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A Message From Our CEO

Dear valued YMCA Member,

We hope this communication finds you and your family healthy and well. We are so grateful for the outpouring of compassion, care, and support from members like you. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with a few updates and resources to keep you healthy, active, and strong during this crisis.

Membership Information and Facility Closures

As you know, our facilities have been shut down since the middle of March impacting the thousands of people we serve. Every effort is being made to support our community, members, volunteers and staff that rely on the YMCA.

The government directive for our facility to stay closed is still in place. Our re-open date will be an informed decision made with the support of Public Health and our municipal, provincial, and federal governments and will be communicated with you once we know more.

March membership payments were placed on hold the day we ceased to be open.

Virtual YMCA Resources

In response to this crisis, we have focused our work on how to support our community in the new and unusual times. Our Employment, Community Initiatives and Housing staff continue to deliver community supports that are so needed during this time.

Our Child Care centres are currently closed but a number of staff are continuing to maintain contact with families through the Child Care Weemarkable app and storytelling on our Facebook page.

As previously communicated, to support you and your family's ongoing health and wellness, we have launched YMCA at Home. Here you will find free content for mental health and wellbeing, family and children's activities, and fitness programming ranging from beginner to advanced. Be sure to subscribe and follow us on our YMCA at Home YouTube channel to discover the great new content being added weekly. In addition, you can continue to take classes with our very own YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce staff through our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Now More Than Ever, Your Support Will Make a Difference!

We are thankful for the members who have reached out to us to see how they can support us during this time. The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a charity and we rely on your membership and program fees to operate our facilities and run programming that sustains a healthy community.

Support us by staying with us and resuming your membership once we reopen our doors. Even though fees are currently on hold, staying with us will help us bounce back quickly and resume our programs and services that you've come to count on.

If you are able, you can support your Y now by making a one-time or a monthly recurring tax deductible donation online. Please consider donating an amount equal to your monthly membership fee. This donation is an investment in helping us continue our vital charitable and community work when we reopen. The YMCA financial assistance program will need a solid footing to ensure those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and the economic challenges that will follow can access YMCA programs.

We've made it simple for you to help. Please click here: DONATE NOW
You will be automatically redirected to our online donation portal.

If you are unable to donate online but still wish to make a donation, please mail a cheque, payable to:
Owen Sound Family YMCA, 700 10th Street East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 0C6

Please ensure you include your name and address for charitable receipting purposes. Please also indicate #StayWithUs in the memo line of your cheque.

The health and well-being of our members, your family and our community remain our priority. We truly miss seeing you all here at the YMCA and we can't wait to welcome you back.

Stay strong, stay connected, stay with us!


Gayle Graham
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce

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