keep you and your loved ones moving and staying active!

Below are some of our virtual offerings from our amazing staff here at the YMCA!

Are you an essential worker struggling to find care?  Lakota Family YMCA is here for you with our Critical Care child care center.  Available Monday-Friday 6:30am - 5:30pm

Critical Care

Need an activity for your child to do during this uncertain time?  Visit our Kids Activity Page on our website for resources.  Click the link below to see our "How To" videos.

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Fill your Mind, Body, and Soul with these virtual home workouts.  New videos are constantly being posted, try one out and let us know what you think! 

My Virtual Y

Want to get crafty with your kids?

Here are a few entertaining ideas and crafts that use objects from around the house!

Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of items from inside your house to outside in the yard and send those kiddos on a hunt! See who can find the most creative items for "something blue" or "something round".

Toothpick Shapes: Make geometric shapes and designs using toothpicks on a flat surface. Get 3D with your designs and incorporate mini marshmallows to connect your toothpicks together...How tall can you make your tower? 

Coffee Filter Paper Flowers: Dye coffee filters with food coloring and water. After they have dried stack multiple filters on top of each other and connect in the center with glue, staple or a pipe cleaner. Pull each layer into a cute little flower tuft. This is a perfect craft for a springtime bouquet!

We hope you join us as we are getting through this time together as a community. Share and post all your activities using #LakotaYMCA and @LakotaYMCA. We can't wait to see all of you again here at Lakota Family YMCA!  Stay home and stay active and well! 

Your Friends at the Y!


Update 3/26/2020

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS ON HOLD

Dear Valued Lakota Family YMCA Members,

Thank you for your support for Lakota Family YMCA over the past week as our YMCA has worked to determine the best steps forward for our membership, participants, volunteers, staff and community. Our main concern is for the health and well-being for all.

Memberships will be placed on hold effective 3/17/2020, you do not have to do anything with your account at this time. 

Governor Mike DeWine's decision to close all fitness centers effective 3/17/2020, Lakota Family YMCA hopes this update informs you how we are responding, but also by giving you an opportunity to be part of our solution and help our community.

Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic: childcare, aquatics, wellness, sports, creative arts, and day camps. Our dedication to serving our communities remains consistent. We are at the front of this fight and will continue to work with all to help stop the spread of this pandemic. Lakota Family YMCA is a Pandemic Critical Care child care center. We are here for our community to support those that are helping our community.

Please stay with us! We are asking you to help us lead our cause-driven goals. Please consider making a donation to help Lakota Family YMCA live our cause together.
If you have questions please contact our Membership Director, Sara Matchison.

Yours in Mission,

John Schaller

CEO, Lakota Family YMCA


Update 3/25/2020

APRIL MONTHLY DUES ARE STOPPED

Dear Valued Lakota Family YMCA Members,

Thank you for your support for Lakota Family YMCA over the past week as our YMCA has worked to determine the best steps forward for our membership, participants, volunteers, staff and community. Our main concern is for the health and well-being for all.

Memberships will automatically be placed on hold for April 2020, you do not have to do anything with your account at this time.

Governor Mike DeWine's decision to close all health and wellness centers effective 3/17/2020, Lakota Family YMCA hopes this update stands out by sharing how we are responding, but also by giving you an opportunity to be part of our solution and help our community.

Daily, we operate many different business types impacted by this pandemic: childcare, aquatics, wellness, sports, creative arts, and day camps. Our dedication to serving our communities remains consistent. We are at the front of this fight and will continue to work with all to help stop the spread of this pandemic. Lakota Family YMCA is a Pandemic Critical Care child care center. We are here for our community to support those that are helping our community.

Please #StayWithUs! We are asking you to help us lead our cause-driven goals. Please consider donating your monthly dues for April to help Lakota Family YMCA live our cause together.

If you have questions please contact our Membership Director, Sara Matchison.

Yours in Mission,

John Schaller

CEO, Lakota Family YMCA


Update 3/20/2020

CRITICAL CHILD CARE

The Lakota Family YMCA will be providing Critical Care Child Care in the event Governor DeWine closes Child Care in the State of Ohio.

Through these trying times, the YMCA is in the position to make a difference where it matters most. The Lakota YMCA will operate as a crisis center serving only children whose parents are first responders, nursing home staff, medical personnel, and medical staff. We will continue to provide a safe and caring environment for their children during this difficult time.

Please contact our Early Childhood Child Care Director, Lindsay Miller, at Lindsay.Miller@LakotaYMCA.com for more information and registration.

Access the Critical Child Care Flyer HERE


Update 3/17/2020

GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES FROM HOME! 

The YMCA put together several at-home workout videos during this time so you can still get your burn on while we are closed. These are available to watch on YouTube and Vimeo. Please click the button to access the workout you are interested in!

Visit our website or the online workout web page to view any updates we receive moving forward! Also, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions if you need help navigating these classes!

Best in Health,

Taylor Barreto

Program and Wellness Director


Update 3/16/2020

Coronavirus Facility Update Email from CEO

Dear Lakota Family YMCA Members, Guests, Participants, Volunteers and Staff:

At the Lakota Family YMCA, the safety and well being of our members, guests, participants, volunteers, staff, and the broader West Chester, Liberty Township and Butler County have always been and will be our top priority.

Following the press conference today, 3/16/2020 with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, we will be temporarily shutting down the facility with the exception of our Crayon Club and School Age Camp area effective 10pm 3/16/2020.

The Lakota Family YMCA Crayon Club and the School Age Camp Programs will remain open to serve the needs of those who need the service due to work commitment.  We ask that you please keep in mind that these programs may be shut down as well.

All of this is being done out of an abundance of caution and to best protect our members, participants, and staff.

