Dodge City YMCA To Support Families and Seniors During Pandemic

josh roesenerMarch 31, 2020

We are in unprecedented times. We are confronting a new challenge that threatens our health and our peace of mind. We could despair, panic, or we can respond.
The well-being of members, staff, volunteers, and our community is our priority, we are adjusting, as
advised by public officials and responding to a growing need.
“Because of the evolving rules governing the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of school closures, and
the growing demand on medical professionals, grocery store employees, government staff, and others
essential employees we are continuing to offer Childcare during this crisis,” said Jackie Regan, Executive
Director. “We want to make sure the families in our community don’t have to worry that their children
are in a safe place, as they continue to work to take care of our community at this time. We are
partnering with USD 443 to provide breakfast and lunch to these youth. We have limited spots available
so we are encouraging parents to let us know as soon as possible if they are in need of Childcare so that
we can make sure we are able to provide for those that need it the most.”
Effective, 3/18/2020 the Dodge City Family YMCA temporarily suspended all fitness, sports and aquatics
programming, as well as shut down the facility for deep cleaning and to follow CDC and State
Guidelines.   These Y teams will transition their focus on offering school-days-out childcare and making
sure the facility is ready to go when we get the all- clear to open. “Our goal is sometime in April, but that
will all depend on how things develop over the next few weeks. We are being sure to follow all Kansas
Department of Health, State and local guidelines at this time and we would rather be safe then sorry. We
have a lot of vulnerable members that we want to be sure to protect.” Regan stated. “We are also
offering help to the Senior’s community in the form of outreach for those who need assistance with
groceries, errands or any basic necessities. Our Welcome Center is taking calls during the day, and
anyone in need can reach out to Karla Springer our Membership Director, at 620-225-8157 or
[email protected] to set up a time for our team to help.”
“The Y is so much more than fitness centers and gyms, pools and locker rooms; we are a cause!
Dedicated to strengthening (and protecting) the spirits, minds, and bodies of our friends and
communities,” said Regan. “This is a time we need to pull together as a community and support each
other, and that is an area the Y can thrive. We encourage community members to reach out to us at this
time if they see a need the Y can help fill. We are here, and we want to help!”

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