These decisions come with great angst, prayer and care for the community, and special care for members and employees with vulnerable love ones.

We will be joining in with our community and understand that cancelling classes, programs, and some facility features is frustrating, especially since you have spent money on them. Lakota Family YMCA fully intends to work with our members and participants to address requests for future make-up classes, programs and/or refunds. But right now, we ask for your patience. We are focused on day to day actions and decisions based upon information and guidance from the Governor and healthcare authorities.

How can you help?  You can help by partnering with us in our strategic cleaning regimen by the 3 C’s:

  • COVER: Cough into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away.
  • CLEAN:  Frequently wash/disinfect your hands and wipe down fitness equipment.
  • CONTAIN:  Stay home when you are sick and limit touching your face.

As with all health concerns, if you have questions about what is best for you, you should speak with your healthcare professional.  You can also visit coronavirus.gov or cdc.gov for more information.

Please visit the Lakota Family YMCA Website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more updates and we all paddle these uncharted waters.

Thank you for your help in creating a healthy environment where everyone can reach their goals, make friends and belong.

Yours in Mission,

 John F. Schaller

CEO, Lakota Family YMCA


Update 3/16/2020

Coronavirus Email from CEO

Dear Lakota Family YMCA Members, Guests, Participants, and Staff:

You are an essential part of the Lakota Family YMCA and your safety is our highest priority.  Amid the concerns for coronavirus, COVID-19, we want to provide you as much information as possible during these uncharted times.

Our national leaders, local leaders, and Lakota Family YMCA leaders are monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the actions we, at Lakota Family YMCA, are taking are appropriate.

Today I want to share a few of the steps we are taking here at Lakota Family YMCA to help keep a healthy environment:

  • Postponed until further notice the following Programs/Classes/Facility:
    • Group Fitness postponed effective 3/16/2020
    •  SilverSneakers Programming Postponed effective 3/16/2020
    • Women On Weights (W.O.W) postponed effective 3/16/2020
    • ALL Youth Programs including the Youth Fitness Program
  •  Facility Areas Closed
    • Child Watch Closed effective 1:30pm 3/16/2020
    • Playland Closed effective 1:30pm 3/16/2020
    • Bubble Closed effective 3/17/2020

How can you help?  You can help by partnering with us in our strategic cleaning regimen by the 3 C’s:

  • COVER: Cough into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away.
  • CLEAN:  Frequently wash/disinfect your hands and wipe down fitness equipment.
  • CONTAIN:  Stay home when you are sick and limit touching your face.

As with all health concerns, if you have questions about what is best for you, you should speak with your healthcare professional.  You can also visit coronavirus.gov or cdc.gov for more information.

Thank you for your help in creating a healthy environment where everyone can reach their goals, make friends and belong.

Yours in Mission,

John F. Schaller

CEO, Lakota Family YMCA


Update 3/16/2020

Lakota Family YMCA updates Effective Monday, March 16 

At the Lakota Family YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers, and community have always been and will always be a top priority. We have been diligently monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have been adjusting our business practices to meet the recommendations by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. To further support efforts to thwart the coronavirus spread in our community, here are the additional changes we are making effective Monday, March 16.

Per Governor DeWine's order to close fitness facilities, YMCAs must close our fitness operations at the end of the day today (March 16, 2020). This includes the Aquatics department and Programs will be postponed until further notice.

Our Crayon Club and School's Out Camp will remain open until further instruction is given by Governor DeWine or the President.

In each community, the response will appear different. But the dedication to serving our communities remains consistent. We are at the front of this fight and will continue to work with all to help stop the spread of this pandemic. We ask for your patience and continued support as we stand united in service during this unprecedented time.

Thank you,

John Schaller

Lakota Family YMCA CEO


Update 3/11/2020

Coronavirus Message from the YMCA

As you are aware there has been an outbreak of a respiratory virus known as the coronavirus or COVID-19. The Butler County Health Department and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely monitoring this outbreak. At the Lakota Family YMCA, we take your health and safety very seriously. When a serious health issue arises, our staff team comes together to reassess out strategies to keep our members and staff healthy.

While CDC considers the Coronavirus a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered low. Basic hygiene is the best thing you can do. The CDC advises taking preventative measures to reduce risks.

PREVENTION TIPS YOU CAN TAKE:

  • If you are feeling at all unwell, please stay home and speak to your primary care provider.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands upon arriving at the facility, before classes, and after classes especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds. Need a timer? Sing the “ABC’s” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Short on time? Use the hand sanitizer we have provided around the facility, though you should still opt to wash your hands whenever possible.
  • As much as possible, avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • If you find yourself sneezing or coughing, please do it into a tissue, your elbow or the inside of your shirt. Please then wash your hands and be aware that the coronavirus can live on your clothing for up to a week.
  • Keep yourself healthy and well rested.

PRECAUTIONS & ACTIONS THE YMCA IS TAKING:

  • YMCA staff that are ill will be sent home and asked to stay out of work until they are symptom free. We are asking members who may be ill with a contagious condition to stay home and return to the Y when they are feeling better.
  • As has been the policy, children enrolled in our school/programs are required to stay out of school/programs a minimum of 24 hours after being deemed symptom free.
  • Numerous hand sanitizing dispensers are mounted throughout the entire facility.
  • We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with the Quat Disinfectant that we provide.
  • Numerous sanitizing stations are located throughout the wellness center, studios, and training center.
  • Our staff has increased how often the facility is being cleaned. This includes wiping down all surfaces, door handles, lockers, equipment, ledges and counter surfaces with the Quat Disinfectant throughout all shifts.

Let's all work together to stay healthy and safe. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.